Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

Two 6.1 earthquakes hit the Nicobar Islands off India.

6.1 earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.9 earthquake hits the Nicobar Islands off India.

5.5 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.2 earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits the Admiralty Islands, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 earthquake hits southwest of Africa.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit southwest of Africa.

5.0 earthquake hits the Nicobar Islands off India.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands, Greece.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 10e (Ignacio), located approximately 764 nm south of San Diego, is tracking northwestward at 10 knots.

Tropical Storm 08e (Hilda), located approximately 1019 nm south-southwest of San Diego, is tracking northwestward at 08 knots.

In the western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 12w (Twelve), located approximately 537 nm east-northeast of Iwo To, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 15 knots.

Tropical depression 13w (Thirteen), located approximately 53 nm south-southwest of Hong Kong, is tracking east-northeastward at 04 knots.

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USA – Heavy rain has triggered more flash floods, mudslides and debris flows in areas of Utah, USA. One person died after being swept away by floods in Emery County. Areas of Cedar City and Iron County were also affected, just days after severe flooding on 26 July 2021. Meanwhile in Colorado, massive mudslides have blocked major roads and left 100 people in vehicles stranded overnight.

Global Warming

‘Massive melting event’ strikes Greenland after record heat wave

Greenland’s enormous ice sheet has been struck by a “massive melting event,” with enough ice vanishing in a single day last week to cover the whole of Florida in two inches (5 centimeters) of water, Danish researchers have found.

Since July 27, roughly 9.37 billion tons (8.5 billion metric tons) of ice has been lost per day from the surface of the enormous ice sheet — twice its normal average rate of loss during summer.

High temperatures on July 28 caused the third-largest single-day loss of ice in Greenland since 1950; the second and first biggest single-day losses occurred in 2012 and 2019. Greenland’s yearly ice loss began in 1990. In recent years it has accelerated to roughly four times the levels before 2000.


One of world’s rarest chameleons, once feared extinct, found in African rainforest

Scientists have found one of the world’s rarest chameleons “clinging to survival” after fearing it had become extinct since its initial discovery in the 1990s because of massive deforestation, a new study finds.

Researchers discovered a population of Chapman’s pygmy chameleons (Rhampholeon chapmanorum) surviving in small patches of rainforest in southern Malawi in southeastern Africa. Chapman’s pygmy chameleons grow to just 2.2 inches (5.5 centimeters) long and walk on the forest floor. They disguise themselves by matching the pattern of dead leaves. They were first discovered in a dwindling rainforest in the Malawi Hills in 1992 and were later released into a separate forest 59 miles (95 kilometers) away near Mikundi, also in Malawi, to increase their chances of survival.




The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health reported an additional Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) case from Riyadh, the second case in a week. This is the eleventh MERS case of 2021 in the Kingdom.