Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Chagos Archipelago.

5.0 earthquake hits the DR Congo.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Malawi – Officials in Malawi say that tropical storm Ana has caused widespread flooding, power outages and killed at least one person in Malawi.

Global Warming

Putting a Cost on Climate Change

Led by the deadly and costly Hurricane Ida and massive flooding in Europe, the world racked up $329 billion in economic losses linked to severe weather last year, and only 38% of that bill was covered by insurance. Total economic losses tallied $343 billion, Aon said, $329 billion of which resulted from weather and climate-related events such as hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, tsunamis and drought. That left 2021 as the third costliest year on record after adjusting for inflation.

“There’s no question that the finger prints of climate change are already here today, more intense weather, impacting more things in harm’s way,” Steve Bowen, meteorologist and head of catastrophe insight at Aon.

Environment

Iceberg dumped nearly 1 trillion tons of freshwater in the ocean.

What was once the biggest iceberg in the world released more than 167 billion tons of freshwater in three months and nearly 1 trillion tons in its lifespan, which could have profound effects on wildlife, scientists say.

The A68A iceberg was part of the Larsen-C Ice Shelf on the Antarctica peninsula before it broke off in July 2017. At the time, it was the biggest iceberg on Earth at 2,208 square miles, larger than the state of Delaware.

When the iceberg broke off, it began to drift across the Southern Ocean. In December 2020, the iceberg began to approach South Georgia island, about 1,300 miles off the Argentina coast. The island is home to wildlife including penguins and seals. Fortunately the iceberg broke up before hitting the seabed around the island.

The cold freshwater drifts with the oceans currents, so the mixture with the salty warm waters will release nutrients into the waters. Scientists believe that will change or produce new plankton in the area, which affects the local food chain. What that means for the environment in the long term is not known.

Disease

Covid-19

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

Malaria – South Africa

South African health authorities have issues a malaria alert. Despite South Africa entering its peak malaria season, many malaria cases are being misdiagnosed as COVID-19. Both malaria and COVID-19 have similar non-specific early symptoms including fever, chills, headaches, fatigue and muscle pain. Undiagnosed and untreated malaria rapidly progresses to severe illness, with a potentially fatal outcome.