Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.4 earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.3 earthquake hits Alaska.

5.2 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are currently no tropical storms.

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West Virginia, USA – The Governor of West Virginia, USA, declared a state of emergency for two southern counties after floods from heavy rainfall on 15 August 2022. The city of Charleston recorded 112.8 mm (4.44 inches) of rain in 24 hours on 15 August, with over 42 mm (1.7 inches) of that falling in 1 hour. Flooding caused damaged to dozens of homes in Fayette and Kanawha counties. Some residents had to be rescued and evacuated from flooded premises. Roads and bridges were also damaged.

Disease

Dengue Fever

Laos – Since our last report on the dengue fever outbreak in Laos on August 1, the country has reported more than 4,200 cases. As of August 15, Laos health officials report 17,892 total dengue cases with more than half the cases reported from the capital city of Vientiane (9,114).

Philippines – In the Philippines, 102,619 dengue cases were reported from January 1 to July 30 this year.

Measles – Nigeria

From January 2022 to June 1, Nigeria tops the list for the country with the most measles cases with 18,628 cases.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits the Macquarie Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits the Nias region, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Ascension Island.

5.0 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 010e (Ivette), located approximately 942 nm south of San Diego, is tracking west-southwestward at 02 knots.

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South East Asia – Heavy rain brought by the passing of Tropical Storm Mulan has caused flooding and landslides in areas of Vietnam, northern Thailand and bordering areas of Myanmar, and northern Laos. Tropical Storm Mulan made landfall in coastal areas of Xuwen County in Zhanjiang City, Guangdong Province, China on 10 August 2022. Some flights and shipping were disrupted. Storm Mulan then weakened into a tropical depression as it moved towards northeast Vietnam. In Vietnam Storm Mulan brought heavy rain from around 09 August. In a 3 day period to late 12 August, Muong Khen in Hoa Binh recorded 328 mm of rain. In Thailand, Tropical Storm Mulan affected 11 provinces from around 11 August 2022. DDPM said 5,965 households were affected in total. Thousands of people in Laos are suffering after rivers flooded following several days of heavy rain in northern areas.

Myanmar – A dam breach in Myanmar caused chest-high floods in the border areas of northern Thailand on Saturday, according to local media. The dam on the Thailand-Myanmar border overflowed due to heavy rainfall generated by passing tropical storm Mulan, officials said. Water levels started to recede by nightfall but residents were cautious with some opting to stay outdoors to make sure water levels wouldn’t rise again. There were no reports of casualties.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever – Iraq

The Iraq Ministry of Health is now reporting 289 confirmed Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) cases and 52 deaths as of August 11. This is an increase of 16 cases and 3 deaths since our last report on August 3.

Brazil – Dengue Fever

The Secretary of State for Health confirmed recently 12 more deaths caused by dengue. In the last seven days, Paraná reported 2,682 more cases of dengue, the disease transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. With the data included in the weekly bulletin on the disease, Paraná has accumulated 132,328 confirmed cases and 88 deaths caused by dengue.

Measles – Zimbabwe

A measles outbreak has killed 80 children in Zimbabwe since April, the ministry of health has said, blaming church sect gatherings for the surge. In a statement seen by Reuters on Sunday, the ministry said the outbreak had now spread nationwide, with a case fatality rate of 6.9%. 1,036 suspected cases and 125 confirmed cases had been reported since the outbreak.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.6 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

6.2 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.6 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.4 earthquake hits northern Qinghai, China.

5.2 earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits Luzon in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore Valparaiso, Chile.

5.0 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits northern Qinghai, China.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 010e (Ten), located approximately 904 nm south-southeast of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 01 knot.

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Afghanistan – Over 30 people have died and many are missing after heavy rain caused flash flooding in parts of Afghanistan. Flash flooding struck in the norther Parwan Province on 13 August 2022 following heavy rainfall. Affected districts include Ghorband (also known as Syagird) and Shinwari. Flooding has also impacted areas of Logar Province in the last few days. Afghan Red Crescent reported at least 1 fatality, 3 injured and over 80 houses damaged or destroyed, along with wide areas of agricultural land.

Sudan – The number of fatalities caused by ongoing floods in Sudan has climbed steeply according to an update by Sudan Civil Defence and the United Nations. As of 13 August that 52 people have now died and another 25 have been injured since the beginning of the rainy season. As of 14 August 2022, the estimated number of people affected by heavy rains and floods since May is about 136,000 people. Torrential rains and floods destroyed about 8,900 houses and damaged another 20,600 in 12 states.

Nigeria – Officials in the state of Jigawa, northern Nigeria, report as many as 50 people have lost their lives in floods triggered by torrential rains. Severe flooding struck in several Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Jigawa after heavy rain from 01 August 2022. At least 7 people lost their lives as a result. Heavy rain and flooding has continued to affect areas of the state since then. On 14 August 2022, officials report that 50 people have now lost their lives and thousands of homes have been damaged leaving many displaced.

Mexico – At least 3 people have died after further flooding in the state of Sonora, Mexico, authorities report. Flash flooding struck in the city of Nogales, close to the border with Arizona, USA, following a storm on 13 August 2022. A total of 12 vehicles were swept away by flooding in different parts of the city, while around 7 homes suffered flood damage. Landslides were also reported in the area.

Chad – Weeks of heavy rain have caused significant damage and over 20 fatalities in different regions of Chad, including the capital N’Djamena. Since June, storms, heavy rain and flooding have affected 3,477 households (over 17,000 people) and destroyed 1,312 houses. Further more at least 22 people have lost their lives and 229 have been injured. As much as 160 mm of rain fell in 24 hours in N’Djamena on 02 August 2022. As many as 480 houses were destroyed and 789 damaged. In total 3,641 households were affected.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Spain

A large wildfire in northeast Spain grew rapidly overnight and was burning out of control Sunday, forcing the evacuation of eight villages and 1,500 people in Zaragoza province, firefighters said. The wildfire, which began Saturday, developed a 50-kilometer (31-mile) perimeter in less than 24 hours, the local forest chief said. It’s estimated burned surface could be up to 8,000 hectares (20,000 acres).

Wildfires – California

The Six Rivers fire, burning more than 16,900 acres in Trinity and Humboldt counties, is just 15% contained Sunday, according to fire officials.

The McKinney fire, which claimed the lives of four people, remains 95% contained after burning 60,000 acres. Some evacuation orders had been lifted, but many others remained in effect particularly around Highway 96.

Wildfires – Australia

Western Australia’s emergency services issued a bushfire warning on Sunday for an out of control blaze around Mokine in the Shire of Northam, 71 km east of the state capital Perth that was threatening homes and lives. Residents were advised to leave their homes and seek safer areas.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.7 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.4 earthquake hits eastern Qinghai, China.

5.4 earthquake hits the Sea of Okhotsk.

5.4 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.3 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.2 earthquake hits south of Africa.

5.1 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 09w (Meari), located approximately 203 nm south-southeast of Misawa, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 25 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 010e (Ten), located approximately 900 nm south-southeast of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 05 knots.

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Nevada, USA – Two people are dead after heavy rain poured into Las Vegas casinos and flooded streets Thursday night in the wettest monsoon season in a decade, according to Clark County officials.

Global Warming

Antarctic Ice in Retreat

Sea ice surrounding Antarctica reached its lowest extent on record for July, according to data from Europe’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S).

A record low coverage was also reached in June, following several months of below-average extent. C3S says Antarctic sea ice covered just 15.3 million square km in July, or 7% below the 1991-2020 average for the month. The floating ice had steadily increased from 1979 until a general decline began after a record high coverage was reached in 2014.

Wildfires

Wildfires – UK

As parts of England officially enter drought, wildfires are smouldering across the country. Images howed smoke billowing over Hollow ponds, near Leytonstone in east London. Videos also showed a fire burning on the side of the A30 in Cornwall, and smoke drifting above Poole harbour from a fire on Studland heath.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.3 earthquake hits the central Mediterranean Sea.

5.2 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Panay in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 09w (Meari), located approximately 78 nm west-southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 13 knots.

In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone 03a (Three), located approximately 252 nm southwest of Karachi, Pakistan, is tracking west-southwestward at 10 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Niger – Flooding brought by seasonal heavy rains has continued to cause widespread damage in Niger, where 27 people have now died and almost 60,000 affected. Over 6,000 homes have been destroyed. Maradi, the second largest city in Niger, recorded 94 mm of rain in 24 hours to 21 July. The city of Dosso in the south-west corner of Niger saw 95 mm of rain in 24 hours to 04 August. In a report of 08 August 2022 by the United Nations, a total of 27 people have died as a result of flooding and heavy rain in Niger since the start of the rainy season.

Sudan – The rainy season continues to its toll on communities in Sudan, where over 80,000 people have now been affected and 25 have lost their lives. Around 30,000 people were affected after flooding struck in Azum and Gharb Jabal Marrah localities in Central Darfur during the first week of August 2022. As many as 5,892 houses have been destroyed.

Venezuela – Flooding has affected hundreds of people across the states of Barinas, Táchira and Miranda in Venezuela over the last few days. Dozens of families have been displaced after homes were damaged or destroyed. In Barinas state, the Socopó River broke its banks flooding wide areas of Socopó municipality from 09 August 2022. Nine homes were destroyed or severely damaged. At least 53 families have been forced to evacuate. In total around 2,300 residents have been affected. Around 140 families were affected and 28 houses damaged or destroyed after severe flooding in Capacho Viejo municipality in Táchira state, close to the border with North Santander Department of Colombia. Meanwhile around 120 homes were damaged in the municipality of Sucre, in the state of Miranda, close to Caracas, Venezuela’s capital.