Earthquakes

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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Newsbytes:

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.

Wildlife

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.

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Disease

Covid-19

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.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits near the south coast of Papua, Indonesia.

5.5 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.4 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Central Peru.

5.1 earthquake hits the Southern mid-Atlantic ridge.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit Iceland.

5.0 earthquake hits North Island, New Zealand.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 10e (Ten), located approximately 921 nm south-southeast of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 09 knots.

Hurricane 08e (Hilda), located approximately 1082 nm south-southwest of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 07 knots.

In the western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 12w (Twelve), located approximately 79 nm south of Minami Tori Shima, is tracking north-northwestward at 16 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Niger – According to national authorities in Niger, as many as 35 people have died as a result of flooding and heavy rains in the country since the start of the rainy season. At least 20 people died as a result of houses collapsing, while 15 people drowned in flood waters. Twenty-four people were injured. Fatalities were reported in the regions of Maradi, Agadez and the capital Niamey. Furthermore, over 2,500 houses and shelters were destroyed, along with schools, mosques and places of work. Over 700 livestock also perished.

Afghanistan – As many as 113 people have now lost their lives in the catastrophic floods that struck in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan in late July 2021. As many as 173 houses were completely destroyed or washed away, suggesting there are likely many more people still missing. The floods swept through a narrow ravine late on 28 July, wiping out much of the village of Miardish in Kamdesh district. The damage has not only taken dozens of lives but also destroyed livelihoods

Colombia – Severe flooding in Arauca Department in eastern Colombia has affected over 50,000 people since mid-July. Many of those affected are refugees from bordering Venezuela. The departmental government reported 300,000 hectares of land was flooded. As much as 50% of rural land in the municipality of Arauca has flooded. Flooding has also damaged roads and bridges, leaving areas cut off.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Sicily

Firefighters on the Italian island of Sicily on Saturday battled dozens of wildfires fuelled by temperatures topping 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit), prompting the region’s governor to request assistance from Rome.

Some 150 people trapped in two seaside areas in the city of Catania were evacuated late Friday by sea, where they were picked up by rubber dinghies and transferred to Coast Guard boats. A beach concession area with sunbeds and umbrellas was completely destroyed by fire. The Catania airport also was briefly closed to give precedence to helicopters and planes battling the flames.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Zika Virus/Dengue Fever – Mexico

Mexico reported recently that the south-central Mexican state of Morelos is the only state to report autochthonous Zika virus cases in 2021 to date. Through mid-July 2021, Morelos has confirmed a total of 20 autochthonous cases of Zika, including six in pregnant women.

In addition to the Zika virus figures, Morelos is also the state with the most confirmed dengue cases in the country. The state has reported 281 confirmed cases of this disease, also transmitted by the Aedes mosquito, accounting for the highest incidence rate.

Dengue Fever – Bangladesh

In a follow-up on the Bangladesh dengue fever situation, Health Services reported 237 dengue fever cases today, of which 218 were reported in Dhaka alone. This is the first time in 2021 that the daily tally has topped 200. This brings the dengue total in the country to 2,895, a rise of about 1,000 cases in less than a week. The bulk of the cases were reported in July (~2,500).

Covid-19 – Indonesia

Officials with the Jakarta, Indonesia government announced today that two Sumatran tigers at the city’s Ragunan Zoo tested positive for coronavirus in mid-July and are currently recovering.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands-Turkish border.

5.2 earthquake hits Sonora, Mexico.

5.1 earthquake hits Alaska.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit Iceland.

5.0 earthquake hits Crete.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Panama.

5.0 earthquake hits the Gulf go California.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore Valparaiso, Chile.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Post-tropical Cyclone 09e (Nine), located approximately 1396 nm south-southwest of San Diego, is tracking northward at 00 knots.

Hurricane 08e (Hilda), located approximately 1104 nm south of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 09 knots.

Newsbytes:

Chad – Flooding struck in south-western Tandjilé Region in late June 2021, where 5 people died and 231 were injured. Furthermore around 4,413 houses were destroyed and over 30 educational and health buildings were severely damaged or destroyed. Livestock also suffered. The UN said the damage in Tandjilé Prefecture left 20,000 people in need of shelter, food, and health assistance. In Ennedi-Ouest region, flooding on 07 July destroyed almost 100 homes and damaged a further 120 in communities of Wadi Doum, causing severe hardship. Heavy rain on 18 July caused flooding in Koumra in Mandoul Region. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said caused one person died and several were wounded. Furthermore as many as 1,588 houses collapsed as a result of the rain and floods. Flooding also affected parts of the capital, N’Djamena, when 53 mm of rain fell on 23 July 2021. Roads were rendered impassable and some buildings were damaged, mostly in the north of the city. It was a similar picture in the city of Ati, capital of Batha Region, where heavy rain on 27 July swamped roads and damaged buildings. More rain is predicted.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Turkey

Parts of the western Turkish resort of Bodrum were evacuated on Saturday as the death toll from bushfires in the country rose to six. Fires have encroached on villages and tourist resorts, forcing people to flee. The owners of private boats and yachts were asked to help with the operation, which was led by the coast guard. More than 1 000 people are evacuated.

In the small village of Kacarlar, on Turkey’s southern coast, farmers are facing apocalyptic scenes as wildfires continue to sweep the country. “The animals are on fire,” 56-year-old resident, Muzeyyan Kacar, told CNN. “Everything is going to burn. Our land, our animals and our house. What else do we have anyway?”

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 earthquake hits the Peru-Ecuador border.

5.3 earthquake hits Easter Island.

5.2 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.2 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Alaska.

5.0 earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 09e (Nine), located approximately 1330 nm south-southwest of San Diego, is tracking westward at 05 knots.

Tropical storm 08e (Hilda), located approximately 1175 nm south of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 12 knots.

Newsbytes:

India – At least 7 people have died after torrential rain in India hit Jammu and Kashmir on 28 July 2021 causing flash floods. Local officials said a “cloudburst” dumped torrential rainfall in the Hanzor area of Dachhan in Kishtwar District, Jammu region, on 28 July. The rain sent flash floods, mud, rocks and other debris crashing through the community causing widespread damage and fatalities. At least 19 residential buildings collapsed or were severely damaged. Two others were partially damaged. Farm buildings and a bridge were also damaged or destroyed.