Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

Two 5.5 earthquakes hit northeastern Iran.

5.2 earthquake hits the western Indian-Antarctic ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

5.1 earthquake hits Fiji.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 01a (Tauktae), located approximately 113 nm west-northwest of Mumbai, India, is tracking northward at 08 knots.

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Ecuador – Raging flash floods swept through the city of Cuenca, capital of Azuay Province in Ecuador on 15 May 2021. Several rivers and streams overflowed after a period of heavy rain. Flooding along areas of the Tarqui River was particularly extreme. At least 34 people have been forced from their homes. Furthermore, flooding damaged or destroyed almost 70 homes in the city. Families have lost material possession after flood water over 1 meter deep invaded their homes. Around 500 people from 100 families were directly affected.

Wildlife

Giant Moth

A gigantic moth that is almost never seen by humans was recently found on a building site at a school in Australia. The colossal insect is so heavy that it can’t fly, and reaches its full size just a few days before mating. And then it dies.

Giant wood moths (Endoxyla cinereus) are the largest species of moth in the world. When fully grown, the females, which are around twice the size of the males, can weigh up to 1 ounce (30 grams) and reach a wingspan of 10 inches (25 centimeters).

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Disease

Covid-19

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

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.4 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 01a (Tauktae), located approximately 626 nm south-southeast of Karachi, Pakistan, is tracking northward at 09 knots.

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Mexico – Civil Protection in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, reported on 13 May that severe weather brought flooding, landslides and wind damage which had affected at least 14 municipalities in the state. Strong winds downed trees and heavy rain triggered flooding and landslides. Numerous homes were damaged.

Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka‘s Disaster Management Centre (DMC) has reported further flooding and landslides in several parts of the country. Further heavy rain has fallen in Sri Lanka since our report here. The Department of Meteorology reported 336 mm of rain fell in Agalawatta, Kalutara District in 24 hours to 14 May 2021. Recent figures from DMC show that at least 3 people have died and more that 11,000 have been affected by recent floods, landslides and strong winds across the country over the last few days.

Brazil – Anama, home to 14,000 people on a tributary of the Solimoes River that flows toward the capital Manaus, is just one municipality of dozens in Amazonas state that has seen life upended by unusual rainfall and flooding of the Amazon.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Leptospirosis – Australia

The number of leptospirosis cases reported in Queensland in 2021 have nearly doubled compared the same period last year, health officials report. Through May 9, Queensland has recorded 78 cases of leptospirosis across the state.

Typhoid Fever – Pakistan

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their travel notice for Pakistan and the outbreak of extensively drug-resistant (XDR) typhoid fever. The ongoing outbreak began in 2016 in Sindh province, Pakistan, and spread throughout the country. Cases of XDR typhoid fever have been reported among people in North America, Europe, East Asian, and the South Pacific who traveled to Pakistan. All travelers to Pakistan are at risk of getting XDR typhoid fever.

Dengue Fever – Paraguay

Reports of suspected dengue fever have shown an increasing trend in the last week. To date, there are 10,164 notifications for the virus at the country level.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits southeast of Easter Island.

5.2 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Kyrgyzstan.

5.1 earthquake hits Para. Brazil.

5.0 earthquake hits South Georgia Island.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 03w (Three), located approximately 374nm south of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 09 knots.

In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 01a (Tauktae), located approximately 766 nm south-southeast of Karachi, Pakistan, is tracking north-northeastward at 08 knots.

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Romania – A short period of torrential rain early on 13 may 2021 caused severe flash flooding in parts of northern Romania. Authorities said tributaries of the Crasna river had broken their banks after 70 mm of rain fell in 3 hours early 13 May. The flooding was described as the worst in 20 years. Flood water was reportedly up to waist height.

Maldives – Heavy rain from 11 May 2021 caused flooding in parts of the Maldives. As of 13 May, at least 300 homes were affected. On 11 May, Authorities reported flooding in parts of Addu Atoll, including Addu City, Lhaviyani Atoll including Naifaru and Gnaviyani Atoll including Fuvahmulah. As of 13 May, Maldives police reported damages to 287 houses in Fuvahmulah, affecting around 1,500 people.

Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka has seen heavy rainfall from around 10 May 2021. As of 13 May, Disaster Management Centre (DMC) reported floods and rainfall damages in the districts of Rathnapura, Colombo and Puttalam, affecting around 1,000 people and displacing 175. Lightning and strong winds also caused damage during the period 11 to 13 May 2021.

Ethiopia – The UN reported on 13 May that flooding in 3 regions of Ethiopia that began in late April has displaced around 70,000 people. During the period 26 April to 10 May 2021, flooding has affected thousands of people across the Afar, SNNP and Somali regions of Ethiopia. In Afar Region, around 27,400 people have been displaced by flooding due to heavy rain and winds in Gulina, Ewa, and Beyalo, Dulecha, Harunka, and Mile Woredas.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.7 earthquake hits the Nias region, Indonesia.

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

5.3 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 03w (Three), located approximately 132 nm west-northwest of Manila, Philippines, is tracking westward at 12 knots.

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Russia – Disaster authorities in Russia report that homes have been inundated and residents evacuated after flooding from the rising Amur river in Khabarovsk Krai in the Far East region. TOn 10 May the levels of the Amur River in the Khabarovsk Territory were rising as a result of snow melt and ice jams. On 10 May the Amur reached 6.3 metres at Takhta, Khabarovsk Krai, Russia. Danger levels are 5.5 metres. As of 12 May, over 60 homes were flooded in Nikolayevsky District, prompting some evacuations.

DR Congo – Long-term heavy rainfall has caused severe flooding in parts of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, with as many as 13,600 households affected according to the UN. Flooding has destroyed 4,240 houses and affected as many as 13,600 households in the province of Tanganyika, Democratic Republic of Congo. Thousands of families are homeless: some are living in public places (churches, schools), others are staying with host families. Over 100 schools have been destroyed, affecting nearly 39,600 pupils.

Wildlife

Adapting Butterflies

Western monarch butterflies from the Pacific Northwest to California may not be going extinct as earlier feared, but are instead changing their breeding habitats and adapting to climate change.

A Washington State University expert says last winter’s count of the colorful insects revealed a sharp drop, especially across much of Southern California, where the number plunged from about 300,000 three years ago to just 1,914 in 2020.

But entomologist David James says large populations were observed by citizen scientists in metropolitan Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, where they had seldom been seen wintering before.

Environment

Radiation – Chernobyl

Fission reactions appear to be occurring in an inaccessible chamber of Ukraine’s crippled Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which exploded 35 years ago.

Scientists say they don’t know if the slow rise in neutron emissions will fizzle out or increase, forcing them to find ways to prevent another catastrophe. “It’s like the embers in a barbecue pit,” said nuclear chemist Neil Hyatt of the University of Sheffield. He says the new rates of fission are very low and believes they probably will not lead to an explosion. But scientists on the scene say they are not sure since there is no direct way to monitor what is happening inside the sealed and intensely radioactive chamber.

Global Warming

Forest Recovery

Areas of felled forest around the world, collectively the size of France, have regrown naturally during the past 20 years, potentially soaking up more carbon emissions than the United States creates each year.

But the World Wildlife Fund, which led the survey, says far more areas of forests are being lost each year through deforestation than are recovering. “The data show the enormous potential of natural habitats to recover when given the chance to do so,” said John Lotspeich, executive director of Trillion Trees, the coalition group behind the study.