Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.4 earthquake hits the South Indian Ocean.

5.2 earthquake hits eastern Xizang, China.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

New Zealand – Roads were blocked and water treatment plants damaged after a storm and torrential rain in New Zealand‘s Northland region on 17 to 18 July. Whangarei District Council reported 8 roads closed due to landslides and 9 closed due to flooding. Whangarei recorded 214.2 mm of rain in 24 hours on 17 July and a further 44 mm the following day. Fire crews were called out to 212 incidents. Civil Defence Northland said houses and businesses around the region were flooded.

China – Heavy rains sent the water level at China’s Yangtze River to a new high, raising the possibility of more seasonal floods after earlier ones left over 140 people dead or missing. The Three Gorges Dam, which was built in Hubei province to generate electricity and mitigate flooding, is under pressure as more rains are expected in coming days, with millions of people already forced from their homes. Chinese state media said a second, and the strongest, wave of floods along the Yangtze River has arrived at the Three Gorges Reservoir and is reaching its peak on Saturday. The rate of inflow into the reservoir rose to 61,000 cubic meters per second, sending the water level to 160.17 meters and exceeding the flood limit by 15 meters.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Siberia

Firefighters in Siberia continue to battle hundreds of wildfires triggered by a heatwave. While fires there aren’t unusual, scientists say they are becoming more frequent and intense, and releasing records amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Japanese encephalitis – Taiwan

The Taiwan Department of Disease Control (CDC) announced four new confirmed cases of Japanese encephalitis in the country, bringing the total to 13 for the year.