Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

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

5.7 earthquake hits Panama.

5.3 earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.2 earthquake hits the mid-Indian ridge.

Environment

New Lightning Capital?

Florida, especially around the Tampa Bay Area, has long been renowned as the capital of lightning strikes in the United States.

But researchers from the Finland-based environmental monitoring company Vaisala say that Oklahoma has narrowly surpassed the Sunshine State for that distinction. Its research found there were 83.4 lightning events per square kilometer in Oklahoma between 2016 and 2020 compared with 82.8 in Florida. But Vaisala meteorologist Chris Vagasky says with statistics that close, it’s hard to say that one state has truly overtaken the other.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever – Spain

Spanish Health Services have confirmed a case of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in the province of Salamanca. Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever is caused by a virus, the main transmission mechanism of which is the bite of a tick.