Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.5 earthquake hits the North Atlantic Ocean.

5.2 earthquake hits west of Macquarie Island.

5.1 earthquake hits the central east Pacific rise.

5.1 earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

Global Warming

Vanishing Glaciers

A new study of the world’s glaciers reveals that they are melting at a faster pace than previously estimated, posing an increasing threat of inundation to coastal communities and low-lying islands around the world.

The research found that other than the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica, glaciers lost 676 gigatons of ice per year on average between 2000 and 2019. The losses were said to have accelerated sharply during the period as global heating became more acute. Some glaciers have already vanished, with others expected to do so by the end of the century.

This is a particular threat in South Asia, where mountain glaciers are an important source of fresh water to rivers such as the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Indus.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus – Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health reported this week a fatal case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in a 36-year-old male in Hafar Albatin city, Hafar Albatin. The deceased reportedly had contact with camels.

Swine Flu – Canada

The Manitoba, Canada government reported two separate cases of variant influenza viruses in the province in April in two separate areas of southern Manitoba. They appear to be isolated cases. One is a case of human influenza A(H1N2)v and one is a case of human influenza A(H1N1)v.