Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits southeast of Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits Reykjanes Ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits the Nicobar Islands off India.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 01a (Tauktae), located approximately 140 nm northwest of Mumbai, India, is tracking northward at 08 knots.

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Newsbytes:

India – Tropical Cyclone Tauktae left a trail of destruction as it moved north over the Arabian Sea, passing close to the western coast of India. Tauktae made landfall in Gujarat on 17 May and is forecast to weaken. According to India’s Disaster Management Division, as of 17 May, as many as 23 people had died in the storm, mostly as a result of wind damage but also flooding and rough seas. As many as 127 people were thought to be missing after severe sea conditions and high waves caused a vessel to sink off the coast of Mumbai. A total of 197 house have ben completely destroyed and almost 7,000 homes damaged including 3,534 in Maharashtra and 2,427 in Kerala, but also in the states / territories of Lakshadweep, Goa, Karnataka and Gujarat. As many as 217,458 people have evacuated their homes, mostly in Gujarat, where 203,509 were displaced.

Slovakia – Emergency authorities report that one person has died in flash flooding which struck in Žarnovica district, Banská Bystrica Region of central Slovakia. Severe flash flooding struck the village of Rudno nad Hronom in Žarnovica district on 17 May 2021. The dam of a reservoir near the village is thought to have broken after recent heavy rainfall. The ensuing flood waters damaged homes and dragged vehicles through streets of the village.

Global Warming

Global warming will open up Russia’s Far North to agriculture

The global climate crisis has a silver lining for Russia at least. Over the next two or three decades large swathes of Russia’s frozen northern regions will become warm enough to grow crops, according to the Natural Resources and Environment Minister.

Russia’s permafrost is melting and temperatures in the Far North are rising two and half times faster than elsewhere in the world. That is bad news for the dozen cities located there since Soviet times that focus on extracting raw materials, and will cause hundreds of billions of dollars of damage, according to a series of studies, but it will also raise temperatures for farmers.

As Siberia warms it will be able to produce all the straw cereals – wheat, barley, triticale, rye, etc., but also feed corn, grain corn and even soybeans, by the end of the century. With several harvests per year. Russia’s grain potential could jump from 100-150mn tonnes of grain per year today to 1bn tpy in 2080, according to experts.

Wildlife

Deep-sea fish with lightbulb on its head washes ashore in California

A nightmarish fish that typically dwells thousands of feet below the ocean’s surface recently washed ashore on a California beach.

The deep-sea fish, known as an anglerfish, is rather elusive and rarely seen outside of the deep ocean. The bizarre creature is normally found at ocean depths of around 3,000 feet (914 meters), the post said. More than 200 species of anglerfish are found worldwide, and officials determined that the specimen in this case is most likely a Pacific football fish.

The fish’s mouth sports a number of sharp, pointy teeth; and the top of its head features a long, protruding stalk with a bioluminescent bulb at the end, which is used “as a lure to entice prey in the darkness” of the deep ocean.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – New Jersey, USA

Firefighters in New Jersey controlled a wildfire Monday that had burned more than 1,000 acres in less than a day, officials said. Although some structures were threatened by the blaze, the fire has yet to damage any structures, and no injuries have been reported.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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