Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 02b (Yaas), located approximately 222 nm south of Kolkata, India, is tracking northward at 09 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Guatemala – Severe weather in Guatemala from 21 to 24 May 2021 affected over 10,000 people and damaged more than 200 homes across the departments of Baja Verapaz, Izabal, Petén, Quetzaltenango, San Marcos, Santa Rosa, Sololá and Suchitepéquez, disaster officials said. Meanwhile landslides triggered by rainfall blocked several provincial roads.

Wildlife

Dead baby orca reveals harmful chemical levels

A necropsy of a 10-day-old orca that washed up in Norway in 2017 has revealed that even as calves, these iconic whales are full of harmful chemicals, a new study finds.

The young killer whale (Orcinus orca) was one of eight deceased orcas that researchers in Norway examined. Of these, seven (including the calf) had levels of the banned flame retardant polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) that were high enough to cause health problems in the animals, the researchers found. And all had lower levels of some newer pollutants of which little is known and haven’t yet been banned.

Perhaps the most striking finding was that the neonate killer whale was as polluted as the adults. This means that these new pollutants are also being passed on from mother to calf.

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Disease

Covid-19

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

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Plague – DR Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported 15 cases of bubonic plague, including 11 deaths from April 23 to May 8.