Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

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

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

5.2 earthquake hits Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

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

5.0 earthquake hits southern Iran.

Environment

Sea Snot Invasion

Climate change and pollution are being blamed for the growing marine threat known as sea snot, mucus-like organic matter that currently threatens coral and the fishing industry in parts of the Mediterranean.

Globs of sea snot can also be found elsewhere in the planet’s waterways, and it can host dangerous bacteria such as E. coli. Sea snot’s coverage is currently exploding in Turkey’s Marmara Sea near Istanbul, where fishermen have not been able to cast their nets for months.

When the marine mucilage forms a layer over the water’s surface, it prevents fish from being able to breathe. This kills them and depletes oxygen levels in the water, eventually choking other marine life.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

The forward progress of what was a small (150 acre) fast-moving wildfire has been stopped in the small mining town of Bagdad, Arizona, but not before 13 homes were destroyed and hundreds of people were evacuated.

Two new White Mountains wildfires are growing rapidly, with fire crews scrambling to get a box around them to prevent their spread.

The McDonald Tank Fire south of Tonto Lake near the Black River on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation started from unknown causes on Tuesday and grew to 1,500 acres by Thursday.

Meanwhile, the lightning storm that sparked the Boggy Creek Fire near Alpine had consumed 3,000 acres by Thursday morning.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Chikungunya – Brazil

From the beginning of the year through May 8, Brazilian health officials have recorded 25,807 total chikungunya cases.