Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.5 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.5 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.3 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits Guam.

5.0 earthquake hits the Myanmar-India border.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 09w (In-Fa), located approximately 36 nm west-southwest of Shanghai, China, is tracking north-northwestward at 03 knots. Final warning.

Tropical storm 11w (Nepartak), located approximately 352 nm east of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking west-northwestward at 17 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Panama – Disaster authorities in Panama reported severe damages after floods and heavy rain in Bocas del Toro province. Flooding had affected 27,175 people across 27 sectors in the province . Five landslides were also reported. Flooding struck after heavy rain from 22 July. Several rivers including the Sixaola River and its tributaries broke their banks. Over 20 people had to be rescued from flood water. As many as 5,435 homes had been flooded.

India – While a massive rescue effort is ongoing in the state of Maharashtra, teams from the Air Force, Army, Navy and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in India have also been deployed to flood-hit areas of the state of Karnataka. Karnatak has seen particularly heavy rainfall from 22 July. In a 24 hour period to early 23 July, Ankola in Uttara Kannada District recorded 541 mm of rain. In the following 24 hour period, Thirthahalli in Shimoga district saw 355 mm of rain. Nine people have died and three people are missing in flood-affected regions of Karnataka.

Belgium – New floods have affected parts of Belgium just days after a deadly wave of floods swept across the country. Thunderstorms brought heavy rainfall that triggered localized flooding on 24 July 2021. Officials said municipalities in the province of Namur were affected, in particular the cities of Dinant and Namur. Around thirty cars were washed away and several streets had to be closed in the city of Dinant situated on the banks of the Meuse River. Dinant station was also flooded.

Russia – One person has died and 3 are still missing after flash floods once again struck in Sochi on the Black Sea coast in Russia. Further flooding struck in Sochi on 23 July 2021. A month’s worth of rain fell in a few hours, flooding several streets around the city. The Matsesta and Khosta rivers broke their banks. A hospital was flooded and power supplies to six areas of Sochi were disrupted after electrical substations were turned off. Beaches of the resort city were temporarily closed.

Environment

Jet Streams are the Weather

Devastating floods destroyed towns in Germany and Belgium. A ruthless heat wave broiled the Western United States and Canada. Heavy rains paralysed a Chinese industrial hub home to 10 million people. These recent weather phenomena are being intensified by the changing climate.

But the link between these far-flung extremes goes beyond warming global temperatures. All of these events are touched by jet streams, strong and narrow bands of westerly winds blowing above the Earth’s surface.

The currents are generated when cold air from the poles clashes against hot air from the tropics, creating storms and other phenomena such as rain and drought.

Jet streams are the weather – they create it and they steer it. Sometimes the jet stream takes on a very convoluted pattern. When we see it taking big swings north and big dips southward we know we’re going to see some unusual weather conditions. When that happens, warm air travels further north and cold air penetrates further south.

Under these conditions, winds often weaken and dangerous weather can remain stuck in the same place for days or weeks at a time – rather than just a few hours or a day – leading to prolonged rains and heat waves.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Malaria – Nigeria

Nigerian health officials continue to report an increase in cholera cases across the country. In the week ending July 11, eight states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) reported 1,885 suspected cases, including 31 deaths.