Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits Guatemala.

5.2 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 02b (two), located approximately 798 nm south-southeast of Kolkata, India, is tracking northwestward at 08 knots.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 25s (Karim), located approximately 510 nm west-northwest of the Cocos islands, Australia, is tracking southeastward at 07 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Tasmania – Tasmania’s south-east has been hit with a record-breaking storm that hammered towns with hail, resulted in dozens of flood warnings, and left thousands more without power. A record-breaking amount of rain was dumped on Hobart and large hail fell over some suburbs. Mount Wellington in Hobart was hit by 105mm of rain, a two-year high, and 107km/h winds were recorded; a three-month high.

Global Warming

Global warming is causing ‘ocean amnesia’

Global warming is causing the world’s oceans to lose their memory. “Ocean amnesia,” the researchers said, means that the world’s oceans are no longer showing a consistent pattern in their movement. They said it is due to human-induced warming.

Researchers said the memory decline poses new challenge, and will have significant impacts on ocean predictions, ocean management, forecasting weather, and other extreme events due to their dependence on the persistence of sea surface temperature as a predictability source.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Florida, USA

Three wildfires continue to spread across the Florida the Everglades since Thursday, causing smoky conditions for area residents. According to the Florida Forest Service, the flames have consumed more than 20,000 acres. The brush fires have also impacted wildlife. As of Friday afternoon, the fires do not pose a threat to any structures. No injuries have been reported.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Rabies – Brazil

Nth authorities of Minas Gerais (SES-MG) reported this week a human rabies death in a child on April 29, the third such death reported in the state in a month. This death follows two other rabies deaths on April 4 and April 17, both young children.

Argentina – Hepatitis in Children

The Argentina Ministry of Health reported this week a case of severe acute hepatitis of unknown origin in an 8-year-old boy at the Children’s Hospital in the north of the city of Rosario, Santa Fe.