Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
6.2 earthquake hits offshore Antofagasta, Chile.
6.0 earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.
5.7 earthquake hits south of Fiji.
5.5 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.
5.5 earthquake hits near the coast of Nicaragua.
5.1 earthquake hits south of Fiji.
5.0 earthquake hits Taiwan.
5.0 earthquake hitsLuzon in the Philippines.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 07e (Frank), located approximately 1284 nm south-southeast of San Diego, is tracking westward at 10 knots.
Tropical Storm 07e (Georgette), located approximately 1008 nm south of San Diego, is tracking west-southwestward at 10 knots.
Australia Classifies Koala as Endangered after Bushfires
Koalas – or ‘Phascolarctos cinereus’ – are a downward marsupial settlement that sleeps most of the day perched in trees and feeding exclusively on eucalyptus leaves. This is possible because the digestive system is able to neutralize toxic chemicals in plants. According to the Australian Koala Foundation, there are no more than 100,000 koalas left in the wild, “but probably no more than 43,000 koalas,” the foundation said.
The koala population in tropical Queensland has declined by at least 50 percent since 2001 and that NSW koalas are critically endangered. The Australian government had failed to take early action to protect koalas. It is now imperative to secure key koala habitats, reconnect wildlife corridors and reduce major threats to the animals.
Wildfires – Oklahoma, USA
The Woodward County fire is located eight miles north of Mooreland and moving rapidly southwest. Evacuations were put in place for those who live northeast of Mooreland. As of 11 a.m., the Woodward County fire had burned over 18,000 acres and was not contained.
The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:
Marburg Virus – Ghana
Two more people with Marburg identified in Ghana, family of the first case. One has unfortunately died. Outbreak total now 4 cases and 3 deaths.
France – Public Health France reports as of Tuesday, July 26, 1,837 confirmed cases have been identified in France.
Brazil – Brazil has 813 confirmed cases of monkeypox. Health authorities are concerned that cases may be underreported because there are not enough tests available.
Anthrax – Colorado, USA
Colorado agriculture officials have confirmed anthrax in at least two beef cattle herds in Sedgwick County. These are the first confirmed cases of anthrax in cattle in Colorado since 2012, when more than 75 head of cattle died in a multi-premises outbreak in the northeast counties.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity – New Activity for the week 20 July – 26 July 2022
Aira – Kyushu (Japan) : A notable eruption at Minamidake Crater (at Aira Caldera’s Sakurajima volcano) occurred on 24 July. The event was preceded by inflation first detected at around 0900 on 18 July. JMA warned residents that the inflation represented an intrusion of magma that could result in a large explosion. Sulfur dioxide emissions were at 1,900 tons per day, measured during a field visit on 22 July. Four eruptive events recorded between 23 July and 1500 on 24 July produced plumes that rose 1.2 km above the crater rim; the events did not change the rate of inflation. A larger eruptive event occurred at 2005 on 24 July that ejected bombs more than 2.4 km E, the first time material fell beyond 2 km from the crater since 4 June 2020. The event produced minor plumes that rose 300 m before mingling with weather clouds. The Alert Level was raised to 5 (the highest level on a 5-level scale) at 2050, signaling that residents should evacuate. According to a news article 51 people in 33 households living within a 3-km radius of both Minamidake and Showa craters left their homes. Ashfall was reported in Kagoshima City (about 10 km W). JMA noted that inflation ceased after the event. On 25 July JMA scientists conducted a field visit and confirmed that bombs were deposited more than 2.4 km from the vent and observed ashfall in an area from Shirahamacho to Kurokamicho. During 25-26 July a few small explosions and eruptive events generated plumes that rose as high as 2.2 km above the crater rim and disappeared into the weather clouds. Deformation had stagnated.
Ebeko – Paramushir Island (Russia) : KVERT reported that moderate activity at Ebeko was ongoing during 14-21 July. According to volcanologists in Severo-Kurilsk (Paramushir Island, about 7 km E) explosions generated ash plumes that rose up to 3.5 km (11,500 ft) a.s.l. and drifted E and S. A thermal anomaly over the volcano was identified in satellite images during 17-18 July.