Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.0 earthquake hits Fiji.

6.5 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.5 earthquake hits Guatemala.

5.4 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

5.3 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits Acre, Brazil.

5.0 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are currently no tropical storm systems.

Newsbytes:

Malaysia – Flash floods were reported in 34 areas of mainland Penang, especially in housing estates, after heavy rain since 5pm. Photographs showed streets and driveways awash in about 30cm of water, while flood water entered some houses.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Kentucky, USA

52 wildfires are burning across 28 counties in the state. The fires cover about 6,000 acres, and Division of Forestry officials said people need to be careful about any sparks they might cause.

Disease

Viral Spillover

The melting Arctic could soon become “fertile ground” for new viral pandemics to emerge, according to a Canadian study of an Arctic lake bed.

A team from the University of Toronto sequenced DNA and RNA from samples taken at Lake Hazen and looked at the family tree of its viruses to determine the threat they pose to other organisms as polar melt allows them to mingle. Altered landscapes have been proven to push pathogens, parasites and hosts together in new ways. The new study suggests that increased melting in the Arctic could similarly bring greater chances of of viruses “spilling over” into other hosts.