Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits near the coast of Central Peru.

5.3 earthquake hits the Drake Passage.

5.3 earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.1 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Oaxaca, Mexico.

5.0 earthquake hits the southwest Indian ridge.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Cholera – Nigeria

Since the beginning of the year, 10,833 suspected cholera cases have been reported with 112 confirmed cases and 289 deaths in 2021.

African Swine Fever – Bhutan

An outbreak was reported in the country of Bhutan, the landlocked country bordering China and India in South Asia. On 13 May, the first ASF outbreak was confirmed in Phentshogling town, Chhukha district, Bhutan, causing deaths of more than 30 stray pigs. The infected area is bordering with West Bengal State of India. It is also reported that these pigs uncontrollably move across Bhutan-India border. Bhutan is the 16th country in Asia to report an ASF outbreak.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 06w (Six), located approximately 201 nm west of Andersen AFB, Guam, is tracking west-northwestward at 10 knots.

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Newsbytes:

France – Thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rains caused flooding in Marne, Somme and Oise departments of northern and eastern France, 21 to 21 June 2021. One person was reported missing after flash floods in the city of Beauvais and surrounding areas in Oise Department. Search operations are continuing for a man after he was swept away by flood water of the Thérain River. The government of Oise Department said 35 to 60 mm of rain fell in Beauvais in just 1 hour late on 21 June.

Global Warming

Drought, Climate Change Helping to Kill Off Plants

UC Irvine scientists concluded in a study released Monday that climate change is contributing to the dying-off of plant species. The researchers, who focused on 5,000 square miles surrounding Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, found that from 1984 through 2017, vegetation in the deserts declined by about 35% and 13% in the mountains.

Plants are dying and nothing’s replacing them. The drought conditions and rising temperatures appear to be contributing to the decline in vegetation cover in the deserts, the researchers found.

Conditions in the mountains for pines and oaks are better due to more rain.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Unknown Disease Linked to Camels – Ethiopia

The World Health Organization (WHO) was recently notified of an outbreak of human infections linked to camels in the Oromia and Somali areas of Ethiopia that has affected nearly 200 people.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.5 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.4 earthquake hits off the west coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits the southern Atlantic Ocean.

5.1 earthquake hits the Pagan region, North Mariana Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Claudette is located about about 65 mi…100 km ese of Raleigh North Carolina and about 120 mi…190 km n of Cape Fear North Carolina with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…ene or 65 degrees at 25 mph…41 km/h.

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 06w (Six), located approximately 139 nm southeast of Andersen afb, Japan, is tracking west-northwestward at 11 knots.

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Newsbytes:

USA – A severe thunderstorm caused damage and brought heavy rainfall and flash flooding in Bloomington, Indiana, USA, late on 18 June 2021. One person was reported missing and later found dead.

USA – Tropical Storm Claudette formed along the US Gulf Coast early 19 June, 2021 bringing heavy rains and some flooding to coastal areas of Mississippi and Louisiana. Flooding also affected parts of Alabama, where one person was reported missing. As of 20 June, several storm-related fatalities were reported, including 12 people who died in a road accident in Butler County, Alabama reportedly caused by flood waters. One person died in flood water in DeKalb County, Alabama and 2 fatalities were caused by a falling tree in the Tuscaloosa area.

India – Thousands of people have been affected by flooding after days of heavy rainfall in northern and eastern India and neighbouring countries caused rivers to rise above the danger mark in the states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Meanwhile India’s Ministry of Home Affairs reported on 20 June that at least 9 people have died in rain and severe weather-related incidents across the country over the last few days.

New Zealand – Another spell of torrential rain has caused flooding in New Zealand, closing roads and promoting evacuations on the East Coast of North Island. Severe flooding last month caused widespread damage in the South Island region of Canterbury. At least 9 locations across the district saw more than 100mm of rain fall in 24 hours to 20 June. Waikura Valley recorded 185.50 mm during this period.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Utah, USA

Sunday afternoon saw 11 active wildfires burning across Utah, with the largest continuing to be the Flatt Fire in Iron County. That blaze had burned 14,443 acres and was 15% contained as of Sunday morning, although that containment figure was an improvement over Saturday, when the fire was 0% contained.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Depression Claudette is located about 85 mi…135 km wsw of Atlanta Georgia and about 450 mi…725 km w of Cape Fear North Carolina with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…ene or 60 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 04e (Dolores), located approximately 913 nm southeast of San Diego, is tracking northward at 10 knots.

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Environment

Sargassum Explosion

Beaches in Florida, the Caribbean and tropical Atlantic are being overwhelmed by masses of sargassum, a seaweed now growing explosively because of fertilizer runoff.

While the seaweed is key to the marine environment, excessive nitrogen and phosphorus in coastal waters from the fertilizers have caused the proliferation.

This poses a health risk as rotting sargassum creates toxic hydrogen sulfide gas that can be dangerous for people with asthma and other respiratory problems. Florida Atlantic University professor Brian Lapointe says levels of fecal bacteria can also be high around the decaying blooms. He adds that runoff from the Mississippi River and others from the Amazon to the Congo are responsible for the new great “Atlantic Sargassum Belt.”