Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits the Kodiak Island region, Alaska.

5.5 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Missouri, USA – Cropland in southern Boone County is filled with floodwater after a levee was breached Sunday morning. The levee, located south of Easley and north of Wilton, has a nearly 300-foot-wide break. Thousands of acres of cropland are a total loss due to the flooding. There are about eight homes impacted by the flooding. Some residents will use all-terrain vehicles or boats to leave their houses.

Hong Kong – Heavy rain brought floods to the north of Hong Kong and sparked an amber warning, as forecasters projected three days of thunderstorms for the city from Monday.

The Observatory issued the amber rainstorm warning at 5am, after which police received five reports of floods in rural areas.

China – Heavy downpours recorded in southern China in several areas of Guangdong province with more than 480mm falling in some places. Several coastal cities in southern Guangdong province including Shenzhen, Zhongshan and Zhuhai – as well as Hong Kong and Macau – experienced more than 12 hours of heavy rainfall. his resulted in severe flash flooding in the port city of Zhuhai, which recorded maximum overnight rainfall of 482.8 millimetres (19 inches) in one area.

Space Events

A ‘hypersonic’ fireball hits Australia

A large meteor lit up the night skies as it passed over the south coast of Australia on Tuesday, May 21. According to NASA’s Centre for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), the meteor entered the atmosphere at 11.5km per second or 25,724mph. The meteor then partially broke up and crash landed in the waters of the Great Australian Bight bay some 186 miles (300km) west-southwest of Mount Gambier. Before this happened, however, the fireball released enough energy in the sky to equal a “small nuclear bomb”.

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Asteroid with its own moon flies by Earth

An asteroid zipping by the Earth this weekend is so big, it has its own moon. Asteroid (66391) 1999 KW4 is a binary system – two asteroids orbiting each other. The larger is 1.5km across and resembles a spinning top or a muffin, and the smaller measures 500m.

Because of its size, 1999 KW4 is classified as potentially hazardous by the Minor Planet Center. But it poses no threat to Earth this time around, and will fly by just over 5 million kilometres away – close on an interplanetary scale, but far enough away we don’t need to worry.

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Disease

Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever – South Africa

South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has reported an additional confirmed Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) case in a 54-year-old man from the Ventersdorp surrounds, North West province in the first week of May 2019. This is the third case of CCHF reported in South Africa for 2019 to date.

Leptospirosis – Fiji

In a follow-up on the leptospirosis outbreak in Fiji in 2019, the Ministry of Health says eight deaths have been attributed to it in the Central Division since the beginning of the year.