Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.7 Earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.5 Earthquake hits Guam.

5.4 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore El Salvador.

Two 5.1 Earthquakes hit the South Sandwich islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

Environment

One of the World’s Most Polluted Islands

A tiny, uninhabited piece of land in the South Pacific Ocean, called Henderson Island, is considered one of the most remote islands in the world. But now, researchers say it has earned a much more worrisome new title: the world’s most polluted island.

Henderson Island is so remote that it’s visited only every five to 10 years, for research purposes, and is listed as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). But this isolation from humanity has not prevented the island’s beaches from becoming filled with trash. In a new study, researchers estimate that 37.7 million pieces of plastic — amounting to 17 tons of plastic debris — litter the beaches of Henderson Island.

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Disease

Diarrhoea, gastro outbreak hits Punjab – Pakistan

As per official record of the health department, the number of gastro and diarrhea patients reached 210,954 in the government-run hospitals, including 74,337 cases in Lahore since January 1, 2017. Moreover, the death toll due to the disease is being willfully not recorded in the hospitals in a bid to minimise the havoc in the province.

To make matters worse, the statistics compiled by the provincial headquarters did not include the figures of those patients who are visiting private hospitals, clinics and health centres in large numbers. If all data is included, the number of patients might be three times the current figures.

Although the government-run hospitals are crowded with gastroenteritis and diarrhea patients, the functionaries of the Punjab health department are hesitant to declare the outbreak officially.