Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.5 earthquake hits the Lombok region, Indonesia.
5.4 earthquake hits Mindoro in the Philippines.
5.2 earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.
5.2 earthquake hits Tonga.
5.1 earthquake hits Potosi, Bolivia.
5.0 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression (td) 03w (Three), located approximately 30 nm west of Koror, Palau, is tracking westward at 08 knots.
In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 19s (Savannah), located approximately 450 nm southwest of Cocos Island, Australia, is tracking west-southwestward at 06 knots.
US wildlife officials move to strip grey wolves of protected status
US wildlife officials want to strip grey wolves of their remaining endangered species protections and declare the species recovered following a decades-long restoration effort.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service proposal released Thursday would put wolves under state authority and allow hunting in more areas.
Critics argue the move is premature, with wolves still absent across most of their historic range.
Government officials say their goal was to protect against extinction, not restore wolves everywhere.
Trapping, poisoning and hunting exterminated wolves across most of the Lower 48 early last century. They bounced back under federal protection, and more than 6,000 now live in portions of nine states.
Students Around the World Protest Climate Change
Thousands of school pupils worldwide have abandoned classrooms for a day of protest against climate change. India, South Korea, Australia and the US are among the countries where teenagers are already on strike.
The day of action is expected to embrace about 100 countries. The globally co-ordinated children’s protests – promoted through posts on Twitter and other social media – have been going on for several months.
Wildfires – Spain
A cluster of wildfires in the countryside above Torrox in southern Spain are spreading rapidly towards numerous homes on the mountain above. A wildfire has also been declared in the Alpujarras. Thirty-five specialist forest firefighters are on the scene alongside one firefighting helicopter.
Wildfires – Malaysia
Approximately 100 acres of forested bush land have been razed in wildfires in the Kuala Baram and Miri districts. Five hotspots had been detected as of 5pm on Saturday (March 16). Meanwhile air pollutant levels in Sabah’s state capital have hit the unhealthy mark as bush fires were reported around the city in the current dry spell.