Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits Java, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits south of Fiji.


Plastic Hive

Scientists in Argentina say they have found a wild bee nest made of plastic debris. Mariana Allasino, of the National Agricultural Technology Institute, made the discovery after examining nests at the edges of crops in San Juan province.

One of the nests she and colleagues encountered had been built with bits of blue strips the consistency of plastic shopping bags, along with thicker pieces of other plastic material.

Experts fear the plastic lining of the nest cells could harm the bees by trapping moisture and harboring disease-causing organisms. Others say somewhat disingenuously that the nest indicates that bees can adapt to human influences on their habitats by making use of our rubbish.


Wildfires – Arizona, USA

A wildfire called the Mountain Fire near Phoenix spread to 7,225 acres by Saturday afternoon, Tonto National Forest officials said. As of noon local time, there was no containment. Air tankers and helicopters are dropping fire retardant and water, CBS News’ Janet Shamlian reports. The fire appeared to be burning away from communities, fire officials said. There was a mandatory evacuation of campers and users at Bartlett Lake.

Wildfires – California, USA

A vegetation fire that sparked Saturday afternoon rapidly grew in size in western Yolo County, threatening several structures and closing the main highway through the area, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The Sand Fire, on County Road 41 and Highway 16 just north of Rumsey, was reported at 2:37 p.m., according to Cal Fire. In less than two hours, the fire’s size grew from 125 acres to 600 acres. By 9 p.m., the fire had reach 1,700 acres with no containment.


Dengue Fever – Philippines

The Zamboanga City Health Office (CHO) has expressed alarm over the increasing number of dengue fever cases during the first part of 2019. According to health officials, 1,597 dengue cases with 12 deaths have been recorded since January this year.

African Swine Fever – Poland

African swine fever (ASF) has been confirmed at two commercial farms in different regions of Poland within one month. It is a matter for concern for a country fighting a long-running battle against the disease in its wild boar population.