Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
6.2 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
5.4 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.
5.4 earthquake hits the Bismarck Sea.
5.3 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.
5.2 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.
5.2 earthquake hits offshore El Salvador.
5.1 earthquake hits south of Africa.
5.1 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.
5.0 earthquake hits Assam, India.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 14s (Damien), located approximately 167 nm east-northeast of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking south-southeastward at 09 knots.
Tropical cyclone (tc) 15p (Fifteen), located approximately 319 nm west-northwest of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking southwestward at 04 knots.
Turkey – At least 41 people have been killed and 84 others have been injured after two avalanches hit Turkey’s eastern border with Iran.
Global warming to blame for hottest day in Argentine Antarctica
Global warming is to blame for Argentine Antarctica recording its hottest day since readings began, Greenpeace said on Friday.
Temperatures climbed to 18.3 degrees Celsius (64.9 degrees Fahrenheit) at midday Thursday at the research station Esperanza base, the highest temperature on record since 1961, according to the National Meteorological Service.
The previous record stood at 17.5 degrees on March 24, 2015.
At Marambio, another Argentine base in Antarctica, temperatures reached 14.1 degrees Celsius on Thursday, the hottest temperature for a day in February since 1971.
Carnival Condoms – Brazil
The Brazil Ministry of Health has begun to distribute the 128.6 million condoms purchased to guarantee the protection of those who participate in Carnival 2020 later this month to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. Officials say by the beginning of the Carnival period, all states in the country will be supplied.
Novel Coronavirus – China
The death toll from the novel coronavirus surged past 800 in mainland China on Sunday, overtaking global fatalities in the 2002-03 SARS epidemic, even as the World Health Organization said the outbreak appeared to be “stabilising”. With 89 more people dying – most in Hubei, the province at the centre of the outbreak – the toll is now higher than the 774 killed worldwide by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome nearly two decades ago, according to figures from national health authorities.
Almost 37 200 people in China have now been infected by the new coronavirus, believed to have emerged late last year in a market that sold wild animals in Hubei’s capital Wuhan, before spreading across the nation and to other countries.