Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits offshore Antofagasta, Chile.

5.3 earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

Two 5.2 earthquakes hit south of Fiji.

5.2 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands, Greece.

5.0 earthquake hits southwest of Africa.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 15p (Uesi), located approximately 192 nm west of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking southward at 11 knots.

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Wildlife

Australia’s Bushfires Brought 113 Species Closer to Extinction

On Tuesday, the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment released a list of 113 species with the highest urgent need for conservation action due to the damage they’ve suffered from this tragic situation. The list includes species such as the Kangaroo Island dunnart and Pugh’s frog, both of which are “at imminent risk of extinction,” per the report, because of how much habitat the fires destroyed.

These species were endangered before this year’s bushfire season kicked off. Now, things have gotten worse when they need to be getting better. Most have lost at least 30 percent of their range, but many have lost even more. The endemic red browed treecreeper, for instance, saw almost half of its range burn. This priority list features animals such as the golden-tipped bat, which likes to dwell in the forests and caves of the fire-stricken eastern coast of Australia, is among those included. This list is focusing on species with key functions in the ecosystem.

Many of the other species on the list—13 birds, 19 mammals, 20 reptiles, 17 frogs, five invertebrae, 22 crayfish, and 17 freshwater fish—also face severe habitat disruption.

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Disease

Psittacosis – Sweden

The Swedish Public Health Authority reported this week that dozens of psittacosis, or parrot fever cases have been reported in recent months. Since September 2019, some 40 cases of parrot disease have been reported, mainly from the regions of Västra Götaland, Stockholm and Jämtland.

Novel Coronavirus – New name, Updated case count

On Tuesday, following WHO best practices for naming of new human infectious diseases, which were developed in consultation and collaboration with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), WHO has named the disease COVID-19, short for “coronavirus disease 2019.”

The Chinese National Health Commission reported Tuesday an additional 2015 COVID-19 cases and 97 deaths. As of February 11, according to reports from 31 provinces (autonomous regions, municipalities) and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, a total of 44,653 confirmed cases have been reported, including 1,113 deaths.

Globally, more than 45,000 cases have been reported from 28 countries.