Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits the Turkey-Iran border.

5.2 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the Bonin Islands off Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 19p (Esther), located approximately 454 nm southeast of Darwin, Australia, is tracking westward at 09 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 20s (Ferdinand), located approximately 521 nm north-northeast of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking southwestward at 07 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Indonesia – At least eight students have been killed and two others are missing after a flash flood hit a high school group who were hiking along a river on Indonesia’s main island of Java. About 250 students were trekking on the banks of the Sembor River in Donokerto village in Sleman, Yogyakarta on Friday when high waters pulled some students in, drowning them.

Global Warming

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef shows signs of new coral bleaching

The government agency tasked with monitoring the health of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has detected signs of heat stress in several coral regions, increasing the prospects of another major bleaching event.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority said on Thursday that a prolonged period of warmer than usual ocean currents has led to water temperatures that are 2 to 3°C above average for February, which is already the hottest month of the year on the reef.

Wildlife

Climate-sensitive bird hints at global warming’s lasting impact

It’s hard to be a bird these days.

Take the black-throated blue warbler. The migration patterns of this small songbird have been slowly but steadily changing over the past 50 years, according to a study published Thursday in the journal The Auk: Ornithological Advances.

The timing of the bird’s flight patterns has been advancing, with its spring migration occurring around one day earlier per decade. While the warbler isn’t facing the same risks as some of its other feathered friends, it’s the kind of small but unignorable change that ornithologists are becoming all too familiar with.

Birds are very susceptible to changes, and they are really good indicators of what’s happening around them in their physical environment. This has made birds a particularly important part of understanding the growing impact of climate change.

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Disease

COVID-19

China – China had 150 new confirmed deaths from the coronavirus on Sunday. The national health commission also confirmed 409 new infections during the current period, down from 648 reported a day earlier. The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases on the mainland is now 77,150, and 2,592 have died from the outbreak, the commission said.

South Korea’s cases continued to balloon, reaching 833 with seven confirmed deaths.

In Italy, at least 152 cases and four deaths have been reported in the country’s north, prompting emergency measures in Europe.

Meanwhile, Turkey, Pakistan and Armenia have closed their borders with Iran, as authorities reported 43 coronavirus infections and 12 deaths.

Kuwait reported three cases, while Bahrain and Iraq each confirmed one, bringing the number of countries in the Middle East with the virus, known as COVID-19, to eight.

Dengue Fever – Easter Island

On 7 February 2020, the Chile IHR National Focal Point informed the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) of the detection of three confirmed cases of autochthonous dengue fever reported on Easter Island.