Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.5 earthquake hits north of Halamhera, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.3 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits southwestern Sakha, Russia.

5.1 earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

5.1 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 20s (Ferdinand), located approximately 432 nm north-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking northwestward at 05 knots.

NewsBytes:

UK – Residents in parts of East Yorkshire have been evacuated from their homes as flood water levels rise. The flooding at East Cowick came as fields in the area, holding vast quantities of water from the River Aire, began to overtop. Emergency services deployed boats to assist with evacuating residents. Heavy downpours are expected to cause further flooding to homes and businesses over the weekend, as the latest storm to hit the UK takes hold. Yellow weather warnings are in place for Storm Jorge on Friday, with the south-west and north-west of England, Wales and Northern Ireland expected to experience the worst of the deluge.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – South Africa

A wildfire near Paarl in the Western Cape, which has destroyed nearly 6 000ha of mixed fynbos and continues to burn out of control. Firefighters continue their efforts to bring the blaze under control which is being fanned by strong winds. A second fire has started near Ceres.

Disease

COVID-19

China – Mainland China had 427 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections on Friday, the country’s National Health Commission said on Saturday. That brings the total accumulated number of confirmed cases in mainland China so far to 79,251. The death toll from the outbreak in mainland China had reached 2,835 as of the end of Friday, up by 47 from the previous day.

South Korea – There were 219 new coronavirus cases in South Korea, bringing the country’s total infections to 3,150, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Iran – Iran’s health ministry has said 205 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the country in the last 24 hours, with nine more deaths reported. The new numbers bring the total deaths in the country to 43 among 593 cases.

Dengue Fever – Paraguay

Through Feb. 22, health officials reported 137,423 total cases, up from 106,127 total dengue fever cases the week prior.