Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 earthquake hits the Madeira Islands, Portugal.

5.4 earthquake hits Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits the west Chile rise.

5.0 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Oklahoma, USA

People living in the Oklahoma Panhandle have been forced to evacuate their homes Saturday because of a large wildfire that was fuelled by the wind. Authorities said the wildfire started in Beaver County and first approached Beaver from the southwest. More than one home has burned in Beaver. Oklahoma Forestry Services officials said the wildfire has burned an estimated 10,000 acres and is exhibiting extreme fire behaviour.

Disease

COVID-19

Italy – Italy has announced an unprecedented quarantine on its northern region of Lombardy and other severely affected areas on Sunday, impacting some 16 million people, as it steps up efforts to tackle Europe’s largest outbreak of coronavirus. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte early on Sunday issued a decree that severely restricts the movement of individuals in the northern region and surrounding areas. The move comes as the country struggles to contain the virus’s spread, with 1,247 new cases detected in the last 24 hours. Another 36 people also died as a result of the virus, taking the total to 233.

Polio – Pakistan, Afghanistan

Global health officials reported six additional wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in two countries last week, bringing the total for the year to 23.

In Pakistan, four WPV1 cases were reported. This brings the number of 2020 cases to 21.

In neighbouring Afghanistan, two cases of WPV1 case were reported making them the first cases in 2020.