Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits offshore Northern California.

5.2 earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.

5.1 earthquake hits Kyushu, Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits the Azores.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore Northern California.

5.0 earthquake hits the central mid-Atlantic ridge.

Wildlife

World Wildlife Fund Warning

The World Wildlife Fund estimates that 60 percent of the world’s wildlife has been killed by human activity since 1970. This is an alarming statistic, and the Fund warns that urgent action is required to reverse the devastation. The Fund says the greatest cause of wildlife loss is the destruction of natural habitats to create farmland. The next greatest threat to wildlife is animal species, about 300 of them, that are being hunted or fished into extinction by an expanding human population. Pollution is yet another major killer of wildlife. Tanya Steele, head of the World Wildlife Fund, says, “We are the first generation to know we are destroying our planet and the last one that can do anything about it.”

Disease

COVID-19

China – China reported 40 new confirmed cases on Sunday, compared with 44 the day before. That brings the total accumulated number of confirmed cases in mainland China to 80,735. A further 22 people died from the virus, bringing the death toll in mainland China to 3,119.

France – The France Ministry of Solidarity and Health has reported a doubling of COVID-19 cases since Friday. According to official data, 1,126 cases have been reported as of March 8, and 19 patients have died. This is up from 577 cases and 9 deaths reported Friday.

South Korea – Health Authorities confirmed a total of 248 cases on Sunday – the smallest increase since late February and the fourth successive day that it has been lower than the day before.