Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 earthquake hits the Philippines.

5.1 earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.0 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 22s (Herold), located approximately 336 nm northeast of Antananarivo, Madagascar, is tracking eastward at 05 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 23p (Gretel), located approximately 158 nm west of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking southeastward at 21 knots.

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Global Warming

Bears are Waking Up Too Soon

Europe just had its warmest winter ever, the US has just had its hottest December and January on record — and as a result, the bears are waking up from hibernation early because they think it’s spring.

According to the Guardian, there have been bear sightings in February and early March in Russia, Finland, Canada, and the US. In Banff in Canada, a grizzly bear was spotted on March 3, and in Yellowstone Park in the US, another grizzly was seen on March 7.

According to Yellowstone’s website, male grizzlies normally come out of hibernation in mid- to late March, and females with cubs emerge later, in April to early May.

If they wake up too early, there isn’t enough of their omnivorous diet for them to eat. And if they don’t have enough to eat, they go in search of food, where a run-in with humans is a possibility as they rifle through garbage and gardens.

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Disease

COVID-19

Spain and France have announced sweeping new restrictions on daily life in a bid to contain the coronavirus outbreaks in their countries, as the Philippines seals off Manila in the most aggressive response to the pandemic yet seen in Southeast Asia, and Australia orders all arrivals from overseas to go into quarantine for 14 days.

The Vatican said its traditional Easter week celebrations would be held this year without worshippers.

Spain – Two weeks ago the country reported 32 cases. Today, Spanish health officials put the outbreak total at 5,753 cases, an increase of some 1,500 cases in 24 hours. The death toll is now at 136.

Italy – The Italian Health Ministry reported an additional 3,497 coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s total to 21,157. In addition, 175 new deaths have been recorded. Italy is now reporting a total of 1,441 fatalities.

Iran – Iran’s death toll from the new coronavirus has reached 724, with 113 new deaths in the past 24 hours, an Iranian health official said, adding that about 13,938 people have been infected across the country.

Malaysia – Malaysia reported 190 new cases of coronavirus, most linked to a religious event at a mosque that was attended by more than 10,000 people from several countries. The new cases bring the total number of infections in the country to 428.

El Salvador – El Salvador has not reported a single confirmed case of coronavirus, but congress there has declared a state of emergency and approved a partial suspension of the country’s constitution to tackle any outbreak.

Japan – Japan’s Health Ministry has announced 64 new cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 780. The death toll stands at 29.

South Korea – South Korea reported 76 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its morning update on the country’s coronavirus outbreak, down from 107 on Saturday. The country now has 8,162 confirmed cases of the virus, with 75 deaths.

Lassa fever – Nigeria

Nigeria health officials reported an additional 81 confirmed Lassa fever cases the week of Mar. 2-8, bringing the country total to 855 since the beginning of the year. This total is nearly double the 472 confirmed cases reported during the same period last year.