Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.5 earthquake hits south of Sumbawa, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits Kepulauan Sula, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits off the coast of Central America.

5.1 earthquake hits Reykjanes ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits the Gulf of Paris, Venezuela.

5.1 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 22s (Herold), located approximately 295north- nm northwest of St Denis, La Reunion, is tracking east-southeastward at 09 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Indonesia – Flooding triggered by incessant heavy rains submerged 316 homes located in two villages in Mount Ijen area, Bondowoso District, East Java Province, on Saturday.

Wildlife

Burnt Koalas Starve Weeks after the Bushfires

Koalas that survived the flames are now dying from starvation, dehydration, smoke inhalation and other hazards.

Over the past three weeks in one wildlife conservation property alone, our rescue team found koalas recently crushed under fire-damaged trees, and koalas with burnt paws after descending to the smouldering ground after the inferno had passed, hoping to change trees and find food. One of our most recent rescues was an orphaned, emaciated koala with all four paws burnt.

Koalas are also at risk of dying from infections associated with these injuries, or from the ongoing effects of smoke inhalation. Even uninjured koalas are struggling to find food in their burnt habitat and may soon starve.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – South Africa

The City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Service is battling a blaze on the slopes of Table Mountain, which began below Tafelberg Road on Sunday. Spokesperson Jermaine Carelse said on Monday a total of 30 firefighting appliances and over 230 firefighters are still on the scene. Several structures have been affected and motor vehicles destroyed in the fire. Six firefighters were injured and taken to hospital [and] one firefighting appliance was lost in the blaze.

Disease

COVID-19

More than half a billion children and youth are unable to go to school because of the coronavirus, the UN education agency said, as the outbreak continues to spread to new countries.

The Jewish faithful should refrain from kissing the stones of the Western Wall, the chief rabbi of the Jerusalem site said.

The USA Federal Reserve took the extraordinary step on Sunday of slashing its benchmark interest rate to near zero and unveiled measures to unfreeze credit markets as the US central bank moved to defend the US and global economies against the impact of coronavirus pandemic disruptions.

Italy – Italy recorded 368 more deaths from the coronavirus outbreak on Sunday, its biggest one day rise, amid growing concern about the ability of its strained health system to cope with the relentless increase in new cases. With 24,747 cases and 1,809 deaths by Sunday – a rise of 368 or 25% in the death toll in just 24 hours – Italy’s experience has offered an alarming example for other European countries which have begun seeing sharp rises in cases over recent days.

Switzerland – The number of cases increasing rapidly, 2,200 coronavirus cases to date.

Spain – Spain’s tally of coronavirus cases rose to 8,744 and the number of fatalities rose to 297.

South Korea – The KCDC announced 74 new cases in South Korea on Monday, bringing the total to 8,236.