Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.2 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 25p (Harold), located approximately 62 nm southwest of Suva, Fiji, is tracking east-southeastward at 19 knots.

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Wildlife

California Court Approves Ban on Federal Wildlife Poisoning, Trapping

In response to a lawsuit filed by wildlife advocacy groups, a federal animal-killing program must restrict its use of bird-killing poisons in Northern California and stop setting strangulation snares and other traps in places like the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

The court order further ends most beaver-killing in waterways where endangered wildlife depends on beaver-created habitats. The order also spells out several measures to protect California’s endangered gray wolves from being accidentally killed in traps set for other carnivores.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services is a multimillion-dollar federal program that uses painful leghold traps, strangulation snares, poisons and aerial gunning to kill coyotes, cougars, birds and other wild animals. Most of the killing is in response to requests from the agriculture industry.

In 2018 Wildlife Services reported killing nearly 1.5 million native animals nationwide. That year, in California, the program reported killing 26,441 native animals, including 3,826 coyotes, 859 beavers, 170 foxes, 83 mountain lions and 105 black bears. The 5,675 birds killed in 2018 in California included blackbirds, ducks, egrets, hawks, owls and doves.

It is hoped that Courts in other areas will similarly restrict the Trump administration’s arrogant disregard for wildlife interests.

Disease

COVID-19

Worldwide fatalities are over 82,992. More than 1,441,128 people have been infected.

USA – The number of people infected with the virus in the United States hit more than 400,549, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally, with the number of fatalities surpassing 12,857.

New York – New York City has reported 4,009 deaths from nearly 76,876 cases. Some 5,563 deaths have been recorded statewide from 140,081 cases.

Italy – The country’s total cases is 135,586. More deaths were also reported bringing the total to 17,127.

Germany – The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany has reached 107,659. Meanwhile, the death toll rose to over 2,017.

Spain – Spain reported 14,555 deaths with over 146,690 cases.

France – France has confirmed nearly 78,167 cases of the coronavirus with 10,328 deaths.

UK – The UK has now recorded 55,242 cases and the death toll has risen to 6,159.

Iran – The death toll in Iran from the coronavirus outbreak has reached 4,003, from 67,286 cases.

Brazil – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Brazil rose to 12,345, including 581 deaths. São Paulo has reported the most cases and deaths of all Brazilian states. Infections have now spread across the country, including to indigenous territories in the Amazon basin that are the size of France and Spain combined. The first case among indigenous peoples was recorded in Amazonas state.

China – China on Tuesday reported no new coronavirus deaths for the first time since it started publishing figures in January, the National Health Commission said. China’s health authorities reported 32 new cases nationwide, all of which were imported. Meanwhile China has lifted the lockdown on Wuhan, allowing residents to leave the city for the first time in 76 days.