Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.

A powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Sulawesi island early Friday, killing at least 34 people, levelling a hospital and severely damaging other buildings, authorities said.

5.4 earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.4 earthquake hits offshore Guatemala.

5.3 earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.3 earthquake hits near the south coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.2 earthquake hits Tonga.

Two 5.1 earthquakes hit the Southern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits the Bismarck Sea.

5.1 earthquake hits near the south coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits offshore Guatemala.

5.1 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits near the coast of Ecuador.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Panama.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 10s (Ten), located approximately 1325 nm east-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking westward at 06 knots.

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Environment

Australia’s “dinosaur trees” afforded special status

A group of exceptionally rare wollemi pine trees in Australia’s Blue Mountains were officially designated an Asset of Intergenerational Significance by state authorities on Friday. Having narrowly avoided extinction during last summer’s bushfire crisis, the designation allows extra protection measures for the trees.

Prior to their discovery in 1994, wollemi pines were known only in fossil records, with evidence suggesting they existed up to 90 million years ago during the late-cretaceous period. The wollemi pines are often described as a living fossil, having been around when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Some of the adult trees are estimated to be up to 1,000 years old with their exact location kept secret from the public.

Wollemi pine

Disease

Covid-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Covid-19 – Gorillas

Members of the Gorilla Troop at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park tested positive for coronavirus and were quarantined, in the first known case of Covid-19 transmission in these mammalian animals, it was reported.