Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.2 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 10s (Joshua), located approximately 1160 nm east-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking southwestward at 08 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 12s (Eloise), located approximately 386 nm north of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking westward at 15 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 11p (Kimi), located approximately 92 nm southeast of Cairns, Australia, is tracking south-southeastward at 08 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Indonesia – Disaster authorities in Indonesia report that over 20 people have died and thousands have been displaced by recent flooding in South Kalimantan and North Sulawesi Provinces. Authorities in the country are currently fighting disasters on several fronts after string of floods and devastating landslides was followed by a massive earthquake in West Sulawesi Province on 15 January which left at least 81 people dead in Mamuju and Majane Regencies. The current spate of flooding in South Kalimantan Province began on 12 January and affected Banjar and Tabalong regencies. The situation worsened over the following days. The provincial capital, Banjarmasin City, recorded over 270mm of rain in 24 hours to 14 January. On the same day the Provincial Government of South Kalimantan declared a state of emergency. As of 17 January, the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) reported over 24,000 houses have been flooded, causing thousands of residents to evacuate. Meanwhile 6 people have died after heavy rain triggered floods and landslides in Manado City, North Sulawesi Province on 16 January, 2021. The city recorded around 250mm of rain in 48 hours to 17 January.

Wildlife

Most Animals Are Decreasing In Size As Result Of Global Warming

Scientists from the University of Granada (UGR) and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile have succeeded in explaining why ectotherms (animals whose body temperature depends mainly on environmental temperature—that is, most animals) are reducing in size as a result of global warming.

heir study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, offers the first plausible physiological explanation for the general reduction in organism size that has been observed, as a consequence of global warming. Rising temperatures lead to metabolic restrictions which restrict growth—in other words, the animals cannot develop to achieve larger sizes. With increasing size, death due to thermal stress occurs at a lower metabolic rate compared to rest at a non-stressful temperature.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Cholera – Nigeria

A cholera outbreak in the Benue region in Nigeria has resulted in 14 deaths in the region’s Agatu Local Government Area and Abinse, a riverine community in the Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue State.

Bird Flu – Iraq

The province of Salahudin, located north of Iraq’s capital Baghdad, has recorded a new bird flu outbreak, as the country’s Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture assured that all protecting procedures were adopted to curb the spread of the virus. Over 60,000 chickens in the province were detected to have acquired the bird flu.