Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 earthquake hits the Bismarck Sea.

6.0 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.6 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.5 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.1 earthquake hits Alaska.

5.1 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 19s (Faraji), located approximately 639 nm southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking east-southwestward at 02 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Australia – A slow moving tropical low caused widespread flooding and road closures in northern parts of Western Australia (WA), in particular the Gascoyne Region, from 05 February, 2021.

England – Heavy rain has led to flooding across Yorkshire, leaving cars stranded, roads closed and rail services disrupted. Some railway lines were blocked between Leeds and Wakefield Westgate due to flooding.

Wildlife

China Expands Protected Wildlife List

China has added 517 new species to a list of nationally protected animals, marking the first major update of the inventory since its introduction in 1989.

The additions, which include the wolf, large-spotted civet and golden jackal, take the number of species on the List of Wildlife under Special State Protection – an adjunct to the Wildlife Protection Law – to 980. Among the other additions were the Skywalker (or Gaoligong) hoolock gibbon and Bailey’s (or hot-spring) snake, which is endemic to Tibet.Among the other additions were the Skywalker (or Gaoligong) hoolock gibbon and Bailey’s (or hot-spring) snake, which is endemic to Tibet.

‘Drastic’ Declines in Cambodia’s Endangered Wildlife

Cambodia’s last two wildlife sanctuaries have seen a drastic decline in wildlife populations. The estimated banteng population (ungulates) plummeted by 72%, from about 3,013 in 2010 to just 856 in 2020, within both sanctuaries, which have a combined area of 5,955 square kilometers – slightly larger than Brunei Darussalam. The population of red muntjacs, also known as barking deer, had declined to about 3,350 in 2020, half the number that had been found in 2010. Between the late 1960s and the early 1990s, Cambodia’s total banteng population fell by 95%, according to the WWF.

Rampant poaching and deforestation due to overseas business interests are responsible for the drop in wildlife numbers.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Yellow Fever – Brazil

In a follow-up on epizootic yellow fever situation in Paraná state, Brazil, the State Department of Health reported three more deaths of infected monkeys (epizootics) that occurred in the municipality of Palmas. The State has so far registered 104 reports of animal diseases in 23 municipalities. There were 14 monkey deaths confirmed due to the yellow fever virus; 7 are under investigation, 41 were discarded and 42 occurred for undetermined causes.