Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits the central east Pacific rise.

5.1 earthquake hits the western Indian-Antarctic ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits the Babuyan Islands in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits El Salvador.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 19s (Faraji), located approximately 888 nm southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking south-southeastward at 03 knots.

Tropical cyclone 20p (Twenty), located approximately 566 nm south-southeast of Suva, Fiji, is tracking southward at 16 knots.

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Environment

Longer Pollen Season

Human-caused climate change has both worsened and lengthened pollen seasons across the U.S. and Canada, a new study reports.

Climate change has two broad effects, according to the study. First, it shifts pollen seasons earlier and lengthens their duration. Second, it increases the pollen concentrations in the air so pollen seasons are, on average, worse. The new research shows that pollen seasons start 20 days earlier, are 10 days longer and feature 21% more pollen than they did in 1990.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Anthrax – Australia

Officials with NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) are urging producers to vaccinate their livestock following confirmation of the first case of anthrax of the year. In late January 2021, anthrax was detected in an unvaccinated mob of ewes and lambs on a Central West NSW property with a previous history of anthrax.

Bird Flu – China

The World Health Organization (WHO) in the Western Pacific Region announced recently two additional human avian influenza A(H5N6) virus infections in China.