Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.0 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.7 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.4 earthquake hits Alaska.

5.4 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

Two 5.3 earthquakes hit southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

Two 5.2 earthquakes hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.2 earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.0 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Guatemala.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 19s (Faraji), located approximately 1005 nm east of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking west-southwestward at 08 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Albania – Teams from the Albanian Armed Forces were called in to assist flood victims in Shkodra (also Shkodër) County, Albania. Parts of Shkodra County have seen flooding since January. As of 08 January, around 4,080 hectares of land was under water. Recent heavy rainfall worsened the situation. As of 09 February, an estimated 3,500 hectares of land was under water in the county, according to the regional government. By 11 February, the Ministry of Defence reported 5,030 hectares flooded.

Wildfires

Wildfires – UK

A number of major wildfires have sprung up across Cornwall and Devon over the past week, culminating with a massive blaze on Dartmoor. It is understood that the bitingly cold winds which have lashed the UK in the past few days have served to dry out the vegetation, making it more flammable. These same winds, despite their chill, have then fanned the flames of these fires, helping them spread and making them even more difficult to put out. The remote locations of the fires also made them even more challenging to extinguish.

In Scotland, A wildfire has broken out in the Highlands on a busy day for firefighters on the mainland and islands. Two fire engines from Dingwall and one from Applecross were scrambled to the scene of a wildfire in the Loch Carron area of Ross-shire. It follows another Wester Ross wildfire last night between Aultbea and Laide, near to Laide Wood. Elsewhere, another blaze cut off road access to the north of Skye on Friday afternoon after a wildfire broke out close to the A87 between Luib and Moll.

Wildfires – California

California’s annual rainy season is getting underway about 27 days later now than it did in the 1960s, according to new research. Instead of starting in November, the onset of the rains is now delayed until December, and the rain, when it comes, is being concentrated during January and February. Less rain is falling in the so-called shoulder seasons of autumn and spring, and more is falling during the core winter months. The worst fires occur in the fall, rather than in the hottest summer months, because that’s when vegetation is at its maximum dryness.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Ebola – Guinea

As the Democratic Republic of the Congo reports at least three confirmed Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases in the past week, more than 2,000 miles away, Guinea’s Health Minister provided details on the alleged return of the Ebola hemorrhagic disease in Guinea, according to local media.

Dengue Fever – Cook Islands

In a follow-up to the dengue virus serotype 2 (DENV-2) outbreak in the Cook Islands, as of February 12, 30 probable and confirmed cases have been reported. Twelve people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported.

Botulism – Uzbekistan

On February 7, five people with signs of food poisoning were admitted to the infectious diseases department of the Bulungur District Medical Association in Samarkand region in southeastern Uzbekistan. They were later diagnosed with botulism at the hospital. Despite the efforts of the doctors, one of the admitted, a 20-year-old man, died. The cases are believed to be linked to named tomatoes.