Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.6 earthquake hits Fiji.
5.2 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.
5.2 earthquake hits Iceland.
5.0 earthquake hits Iceland.
5.0 earthquake hits the Azores.
5.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu.
5.0 earthquake hits the southeast Indian ridge.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 22s (Marian), located approximately 210 nm southwest of the Cocos Islands, Australia, is tracking west-southwestward at 10 knots.
Wildfires – South Africa
A wildfire in the Jonkershoek Valley in the Cape Winelands continues to rage out of control. Authorities are warning residents to pack a bag and be ready to evacuate. The fire has burned approximately 8 500 hectares and more than 250 firefighters and 24 vehicles are fighting the blaze. Two firefighters have been injured.
The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:
Human infection with avian influenza A (H5N8) – the Russian Federation
On 18 February 2021, the National IHR Focal Point for the Russian Federation notified WHO of detection of avian influenza A(H5N8) in seven human clinical specimens. These are the first reported detection of avian influenza A(H5N8) in humans.
Leishmaniasis – Kenya
At least 19 cases of the parasitic disease visceral leishmaniasis, or kala-azar have been reported in Mandera in northeastern Kenya.