Disease

Covid-19

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

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Lassa fever – Nigeria

After reporting a record year of Lassa fever in Nigeria last year, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported nine confirmed Lassa fever cases, including 2 deaths in Bauchi state among the confirmed cases.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.5 earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina.

5.6 earthquake hits Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia.

5.4 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina.

5.0 earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 10s (Joshua), located approximately 1029 nm southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking west-southwestward at 11 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 12s (Eloise), located approximately 358 nm northeast of Antananarivo, Madagascar, is tracking southwestward at 04 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Bolivia – Heavy rain has caused flooding in several parts of Bolivia over the last few days, in particular in the departments of Cochabamba and La Paz. Flooding came after heavy rain caused rivers to overflow, including the Taquiña River. Damage was reported to homes, infrastructure and crops. Some families have evacuated their homes, mostly in Villa Tunari. One person died in floods in Cercado. Meanwhile heavy rain also caused the Mapiri and Tipuani rivers to break their banks on 18 January, flooding the town of Guanay in Larecaja province in northern La Paz Department.

Paraguay – araguay’s National Emergency Secretariat (SEN) reports it is distributing humanitarian supplies to around 4,000 families affected by flash floods in the Municipality of Concepción. Flash floods struck in around 7 districts of the city from 16 January, 2021. As of 18 January, around 1,000 families remained displaced as of 18 January. Almost 230 mm of rain fell in the city on 17 January 2021. Levels of the Paraguay River jumped from around 1.6 metres on 17 January to 2.28 metres the following day.

Disease

Covid-19

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

Typhoid – Fiji

The Fiji Ministry of Health is reporting at least 10 cases of typhoid fever on the island of Vanua Levu. According to the Minister for Health, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, the cases were reported in the provinces of Cakaudrove and Macuata.

African Swine Fever – Philippines

Agriculture officials in Leyte province in the Visayas region of the Philippines are reporting Africa swine fever (ASF) in several barangays (villages). Blood samples taken from hogs in Abuyog tested positive for ASF, the first case reported in the Eastern Visayas.

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.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits the Hindi Kush, Afghanistan.

5.2 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.2 earthquake hits near the east coast of Kamchatka.

5.2 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 10s (Joshua), located approximately 1222 nm southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking southwestward at 09 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 12s (Eloise), located approximately 528 nm north-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking westward at 12 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 11p (Kimi), located approximately 99 nm north-northeast of Cairns, Australia, is tracking south-southeastward at 03 knots.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Colorado, USA

A wind-driven wildfire is burning in southeastern Colorado near Fort Lyon, which has been evacuated. The fire is approximately 80% contained and is estimated to be between 3,000 and 4,000 acres. The fire is burning in the John Martin Reservoir State Wildlife Area, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Wildfires – California, USA

Evacuation orders have been lifted for a community in California’s San Jacinto Mountains that was threatened by a wildfire. Residents in Mountain Center were told to leave their homes after a wildfire broke out in dry, windy conditions early Friday morning. The fire had burned about 1 square mile and was 20% contained.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.

A powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Sulawesi island early Friday, killing at least 34 people, levelling a hospital and severely damaging other buildings, authorities said.

5.4 earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.4 earthquake hits offshore Guatemala.

5.3 earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.3 earthquake hits near the south coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.2 earthquake hits Tonga.

Two 5.1 earthquakes hit the Southern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits the Bismarck Sea.

5.1 earthquake hits near the south coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits offshore Guatemala.

5.1 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits near the coast of Ecuador.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Panama.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 10s (Ten), located approximately 1325 nm east-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking westward at 06 knots.

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Environment

Australia’s “dinosaur trees” afforded special status

A group of exceptionally rare wollemi pine trees in Australia’s Blue Mountains were officially designated an Asset of Intergenerational Significance by state authorities on Friday. Having narrowly avoided extinction during last summer’s bushfire crisis, the designation allows extra protection measures for the trees.

Prior to their discovery in 1994, wollemi pines were known only in fossil records, with evidence suggesting they existed up to 90 million years ago during the late-cretaceous period. The wollemi pines are often described as a living fossil, having been around when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Some of the adult trees are estimated to be up to 1,000 years old with their exact location kept secret from the public.

Wollemi pine