Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits the Turkey-Iran border.

5.2 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the Bonin Islands off Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 19p (Esther), located approximately 454 nm southeast of Darwin, Australia, is tracking westward at 09 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 20s (Ferdinand), located approximately 521 nm north-northeast of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking southwestward at 07 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Indonesia – At least eight students have been killed and two others are missing after a flash flood hit a high school group who were hiking along a river on Indonesia’s main island of Java. About 250 students were trekking on the banks of the Sembor River in Donokerto village in Sleman, Yogyakarta on Friday when high waters pulled some students in, drowning them.

Global Warming

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef shows signs of new coral bleaching

The government agency tasked with monitoring the health of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has detected signs of heat stress in several coral regions, increasing the prospects of another major bleaching event.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority said on Thursday that a prolonged period of warmer than usual ocean currents has led to water temperatures that are 2 to 3°C above average for February, which is already the hottest month of the year on the reef.

Wildlife

Climate-sensitive bird hints at global warming’s lasting impact

It’s hard to be a bird these days.

Take the black-throated blue warbler. The migration patterns of this small songbird have been slowly but steadily changing over the past 50 years, according to a study published Thursday in the journal The Auk: Ornithological Advances.

The timing of the bird’s flight patterns has been advancing, with its spring migration occurring around one day earlier per decade. While the warbler isn’t facing the same risks as some of its other feathered friends, it’s the kind of small but unignorable change that ornithologists are becoming all too familiar with.

Birds are very susceptible to changes, and they are really good indicators of what’s happening around them in their physical environment. This has made birds a particularly important part of understanding the growing impact of climate change.

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Disease

COVID-19

China – China had 150 new confirmed deaths from the coronavirus on Sunday. The national health commission also confirmed 409 new infections during the current period, down from 648 reported a day earlier. The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases on the mainland is now 77,150, and 2,592 have died from the outbreak, the commission said.

South Korea’s cases continued to balloon, reaching 833 with seven confirmed deaths.

In Italy, at least 152 cases and four deaths have been reported in the country’s north, prompting emergency measures in Europe.

Meanwhile, Turkey, Pakistan and Armenia have closed their borders with Iran, as authorities reported 43 coronavirus infections and 12 deaths.

Kuwait reported three cases, while Bahrain and Iraq each confirmed one, bringing the number of countries in the Middle East with the virus, known as COVID-19, to eight.

Dengue Fever – Easter Island

On 7 February 2020, the Chile IHR National Focal Point informed the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) of the detection of three confirmed cases of autochthonous dengue fever reported on Easter Island.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits the Turkey-Iran border.

5.3 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

Two 5.2 earthquakes hits Tonga.

5.2 earthquake hits the west Chile rise.

Two 5.1 earthquakes hit the Molucca Sea.

5.1 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 earthquake hits the west Chile rise.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 18p (Wasi), located approximately 163 nm south of Pago Pago, American Samoa, is tracking south-southwestward at 11 knots.

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NewsBytes:

UK – A third consecutive weekend of stormy weather brought further flooding to already sodden areas, and strong winds of up to 75 mph were expected to affect swathes of the northern half of the UK, as large parts of south Wales and northern and central England grappled with the impact of storms Ciara and Dennis. There was also heavy snowfall in Scotland. People have had to be rescued from their homes after the Yorkshire Dales was hit by flooding following heavy overnight rain.

Peru – Heavy rain in the mountains of Peru triggered flash flooding and deadly landslides while displacing hundreds of families from their homes in multiple districts across the country. Three people have been confirmed dead by the Ministry of Health following a landslide in Tacna, Peru. Almost two dozen more were injured in the slide with two cases being reported as serious injuries.

Global Warming

Dwindling Colorado River

The Colorado River — which provides water to more than 40 million people from Denver to Los Angeles — has seen its flow dwindle by 20 percent compared to the last century, and scientists have found that climate change is mainly to blame.

The researchers found that more than half of the decline in the river’s flow is connected to increasing temperatures, and as warming continues, they say the risk of “severe water shortages” for the millions that rely on it is expected to grow.

For each 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit of warming averaged across the river’s basin, the study found that its flow has decreased by nearly 10%. Over the course of the 20th and early 21st centuries, the region has already warmed by an average of roughly 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Colorado River starts high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and Wyoming, before snaking its way across the Southwest on its way to the Gulf of California. But by the time it arrives there, its flow is reduced to a trickle, says Brad Udall, a senior climate scientist at Colorado State University who has studied the Colorado River basin for 30 years. En route, water is diverted to supply major cities like Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Diego, as well as farms in the US and Mexico that grow the vegetables that feed millions around the world.

Global warming is taking a severe toll on the snowpack that feeds the river, the scientists found. As temperatures increase, snow cover in the region is declining, meaning less energy from the sun is reflected back into space and more warms the ground as heat.

This triggers a vicious cycle that leads to even more evaporation and therefore, less water supply.

The river’s flow has also been diminished by a severe drought that’s spanned much of the last two decades, leaving its two main reservoirs — Lake Powell and Lake Mead — barely half full.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Ghana

Over 170 farmlands have been destroyed by bushfires in the Atebubu Amantin municipality of the Bono East Region, posing a serious threat to the government’s flagship agricultural policy, the Planting for Food and Jobs program.

Disease

COVID-19

China – In total, China has reported 76,936 infections and 2,442 deaths.

According to available data, the disease remains mild in 80 percent of patients and severe or critical in 20 percent. The virus has been fatal in 2 percent of reported cases.

South Korea – New coronavirus cases in the country jumped by 123 to 556 on Sunday and the death toll rose to five, according to the Korea Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits the Bonin Islands off Japan.

5.2 earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 17p (Vicky), located approximately 109 nm north of Niue, is tracking south-southeastward at 11 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 18p (Wasi), located approximately 118 nm west of Pago Pago, American Samoa, is tracking southeastward at 10 knots.

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Disease

COVID-19

China – In mainland China, the number of new infections fell significantly to 397, with another 109 people dying of the disease. The new figures bring the total number of cases in mainland China to 76,288 with 2,345 deaths.

South Korea – South Korea confirmed 52 more cases of novel coronavirus on Friday as the number of infections linked to a religious sect in Daegu spiked, making it the worst-affected country outside China. Thirty-nine of the new cases were connected to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the southern city of Daegu, the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said, taking the country’s overall figure to 204.

Italy – The first European to succumb to the coronavirus has died in Italy, just hours after 10 towns were locked down following a flurry of new cases. Italian health officials reported at least 16 COVID-19 cases today.

Iran – Iranian health officials reported an additional 13 COVID-19 cases and three deaths today. Total cases stand at 28 with 4 deaths.

Yellow Fever – Uganda

From 4 November through 14 February 2020, eight laboratory confirmed cases of yellow fever in Buliisa (3), Maracha (1) and Moyo (4); including four deaths (CFR 50%), were detected through the national surveillance system.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits near the east coast of Kamchatka.

5.4 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.1 earthquake hits western Xizang, China.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 17p (Vicky), located approximately 84 nm south of Pago Pago, is tracking southward at 09 knots.

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