Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits the Adriatic Sea.

5.7 earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits Taiwan.


Horns Down

Wildlife experts in Africa say they have found it is safer to relocate the critically endangered black rhinoceros upside down, sedated and blindfolded by helicopter rather than by land.

It is sometimes necessary to move rhinos from local overcrowding and to make them less vulnerable to poaching. Their blood oxygen levels are higher when they are upside down, compared to lying on their side on a flatbed truck. Nearly 98% of black rhinos disappeared in the wild after the 1960s, when more than 100,000 roamed the deserts, shrublands and savannas from Kenya to Namibia.



Wildfires – India

A thick layer of smoke has covered Nawalpur due to bushfires in various community forests in the district. Bushfires have spread to around 2,000 hectares of forests in the district. It is believed the fires were lit deliberately.



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Swine Flu – USA

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a case of human infection with a novel influenza A virus, or “swine flu” in North Carolina.