Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits the Russia-Mongolia border.

5.2 earthquake hits the Scotia Sea.

5.2 earthquake hits Ascension Island.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the Scotia Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

Wildlife

Waste Personal Protective Equipment from Covid-19 is Killing Wildlife

Waste from lifesaving personal protective equipment is killing birds, fish and other wildlife across the globe, a study has found. Animals are fatally ingesting or becoming entangled in discarded latex gloves and disposable face masks, while others have started building their homes using the same material, researchers said.

Scientists found a fish trapped in medical latex gloves in a canal cleanup in the Dutch city of Leiden in August, which prompted researchers to explore whether there was a larger problem.

The biologists found hundreds of discarded face masks in Leiden’s historical canals over the course of a few months and soon realized a worrying picture was emerging. Those affected are not confined to small fish and birds, rather the entire animal kingdom globally will suffer from COVID-19 litter.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Nepal

Hundreds of wildfires are burning across Nepal, sending smoke and ash across its cities during one of the worst fire seasons in recent years.

Nepal’s dry season, which runs from late fall to early summer, typically peaks with the most severe fires in March and April. Since November, 73 of Nepal’s 77 districts have reported forest fires — the highest level on record in the past five fire seasons.

The country has recorded up to 2,087 forest fires nationwide since November 15, 2020. And as of March 25, there were still at least 524 active fires burning across the country, spreading a combination of dust, smoke and ash into the air.

Nature – Images

Interesting Images

A resident of Hoboken, New Jersey spotted the unusual worm spiral after days of heavy rainfall.

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Disease

Covid-19

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

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Mysterious Brain Disease – Canada

Officials in Canada are racing to find the cause of a mysterious brain disease that has afflicted more than 40 people in the New Brunswick province, according to news reports.

Symptoms of the mystery illness resemble those of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), a rare and fatal brain disorder; and include memory loss, hallucinations and muscle atrophy.