Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits offshore El Salvador.

5.6 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.4 earthquake hits the southern East Pacific rise.

5.2 earthquake hits El Salvador.

5.2 earthquake hits the Prince Edward Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits eastern Honshu, Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore El Salvador.

5.0 earthquake hits El Salvador.

5.0 earthquake hits the gulf of Mexico.

5.0 earthquake hits southern Iran.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.8 earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge.

5.6 earthquake hits Easter Island.

5.5 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.5 earthquake hits Easter Island.

5.4 earthquake hit the Molucca Sea.

5.3 earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.3 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits Easter Island.

5.2 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits Easter Island.

5.0 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

Environment

Iran’s Oak Forests under Threat

Zagros forests begin in northwestern West Azarbaijan province, along the Zagros mountain range, and extend to southern Fars province. The forests pass 11 provinces and cover an area of some 6 million hectares which is 40 percent of the country’s forest area.

Almost half of the oak trees in the forest areas of western Ilam and Kohgiluyeh-Boyer-Ahmad provinces are suffering from charcoal disease which can ultimately destroy the whole forest. Charcoal disease outbreak has started some 7 years ago and has turned to a major outbreak in the forest. The disease is caused by biscogniaxia mediteranea. The leaves of infected trees turn brown and gradually, dark viscous exudation appears on the trunk. And in the winter of the next year fungal growth induces a typical charcoal-black surface on diseased branches and trunks which ultimately leads to the death of the tree.

Although it’s a fungal disease, the main culprit for this outbreak seems to be drought and sand and dust storms.

Moreover, the forest has become the victim of large-scale illegal logging activities in Zagros oak forests in Fars Province. The illegally felled tress are sold at an unbelievable low price, the old precious timbers being sold for charcoal making. Some 2,000 charcoal kilns are active in the province making 1.5 tons of charcoal from each 10 tons of oak timber.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.0 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits Seram, Indonesia.

5.5 earthquake hits Mozambique.

5.4 earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.4 earthquake hits Seram, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits Myanmar.

5.3 earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.3 earthquake hits New Guinea, Papua new Guinea.

5.2 earthquake hits Mozambique.

5.0 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Iran

Fire incidents in natural sites under the control of the Department of Environment have increased by 20% since the beginning of the current Iranian year (March 21, 2017) compared with the same period of last year. Some 3,300 hectares of land in DOE protected areas (national parks, natural monuments, wildlife sanctuaries and protected areas), including woodlands, ranges and wetlands, have been ravaged by wildfires during the period.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.5 Earthquake hits Guam.

5.2 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the coast of Central America.

5.0 Earthquake hits eastern Iran.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Iran

While winter is not normally thought of as wildfire season, a number of small wildfires have swept across several locations in its first week. At least three incidents have been reported this week following the huge blaze in the drought-stricken Meiqan Wetland located in Markazi Province on Dec. 22, which was linked to human activity. On Sunday, fire broke out in Abr Forest in Shahroud, Semnan Province and Bandar-e Gaz in Golestan Province saw flames erupted in the county’s woodlands in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Wildfires – California

On Christmas Doay 1,500 firefighters and crew members worked around the clock to douse hot spots, maintain containment lines and mop up parts of the more than 280,000 acres charred by the massive Thomas Fire. Since it ignited Dec. 4, the fire has destroyed more than a thousand structures, spread from Santa Paula to Ventura and wrapped around Ojai before pushing toward Santa Barbara and inland forests. The fire is mostly contained now and is not expected to grow further.