World War 3
While World War 3 hasn’t actually started, but in the beginning of the month, Donald Trump ordered an airstrike that killed the top Iranian Commander Qasem Solelmani. Which has led to extreme tension between the Middle East and The United States. America seemed to be in a panic for a while as fears for a third World War and a possible draft spiked.
Also at the start of the month was the huge eruption of the Australian bushfires. Fires have been raging throughout all of Australia, burning the ecosystem and killing an estimated 480 million animals that reside in Australia. There has also been a heavy human toll of at least 24 deaths. Organizations, such as the Red Cross are doing all they can to rescue animals and put out the worst fires Australia has seen in the 21st century.
Wuhan, a city in China, has introduced a brand new fatal coronavirus that has still yet to be named. The virus has been spreading quickly throughout China and has been confirmed in other countries across the world. Signs of the coronavirus start as a headache, a runny nose, cough, sore throat, and muscle pain, all similar to a cold. The virus then leads to a high fever and labored breathing, until developing into pneumonia and possibly sepsis. These symptoms have proven to be fatal. As of now, the countries that have reported cases of the coronavirus are China, France, The United States of America, Canada, Germany, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Cambodia, Australia, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, UAE, and Macao. As of this article being written, a reported 5,974 people have so far been infected, along with over 130 deaths.
Death of Kobe Bryant
The legendary Lakers basketball player, Kobe Bryant, died in a helicopter crash on January 26th. 8 others died in the crash, including the pilot, Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, one of her basketball teamates, a baseball coach and his wife and daughter, a mother and daughter, and a former basketball coach and mother. Kobe Bryant was 41 years old.
Taal Volcano Eruption
In the Philippine Islands, the huge Taal volcano, which hasn’t erupted since 1977, began erupting on January 12th, and was rated a 4 (out of 5) emergency, as the volcano poses a huge threat of exploding, releasing magma and ash that could become an extreme deadly emergency, The earthquakes caused by the volcano’s explosions have over 96,000 people, as cities have lost electricity and power throughout the Philippines.