Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits offshore Oaxaca, Mexico.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 21s (Veronica), located approximately 203 nm northeast of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking west-northwestward at 04 knots.

Tropical cyclone 22s (Joaninha), located approximately 331 nm east-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking east-southeastward at 06 knots.

NewsBytes:

Iran – Massive floods in northern Iran over the weekend were so severe that the armed forces and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps were deployed to deal with the crisis. Up to 400 villages in Golestan and 200 in Mazandaran were reported to be without power. Some of the villages received assistance in recent days, and 7,000 people were said to have received emergency accommodations.

Australia – Veronica was a category four on Saturday before making landfall on Sunday, bringing destructive winds that downed trees and damaged roofs, heavy rain that caused flooding and a storm surge that eroded beaches.

Wildlife

Wayward Gorillas

Australian scientists believe they know why the endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park are leaving the reserve to raid nearby eucalyptus plantations, causing conflict with the human population.

It had been thought that the gorillas made the regular forays into the nearby farms only because the plants there were richer in protein and more digestible than what is available in the park.

But researchers from the University of Western Australia found that the eucalyptus bark is rich in salt, which the gorillas crave and will go out of their way to get.

Environment

Billion Volt Storm

The most powerful thunderstorm on record, with an electric potential of 1.3 billion volts, has been measured by scientists from Japan and India.

They made the novel discovery by using a muon telescope located in Southern India to estimate the intensity of the record storm by measuring the flow of the high-energy muon particles it blocked.

Muons are subatomic particles that rain down after being created when cosmic rays collide with Earth’s upper atmosphere.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 earthquake hits Colombia.

6.0 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.4 earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits near the coast of Nicaragua.

5.0 earthquake hits the Carlsberg ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 21s (Veronica), located approximately 231 nm east-northeast of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking south-southeastward at 04 knots.

Tropical cyclone 22s (Joaninha), located approximately 311 nm northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking northward at 02 knots.

NewsBytes:

Mozambique – Update – Mozambique reported scores more deaths on Saturday from a cyclone and floods around southern Africa that have killed at least 732 people and left thousands in desperate need of help, many on rooftops and trees. Cyclone Idai lashed the Mozambican port city of Beira with wind s of up to 170 kilometres per hour (105 miles per hour) last week, then moved inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi, swamping populations and devastating homes. In all three countries, survivors have been digging through rubble to search for victims, and scrambling for shelter, food and water, while governments and aid agencies rush in help.

Illinois, USA – Floods hit hundreds of homes, businesses in northern Illinois. Emergency responders continue to monitor flooding in Winnebago and Stephenson counties as river levels slowly recede and the recovery process begins. The Rock River was at moderate flood stage Friday afternoon in Rockton and Machesney Park after cresting above major flood stage levels on Monday. Flooding affected 502 homes and businesses in Winnebago County and 316 of them are in Machesney Park.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Florida, USA

Firefighters were continuing late Friday afternoon to battle two wildfires that began Thursday on the Eglin Air Force base’s test ranges in Santa Rosa County and had consumed a total of 2,400 acres as of the last report from Eglin’s Wildland Support Branch.

Disease

Ebola – DR Congo – Update

Health officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported two additional Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases Thursday, bringing the cumulative number of cases is 993, since the beginning of the epidemic. The two new confirmed cases were reported in Mandima and Masereka. In addition, seven new EVD fatalities were reported bringing that total to 621.

Dengue Fever – Reunion – Update

During the most recent reportable week, health officials saw another 566 confirmed cases with the most activity reported in The Saint-Louis River, St. Louis and St. Peter’s communes.

Typhoid Fever – Philippines

Health officials in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) on Luzon island, Philippines are reporting an increase in typhoid in the region. According to the Department of Health-CAR, 681 cases were recorded in the first quarter of 2019

Dengue Fever – Philippines

The Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) reports some 5,616 cases of dengue fever with 18 deaths in the region through March 16, 2019.

Cholera – Mozambique

Cholera cases were reported on Friday in the Mozambican city of Beira, adding a risk of deadly illnesses for hundreds of thousands of people who are scrambling for shelter, food and water after catastrophic flooding in southern Africa caused by Cyclone Idai.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits southwest of Africa.

5.1 earthquake hits the central mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits the Andaman Islands off India.

5.0 earthquake hits the Samoa Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Maug Islands in the North Mariana Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 20p (Trevor), located approximately 438 nm east-southeast of Darwin, Australia, is tracking southwestward at 10 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 21s (Veronica), located approximately 260 nm northeast of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking south-southeastward at 03 knots.

Tropical cyclone 22s (Joaninha), located approximately 823 nm southwest of Diego Garcia, is tracking southwestward at 04 knots.

Global Warming

Everest’s melting glaciers reveal bodies of dead climbers

Glaciers on Mount Everest have been melting at a rapid pace over the past few years. Now authorities have begun removing some of the estimated hundreds of bodies that once lay buried beneath the ice, and they say more and more have begun to emerge because of global warming. Since 1922, when the first deaths on Everest were recorded, more than 200 mountaineers have died on the peak.

Wildlife

Florida’s devastating coral disease spreads

A devastating coral disease that started in the Miami area has spread to nearly all of the Florida reef tract and the infection known as stony coral tissue loss disease can now even be found as far away in the Caribbean as Mexico, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, the U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Maarten.

Scientists have warned that nearly all individuals of certain coral species have died from the disease and that “in some areas, this is essentially equivalent to local extinction, an ecological extirpation of those species.”

Disease

Measles – Philippines – Update

Philippines health officials are reporting an additional 1571 measles cases during the past 5 days. From the beginning of the year through Mar. 19, 22,967 cases have been reported nationwide. In addition, the number of measles fatalities has risen to 333.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits the northern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits Lake Rukwa, Tanzania.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 20p (Trevor), located approximately 109 nm north of Mornington Island, Australia, is tracking southwestward at 06 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 21s (Veronica), located approximately 185 nm northwest of Port Hedland, Australia, is tracking southwestward at 02 knots.

Tropical cyclone 22s (Twenty-two), located approximately 735 nm southwest of Diego Garcia, is tracking southeastward at 03 knots.

NewsBytes:

Mozambique – Rescue workers in Mozambique fear that thousands more may have fallen victim to floods which have left a 125-kilometre lake after the African country was hit by cyclone Idai. The storm made landfall near Beira on March 14, leading to storm surges and massive flooding, as well as a massive body of water in an area where hundreds of thousands of people live. In the Buzi region near the severely affected city of Beira, a lake 125 kilometres long and 11 metres deep has formed. In Beira’s hinterland, river levels continue to rise due to prolonged rainfall. Thousands of people are believed to have sought refuge on rooftops and in treetops. In the inland province of Manica, more than 100,000 people are cut off from outside help because transport routes are destroyed. Cyclone Idai, a Category 4 storm, could be one of the biggest cyclone disasters south of the equator, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

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