Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits the south-western Atlantic Ocean.

5.0 Earthquake hits Guam.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tornado in Bangladesh

A tornado has claimed 20 lives in Bangladesh, injuring more than 500 others.

The tornado overturned a bus, damaged houses and buildings and uprooted trees and destroyed crops. Affected areas are Sadar, Bijoynagar and Akhaura Upazilas of Brahmanbaria districts.

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Heavy snow and rainfall in England

The Met Office has issued amber warning for heavy rain in south-west England and snow in Wales and Northern Ireland.

There are currently 12 flood warnings in the South West of England.

A woman is said to be trapped in a landslide in Looe, Cornwall.

Other News:

Sandstorms have shut four Seaports in Egypt. The Egypt Meteorological Authority (EMA) recorded wind speed at 35 km/hr.

Nine districts of Tak, Thailand have been declared as drought disaster zones.

Space Events

Meteor Shower – USA

More than 500 people from along the Atlantic coast ranging from Maine to North Carolina have reported a bright meteor in east of United States.

The sky flash was spotted as far south as Florida and as far north as New England.

Heat map of witness sightings: [American Meteor Society]

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About Asteroids, meteors and meteorites

Asteroids orbit the Sun. They are small bodies.

Planetoids or minor planets are also called large Asteroids.

Once these Asteroids enter our planet’s atmosphere, they become Meteors.

If any any of these Meteors impact the Earth, they become Meteorites.

Disease

Global Alert Over Deadly Bat Virus

Experts on infectious diseases have warned people to stay away from bats worldwide after the recent death of an eight-year-old boy bitten in Australia.

The boy last month became the third person in the country to die of Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV), for which there is no effective treatment.

The boy was bitten during a family holiday to Queensland in December 2012, but did not tell his parents.

Three weeks later he began to suffer convulsions, abdominal pain and fever, followed by progressive brain problems.

Doctors frantically tried to establish what was wrong and on day 10 of his admission the lyssavirus was detected.

He fell into a coma and died on February 22.

The warning to avoid bats around the world was issued not just because of the danger posed by the animals themselves, but due to the risk, however remote, that the virus could be spread between humans.

Human to human transmission of lyssaviruses has not been well documented, but it is theoretically possible.

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Novel Coronavirus Infection – Update

The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has informed the WHO of another new confirmed case of infection with the novel coronavirus (nCoV).

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

El Hierro (Canary Islands, Spain): Earthquakes and tremor have continued through the day, and continued to migrate a bit to the NW off the NW tip of the island. So far, 62 quakes above magnitude 2 have been recorded today. In addition, the average depth of the latest earthquakes has become a bit shallower and is now around 13 km (compared to 17-20 km before). This suggests that magma is still moving and has risen a bit closer to the surface, and, thus, a possible eruption. A third, intense pulse of quakes and harmonic tremor started late last night and is going on at the moment. A magnitude 3.8 quake early today marks the so far largest event. The location of the latest quakes moved again a bit further to the west, and is now clustered at about 15-17 km depth beneath the western tip of the island.

Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): Activity remains elevated. Another explosion today produced an ash plume rising to 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude, VAAC Darwin reported.

Ambrym (Vanuatu): Elevated SO2 emissions remain elevated, suggesting that the lava lakes remain active.

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): The volcano’s activity has stayed rather calm and not changed much. Yesterday, the rate of emissions was down to less than 1 per hour, but seems to have increased a bit today, as the current seismic signal suggests.

Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala): Activity at the dome has decreased compared to last week. INSIVUMEH reported only weak explosions with ash rising 400 m, and few and small avalanches from the lava flows today.

Fuego (Guatemala): The volcano has been considerably calmer today, with only 5 mostly weak explosions detected, which produced ash plumes rising 400-800 m above the craters. The (mostly now cooling) lava flow erupted two days ago still produces frequent rock falls and small avalanches.

Telica (Nicaragua): The seismic swarm at the volcano continues, with many small tremors registered beneath the eastern sector of the volcano. There has not been any apparent surface activity reported (so far).

Nyiragongo (DRCongo): A strong SO2 plume is drifting westwards from Nyiragongo volcano, which contains the world’s largest active lava lake.