Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits the southeast Indian ridge.

5.2 Earthquake hits the southeast Indian ridge.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

5.0 Earthquake hits southwestern Siberia, Russia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the South Indian Ocean:

Tropical cyclone 03s Amara, located approximately 545 nm east-southeast of port Louis, Mauritius, has tracked southeastward at 06 knots over the past six hours.

Tropical cyclone 04s Bruce, located approximately 734 nm southeast of Diego Garcia, has tracked west-southwestward at 11 knots over the past six hours.

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Winter Storm – USA

After more than a foot of snow and significant icing occurred across the southern Plains on Saturday, the ice storm is impacting northern New England for the second half of this weekend.

Disruptive snow will also continue to stretch from the Upper Midwest to central Ontario and northern Maine.

On the warm side of the storm, heavy rain has heightened concerns for flash flooding from the central Gulf Coast to the southern Appalachians as records are being shattered across the East.

NewsBytes:

Two tornadoes in Arkansas, USA have injured at least five people and damaged more than 23 houses. Arkansas is among the top five states in the US for injuries due to tornadoes.

Disease

China confirms H5N2 bird flu outbreak in Hebei

An outbreak of H5N2 bird flu in poultry has been reported in north China’s Hebei Province, the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) announced on Saturday.

The disease has killed 4,000 chickens raised by a farm in Baoding City after they showed symptoms of the suspected avian flu.

Local authorities have sealed off and sterilized the infected area, where a total of 125,700 chickens have been culled and safely disposed of to prevent the disease from spreading.