Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.5 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.4 Earthquake hits southeast of the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits southern Peru.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Indian Ocean:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 17p (Gillian), located approximately 596 nm west of Learmonth, Australia, and is tracking south-southwestward at 06 knots.

Global Warming

Global Warming to Cause Food and Water Shortages, Reveals New UN Climate Report

As our climate shifts and changes, our food supplies may be in danger. Now, a new UN report has shown that global warming may already be causing irreversible damage to nature that could disrupt the world’s supply of food.

Climate change is often viewed on a global scale, an many people see it as something that will happen far in the future. However, the new report reveals that the big risks and overall effects of global warming are far more immediate and local than you might think. Disease, drought, flooding, and hunger are all problems that will have to be dealt with.

“Climate change throughout the 21st century will lead to increases in ill-health in many regions, as compared to a baseline without climate change,” stated the report,. “Examples include greater likelihood of injury, disease, and death due to more intense heatwaves and fires; increased likelihood of under-nutrition resulting from diminished food production in poor regions; and increased risks from food-born and water-borne disease.”

Already we’re seeing changes in the world. Coral reefs and Arctic ecosystem are experiencing irreversible changes. A mere warming of 2.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels could impact economic incomes of nations. While governments have agreed to help limit warming to less than 2 degrees, though, temperatures have already risen to about .8 degrees C.

Most notably is the fact that global food prices will rise. This, in particular, will have ripple effects across the globe. The report estimates that prices will rise between 3 and 84 percent by 2050 due to warmer temperatures and changes in rain patterns.

Scientist and more than 100 governments will meet in Japan from March 25 to 29 to look at, edit and approve the new report.

Disease

Ebola haemorrhagic fever in Guinea – Update

The Ministry of Health (MoH) of Guinea has notified WHO of a rapidly evolving outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever in forested areas of south-eastern Guinea. As of 24 March 2014, a total of 86 cases including 59 deaths (case fatality ratio: 68.5%) had been reported.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update

On 20 March 2014, the National IHR Focal Point of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) notified WHO of an additional laboratory-confirmed case of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).