Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.0 Earthquake hits the Flores Sea.

There was no tsunami threat due to the depth of the earthquake (355.4 miles deep).

5.7 Earthquake hits the Anatahan region in the North Mariana Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Flores Sea.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Alamagan region in the North Mariana Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Alamagan region in the North Mariana Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Guatemala.

5.0 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 14s (Glenda), located approximately 723 nm southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, and is tracking south-southwestward at 14 knots.

NewsBytes:

UAE – A sandstorm in the Fujairah region of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) today claimed the lives of two people.

Madagascar – More flooding in Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo and the surrounding areas has claimed the lives of at least 14 people and displaced more than 21,000.

Environment

Chinese Pollution Chokes Korean Peninsula

South Korea was hit by the highest concentration of toxic yellow dust in five years as winds from China’s industrial centres, located to the north and west, blew in the acute air pollution.

The chemical-laden dust typically arrives each winter from southern Mongolia and northern China, where deserts have experienced meagre precipitation and swirling low-pressure areas.

Residents across most of South Korea were advised to stay indoors or to wear protective masks and goggles when venturing outdoors.

The pollution is known to cause cardiac and respiratory problems, especially among the very young and the aged.

Seoul skyline dulled by thick pall of yellow dust as a pedestrian tries to protect herself from the pollution.

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Disease

Cholera in Malawi

U.N. aid agencies are increasing operations in flood-stricken Malawi in a desperate attempt to stave off a potentially large-scale cholera epidemic. The United Nations Children’s Fund says Malawi is on high alert following a cholera outbreak in southern border areas, near Mozambique.

U.N. aid workers are alarmed at the prospect of a large, nationwide outbreak of cholera in Malawi. This is because the disease is located in the southern border areas where flood victims are living in overcrowded camps, an environment in which cholera flourishes.

The last time the country experienced a large-scale outbreak was in 2009, when well over 1,000 people were infected.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): Strombolian activity from the summit vents continues slowly to increase but always below normal levels. In the morning of Feb the 15th a brief but energetic series of 7-8 strong explosions occurred less than 2 minutes:it was characterized by the most powerful explosion observed since the end of the effusive activity. …27 Feb: Strombolian activity from the summit vents continues slowly to increase but always below normal levels.