Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.0 Earthquake hits near the coast of Aisen, Chile.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone Pam is located approximately 203 nm east-northeast of Noumea, New Caledonia and is tracking southward at 16 knots.

Tropical Cyclone Pam slams Vanuatu – Red alert issued. Residents in cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu hunkered in emergency shelters for a second straight night Saturday after venturing out to find their homes damaged or blown away by the storm, aid workers said. “Tropical Cyclone Pam is likely to become the most devastating cyclone since Cyclone Uma in 1987,” the Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office acting director Peter Korisa said.

Tropical cyclone Nathan is located approximately 229 nm north of Cairns, Australia and is tracking eastward at 05 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 19s (Olwyn), located approximately 264 nm south of Learmonth, Australia, and is tracking south-southwestward at 17 knots.

Tropical storm 03w (Bavi), located approximately 321 nm north-northeast of Chuuk, and is tracking west-northwestward at 18 knots.

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Wildlife

Migrating Songbirds Slaughtered for Snacks on Cyprus

An international bird conservation group reports that more than 2 million migratory birds were illegally trapped and killed in Cyprus during the past year to be served up as local delicacies.

Birdlife Cyprus says the birds were indiscriminately killed in nets or on sticks dipped in sticky lime.

Songbirds are a popular dish on the Mediterranean island, which lies on a key migratory route.

Diners often pay up to $7 per fried or grilled bird at restaurants that ignore Cyprus’ ban on the killing and selling of wild birds.

Birdlife accuses authorities of doing little to halt the island’s illicit bird trade.

A European robin caught on a limestick trap in Cyprus.

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Disease

Meningococcal disease – Nigeria

Between 26 January and 5 March 2015, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) of the Federal Ministry of Health of Nigeria notified WHO of 652 suspected cases of meningococcal disease, including 50 deaths. Cases have been reported in 10 local government areas of 2 states, Kebbi and Sokoto. Laboratory tests have confirmed the predominance of Neisseria meningitidis serogroup C in the affected areas, with no other serogroups being identified.

In Zamfara state, there has been a recent emergence of suspected cases of meningococcal disease; however, an outbreak has not yet been confirmed.