Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.1 Earthquake hits southern Alaska.

The earthquake was widely felt by residents of Anchorage, and there are reports of scattered power outages from the Matanuska Electric Association and Chugach Electric in the Anchorage area. But the Anchorage and Valdez police departments say they have not received any reports of injury or significant damage.

5.1 Earthquake hits Easter Island.

5.1 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone 08s (Corentin), located approximately 976 nm east-southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southeastward at 13 knots.

NewsBytes:

USA – Winter storm Jonas has prompted multiple states across the Mid-Atlantic United States to declare a state of emergency. The storm has claimed the lives of at least ten people; six in North Carolina, one each in Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. Emergency has been declared in Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. The top snowfall from winter storm Jonas has been recorded in Redhouse, Maryland; a total of 28.5 inches as of Saturday morning. The storm also brought coastal flooding which caused major road closings Saturday morning From Atlantic City to Cape May.

Disease

Typhoid in Johannesburg, South Africa

The Gauteng Health Department has confirmed four cases of typhoid fever in Johannesburg, which has claimed the life of one person.

Two cases were identified at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital, while the other two were picked up at Edenvale Hospital. A 27-year-old Malawian woman died last week Sunday. It’s understood she had travelled to her home country for the holiday period last month – and returned to South Africa through Mozambique.

Meningitis Outbreak in Ghana

Two people have died after being infected with Pneumococcal Meningitis in the Offinso Municipality of the Ashanti region.

A week after the disease killed nine people in the Brong Ahafo region, five others died in Bole in the Northern region.

About 22 people have been confirmed dead out of the 57 reported cases since the beginning of the outbreak of the disease in the Northern and Brong Ahafo Regions.