Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits the Alaska Peninsula.

5.7 Earthquake hits near the north coast of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Uganda – The death toll from last week’s storm in Lake Albert in the Buliisa District, Uganda has risen to 29. The storm also destroyed more than 600 houses. Search operations for missing people are still going on. Three days ago, a fresh storm hit Nyamukuta Sub-county, destroying 392 houses and injuring three people.

Southeast USA – Deadly storms are battering the southern United States. At least four tornadoes were reported in three states Thursday. Heavy rain triggered flood warnings from Louisiana to Michigan. Wet roads are being blamed for the death of at least one person in Alabama. The stormy, wet weather is expected to reach the East Coast Friday. Authorities were working to clear downed trees and power lines Friday after the storm brought tornadoes, heavy rain, hail, and flash floods to the Southeast.

Northeast USA – More snow is expected as storms batter the Northeast USA. As much as eight inches of snow is expected to hit The Queen City this weekend, with the worst of it arriving Sunday into Monday. Syracuse could get seven inches of snow on Saturday. Five inches of snow are in the forecast for Albany and Scranton. Portland, Maine could get three inches. And Boston could get two inches.

Thailand – Heavy rain pounded Sai Yok district late Thursday, triggering floods and forest runoff that inundated many villages. Heavy downpours also replenished water sources in drought-affected areas. The water volume at Sai Yok waterfall in Sai Yok district, Erawan waterfall in the Erawan national park in Si Sawat district, and Kroeng Krawia waterfall in Sangkhla Buri district rose sharply.

Disease

Microcephaly – France – Martinique

On 24 March 2016, the National IHR Focal Point for France notified PAHO/WHO of a foetus with concomitant microcephaly and Zika virus infection in Martinique.

Bat with white-nose syndrome in Washington state

White-nose syndrome has been confirmed in a little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) found near North Bend, Washington – the first recorded occurrence of this devastating bat disease in western North America.

WNS has spread quickly among bats in other affected areas, killing more than 6 million beneficial insect-eating bats in North America since it was first documented nearly a decade ago.

WNS is not known to pose a threat to humans, pets, livestock or other wildlife, the agency said.

On March 11, hikers found the sick bat about 30 miles east of Seattle near North Bend, and took it to Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) for care. The bat died two days later, and had visible symptoms of a skin infection common in bats with WNS.

Bats are a crucial part of our ecology and provide essential pest control for our farmers, foresters and city residents, so it is important that we stay focused on stopping the spread of this fungus. People can help by following decontamination guidance to reduce the risk of accidentally transporting the fungus

First seen in North America in the winter of 2006/2007 in eastern New York, WNS has now spread to 28 states and five Canadian provinces. USGS microbiologist David Blehert first identified the unknown fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, which causes the disease. WNS is named for the fuzzy white fungal growth that is sometimes observed on the muzzles of infected bats.

The fungus invades hibernating bats’ skin and causes damage, especially to delicate wing tissue, and physiologic imbalances that can lead to disturbed hibernation, depleted fat reserves, dehydration and death.