Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits the South Indian Ocean.

5.0 Earthquake hits the northern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

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

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Post Tropical Cyclone Celia is located about 750 mi…1210 km ENE of Hilo Hawaii and about 905 mi…1460 km E of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Hurricane Darby is located about 930 mi…1495 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…105 mph…165 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 300 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

Tropical Storm Estelle is located about 390 mi…625 km SW of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 295 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the South Indian Ocean Tropical Cyclone One is located approximately 193 nm southwest of Diego Garcia, and is tracking south-southeastward at 02 knots.

Newsbytes:

Tasmania – Roads were closed due to flooding and power was cut as a precaution as the Huon River swelled to more than 4.3 metres following heavy rain and melting snow. Easing floodwaters will be challenged by a rising tide south of Hobart where some residents have been evacuated in the worst flood in two decades.

Wildlife

Gypsy Caterpillars’ Rampage Through Forests

The gypsy moth caterpillar may be small, but the amount of destruction it’s causing to the trees in New England and the Mid-Atlantic region is so vast that it’s visible from space, NASA satellite photos show.

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Global Warming

Britain Abolishes Department for Global Warming

Britain’s new government abolished its Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Thursday morning, ridding the country of its global warming bureaucracy.

The decision to abolish the Department for Energy and Climate Change has been variously condemned as “plain stupid”, “deeply worrying” and “terrible” by politicians, campaigners and experts.

One of Theresa May’s first acts as Prime Minister was to move responsibility for climate change to a new Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

Only on Monday, Government advisers had warned of the need to take urgent action to prepare the UK for floods, droughts, heatwaves and food shortages caused by climate change.

The news came after the appointment of Andrea Leadsom – who revealed her first question to officials when she became Energy Minister last year was “Is climate change real? – was appointed as the new Environment Secretary.

Disease

Zika Virus

Florida, USA – The Florida Department of Health (DOH) reported Friday an additional 18 imported Zika virus cases with six in Miami-Dade, four in Orange, three in Osceola, two in Polk, one in Hillsborough, one in Manatee and one in Volusia counties.

Puerto Rico – The Puerto Rico Health Department is reporting an increase in confirmed Zika virus cases on the island as Secretary of the Department of Health, Ana Ríus Armendariz said today that 1,336 confirmed cases were reported in just the past week. This brings the total confirmed Zika cases in Puerto Rico to 4,437.

New York, USA – A New York City report of female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus infection is the first documented case of sexual transmission of Zika from a woman to her sex partner and adds to the growing body of knowledge about the sexual transmission of Zika.

Outbreak of leishmaniasis in Pakistan

The outbreak of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency has raised alarm following 193 cases of the disease were registered with the health authorities.

Agency Surgeon DrRazaullah feared the disease might break into other parts of the agency if it was not contained in early stages.He said a vaccination campaign to control the epidemic has been launched on emergency basis in the most affected Safi tehsil. He added that health authorities in other parts of the tribal region have also been alarmed about a possible outbreak.

According to the official, leishmaniasis is a disease transmitted by the bite of female Phlebotomine sand fly. It could be invariably fatal if not treated promptly.It affects the internal body organs including the spleen and the liver, the official said.