Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 Earthquake hits the South Georgia Islands.

6.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.3 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, japan.

Two 5.2 Earthquakes hit the South Georgia Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the South Georgia Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits the South Georgia Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Ceram Sea, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic: Tropical Storm Fiona is located about 745 mi…1200 km ENE of the Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 295 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

Invest 90L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

Invest 99L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Storm Kay is located about 300 mi…485 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…NW or 305 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical Storm 10w (Mindulle), located approximately 301 nm south of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking northward at 20 knots.

Tropical Storm 12w (Lionrock), located approximately 287 nm southeast of Sasebo, Japan, is tracking west-southwestward at 09 knots.

Tropical Depression 13w (Kompasu), located approximately 96 nm east of Misawa, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 14 knots.

Newsbytes:

India – Seventeen people have died since Friday across Madhya Pradesh in devastation caused by three days of continuous rain and resulting floods.

Wildlife

Yellowstone River Closed in Montana, USA

A human-spread parasitic disease may be the cause of Friday’s Yellowstone River closure, say Montana officials. Along a 183-mile stretch, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks closed the river to the public after thousands of fish turned up dead in an alarming way.

“This kill is unprecedented in magnitude. We haven’t seen something like this in Montana,” FWP spokeswoman Andrea Jones said. “It’s one of the most serious diseases to impact whitefish and trout.”

The river is closed indefinitely from Yellowstone National Park to Highway 212 in Laurel, Montana, and includes the Boulder, Shields, and Stillwater rivers. As of now, no one can raft, fish, or swim in the area until further notice.

Friday morning, the number of dead fish counted reached 4,000, but experts are sure the real figure is much higher. The massive deaths prompted FWP officials to call for the river’s closure until a source can be confirmed. According to samples sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Fish Health Center in Bozeman, the fish may have died from kidney disease.

It is believed a dangerous parasite in the water is being absorbed by the fish through their gills. The organism ultimately makes its way into the kidneys, causing them to fail. The microscopic creature is found mostly in Canada, the U.S., and parts of Europe. Authorities assure the parasite is not harmful to humans.

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Disease

Measles Alert in New Zealand

Medical Officer of Health Michael Hale has confirmed a measles alert for various locations in central Auckland and Newmarket. People who have visited these locations at these times are likely to be exposed to the disease and if they are not immune could get measles.

France: More animal anthrax

In a follow-up to a report two weeks ago, authorities in Moselle department in Northeast France say the number of cattle that have died from the bacterial disease, anthrax, has risen to 25, according to a Europe 1 report.

The additional cases have been reported on several farms. Vaccination of animals, including sheep and cattle, has begun. Cases of anthrax near Lunéville have caused some problems with farmers as authorities have taken a long period (several days) to collect samples from the animals and to dispose of the diseased carcasses.

Zika may cause brain damage in adults, too

Zika may pose a danger for far many more of us than pregnant women and babies, a new study suggests.

Mosquitoes have now transmitted the virus in a second area in South Florida, officials announced on Friday, as they advised pregnant women not to travel to the zone in Miami Beach. As the virus spreads in the Americas, with more than 10,000 cases confirmed in the United States, researchers are working to understand its subtleties and develop a vaccine.

In addition to causing the birth defect microcephaly, Zika can wreak havoc in our brains’ stem cells, researchers from Rockefeller University and La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology found in a study published in the journal Cell Stem Cell Thursday.

The stem cells, known as neural progenitor cells, help replace damaged neurons—the main components of our brain and spinal cord—and assist with learning and memory. Using a mouse model, the researchers found that Zika can target those cells, which can lead to reduced brain volume and complications in brain functioning—similar to the long-term effects of microcephaly.

“Getting infected with Zika as an adult may not be as innocuous as people think,” Joseph Gleeson, the study’s lead author and head of Rockefeller’s paediatric brain disease laboratory, said in a release.