Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.7 earthquake hits near Coquimbo, Chile.

Residents in northern Chile remain on alert for aftershocks following a magnitude 6.7 earthquake at the weekend. Two people died from heart attacks and as many as 200,000 have been left without power. The quake shook homes and caused land slides. The tremor prompted the authorities to begin a mass evacuation of coastal areas ahead of a potential tsunami. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, however, later ruled out the threat.

5.7 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.5 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 10s (Desmond), located approximately 172 nm northwest of Europa Island, is tracking north-northwestward at 09 knots.

NewsBytes:

Madagascar – Heavy rains and flooding swept away houses in Madagascar’s capital of Antanarivo killing nine people, an official report said Sunday.

Global Warming

10 Year Challenge

People concerned about climate change are posting before and after photos of glaciers retreating, bleached coral reefs, starving polar bears and drought-stricken landscapes to make a point about climate change.

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Disease

China – African Swine Fever

China’s agriculture ministry on Sunday reported a new African swine fever outbreak in the northwestern region of Ningxia. The outbreak occurred on a farm with 57 live pigs in Yongning county, infecting pigs and killing 13, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement.

Newcastle Disease – Utah, USA

For the first time, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of virulent Newcastle disease in a small domestic flock of backyard exhibition chickens (250) in Utah County, Utah. This case is believed to be connected to the current outbreak of virulent Newcastle disease in California, as three of the birds at the premises were recently moved to Utah from Los Angeles County, California. In Utah, the disease is currently contained to one domestic flock and has not been detected in any commercial poultry flocks.