Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits Luzon in the Philippines.

5.1 earthquake hits offshore Valparaiso, Chile.

5.1 earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 17s (Haleh), located approximately 455 nm south of Diego Garcia, is tracking southward at 07 knots.

NewsBytes:

Afghanistan – On 1 March, heavy rains struck Kandahar city, Zheri, Dand, Damand, Arghandab, Spinboldak, and Takhtapu Districts. In the last 30 hours, 97mm of rain fell in the affected areas. Flash floods triggered by the heavy rain have reportedly killed 20 people, including a number of children, when their homes collapsed or the vehicles they were traveling in were swept away. At least 10 people, including children, are still missing in Arghandab, Daman, Spin Boldak and Dand Districts. It is estimated that up to 2,000 homes may have been damaged across all affected districts including Kandahar City.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Kenya

Authorities have roped in teams of soldiers and volunteers to help tackle wildfires in the Mount Kenya national park. Illegal marijuana farming has been blamed for the blaze, which threatens natural bamboo forests.

Wildlife rangers and Kenyan soldiers are battling to stem fierce wildfires on Mount Kenya national park, around 190 kilometers (118 miles) northeast of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. More than 80,000 hectares (200,000 acres) of forest land has been destroyed at the World Heritage site since the fires broke out a week ago.

Disease

Malaria – Colombia

Health officials are reporting a malaria outbreak in Cauca Department in southwestern Colombia. The outbreak has affected 322 people in the rural areas of Guapi and Timbiquí.

African Swine Fever – Vietnam

In a follow-up on the African swine fever outbreak in Vietnam, Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture (MARD) announced this week an escalation and spread of the pig virus in the country. As of February 28, African swine fever (ASF) occurred in 96 households, 33 villages, 20 communes, 13 districts of 6 provinces and cities. ASF has also appeared in all wild pigs. The total number of infected and culled pigs was nearly 2,350 (with a total weight of over 172.5 tons).