Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
6.0 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.
5.5 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.
5.3 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.
5.1 earthquake hits off the coast of Aisen, Chile.
5.1 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
5.1 earthquake hits Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia.
5.0 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.
5.0 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.
5.0 earthquake hits Pakistan.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression (td) 03w (Three), located approximately 121 nm south-southeast of Yap, is tracking westward at 12 knots.
In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 18s (Idai), has dissipated after making landfall in Mozambique, but is still expected to bring substantial rainfall across the area.
Tropical cyclone 19s (Savannah), located approximately 269 nm southwest of Cocos Island, Australia, is tracking west-southwestward at 05 knots.
Mozambique – Update – Cyclone Idai dumped more water and brought destruction on areas where scores of people have already been killed and tens of thousands displaced by floods over the past week. Idai made landfall in Mozambique on Thursday evening, battering Beira, a city of around 500,000 people and a gateway for imports to landlocked countries in southeast Africa.
Zimbabwe – At least 100 people are missing in parts of eastern Zimbabwe hit by the peripheral effects of tropical cyclone Idai which has lashed Mozambique. Thousands of people have been affected, power cut off and major bridges flooded in parts of the Manicaland province which borders Mozambique.
USA – A harsh late winter storm broadsided a vast swathe of the U.S. agriculture industry this week as heavy snow closed roads and buried cattle in the Plains while excessive rain flooded Midwest farm fields and swamped grain elevators. A “bomb cyclone” hurled hurricane-force winds, sparked tornadoes and dumped heavy snow and rain across the Plains and western Midwest on its march across the United States this week. Recovery from the storm is expected to take days or weeks, if not longer. Prolonged supply disruptions could rattle cattle, hog and feed grain markets around the region and futures on the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The Nebraska Public Power District declared an “unusual event” at its Cooper Nuclear Station power plant on Friday due to the possibility of flooding along the Missouri. Workers filled sandbags along the river levee and procured other materials for flood protection, the agency said. It said the plant continued to operate safely and there was no immediate threat to plant employees or to the public.
Measles – Philippines
The Philippines government issued an update today on the measles epidemic situation in 2019. Through Mar. 12, 20,308 measles cases have been reported since the beginning of the year. In addition, the measles related death toll has reached 301.
Beware the Mosquito!
It has been suggested that the deadliest animal in the world is the mosquito. When it comes to killing humans, no other animal even comes close. According to the World Health Organization, about 725,000 people are killed every year by mosquito-borne diseases.