Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.4 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.
5.2 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.
5.1 earthquake hits southwest of Africa.
5.1 earthquake hits the central mid-Atlantic ridge.
5.1 earthquake hits the Andaman Islands off India.
5.0 earthquake hits the Samoa Islands.
5.0 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.
5.0 earthquake hits the Maug Islands in the North Mariana Islands.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 20p (Trevor), located approximately 438 nm east-southeast of Darwin, Australia, is tracking southwestward at 10 knots.
Tropical cyclone (tc) 21s (Veronica), located approximately 260 nm northeast of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking south-southeastward at 03 knots.
Tropical cyclone 22s (Joaninha), located approximately 823 nm southwest of Diego Garcia, is tracking southwestward at 04 knots.
Everest’s melting glaciers reveal bodies of dead climbers
Glaciers on Mount Everest have been melting at a rapid pace over the past few years. Now authorities have begun removing some of the estimated hundreds of bodies that once lay buried beneath the ice, and they say more and more have begun to emerge because of global warming. Since 1922, when the first deaths on Everest were recorded, more than 200 mountaineers have died on the peak.
Florida’s devastating coral disease spreads
A devastating coral disease that started in the Miami area has spread to nearly all of the Florida reef tract and the infection known as stony coral tissue loss disease can now even be found as far away in the Caribbean as Mexico, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, the U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Maarten.
Scientists have warned that nearly all individuals of certain coral species have died from the disease and that “in some areas, this is essentially equivalent to local extinction, an ecological extirpation of those species.”
Measles – Philippines – Update
Philippines health officials are reporting an additional 1571 measles cases during the past 5 days. From the beginning of the year through Mar. 19, 22,967 cases have been reported nationwide. In addition, the number of measles fatalities has risen to 333.