Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.6 earthquake hits the Samoa Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands, Japan.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit the Banda Sea.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

China – Eleven people were killed in a flash flood in Shenzhen on Thursday night after a construction company failed to respond properly to weather warnings, local government officials said. The victims were workers who were cleaning drainage systems in Luohu and Futian districts that were hit by a flash flood created by the downpour.

Afghanistan – After a year of severe drought, flash floods have killed at least 77 people and destroyed thousands of homes in Afghanistan. More than 42,000 people have been displaced by the floods since the start of 2019. In all, 163,000 people in 16 provinces need urgent help.

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Brazil – In the aftermath of the floods in Rio this week, firefighters dug through rubble Friday in search of survivors after two condemned buildings collapsed in Rio de Janeiro, killing at least three people, injuring 13 and leaving another 13 missing. The collapse of the four-story buildings undermines by the floodwaters underscored the shoddy infrastructure that plagues Latin America’s largest nation and put a spotlight on illegal militias that control large swaths of Rio, including the area where the buildings stood.

Wildlife

Birds vs Buildings

A new study finds that hundreds of millions of birds die by crashing into U.S. buildings each year during their migrations.

Songbirds are among the greatest victims at night because they emit chirps that signal other birds to follow and sometimes crash into the structures.

City lights and glass windows that appear as clear air to the birds are also threats. Chicago is said to be the most deadly city for bird crashes, with Houston and Dallas coming in second and third.

Researchers say that since half of migratory birds pass through a particular city during six nights in the spring and seven nights in the fall, cities could cut down on bird deaths by dimming their lights during those brief periods.

Whale Liberation

The Kremlin has intervened to free nearly 100 whales that have been held in small pens in Russia’s Far East following months of pressure from animal rights groups and Hollywood stars.

It is believed the whales were caught last year for sale to Chinese marine parks, which pay millions of dollars for them. Surveillance by Greenpeace and other groups revealed that the whales have suffered from hypothermia, skin lesions and flipper deterioration.

An international group of scientists, including the famed marine expert Jean-Michel Cousteau, announced that the whales will be released in phases under the new agreement with Moscow.

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Disease

Dengue Fever – Reunion – Update

Health officials in Reunion report an additional 904 dengue fever cases during the last week of March, bringing the total to nearly 5,000 since the beginning of the year.