Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits west of Macquarie Island.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

UK – Widespread flooding along the 360km Shannon and some of its tributaries continues and has led to widespread flooding, with thousands of acres of farmland submerged, a number of houses and businesses cut-off by flood waters and some rail and road networks disrupted. An estimated 30 roads along the Shannon were closed on Tuesday due to flooding.

USA – For the second year in a row, much of the U.S. is primed to suffer multibillion-dollar flood losses, with farmers already steeling themselves for planting delays. Relentless storms that have marched across the Midwest and into the South this winter have already filled rivers to the brim and are threatening to make farmers’ fields too soggy to plant as spring arrives. And there isn’t much to suggest an easing ahead. Rains forecast through next week could push waterways higher where the Mississippi and Ohio rivers meet in Illinois, and into northern Mississippi and Arkansas. Most states in the American heartland have had two to three times more moisture than normal so far this winter, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information. As the rains of March and April approach, it won’t take much to cause big problems for farmers in the planting season, homeowners and businesses.

Global Warming

Australian summers grow longer due to climate change

Australian summers are lengthening by a month or more while winters are getting shorter due to climate change, according to an analysis by a leading think tank released Monday.

The Australia Institute said large swathes of the country were experiencing an additional 31 days of summer temperatures each year compared to the 1950s.

While Sydney was just under the average with an extra 28 hot days a year, Melbourne added 38 warmer days since the middle of the 20th century.

In some regional areas ravaged by bushfires in recent months, such as the New South Wales town of Port Macquarie, residents are now experiencing seven more weeks of typical summer temperatures.

Disease

COVID-19

China – China reported 125 new cases on Tuesday, the lowest number since January.

South Korea – The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 374 new coronavirus cases in its midday update on Tuesday. Earlier on Tuesday, the KCDC reported 600 confirmed cases from 24 hours prior. This brings the total number of cases in the country to 5,186, making it the largest outbreak outside China.

Iranian Health Ministry said 77 people have died and 2,336 have been infected by the coronavirus in Iran.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany rose to 188 on Tuesday, up from 157 on Monday afternoon, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said.