Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the mid-Indian ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Egypt – Thunderstorms and flooding around Egypt entered a second day Friday, interrupting daily life in much of the country, including the capital Cairo, as the death toll rose to 21, authorities said. Most of the victims were in rural areas and slums. At least six children died either from electrocution or when their houses collapsed on them. Late on Thursday, Cairo’s Water Authority announced it had suspended water service to the entire megacity because heavy rain had overwhelmed the vast sewage system. The floods forced the country’s railway authorities to suspend train service nationwide. Power outages were also reported in several parts of the country, including parts of Cairo.

Pakistan – Torrential rains flooded large swathes of land in the Tank district and the Kulachi tehsil of DI Khan. A flood protection wall in Tank was reported to have been destroyed owing to the strong flow of waters. As a result, nearby villages were inundated with floodwater. It forced the Tank district administration to make announcements from loudspeakers, advising residents to take refuge at elevated places. The administration town of Tank district was also reported to have at least been partially submerged. The heavy rains in the province caused at least four rain-related deaths reported in Dera Ismail (DI) Khan in two separate incidents.

Global Warming

Climate Change Model Identifies Global Warming’s Impact on Electricity Usage

Global warming alone could push Chicago to generate 12% more electricity for each person each summer month by 2030. According to projections from a new climate change model developed by Purdue University researchers, U.S. midwest cities could easily face widespread power shortages if this percentage is lower. This would mean that the city would need to implement stringent measures to avoid rolling blackouts.

This 12% estimated increase is much larger than previous projections, too, owing to the fact that it now accounts for how consumers use both electricity and water at the same time, such as when a dishwasher is used or when water is heated.

Overall, the model projected that the U.S. Midwest will be using 19% more electricity and 7% more water by 2030—and this is only accounting for the summer months.

Disease

COVID-19

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The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surged past 5,000 on Saturday with the total number of cases rising to more than 140,000, according to the WHO. About 68,000 victims have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking the virus. What is of concern is that recovered victims may have 20 – 30 per cent less lung capacity than before.

The virus has also spread to several countries on the African continent, with Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Guinea, Mauritania and Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) all confirming their first cases on Friday and Saturday.

USA – President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, opening the door to providing what he said was about $50bn in federal aid to fight the disease.

Spain – The Spain Ministry of Health has seen COVID-19 deaths more than double since Wednesday. Health officials report 122 deaths Friday, up from 54 on Wednesday. More than 80 deaths have been reported in Madrid alone. To date, the total case count has risen to 4,231.

Italy – Italy reported reported an additional 2,547 coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours. This brings Italy’s outbreak total to 17,660. The death toll in the country is now 1,266, up from 1,016 deaths yesterday.

Iran – The coronavirus has killed another 97 people in Iran, pushing the death toll to 611 amid 12,792 cases, Iranian state TV said.

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Ebola – DR Congo

It has been over 21 days since the last confirmed case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) has been reported (Figure 1). On 9 March, the last 46 contacts finished their follow-up. These are important milestones in the outbreak as over one maximum incubation period has passed without any confirmed cases of EVD. However, there is still a high risk of re-emergence of EVD, and a critical need to maintain response operations – as outlined in the WHO recommended criteria for declaring the end of the EVD outbreak.