Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits the Qinghai-Sichuan border, China.

5.1 earthquake hits Colombia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 24s (Irondro), located approximately 401 nm south-southwest of Diego Garcia, is tracking southeastward at 04 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Afghanistan – Flash floods in Afghanistan have claimed the lives of 11 people and injured 15 others. According to the Ministry of State for Natural Disaster and Humanitarian, flood waters have totally destroyed around 288 houses.

Wildlife

China Makes Wildlife Ban Permanent

The southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has issued the most sweeping ban yet on the breeding and consumption of wild animals.

The Shenzhen regulations permanently ban the trade in and consumption of wild animals, a step beyond the temporary ban issued by the central government at the start of the current outbreak. Along with snakes, lizards and other wild animals, it also bans the consumption of dog and cat meat.

Disease

COVID-19

Worldwide fatalities are over 47 500. More than 941,000 people have been infected.

USA – The number of people infected with the virus in the United States hit more than 216 700 000, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally, with the number of fatalities surpassing 5,116.

New York – New York has reported over 83,000 cover-19 cases. New York City has reported 1,400 deaths. Some 1,941 deaths have been recorded statewide.

Italy – The country’s total cases is 110,574. More deaths were also reported bringing the total to 13,155.

Germany – The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany has reached 77,981. Meanwhile, the death toll rose to 872.

Iran – Iran’s death toll from the new coronavirus has increased to 3,162. Total cases have reached 50,468.

Spain – The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic in Spain passed 10,000 on Thursday, as the hard-hit country again reported its highest number of deaths in a single day since the outbreak began, with the total rising by 950 to 10,003 among 110,238 infections. Some 898,822 workers lost their jobs since March 12 in Spain, social security data showed on Thursday, more than half of which are temporary workers.

Belgium – There have now been 1,001 deaths and 15,348 officially recorded cases since the start of the outbreak, officials told a daily news conference.

Covid-19 in Cats

Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department reported this week the first COVID-19 positive case in a domestic cat. The case involves a domestic short-haired cat that lived in a residence in Aberdeen. This is the third such case in Hong Kong.

China Concealed Extent of Virus Outbreak

China has concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, under-reporting both total cases and deaths it’s suffered from the disease, the U.S. intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the White House, according to three U.S. officials.

The officials asked not to be identified because the report is secret, and they declined to detail its contents. But the thrust, they said, is that China’s public reporting on cases and deaths is intentionally incomplete. Two of the officials said the report concludes that China’s numbers are fake.

Stacks of thousands of urns outside funeral homes in Hubei province have driven public doubt in Beijing’s reporting.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity – New Activity for the Week 25 March 2020 – 31 March 2020

Kerinci | Indonesia : The Darwin VAAC reported that on 25 March an ash plume from Kerinci rose to 4.3 km (14,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted WSW based on information from PVMBG. The Alert Level remained at 2 (on a scale of 1-4), and the public was warned to remain outside of the 3-km exclusion zone.

Reykjanes | Iceland : There were more than 6,000 earthquakes recorded beneath the Reykjanes peninsula as of 26 March, making this period of unrest the largest seismic crisis ever recorded in this part of the country since digital monitoring started in 1991, according to IMO. The seismicity occurred across three main volcanic systems: Eldey, Reykjanes-Svartsengi, and Krýsuvík. Uplift continued to be detected in the Thorbjorn area totaling about 70-80 mm; the deformation rate was lower than in January and February. Deformation modeling suggested that recent inflation was caused by a second magmatic intrusion at a depth of 3-4 km in an area W of Thorbjorn, close to the intrusion that occurred at the beginning of the year. GPS data suggested a small deformation pattern detectable over a regional area, far beyond the Thorbjorn area.

Semeru | Eastern Java (Indonesia) : PVMBG reported that during 23-29 March white plumes rose 100 m above Semeru’s summit. Incandescent material was ejected 20 m above the Jonggring-Seloko Crater. Incandescent material from the ends of lava flows descended 200-500 m, reaching a maximum distance of 750 m from the crater. The Alert Level remained at 2 (on a scale of 1-4), and the public was reminded to stay outside of the general 1-km radius from the summit and 4 km on the SSE flank.