Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

5.1 earthquake hits northern Peru.

5.0 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical Cyclone 11s (Freddy) continues to persist, bringing heavy rain to Mozambique.

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Australia – Residents of several towns in Northern Queensland in Australia have been airlifted to safety after record flooding. Evacuations were reported in Gregory Downs and Burketown. Significant major flooding has been observed in the upper parts of the Nicholson and Leichhardt catchment at Riversleigh, Gregory Downs and Doomadgee township. Levels along the Gregory River at Gregory Downs peaked at 14.69 metres on 10 March, where the major flood level is 10 metres.


Rabies – Philippines

The Philippines Department of Health’s Epidemiology Bureau reports 55 human rabies cases/deaths through February 25 this year. This is a 8 percent increase in cases/deaths compared to the same period in 2022 (51). Only three of the 17 regions in the country have not reported a rabies case this year to date.

Monkeypox – Mexico

The Mexico Ministry of Health reports that, in the last 14 days, a total of 74 probable cases and 51 confirmed cases of mpox or monkeypox have been identified in the country.

Covid-19 – New York City

Wild rats in the New York City sewer system and elsewhere in the city have tested positive for Covid-19 Alpha, Delta and Omicron variants.

Syphilis – Mississippi, USA

According to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), in the last several years, Mississippi has experienced sharp increases in the number of reported cases of primary and secondary syphilis. Between 2016 and 2020, reported primary and secondary syphilis cases rose by more than 125%, to 741 cases and a rate of 24.9 cases per 100,000 population in 2020, one of the highest rates among US states.