Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits Libertador O’Higgins, Chile.

Two 5.2 earthquakes hit the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits eastern Honshu, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Greece.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 24s (Habana), remnants are located approximately 454 nm southeast of Port Mathurin, Rodriguez Island, Mauritius, is tracking westward at 02 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Colombia – Colombia’s National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD) reported that 15 people have lost their lives due to severe weather so far this year (01 January to 12 March 2021). UNGRD added that a further 16 people have been injured and 2 are still missing. A total of 5,854 families have been directly affected. During this period there have been 289 severe weather events, including 146 landslides, 45 floods and 32 flash floods. Severe weather events have been registered in 176 municipalities in 23 departments.

Environment

Orange veil of dust chokes Beijing in record-breaking sandstorm

Beijing has been enveloped in one of its most severe sandstorms in over a decade, which has combined with air pollution to create a toxic, gritty haze that turned skies orange and made the skyline disappear.

The sandstorm hit the Chinese capital on Monday morning (March 15) after gale-force winds from Mongolia blew dust from the Gobi desert over the border. In Mongolia, 341 people are missing after the same sandstorm blew across the country.

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Wildlife

Arctic walrus takes a nap on an iceberg, wakes up in Ireland

A walrus spotted on an Irish beach yesterday (March 14) may have floated there from the Arctic Circle after falling asleep on an iceberg.

Most walruses (Odobenus rosmarus) live near the Arctic Circle, where they hunt for shellfish in shallow water and clamber up onto the icebergs and beaches to rest. The large creatures rarely crop up along the Irish shoreline.

How does a young walrus end up in County Kerry? “I’d say what happened is, he fell asleep on an iceberg and drifted off, and then he was gone too far, out into the mid-Atlantic or down off Greenland possibly,” Kevin Flannery, a marine biologist with the Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium said.

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