Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits Easter Island.

5.0 earthquake hits the southeast Indian ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits north Island, New Zealand.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits eastern Xizang, China.

5.0 earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

Colombia – At least 8 houses were destroyed after heavy rain in Santiago de Cali (also known as Cali), capital of Valle del Cauca department in southwestern Colombia early 22 March, 2021. Authorities said 116mm of rain fell in the space of a few hours, causing flash floods and landslides. Widespread damage was reported across several points of the city, including falling trees, damaged roads and collapsed houses.

Australia – Australian authorities are planning to evacuate thousands more people on Monday from flood-affected suburbs in Sydney’s west, which is set for its worst flooding in 60 years with drenching rain expected to continue for the next few days. Unrelenting rains over the past three days swelled rivers in Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales (NSW), causing widespread damage and triggering calls for mass evacuations.

Environment

More than 50 new environmental chemicals detected in people

Researchers have detected more than 50 new environmental chemicals lurking in people’s bodies, the vast majority of which are little known or unknown compounds. The findings are concerning given that very little is known about these chemicals and their potential health effects.

Of these newly detected chemicals, two were perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. These chemicals, used in consumer products such as nonstick cookware and pizza boxes, stay in the human body for a long time and can accumulate, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Ten of the newly detected substances were plasticizers, or chemicals used in the production of plastics. For example, one of the detected plasticizers, a group of chemicals called phthalates, are often found in fast-food packaging and have been associated with adverse health effects. Two of the newly detected chemicals are used in cosmetics; one in pesticides. But most — 37 — of these newly detected chemicals are ones that researchers have little to no information on.