Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.5 earthquake hits Catamarca, Argentina.

5.4 earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 earthquake hits southern Peru.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

50 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits off the east coast of Kamchatka, Russia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are currently no active tropical storm systems.


Malawi and Mozambique – At least 99 people have died after Tropical Cyclone Freddy caused floods, mudslides and wind damage in parts of Malawi. Earlier the storm had made a second landfall in Mozambique, where disaster authorities report at least 10 people have died and thousands have been displaced. Freddy has been a named tropical cyclone for over 30 days as it crossed the entire South Indian Ocean and travelled more than 8,000 kilometres, affecting Mauritius and La Réunion on its long journey en route to making landfall in Madagascar on 21 February 2023. The storm then spent several days tracking over Mozambique, bringing heavy rains and flooding. Freddy then remarkably looped back towards the Mozambique Channel and picked up energy from the warm waters and moved towards the southwestern coast of Madagascar, causing further flooding and damages on 05 March, before returning back towards Mozambique for a second time, and then on to Malawi.

Peru – At least 8 people have lost their lives and 1 is still missing after heavy rain and flooding in seven departments in Peru since 08 March 2023. Disaster authorities in Peru reported heavy rains and floods in northern Peru were caused by the presence of cyclone “Yaku” off the coast of the country.



The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Johns Hopkins University has stopped collecting Covid-19 data as at 10 March 2023. This will accordingly be the final of the regular covid-19 updates.

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease – Philippines

The Iloilo Provincial Health Office Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (PHO-PESU) recently reported that all 2,407 cases of the HFMD from Jan. 1 to Feb. 25 are tagged as recovered.