Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
6.5 earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.
5.8 earthquake hits Valparaiso, Chile.
5.4 earthquake hits the northern mid-Atlantic ridge.
5.4 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.
5.3 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.
5.0 earthquake hits Magadanskaya Oblast, Russia.
Two 5.0 earthquakes hit the northern mid-Atlantic ridge.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
There are currently no active tropical storm systems.
New Zealand – South Islanders woke to damage caused by a small tornado, floods, slips and buckets of rain on Tuesday. The West Coast, Otago and Southland bore the brunt of the damage, and warnings remain in place for Canterbury. Canterbury High Country and the Canterbury Plains have been issued heavy rain and strong wind watches, and the Banks Peninsula area are under a strong wind warning until 11pm Tuesday. The storm lifted roofs, damaged cars knocked out power to several thousand homes.
Millions of Fish Die – Australian River
Contractors are being hired to remove millions of rotting fish from a river in the Australian Outback after a unprecedented die-off following floods and hot weather, police said on Monday.
The fish started dying in the Darling River near the New South Wales town of Menindee on Friday. Officials say the die-off likely occurred because fish need more oxygen in hot weather, but oxygen levels in the water dropped after recent floods receded. Mass fish kills have been reported on the Darling River in recent weeks. Tens of thousands of fish were found at the same spot in late February, while there have been several reports of dead fish downstream toward Pooncarie, near the borders of South Australia and Victoria states.
Marburg Virus – Tanzania
In a follow-up on the outbreak of unknown etiology in Tanzania, health officials announced today the cause of the outbreak that killed five people and hospitalized three others in Kagera province is Marburg virus disease (MVD).
Chickenpox – Hanoi, Vietnam
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Hanoi, the city recorded 70 cases of chickenpox this week, a slight decrease compared to the previous week when Hanoi saw 112 cases of chickenpox. Since the beginning of the year, Hanoi has recorded 548 cases of chickenpox, while during the same period in 2022, 4 cases were recorded.
Leptospirosis – Vanuatu
The Vanuatu Ministry of Health reports 32 cases of Leptospirosis and one death since the start of the year. This has prompted health officials to issue a red alert. The outbreak was exacerbated by the two tropical cyclones in March. From the 6 to 16 March, there were 10 new cases confirmed clinically.