Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

5.3 Earthquake hits the central, Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.3 Earthquake hits Fiji.

Two 5.1 Earthquakes hit the central Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

Two 5.0 Earthquakes hit the central Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone 11p (Winston), located approximately 253 nm west of Suva, Fiji, is tracking west-southwestward at 07 knots.

NewsBytes:

Idaho, USA – About 250 people have been trapped in a massive landslide in the small remote town of Elk City in Idaho County in the United States. The landslide is about 40 feet deep and is blocking approximately 500 feet of the highway.

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Fiji – Fiji began a massive clean-up on Sunday after the most powerful cyclone in the Pacific island nation’s history left a trail of destruction, killing at least five persons and crippling vital infrastructure. The category five super-storm lashed the popular tourist destination overnight Saturday, packing wind gusts approaching 300 kilometres (185 miles) per hour, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre.

Malaysia – Continuous heavy rain in southern Sarawak since Thursday night has left many areas flooded and triggered at least three landslides. The number of flood victims housed at relief centres in the Kuching, Samarahan and Serian divisons have increased to 2,869 people from 486 last night due to intermittent heavy rain in several places since yesterday.

Environment

One of World’s Driest Valleys About to Burst In Bloom

The typically barren landscape of California’s Death Valley could be about to emerge in a rare wildflower “super bloom” thanks to El NIño rainfall earlier this winter.

The U.S. National Park Service said in a statement that while wildflowers are emerging locally in parts of the park, they’ve just begun in other locations.

“To have a big bloom like this, which we hope will become a super bloom, which is beyond all your expectations, those are quite rare, maybe once a decade or so,” Park Ranger Alan Van Valkenburg explained in a YouTube video.

The last Death Valley super bloom occurred in 2005.

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Disease

Jaundice Outbreak in India

The number of deaths due to a jaundice outbreak in Shimla in Himachal Pradesh has touched 10 with three deaths alone recorded in the last 60 hours. More than half of the total families residing in Shimla have reportedly been affected by the disease in the last two-and-a-half months.

Water samples collected by National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune have confirmed the presence of a dangerous virus in the water which was being supplied to the citizens from Ashwani Khad source. Experts have written to the state government saying the virus has origins in untreated sewage.