Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Gulf of California.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.3 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Svalbard region.

5.2 Earthquake hits off the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico.

5.2 Earthquake hits southern Sumatra.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Ionian Sea.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Cyclone 17s (Seventeen), located approximately 726 nm south-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking southward at 15 knots.

NewsBytes:

Nepal – A severe dust storm lashed Nepal including the Kathmandu valley at around 4 pm Monday afternoon injuring seven people and closing the Tribhuvan International Airport.

Disease

Thousands of ducks slaughtered in Korea

In an effort to stop the spread of bird flu, discovered in ducks on a poultry farm near Seoul, South Korean authorities are slaughtering thousands of the suspected infected ducks, just a month after the nation declared itself free of the disease.

The strain is the same as the one found back in November of last year, H5N8, that stopped the exporting of ducks from South Korea to Hong Kong. The country had just re-started the exporting of the ducks, and this new development will surely cause a massive blow to the industry.

A total of 11,604 ducks were killed at the farm, located in Icheon, a city east of Seoul.

Cholera in Kenya

Five people have been confirmed dead in Sarif, Wajir South constituency, following a cholera outbreak in Wajir County.

Medical and health officials at local hospitals and Cholera Treatment Centres (CTC) that have been set up are overwhelmed by the large number of patients seeking medical attention after showing signs of the deadly disease.

There is fear that the disease could spread even faster due to the rising number of patients and overcrowding at treatment centres.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Pavlof (Alaska Peninsula, USA): A new eruption started at the volcano abruptly Sunday (27 Mar) afternoon at 16:16 local time (00:18 UTC). An explosive eruption with lava fountaining produced an ash plume that quickly rose to approx. 20,000 ft elevation (6 km) and the Aviation Color code was raised to red. The activity continued and reached its peak over the next 24 hours, when a sustained, continuous ash plume extended more than 700 km (400 miles) to the northeast over interior Alaska, with a maximum height of 37,000 ft (9 km) altitude. Lava fountaining from the summit crater was observed throughout the night by mariners, pilots, and by residents in Cold Bay, located 37 miles (60 km) to the SW. Volcanic mudflows (lahars), generated by rapidly melting ice and snow, are likely descending on the flanks of the volcano and could present a hazard in the local river valleys.