Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Rat islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits southeast of Easter island.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits Palau.

5.0 Earthquake hits northern Colombia.

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Wildlife

World’s wild tiger count rises

The world’s count of wild tigers roaming forests from Russia to Vietnam has gone up for the first time in more than a century, with 3 890 counted by conservation groups and national governments in the latest global census, wildlife conservation groups said on Monday.

The tally marks a turnaround from the last worldwide estimate in 2010, when the number of tigers in the wild hit an all-time low of about 3 200, according to the World Wildlife Fund and the Global Tiger Forum.

India alone holds more than half of the world’s tigers, with 2 226 tigers roaming reserves across the country, from the southern tip of Kerala state to the eastern swamps in West Bengal, according to its last count in 2014.

But while experts said the news was cause for celebration, they stopped short of saying the number of tigers itself was actually rising. In other words, it may just be that experts are aware of more tigers, thanks to better survey methods and more areas being surveyed.

Still, this is the first time tiger counts are increasing since 1900, when there were more than 100 000 tigers in the wild.

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Disease

Microcephaly – France – Martinique

On 24 March 2016, the National IHR Focal Point for France notified PAHO/WHO of a foetus with concomitant microcephaly and Zika virus infection in Martinique.

Mysterious disease kills at least 23 babies in Kenya

A mysterious disease has claimed lives of at least 23 infants in Kenya’s Nakuru and Baringo counties in the past four weeks.

AThe disease – which is exhibiting symptoms such as high fever, coughing, body weakness and sweating – was initially thought to be viral pneumonia, but tests by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) were negative.

At least 215 cases have so far been confirmed, with babies aged between one day and 11 months being the most affected.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands): The strombolian activity at the volcano’s O-take crater continues to be relatively intense. VAAC Tokyo reports low-level ash plumes at approx. 6,000 ft and incandescence from the activity can be seen from neighbouring islands.