Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.4 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.4 Earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

5.3 Earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 09s (Enawo), located approximately 459 nm northwest of St Denis, is tracking southwestward at 08 knots.

Tropical cyclone Enawo slammed into Madagascar on Tuesday, killing three people and displacing hundreds as it buffeted the island with hurricane-force winds and pounding rain.

Newsbytes:

New Zealand – A key road leading to the Coromandel Peninsula has partially opened this afternoon as the district experiences its worst flooding in 10 years. Several residents have been left homeless after being evacuated due to their homes getting damaged by slips as contractors and emergency services work to clear and repair roads. The rising Kauearanga River earlier cut State Highway 25 into Thames, and debris and floods has blocked the Thames Coast Rd but one lane is now open. In Clevedon, residents watched livestock floating down river in what they call ’worst ever’ floods.

Wildlife

Rare White Rhino Killed for Coveted Horn at French Zoo

A 4-year-old white rhinoceros who was inside an enclosure in a French zoo has been killed for his horn.

“Vince,” a young rhino at the Thoiry Zoo, was found shot in the head, and one large horn had been sawed off by a chainsaw, according to the Guardian. The animal’s second, smaller horn was cut but not fully removed, which suggests that the poachers left in a hurry, police told reporters.

This is the first known poaching incident of a rhinoceros at a zoo, said CeCe Sieffert, the deputy director of the International Rhino Foundation.

White rhino pair

Disease

Anthrax: Queensland, Australia

80 cattle die from bacterial disease in Queensland. Biosecurity Queensland is working with the managers of a St George cattle property following the death of approximately 80 animals. Testing has indicated the presence of the bacteria that cause anthrax and authorities are working toward containing any further cases in line with the agreed national protocol.

Romania: Measles outbreak

In a follow-up on the ongoing measles outbreak in Romania, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reports from September 2016 to 17 February 2017 the Romanian National Institute of Public Health received reports of 3 071 cases of measles. To date, 16 deaths have been reported, all of which occurred in persons who were immunocompromised or had other co-morbidities.