Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits the Rota region in the North Mariana Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Sichuan-Yunnan-Guizhou region, China.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

New Zealand – Severe flooding struck Auckland’s west on Sunday – turning streets into rivers, trapping shoppers and forcing people to evacuate their houses as heavy rain poured down. More than 320 homes flooded across Auckland on Sunday as the storm lashed the region. West Auckland locals were stunned as the storm flooded a street in 15 minutes.

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Wildlife

Whale shark takes up residence in Knysna lagoon – South Africa

Visitors and boat operators in the Garden Route are urged to be mindful of a massive whale shark currently residing in the Knysna lagoon.

The whale shark took up temporary residence in the lagoon in an attempt to avoid the colder water in the deeper ocean, outside of the Knysna heads, the National Sea Rescue Institute in the area says. But, the animal’s reluctance to head out into the cold might be weakening it.

The NSRI assisted in a rescue attempt when the shark beached on Saturday, 11 March. Appearing ill and weak, the animal was assisted in breathing by pumping water through its gills, the NSRI said.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Texas, USA

Gov. Greg Abbott has declared six Texas Panhandle counties disaster areas following deadly wildfires. The wildfires, which began on Monday, have burned an estimated 1,935 square km in the Lone Star state, displacing about 10,000 heads of cattle and horses. Four people lost their lives in the wildfires.

Disease

New fungus outbreak in USA

The Centres for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC), warned last year about the possibility of a fungus outbreak in the United States. Now, nine months after the warning, the first cases of the infection have been reported in the country and have alerted health authorities since this disease is severe and deadly.

Almost three dozen people have been reported to have this infection in the last days. This fungus is known for being both deadly and drug-resistant, hence the concern of health authorities of the new outbreak registered.

This particular fungus is a kind of yeast called Candida Auris, and since its discovery, it has been registered in all five continents. Starting in 2009, officials worried about a possible expansion of the disease, as in that year, one patient in Japan presented a severe ear infection thanks to the fungus. In the next seven years, the fungal infection has been present in Colombia, India, Israel, Kenya, Kuwait, Pakistan, South Korea, Venezuela, and even the United Kingdom.

According to medical observations and analysis, this fungus is known for producing severe bloodstream infections. This disease can also be present in the patient’s ears. It is also known for being resistant to multiple drugs. The Candida Auris can also spread very easily since its attachable to health care settings and can survive there for many days and even months.

Anthrax – Australia

A second anthrax outbreak has been reported in Victoria’s north-west. At least one sheep has died from the disease at a property near Nyah, with a “significant number” of other sheep dying at the site over the past few months. It follows a property near Swan Hill being quarantined last week, with at least one confirmed case of anthrax. Agriculture Victoria said neighbouring properties in Nyah were being assessed and stock vaccinated.