Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 Earthquake hits northern Peru.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, though the quake could be felt strongly as far away as Colombia and Ecuador.

6.0 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits North Island, New Zealand.

5.0 Earthquake hits northern Peru.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Singapore – Flash floods blanketed several parts of Singapore on Tuesday afternoon, with water submerging vehicles up to mid-tyre level.

Peru – The death toll from flooding and mudslides plaguing Peru since the start of the year has risen to 113 people, including five killed last weekend, officials have said. The natural disasters, which scientists blame on a climate phenomenon called “coastal El Nino,” have also left more than 178,000 people homeless, the National Centre for Emergency Operations said in its latest update yesterday. Another one million people’s homes have been partly damaged, and more than 2,500 kilometres of roads have been destroyed.

Disease

Qatar reports 2nd MERS case in a month

Health officials in Qatar have reported an additional Middle East Respiratory syndrome (MERS) case in 2017 in a 25-year-old patient, according to a news release. This is the second case reported in Qatar in less than a month and the 20th case since the coronavirus was first detected in 2012.

Pakistan Chikungunya Tally

The number of suspected cases of chikungunya in the Karachi area has eclipsed 1,000 since Dec. 2016, according to the Pakistan Ministry of National Health Services. Between 19 December 2016 and 30 March 2017, a total of 1018 suspected cases of chikungunya have been reported in various districts in Karachi. No deaths have been reported so far.