Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hit the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Myanmar.

5.0 earthquake hits the southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 07s (Cebile), located approximately 899 nm south-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking southeastward at 08 knots.

Newsbytes:

Marshall Islands – Emergency services were put on standby Saturday (Feb 3) in Majuro, as rising king tides threatened to flood the capital of the low-lying Marshall Islands. The national weather service warned “major inundation” was possible from Saturday evening through to Tuesday at peak tide.

New Zealand – Two 17-year-old boys killed in flash flooding in Auckland’s Waitakere Ranges, they were swept away while trying to cross a swollen river in West Auckland’s Waitakere Ranges on Saturday.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Iran

Fire incidents in natural sites under the control of the Department of Environment have increased by 20% since the beginning of the current Iranian year (March 21, 2017) compared with the same period of last year. Some 3,300 hectares of land in DOE protected areas (national parks, natural monuments, wildlife sanctuaries and protected areas), including woodlands, ranges and wetlands, have been ravaged by wildfires during the period.

Disease

USA CDC to Cut Disease Prevention Funding by 80%

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is rolling back its epidemic prevention programs in 39 out of 49 countries due to a lack of funding from the Trump Administration. This could pose a grave danger to the United States and other countries because it “would significantly increase the chance an epidemic will spread without our knowledge and with less scientific oversight”.