Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits off the coast of northern Peru.

5.5 earthquake hits the Nicobar Islands off India.

5.5 earthquake hits Leyte in the Philippines.

Three 5.2 earthquakes hit the Nicobar Islands off India.

5.1 earthquake hits the Nicobar Islands off India.

5.0 earthquake hits the Iran-Iraq border.

5.0 earthquake hits western Turkey.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

Four 5.0 earthquakes hit the Nicobar Islands off India.

5.0 earthquake hits near the coast of Ecuador.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Afghanistan – Update – Flash floods have now killed at least 32 people in western Afghanistan, destroyed homes and swept through makeshift shelters that housed displaced families, a government official said on Saturday. Flooding caused by heavy rains started spreading on Thursday and left a trail of devastation across seven provinces. Another 12 people were missing and more than 700 houses were destroyed or severely damaged.

Environment

Mass Extinction – Dinosaurs

New research which has been released captures a fossilised snapshot of the day nearly 66 million years ago when an asteroid smacked Earth, fire rained from the sky and the ground shook far worse than any modern earthquake.

It was the day that nearly all life on Earth went extinct, including the dinosaurs.

The researchers say they found evidence in North Dakota, US of the asteroid hit in Mexico, including fish with hot glass in their gills from flaming debris that showered back down on Earth. They also reported the discovery of charred trees, evidence of an inland tsunami and melted amber.

Separately, University of Amsterdam’s Jan Smit disclosed that he and his colleagues even found dinosaur footsteps from just before their demise. Smit said the footprints – one from a plant-eating hadrosaur and the other of a meat eater, maybe a small Tyrannosaurus Rex – is “definite proof that the dinosaurs were alive and kicking at the time of impact … They were running around, chasing each other” when they were swamped.

The researchers said the inland tsunami points to a massive earthquake generated by the asteroid crash, somewhere between a magnitude 10 and 11.

For decades, the massive asteroid crash that caused the Chicxulub crater in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula has been considered the likely cause of the mass extinction often called the “KT boundary” for the division between two geologic time periods.

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Disease

Rift Valley Fever – Mayotte

In an update on the Rift Valley fever (RVF) situation in Mayotte, health officials report 114 human cases have been reported since November 2018. Since the beginning of the health alert, human cases have remained mainly in the center and north-west of the island.