Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.5 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.8 earthquake hits Anzoategui, Venezuela.

5.0 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.0 earthquake hits New Caledonia.

5.0 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 23s (Wallace), located approximately 344 nm north-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking westward at 06 knots.

NewsBytes:

Brazil – Heavy rains killed at least 10 people and left a trail of destruction in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, raising questions about the city’s preparedness to deal with recurring extreme weather. Torrents of water gushed down streets, sweeping up cars and uprooting trees after rains that began around rush hour Monday evening. Rains slowly weakened by Tuesday evening.

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Wildlife

Endangered Wildlife seized in the Philippines

A large seizure of 450 live wild animals from the island of New Guinea has been made in the southern Philippines, comprising hundreds of birds, dozens of reptiles, and a single Critically Endangered Western Long-beaked Echidna Zaglossus bruijni. The discovery comes a year after a similarly large seizure of Indonesian wildlife was made close to the Philippine capital, once again highlighting this illegal wildlife trade route in Southeast Asia.

Rarely seen, even in trade, the Western Long-beaked Echidna is found in Indonesian Papua and is often described as one of earth’s most mysterious mammals. This egg-laying mammal is threatened by hunting and habitat loss.

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Disease

Lassa Fever – Nigeria.

Nigerian health officials reported an additional 16 Lassa fever cases during the most recent week, including two fatalities. The new confirmed cases were reported from five states – Edo(6), Ondo(4), Bauchi(2), Taraba(2) and Plateau(2) with the new deaths in Bauchi(1) and Taraba (1) states.

During the first quarter of 2019, 526 confirmed cases in 21 of the 36 Nigerian states have been reported. In addition, there have been 121 deaths in confirmed cases. Case fatality ratio in confirmed cases is 23 percent.