Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 Earthquake hits Guerrero, Mexico.

5.6 Earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.6 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits east of the Kuril Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits eastern Nei Mongol, China.

China Quake Update: 207 people are dead or missing after the quake, and 11,500 are injured, 960 of them seriously. More than 1,300 aftershocks have been felt in the area since the 6.6 magnitude quake struck at 08:02 local time (00:02 GMT) on Saturday.

Space Events

Lyrid Meteor Shower

The annual Lyrid meteor shower will peak Sunday and Monday, but the moon’s bright light may spoil the celestial fireworks display.

The Lyrid meteor shower occurs each year in mid-April when the Earth passes through a trail of dusty debris from the Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1), which orbits the sun once every 415 years. Humans have been observing this particular meteor shower for at least 2,600 years.

Typically, the Lyrid meteor shower is a relatively faint stargazing event, though observers with clear dark skies away from city lights can usually spot up to 15 or 20 meteors an hour.


China Bird Flu – Update

The number of novel H7N9 flu cases in China rose steadily over the weekend, with reports of 11 more infections pushing the total so far to 102, while the death toll reaches 20.