Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits southern Greece.

5.4 Earthquake hits offshore Valparaiso, Chile.

5.4 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.4 Earthquake hits eastern Sichuan, China.

5.3 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.2 Earthquake hits south of Africa.

5.2 Earthquake hits near the north coast of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Southern Indian Ocean:

Tropical cyclone 22s (twentytwo), is located approximately 806 nm southeast of Diego Garcia, and is tracking southeastward at 11 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 23p (twentythree), is located approximately 652 nm east-northeast of Cairns, Australia, and is tracking southwestward at 03 knots.

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical Storm (TS) 05w (Peipah), is located approximately 315 nm east-southeast of Koror, and is tracking west-northwestward at 19 knots.

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USA – Thunderstorms were moving across a large swath of the Midwest and South on Thursday, spawning suspected tornadoes in Missouri and Texas, and slamming several states with large hail and heavy rain that prompted a handful of water rescues.


Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – update

On 3 April 2014, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of two additional laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.

Lassa Fever Discovered in US Man

A Minnesota man who recently returned home after visiting West Africa has tested positive for Lassa fever, health officials have confirmed. The man went to a hospital in Minnesota on March 31, complaining of fever and confusion. Blood samples sent to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tested positive for Lassa fever on April 3. The man is recovering and is in stable condition, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Lassa fever is a severe viral disease that causes fever and bleeding, and is common in West Africa but rarely seen in the United States. Only seven other cases of Lassa fever cases have been identified in the U.S., with the last one reported in Pennsylvania in 2010, according to the CDC. All cases were likely imported from other countries.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Tungurahua (Ecuador): The volcano entered a new vigorous eruptive phase yesterday evening. A moderately strong vulcanian explosion occurred at 18:10 (local time) and produced an eruption column rising several kilometers as well as small pyroclastic flows on the cone. The eruption plume (originally estimated to have reached up to 50,000 ft / 15 km altitude, but probably much lower than that) drifted to westerly directions. Ash / lapilli fall with 1-3 cm diameter clasts occurred in the areas of Bilbao, Choglontus, Chacauco and Cusúa. The explosion, which likely cleared the conduit from a solid plug was followed by frequent, smaller explosions accompanied by a constant tremor signal of high energy. When the volcano was not hidden in clouds, the expulsion of incandescent blocks that rolled down the upper flanks, and steam-gas-ash emissions could be observed. Individual stronger explosions also occurred intermittently, some of which rattled the windows and doors of the Tungurahua Volcano Observatory (OVT), located 14 Km northwest.