Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Southern Indian Ocean:

Tropical cyclone Ita is located approximately 355 nm north-northeast of Cairns, Australia. Tropical cyclone Ita struck Papua New Guinea at about 06:00 GMT on April 8.

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical depression Peipah is located approximately 724 nm east-southeast of Manila, Philippines.

Drought

Drought  USA

The persisting drought in many US States has caused beef prices to hit an all-time high in US. The extreme weather has thinned the nation’s beef cattle herds to levels last seen in 1951, when there were about half as many mouths to feed in America.

Disease

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update

The Ministries of Health of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently announced 5 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

Volcanos

Global Volcanic Activity

Paluweh (off Flores Island, Indonesia): The Indonesian Volcanological Survey (VSI) has lowered the status of the volcano from 3 to 2 (on a scale of 1-4), after no new significant activity has been detected at the volcano in recent months.

Seismicity also has decreased since the last week explosions and avalanches that were noticed from the new lava dome in last November.

Kilauea (Hawai’i): Kilauea eruption continued at the summit and within the East Rift Zone with no major changes over the past week. At the summit, the lava-lake level remained at about 43m (141ft) below the floor of the crater. On the East Rift Zone the NE spatter-cone complex continued to feed the Kahauale`a 2 lava flow at Pu`u `O`o, which continues to burn forests in the area (see photo, USGS). The rainy weather has cleared on Kilauea, making for excellent sunset viewings of the summit eruption!