Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.2 Earthquake hits the Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea.

There were no immediate reports of damage. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said a destructive widespread tsunami was not expected but said waves could be generated along coasts in the area from an earthquake of that magnitude.

6.7 Earthquake hits the Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea.

6.1 Earthquake hits Nicaragua.

A strong 6.1 earthquake shook the Nicaraguan capital of Managua on Thursday, knocking out telephone lines and power in some areas.

6.1 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.6 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.4 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits Nicaragua.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Valparaiso, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Southern Indian Ocean:

Tropical cyclone Ita is located approximately 146 nm north of Cairns, Australia.

Intense Category 4 Cyclone Ita bearing down on Australia. Expected to reach Category 5. With winds gusting up to 160-180 mph, Cyclone Ita is barreling toward the northern coast of Queensland, Australia.

It’s violent winds, expected to reach 280km/h, put Ita in a worse category than Cyclone Larry, which hit north Queensland in March 2006, leaving a trail of destruction. More than 9000 people will be “directly impacted” by cyclone Ita when it crosses the north Queensland coast on Friday night. Evacuations have begun and Queensland’s premier is returning from overseas as the strongest cyclone since Yasi in 2011 moves in on the state’s far north. Tourists and coastal residents were evacuating parts of the Great Barrier Reef on Thursday

Environment

‘Smog Domes’ Proposed As Escapes From China’s Pollution

A London-based architectural firm has a solution to China’s smog crisis — botanical gardens enclosed in giant “bubbles” where residents can take refuge.

Orproject presented the idea to Beijing officials, including plans for a lightweight dome that would house a climate-controlled park with air kept clean by the plants inside and filtered air from outside.

“The buildings surrounding the park, which are connected to the controlled air system, can house apartments, offices and retail, but may also offer sports or medical facilities which make specific use of the healthy air,” the company said.

Critics say more should be done to combat the pollution at its sources.

They also point out that the domes would separate those living inside from those unable to afford the luxury. Beijing smog has become so acute that outdoor sports are often banned.

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Disease

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

On 9 April 2014, the Ministries of Health of Jordan notified WHO of an additional laboratory-confirmed case of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update

As of 9 April, a cumulative total of 158 clinically compatible cases, including 101 deaths have been officially reported. Laboratory investigations continue at the Institut Pasteur (IP) Dakar laboratory in Conakry (65 samples tested, of which 38 are positive by PCR for ebolavirus) and at the European Union Mobile Laboratory (EMLab) team in Guekedou (38 samples tested/28 positive).

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

On 8 April 2014, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of two additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.

Environment

Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 112.1 degrees Fahrenheit (44.5 degrees Celsius) at Abu Na’Ama, Sudan.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 93.3 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 69.6 degrees Celsius) at Russia’s Vostok Antarctic research station.

Temperatures were tabulated from the more than 10,000 worldwide synoptic weather stations. The United Nations World Meteorological Organization sets the standards for weather observations, and provides a global telecommunications circuit for data distribution.

Volcanos

Global Volcanic Activity

Etna (Sicily, Italy): A small event this morning at 08:09 (local time) from the New SE crater produced a reddish-brown ash plume generated by partial collapse on the eastern flank of the cone

Bagana (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea): A major magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck 50 km south of the volcano today.

Momotombo (Nicaragua): A shallow magnitude 6 earthquake occurred last evening 15 km NE from Momotombo volcano, followed by ongoing numerous aftershocks in the area east of the volcano, as well as near Apoyeque volcano on the peninsula in Lake Managua to the SE. The quakes are probably tectonic in origin, and INETER has not reported any unusual activity at the volcanoes. On the other hand, earthquakes of this size could disturb the plumbing system of the volcanoes and potentially help trigger new activity.