Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits the Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Celebes Sea.

5.1 Earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits central Alaska.

Idaho – USA

Hundreds of earthquake rattle nerves in central Idaho – Hundreds of low-level and medium-sized earthquakes have struck central Idaho since last month, puzzling geologists who wonder whether the ruptures portend a much larger temblor to come or are merely the rumblings of a seismic fault previously thought to be dormant.

The recent earthquake swarm, beginning on March 24 and climaxed by a 4.9 magnitude tremor on Saturday, has produced no reports of injuries or severe damage but has rattled nerves in a region where Idaho’s most powerful known quake, measured at 6.9, killed two children in 1983 and damaged hundreds of homes and businesses.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

No current tropical storms.

New Zealand – The remnants of Cyclone Ita are speading down the country, ripping off roofs in Auckland, felling trees in the Waikato and disrupting travel. Wild weather pounding the country has caused widespread road closures, flooding, damaged properties, power outages and treacherous driving conditions.

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USA – Maine emergency management officials said the flooding in Maine after heavy rains is statewide and the state is likely to remain under a flood warning until late Thursday. One person was reported to have died in the floods.

Canada – The spring thaw and steady rain triggered floods that inundated Quebec towns, washing away homes, forcing evacuations and causing a landslide. In Sherbrooke, Que., in the Eastern Townships, the Saint-Francois river reached a record 25 feet Wednesday and floodwaters cut the city in two.

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Tanzania – At least 14 people have been killed and thousands displaced after heavy floods ravaged Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.

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At least 14 people have been killed and thousands displaced after heavy floods ravaged Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital,

Disease

Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update

As of 18:00 on 16 April, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 197 clinical cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), including 122 deaths. To date, 101 cases have been laboratory confirmed, including 56 deaths, 43 cases (33 deaths) meet the probable case definition for EVD and 53 cases (33 deaths) are classified as suspected cases. Twenty-four (24) health-care workers (HCW) have been affected with 13 deaths. Clinical cases of EVD have been reported from Conakry (47 cases, including 16 deaths), Guekedou (117/80), Macenta (22/16), Kissidougou (6/5), Dabola (4/4) and Djingaraye (1/1).