Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.5 Earthquake hits Luzon in the Philippines.
5.4 Earthquake hits the Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea.
5.3 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.
5.3 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.
5.3 Earthquake hits the Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea.
5.3 Earthquake hits Tonga.
5.2 Earthquake hits Tonga.
In the South Indian Ocean:
Tropical cyclone Jack is located approximately 350 nm southwest of Cocos Island, Australia.
Tropical cyclone Jack was threatening to hamper the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on Monday, as a submarine drone neared the end of its search for the missing Malaysian jetliner in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean. The search has entered the 45th day.
Europe – Three people, including a 13-year-old boy, have drowned and two are missing in floods that hit Romania over the weekend.
Philippines – Flash floods affected more than a thousand families in Carmen, Davao del Norte over the weekend. Waters quickly rose at around 6:30 a.m. Sunday, forcing 1,302 families to flee to higher ground.
Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update
As of 18:00 on 17 April, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 203 clinical cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 129 deaths. To date, 158 patients have been tested for ebolavirus infection and 109 cases have been laboratory confirmed, including 61 deaths. In addition, 41 cases (34 deaths) meet the probable case definition for EVD and 53 cases (34 deaths) are classified as suspected cases. Twenty-four (24) health-care workers (HCW) have been affected (18 confirmed), with 15 deaths (11 confirmed).
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update
On 18 April 2014, the Ministry of Health of Greece reported 1 laboratory-confirmed case of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
Update on polio in central Africa – polio confirmed in Equatorial Guinea, linked to outbreak in Cameroon
In Equatorial Guinea, three new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases have been reported on 14 April 2014, the first polio in the country since 1999. Genetic sequencing indicates these cases are linked to an ongoing WPV1 outbreak in Cameroon which has subsequently been detected in Equatorial Guinea. The cases had onset of paralysis on 28 January 2014, 19 January 2014 and 24 March 2014, from Centro Sur, Bioko Norte and Litoral. Outbreak response in Equatorial Guinea is currently being planned, including National Immunization Days (NIDs) with bivalent oral polio vaccine (OPV) on 21-24 April 2014. An estimated 40% of children are fully immunized against polio in the country.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity
Etna (Sicily, Italy): Occasional weak explosions continue at the New SE crater: two very small events were observed today at 03:45 and 04:05 (local time).
Kilauea (Hawai’i): (21 Apr) Here on Kilauea over the past week we have seen the lava lake at the summit rise and drop several times! This is due to the several DI tilt events that have occured. Gas emissions continued to be elevated at the summit as well. On the East Rift Zone, near Pu’u ‘O’o we have seen no major changes – Spatter cones on the floor of Pu’u ‘O’o crater displayed strong glow and the lava level of the circulating lava pond was elevated within the collapsed northeast spatter cone. USGS Webcams recorded continued activity from the small tube breakout that started Saturday morning and at the flow front.