Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.7 Earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.

6.5 Earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.

6.3 Earthquake hits Negros in the Philippines.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Kenya – President Yoweri Museveni traveled to the western district of Kasese on Wednesday to assess the damage caused by the floods after River Nyamwamba burst its banks which left four people dead.

Disease

Philippines – Diarrhoea Outbreak

A diarrhea outbreak that hit remote villages in North Cotabato province has been contained, but the cause of the disease remained unknown, officials said Wednesday.

The number of patients at Alamada Community Hospital had been reduced after many of them have been rehydrated when health workers responded just in time to arrest the outbreak.

Health authorities said eight people were confirmed dead from the outbreak

According to hospital records, there were about 600 patients who suffered vomiting, diarrhoea, and stomach pain, while more than 70 percent of them have recovered and returned home.

American Samoa – Amoebic dysentery

Epidemiologists in American Samoa are investigating an outbreak of the protozoan parasite, Entamoeba histolytica, which according to report, has sickened more than two dozen.

Half of the 26 people stricken with amoebic dysentery have been hospitalized for their illness.

Amoebic dysentery especially attacks the intestines and kind of eats its way into the wall of the intestines; it causes abdominal pain, it causes bloody diarrhoea, fever.

Amebiasis is a disease caused by the parasite Entamoeba histolytica. It can affect anyone, although it is more common in people who live in tropical areas with poor sanitary conditions.

USA – Measles

A measles outbreak in Ohio has reached 68 cases, giving the state the dubious distinction of having the most cases reported in any state since 1996, health officials say.

The Ohio outbreak is part of a larger worrisome picture: As of Friday, the federal Centres for Disease Control and Prevention had logged 187 cases nationwide in 2014, closing in on last year’s total of 189. CDC warned several weeks ago that the country could end up having the worst year for measles since home-grown outbreaks were eradicated in 2000.

Wildfires

Wildfires – USA

San Diego – Thousands of people fled their homes ahead of an aggressive wildfire that destroyed several houses in the city of Carlsbad as a heat wave gripped Southern California, sparking blazes in several spots in the region.

Mandatory evacuations were in progress, and more than 11,000 notices were sent to homes and businesses, city officials said.

The blaze was one of several wildfires that firefighters in San Diego County were battling amid hot, dry and windy conditions.

Two homes could be seen burning in TV broadcasts from Carlsbad. State fire Capt. Mike Moehler told KCAL-TV that structures were actively burning, but he didn’t know how many.

A power outage also shut down the city’s Legoland California amusement park.

Another wildfire further north forced the evacuation of residents in military housing at Camp Pendleton, and the closure of an elementary school on the Marine Corps base. A third fire spread from a burning vehicle on coastal Interstate 5 to roadside brush near the northwest corner of the Marine base.

State fire officials say triple digit temperatures and dry conditions from the drought were making for an unusually busy firefighting season.

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Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): Activity at the volcano remains weak. Slow lava extrusion continues along with occasional ash venting and small pyroclastic flows triggered by collapse of parts of the viscous lava lobe on the southern flank.

Merapi (Central Java, Indonesia): PVMBG reported that during 2-8 May white plumes rose as high as 650 m above Merapi. Thumping noises continued to be reported from multiple observation posts. Seismicity fluctuated but remained above background levels. The Alert Level remained at 2 (on a scale of 1-4) on 29 April.

Dukono (Halmahera): Activity at the volcano seems to be increasing – the sighting of ash plumes on satellite imagery has become a daily job of VAAC Darwin’s watchful crew. This morning, a volcanic ash plume at estimated 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude extended 25 nautical miles from the volcano to the south.

Shishaldin (United States, Aleutian Islands): The Alaska Volcano Observatory believed that the activity at the volcano has a bit increased. Satellite data show persistent high temperatures in the summit crater which could be lava flows, or even a small lava lake, likely produced by episodes of lava fountains. The heat signals detected went along with increasing volcanic tremor detected. There is no visual confirmation of such activity so far; webcam images only show a weak degassing plume, but these images are too distant to allow detailed interpretations. The aviation alert level remained at Orange.

Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala): As expected, heavy rainfalls triggered a hot lahar (turbulent flow of mud, boulders and ash deposits mixed with water) that traveled down the Nima I river valley yesterday. The lahar carried lava blocks up to 2 m in diameter as well as many tree branches and trunks. Abundant steam and sulfur gasses were released from the flowing masses. The lahar passed near the volcano observatory like a mix of “cement”, where it let the ground vibrate, increased water content and speed as it reached the Samala river. Similar rainfall could cause other lahars in the river San Isidro, the other important tributary of the Samala river. (INSIVUMEH)

San Miguel (El Salvador): During the past 2 days, seismic activity at the volcano has shown a sharp increase after it had been gradually decreasing since late February. The latest bulletins published by SNET suggest that the most likely expected eruption would be strombolian-type with associated lava flows, probably on the north side of the volcano