Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits southeastern Alaska.

5.1 Earthquake hits the southern Yukon Territory, Canada.

5.1 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the southern Yukon Territory, Canada.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

No current tropical storms.

A new map of sea surface temperatures shows the ocean-heat engine that drives the formation of hurricanes, typhoons and tropical cyclones. Forecasters are predicting a relatively quiet 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.

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Malaysia – A heavy downpour caused a massive flash flood at the Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA) Gombak campus, Kuala Lampur, Wednesday afternoon.


Kansas, USA – A tornado hit Willis in northeast Kansas Wednedsay, toppling 52 cars of a coal train. The National Weather Service confirmed the small town was hit by an EF-1 tornado, with winds up to 100 mph. The 134-car coal train was bound from Wyoming to Arkansas and stopped because of the extreme weather.


Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update

Between 29 May and 1 June 2014, 37 new cases and 21 new deaths were reported from the following 5 districts: Conakry, 3 new cases and 0 deaths; Gueckedou, 11 new cases and 13 deaths; Macenta, 4 new cases and 1 death; Telimele, 19 new cases and 5 deaths; and Boffa, 0 new cases and 2 deaths. The cumulative number of cases and deaths attributable to EVD in Guinea is now 328 (laboratory confirmed 193, probable 80, and suspected 55) including 208 deaths. The geographical distribution of these cases and deaths is as follows: Conakry, 56 cases and 27 deaths; Gueckedou, 190 cases and 140 deaths; Macenta, 44 cases and 24 deaths; Dabola, 4 cases and 4 deaths; Kissidougou, 7 cases and 5 deaths; Dinguiraye, 1 case and 1 death; Telimele, 22 cases and 5 deaths; and Boffa, 4 cases and 2 deaths.

The number of contacts currently being followed countrywide is 604, distributed as follows: Gueckedou, 341 contacts; Macenta, 175 contacts; and Telimele (88 contacts). In terms of isolation, 16 patients are currently being hospitalized in Conakry (1), Gueckedou (12), Telimele (2), and Boffa (1).

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

On 1 June 2014, the National IHR Focal Point for Jordan reported to WHO an additional case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Amman, Jordan.

Newcastle Disease in Algeria

The country has reported its first outbreaks of Newcastle disease for 12 years, affecting more than 400,000 poultry.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Sangeang Api (Indonesia): Eruptive activity continues in the form of low-level ash emissions. VAAC Daarwin reported a volcanic ash plume at estimated 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude extending more than 100 km to the west.

Dukono (Halmahera): Ash plumes from strong strombolian activity continue to show up as alerts from VAAC Darwin. A plume extending 50 nautical miles to the north was seen last evening. Its height was at estimated 7,000 ft (2.1 km) altitude.

Pavlof (Alaska Peninsula, USA): After a phase of intense eruptive activity yesterday, the volcano continues to erupt lava fountains and flows, along with associated ash plumes, but has decreased its activity. Starting around 23:00 local time yesterday evening, the effusion rate increased rapidly, lava fountaining at the summit reached 200 m height and the lava flows on the northern flank became more alimented. As a result of violent interaction between lava and ice/snow, pyroclastic flows formed and descended on the flanks. An associated ash plume rose to approx. 24,000 ft (7 km) altitude and drifted more than 70 km to the east.

Ubinas (Peru): A relatively strong explosion occurred yesterday morning at the volcano, followed by ongoing ash emissions. Overall, the activity at the volcano has been showing again an increasing trend. The ash plume was approx. 3 km high and rose to 10 km altitude, then drifted east.