Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.8 Earthquake hits Tonga.
5.2 Earthquake hits western Xizang, China.
Radiation from the leaking Fukushima nuclear reactor in Japan has been detected on the shores of Vancouver Island. Scientists say it’s the first time since the tsunami in Japan four years ago that radiation has been found on the shorelines of North America.
Low levels of the radioactive isotope Cesium-134 were collected last February in waters off a dock at Ucluelet, B.C., about 315 kilometres west of Victoria. That amount of radiation is minuscule and does not pose risks to human health or the ocean ecosystem.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
Tropical cyclone 21s (Ikola), located approximately 1193 nm west of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking southwestward at 14 knots.
Tropical cyclone (tc) 22s (Joalane), located approximately 484 nm northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius is tracking northeastward at 07 knots.
Haiti – Flooding triggered by heavy rainfall in the Haitian capital Port-au-Price has claimed the lives of at least six people and damaged more than 8,000 homes.
Bulgaria – A code orange weather warning has been issued in twelve Bulgarian districts because of the heavy downpours observed in the past 24 hours.
Afghanistan – An Afghan official says at least five people have died in heavy flooding in the northern province of Baghlan. More than 400 houses have been damaged.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity
Dukono (Halmahera): Ash plumes were detected at the volcano during the past days, suggesting that activity is relatively intense at the moment.
Turrialba (Costa Rica): A new phase of explosive activity occurred at the volcano during the past days. It has calmed down again since yesterday, but new eruptions could (and are likely to) occur any time. Steaming and incandescence are visible from the crater. Following some weeks of calm, the volcano began again to erupt small plumes of ash again on 3 April, followed by more intense explosions on Easter Sunday, producing dense ash plumes of approx. 500 m height. Abundant ash fall occurred on the western slope of the volcano and light dusting occurred in up to 35 km distance. Access to the volcano has been closed.
Reventador (Ecuador): A larger explosion seems to have occurred about an hour ago. On the thermal webcam, the upper cone is seen covered with incandescent ejecta. Cloud cover prevents visible imagery to show more details.