Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Mauritius – Reunion region.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Tanzania – A landslide in Tanzania’s northwestern district of Kahama has claimed the lives of at least 19 gold miners on Thursday night.

Kenya – More than 100 homes in Mutiswa, Makueni county, were on Thursday night flooded following heavy rains. Last week, the roofs of 98 houses in Kavuthu were blown off by strong winds during a heavy downpour.

Texas, USA – Torrential rain triggered flooding on the streets of Houston and sent spectators fleeing from a circus south of the Texas city, officials said on Saturday, as the storm system headed east toward Louisiana and neighbouring states. A severe weather system followed the heavy rains on Saturday afternoon; four tornadoes were reported in Colorado and one in central Texas, according to the National Weather Service.

Disease

Bird Flu Spreads in South Dakota, USA

Five commercial turkey farms in South Dakota have now been infected with a bird flu strain that’s led to the deaths of more than 250,000 turkeys in the state and over 2.4 million birds in the Midwest.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced Friday that the H5N2 strain of avian influenza in a flock of 66,000 birds in a Roberts County farm in the far northeastern corner of the state, marking South Dakota’s largest outbreak to date.

The approximately 6-mile quarantine zone that officials set up around the impacted farm also stretches into parts of North Dakota and Minnesota. Dr. Dustin Oedekoven, the South Dakota state veterinarian, said Thursday that crews were beginning to euthanize the farm’s surviving birds to prevent the disease from spreading.