Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.6 Earthquake hits near Taiwan

6.0 Earthquake hits near Taiwan

Japan has issued an alert about a 1m (3ft) tsunami after the earthquake struck for the southern island chain of Okinawa.

5.8 Earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.5 Earthquake hits near Taiwan.

5.3 Earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.2 Earthquake hits Taiwan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Bangladesh – A powerful storm in seven Upazilas of Mymensingh and Kishoreganj districts of Bangladesh has claimed lives of at least eight people and left hundreds of houses damaged.

Bangladesh – A landslide on the bank of the Padma River in Chapainawabganj, Bangladesh has claimed lives of two people after parts of an embankment caved in and buried them.

Wildfires

Wildfires – USA

A wildfire near Corona, California, is threatening at least 300 homes as 335 firefighters work to quell it, state fire officials say. The “Highway Fire” was incinerating 300 acres in Riverside County, east of Los Angeles, early Sunday, and emergency officials have evacuated many residents, said Fire Captain Mike Mohler.

Wildfires that raged since Saturday along Blue Mountain in Carbon County, Pennsylvania have been slowed, a state fire official said Sunday night. Wildfires on the mountain had spread to 400 acres Sunday, Kern said earlier in the day, although the blazes were about 75 percent contained. The areas of active burning had been limited to the top and bottom of Blue Mountain, he said. No injuries have been reported, and no structures have been damaged or threatened, Kern said. About 120 firefighters battled the blazes during the weekend.

A wildfire that consumed more than 4,000 acres near Warroad in northern Minnesota was about 80 percent contained as of Sunday morning.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Fuego (Guatemala): A more intense phase of activity with the effusion of a 2 km long lava flow on the southeastern slope into the Taniluya canyon occurred during 17-18 April. Activity has now returned to normal levels of intermittent strombolian explosions.

Guagua Pichincha (Ecuador): Earthquake swarms have been detected under the volcano recently. They could be early indicators of new activity in the medium-term future (weeks to months).

Tungurahua (Ecuador): Over the past week, activity has remained at moderate levels with small to medium-sized ash emissions, but no larger explosions so far. The largest occurred on the afternoon of 15 April, when ash plumes rose to up to 3 km above the volcano.