Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.4 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits southern Peru.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Vietnam – A hailstorm in Da Lat City in the Central Highlands’ Lam Dong Province in Vietnam has caused widespread havoc collapsing dozens of houses and greenhouses. Another hailstorm hit Madaguoi Commune in Da Huoai District blowing the roofs of about 100 houses, destroying about 30. Two school buildings also collapsed in the storm.

India – A heavy storm in Bihar, India has claimed the lives of at least 32 people and seriously injured around 100 people on Tuesday night. The strong storm hit northeastern districts of Bihar close to the borders with West Bengal and Nepal with the worst damage in Purnia, Madhepura, Saharsa, Madhubani, Darbhanga and Samastipur districts. The destruction was greatest in Baisi and Dagarua blocks of Purnia district where at least 26 people have died. At least 83 injured people have been admitted to Purnia hospital since Tuesday night. The storm packed wind speeds of about 65 km per hour.

California, USA – A tornado touched down in the Southern California desert between 3:45 and 4 p.m. on Tuesday. The tornado was spotted in rural Riverside County, about 15 miles east-northeast of Eagle Mountain. No tornado damage or injuries have been reported.

Sydney, Australia – At least four people have died in New South Wales as violent storms continue to batter the Australian state. Residents in the capital Sydney have been urged to evacuate after days of heavy rain have put more than 200 homes in the south-west of the city under threat from rising river levels. Officials say the fierce weather will continue for at least another day, with the Bureau of Meteorology warning that a second storm cell was gathering at sea north of Sydney. Another 200,000 homes in the state have been left without power. Parts of the region have experienced more than 30cm (one foot) of rainfall, wind gusts of more than 100km/h (60mph) and waves reaching record heights of 15m (50ft).

Wildfires

Wildfires – Costa Rica

Forest fires at Diriá National Park in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste province have already consumed nearly half of the park’s 5,400 hectares (13,000 acres).

Wildfires started on April 5 and smaller fires have since sparked up, sweeping across the dry, hard-to-reach protected area, according to a report from the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC).

Park administrators believe that hunters started the fires.

Diriá National Park is made up primarily of dry and wet tropical forest. Several species of protected mammals and reptiles, and about 134 types of birds, live in the park. The wildfires have had irreparable consequences for the park’s flora and fauna.

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Disease

Botulism in Ohio, USA

Five people were in critical condition, 15 others were ill and one has died after an outbreak of botulism, a potentially life-threatening disease caused by a neurotoxin produced by bacteria, Ohio health officials announced Tuesday. Everyone sickened by the disease had attended a church potluck on Sunday at the Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster, Ohio, about 30 miles southeast of Columbus, according to local media reports.

Foodborne botulism is caused by ingesting food contaminated with the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, or C. botulinum. The toxin produced by the bacteria is one of the most potent toxins known to man and results in severe food poisoning. Food that hasn’t been properly processed or was canned at home are the most common vehicles of C. botulinum.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Calbuco (Southern Chile and Argentina): A major explosive eruption started at the volcano yesterday afternoon (20:45 GMT). VAAC Buenos Aires reported an ash plume to 30,000 ft (10 km) altitude. The eruption started at 18:05 local time and came with little warning signs apparently. Residents in a radius of 20 km around the volcano are being evacuated. As the ash plume quickly drifted northeast towards Argentinia’s Bariloche region, the Bariloche airport was closed. Aviation colour code was raised to red as a warning to aircraft to avoid the area.