Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.1 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

6.7 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

There were no immediate reports of damage or loss of life following the earthquakes.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Andaman Islands off India.

5.1 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits east of Java, Indonesia.

Nepal Update – The death toll in the Nepal earthquake has surpassed 6,000 with many thousands still unaccounted for.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone 24s (Quang), located approximately 36 nm north of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking southeastward at 15 knots.

NewsBytes:

Thailand – A heavy storm in Lampang’s Ngao district damaged the roofs of around 400 houses on Wednesday night.

Cuba – A severe rainstorm has flooded Havana.

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Environment

Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 116.6 degrees Fahrenheit (47.0 degrees Celsius) at Sibi, Pakistan.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 97.4 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 71.9 degrees Celsius) at Russia’s Vostok Antarctic research station.

Temperatures were tabulated from the more than 10,000 worldwide synoptic weather stations. The United Nations World Meteorological Organization sets the standards for weather observations, and provides a global telecommunications circuit for data distribution.

Wildlife

Wild Dogs of the Serengeti Return Home

Wild dogs have been brought back to Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park more than two decades after the animals disappeared due to persecution, disease and competition with other predators.

The Tanzania Daily News reports the Serengeti Wild Dog Conservation project is working with the Frankfurt Zoological Society in releasing the once-native canines into the park.

The project’s aim is to set free six batches of 10 dogs, with the possibility of releasing one more batch in the future.

The wild dogs were captured outside the park and kept in a special sanctuary before being set free.

The Serengeti National Park attracts thousands of tourists from different parts of the world thus making it one of the country’s major sources of foreign currency for national development.

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Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Calbuco (Southern Chile and Argentina): A strong explosive eruption occurred today (12:10 on 30 April, local time) at the volcano, producing an ash column that rose several kilometers above the summit crater.

VAAC Buenos Aires estimated the height of the plume at 16,000 ft (5 km) altitude. The explosion came after a gradual decrease in activity with weak ash emissions during the past days.

The alert level remains at red (highest).