Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Mid-Indian ridge.

5.2 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits northeastern Iran.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Mid-Indian ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical depression 06w (Noul), located approximately 71 nm west of Yap, is tracking westward at 07 knots.

NewsBytes:

Germany – A tornado has caused extensive damage in the German town of Buetzow near Rostock. At least 30 people have been injured by flying debris. A hospital and a nursing home are among the damaged buildings. The railway line between Hamburg and Luebeck has been blocked in both directions by fallen trees.

Buetzow Germany tornado damage

Indonesia – A landslide in Indonesia’s West Java province on Tuesday has claimed the life of one person and left 14 missing.

Tasmania – A severe weather warning has been issued for Tasmania as parts of the northern and central areas are forecast to have winds of up to 130km/h, heavy rain and snow. Tides are expected to peak 40-50 cm above normal levels.

Disease

Measles in Sudan

Aid agencies are struggling to contain a massive measles outbreak in Sudan. The Ministry of Health is leading a United Nations and international effort to vaccinate 8 million children under age five against the sometimes fatal disease, which so far has claimed 27 child lives.

Over the last four months, UNICEF reports there have been 2,200 confirmed cases and 4,000 suspected cases of measles in Sudan. It says that is four times higher than the average annual measles caseload over the last few years.

It says 54 percent of confirmed cases are in children under age five, but 28 percent are among people over age 15. It says 14 of 18 states in Sudan are affected by the outbreak.

Space Events

Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

It’s been 29 years since Halley’s Comet passed by the Earth, and it won’t be around for another 47. Even though the iconic space rock won’t be visible for a few more decades, the Aquarid’s meteor shower, debris from the comet’s previous passing, will be visible starting early Wednesday morning. NASA predicted that up to ten meteors per hour would be visible throughout the northern hemisphere.

The Eta Aquarids are one of two annual meteor showers left in Halley’s wake. The other shower caused by the comet, the Orionids, occurs in October each year. The Aquarids are named after the star from which they appear to originate in the night sky, Eta Aquarii.

The meteors are best viewed in the early morning hours when the sky is darkest. From a vantage point on a clear, moonless night, especially in southern latitudes, shooting stars will streak through the atmosphere and dazzle viewers over the course of about a week.