Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits the Nias region, Indonesia.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.3 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical depression 06w (Noul), located approximately 486 nm east-southeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 11 knots.

Typhoon Noul continues to slowly intensify as it moves on a course to make landfall in the northern Philippines on May 10. Meanwhile, a tropical depression has formed upstream from Typhoon Noul. The U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Centre forecasts this system to become Typhoon Dolphin, and predicts it will intensify significantly in the coming days as it heads northwest. This storm may be a threat to Japan or the Philippines early next week.

Tropical depression 07w (Seven), located approximately 298 nm southeast of Pohnpei, is tracking east-northeastward at 05 knots.

Sub-Tropical Storm Ana is located about 170 mi…275 km SSE of Myrtle Beach South Carolina with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…stationary.

NewsBytes:

USA – Communities in several southern Plains states set to work cleaning up Thursday after a night of storms that spawned 51 tornadoes, assessing the damage under sunny skies but with the threat of even worse weather on the horizon. The storms strafed northern Texas, Nebraska and Kansas on Wednesday and early Thursday but reserved their worst for the Oklahoma City area, where at least a dozen people were injured in a trailer park and where a 43-year-old woman was killed after she apparently took cover in an underground storm shelter and drowned when it was deluged by floodwater.

India – An artificial lake in Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir burst Thursday morning and caused flash floods in the area, prompting authorities to launch an evacuation operation in the affected villages, officials said.

Wildlife

Airspace ‘Reserves’ Proposed to Protect Flying Wildlife

Human influence in the lowest levels of Earth’s atmosphere has become so pervasive during the past century that it is now a major hazard to flying wildlife, according to scientists from Argentina and Wales.

Writing in the journal Science, the researchers say that the growing numbers of skyscrapers, wind turbines, power lines, planes and even drones are adversely affecting the other creatures that share the atmosphere with us from the surface to an altitude of about 300 feet.

Sergio Lambertucci, from the University of Comahue, says that millions of airborne creatures are killed each year by collisions with ground-based structures as well as aircraft.

He suggests that areas of “pristine airspace” be created to allow for the safe migrations of birds. Lambertucci also proposes that impact studies take into account influences on flying wildlife.

An illustration of some of the interactions between manmade structures and flying animals.

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Environment

Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 117.5 degrees Fahrenheit (47.5 degrees Celsius) at Matam, Senegal.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 98.0 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 72.2 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.

Disease

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Iran, Saudi Arabia

On 1 May 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Islamic Republic of Iran notified WHO of 1 additional case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.

On 1 May 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 1 additional case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.

Wildfires

Wildfires – USA

Dry, windy conditions fuelled wildfires across Maine and New Hampshire. More than a dozen wildfires kept forest rangers and firefighters busy Thursday as the states continued to experience dry and warm conditions. The largest fire burned about 200 acres. No reports of structural property loss were received.