Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits of the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Jaoan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Ginea.

5.0 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits Taiwan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Typhoon 06w (Noul), located approximately 401 nm southwest of Kadena AB, Okinawa, is tracking north-northeastward at 14 knots.

Typhoon Noul (local name: Dodong) has claimed the lives of at least two people in the Philippines and forced the evacuations of thousands others in northern Luzon.

Tropical storm 07w (Dolphin), located approximately 165 nm west of Ujelang, is tracking north-northwestward at 07 knots.

Tropical Storm Ana weakened slightly before making landfall in South Carolina on Sunday morning, sending pounding surf crashing against Atlantic beaches as it prepared to bluster inland. The U.S. National Hurricane Centre in Miami said Ana made landfall between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach at 6:00 a.m. ET Sunday morning, and packed top sustained winds of 45 mph. Ana, a surprisingly early tropical storm that emerged ahead of the official June 1 start of the Atlantic hurricane season, was moving to the north-northwest at a plodding pace of about 5 mph. Ana has subsequently dissipated.


Rhino poaching in South Africa

The number of rhinos killed illegally in South Africa has hit a new high with 393 of the animals killed for their horns between January and April.

A record number of 1,215 rhinos were killed last year in the country after being poached for their horns, but in just the first four months of 2015 a new record has been made, with an 18 per cent increase on the same period last year.

Of the rhinos killed this year so far, 290 were poached in the Kruger National Park, South African environment minister Edna Molewa said.

The vast park bordering Mozambique is home to the majority of South Africa’s 20,700 rhinos, which are killed for their horns, used in traditional Asian medicine – mainly as an aphrodisiac to supposedly enhance the virility of elderly Chinese men.

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Cruelty . . .

A policeman holds a water bottle with a live yellow-crested cockatoo put inside for illegal trade, at the customs office of Tanjung Perak port in Surabaya, East Java province, Indonesia. Police arrested one man traveling by ship from Makassar, Sulawesi with 22 of the endangered cockatoos held inside water bottles.

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Ebola Outbreak – Update

WHO officially declared that the Ebola outbreak in Liberia is over but warns against the possibility of infected people coming in from Guinea and Sierra Leone, where the outbreak still persists.

“Forty-two days have passed since the last laboratory-confirmed case was buried on 28 March 2015. The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia is over,” WHO says in an official statement.

The agency called the breakthrough a “monumental achievement” for Liberia, which is the hardest hit country from the recent Ebola outbreak. At the peak of the outbreak in August and September 2014, up to 400 new cases were being reported every week.

As of May 6, there have been a total of 10,564 total cases of Ebola in Liberia, with 4,716 confirmed deaths. Guinea records 3,592 cases and 2,387 deaths. Sierra Leone has the most number of reported cases – 12,492, with 3,904 confirmed deaths.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Kliuchevskoi (Kamchatka): Mild strombolian activity and associated ash emissions continue from the summit crater of the volcano. Tokyo VAAC reported an ash plume to 20,000 ft (6 km) altitude on 8 May.

Karangetang (Siau Island, Sangihe Islands, Indonesia): An increase in activity occurred during the past days, resulting in dangerous pyroclastic flows that swept 3 km down the steep southern slope of the volcano. The cause was elevated strombolian activity combined with effusion of a viscous flow from the summit crater, which resulted in partial collapses of the lava flow. People living in villages near the volcano were evacuated and it seems no fatalities occurred, although houses in the village of Kora Kora were destroyed by the pyroclastic flow on 7 May. Significant ash fall occurred on the northern flank of the volcano.

Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): An ash plume was seen yesterday on satellite imagery extending 45 nautical miles to the west.

Dukono (Halmahera): Intense ash emissions continue at the volcano. Darwin VAAC reported a plume at estimated 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude extending 40 km to the east.

Telica (Nicaragua): Several small explosions with ash emissions have occurred from the volcano’s summit vent since 8 May. 8 explosions generated ash plumes up to 250 m height that drifted west causing light ash fall in the villages Quebranchal, Telica, Polvareda and Las Joyas.