Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

Two 6.8 Earthquakes hit the Solomon Islands.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

Two 5.1 Earthquakes hit the Solomon Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the coast of Papua, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Two areas of disturbed weather have the potential for tropical development.

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NewsBytes:

Australia – People in the Pilbara are being told to prepare for the possibility of flooding, and to relocate equipment and livestock. Moderate to heavy rainfall is forecast until Wednesday for areas between Onslow and Bidyadanga, with possible falls of more than 90mm in some coastal areas.

Texas, USA – The National Weather Service in Fort Worth issued a flash flood watch for all of North Texas beginning this afternoon until Sunday evening.

Disease

Global Bird Flu Epizootic Emerging

Record outbreaks of bird flu in 35 countries around the world since early last year have killed tens of millions of poultry, or forced farmers to cull the birds.

In Iowa alone, 40 percent of all egg-laying hens, or about 25 million birds, are dead or will soon be euthanised.

A total of 33.5 million chickens, turkeys and ducks have faced similar fates nationwide since last December, mainly from the H5N2 strain of avian influenza.

While the virus has yet to infect humans, a global epidemic of the H5N1 strain in 2004 led to several cases in people, half of which proved fatal.

The H5N8 strain first appeared in the Korean Peninsula and China early last year. It has since spread to Egypt, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

Infected birds were later discovered in West Africa and North America.

Health and agriculture officials fear the virus could be picked up by migratory wild birds and spread even farther.

Culled poultry being thrown on a bonfire during a previous outbreak of avian influenza in Hong Kong.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Siberia – Update

The area of wildfires in the Zabaykalsky Krai in eastern Siberia has started growing again because of dry and windy weather and reached 14,100 hectares, the region’s forestry ministry said on Friday, TASS reports.

“As of 8am local time, 30 wildfires are blazing in the region on an area of 14,100 hectares. Ten of them have been localized in an area of 5,500 hectares. A total of 940 people are extinguishing fire, including 239 parachutists. Also, 170 equipment units have been employed in the work,” the ministry said.

Wildfires are registered in 10 regions of the Zabaukalsky Krai, where forests have been blazing since March 19. Strong winds fanned fires, and they struck residential areas in several areas. More than 200 houses in 18 settlements were damaged.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Bulusan (Luzon Island, Philippines): During 13-15 and 17-19 May PHIVOLCS reported that six or fewer volcanic earthquakes were recorded at Bulusan. Weak steam emissions were occasionally observed rising from the SW vent and from a vent on the upper NW flank; plumes drifted SW, WNW, or drifted downslope. PHIVOLCS maintained Alert Level 1, indicating abnormal conditions, and reminded the public of the 4-km radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ).