Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits the Gulf of Paria, Venezuela.

5.3 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits Fiji.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Pakistan – Update – The death  toll in flash floods and landslides, triggered by heavy rainfall in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and the Gilgit-Baltistan region in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), has crossed 100, according to reports. The landslides have cut off the Gilgit-Baltistan region from the rest of the country. More than 70 people were killed in the Gilgit-Baltistan region and over 30 in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province since heavy rainfall started in these regions last Saturday. The heavy rainfall has also damaged hydro-power projects, triggered several landslides in the affected region and blocked the Karakoram Highway (KKH) that connects Kashghar in Chinese territory Xinjiang with Gilgit and Abbottabad through the Khunjerab Pass.

Wildlife

Big Cat Fatalities – Kenya

The killing of two Kenyan lions within 48 hours triggered outrage from animal rights advocates who say a major road project is affecting the animals’ behaviour.

A wildlife ranger was vilified after he shot the famed lion “Mohawk” because the officer didn’t have tranquilliser darts. The big cat had earlier injured a motorcyclist after straying from Nairobi National Park, just outside the capital. The next day, rangers found the body of another lion speared to death south of Nairobi.

Construction of a new road through the park that will link Nairobi’s international airport to the city centre is causing more big cats to stray, conservationists say.

Environment

Nuclear Graveyard – Chernobyl

Ukrainian officials say that the contaminated area around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant will be used to store radioactive waste materials, including spent nuclear fuel.

“People cannot live in the land seriously contaminated for another 500 years, so we are planning to make it into an industrial complex,” said Vitalii Petruk, of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management.

The 20-mile exclusion zone around the plant was established 30 years ago after an explosion from a botched test at the Soviet plant sent clouds of radioactive material billowing over Europe.”

Environment

Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 113.0 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius) in Tillaberi, Niger.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus -93.0 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 69.4 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

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease in Florida, USA

Since the beginning of the year, the state of Florida has reported one confirmed and one probable case of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), and both cases are from Hillsborough County, according to state data.

The confirmed case was reported from Tampa in January, while a probable case was reported from Valrico, in eastern Hillsborough County last month.

In 2015, 21 confirmed and eight probable CJD cases were reported in the state from 20 counties with three cases reported in Hillsborough County.

Wildfires

Wildfires – USA

Powerful winds are helping to spread fast-moving wildfires across Southern states. Firefighters in Arizona overnight battled flames that pushed into California and forced evacuations. Several other wildfires stretch across Oklahoma, where 11 counties are under states of emergency.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Kliuchevskoi (Kamchatka): According to KVERT new phase of (so far) mild strombolian activity seems to have started at the volcano on around 4 April.

A mild thermal anomaly is visible on satellite data, and webcam images during clear days show intense steaming and some glow at night, which supports the interpretation of new activity.

Telica (Nicaragua): The activity of the volcano remains elevated, with little changes over the past days. Bright incandescence inside the crater and mild to moderate degassing, sometimes with light ash content, are visible at the surface.

Internal micro-seismic activity continues to be at high levels according to INETER’s latest report. The risk of sudden explosions from the crater remains considerable and people are advised not to approach the crater.