Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.9 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.4 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.4 Earthquake hits near the coast of Ecuador.

5.3 Earthquake hits Kyushu, Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits Kyushu, Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the coast of Ecuador.

Two 5.0 Earthquakes hit near the coast of Ecuador.

5.0 Earthquake hits southeast of the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

Ecuador – Update

At least 410 people have now been reported killed and more than 2,000 injured in the 7.5-magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador this past weekend.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 19s (Fantala), located approximately 774 nm northwest of Port Louis, Mauritius, and is tracking east-southeastward at 04 knots.

NewsBytes:

Texas, USA – At least five people were killed and hundreds more were evacuated from their homes in Houston, TX, as torrential rains and flooding prompted prompted authorities to declare a state of emergency across the city on Monday. Thousands of homes and local businesses were left without power.

Indonesia – Rain-triggered floods and landslides left six villagers missing in West Papua in eastern Indonesia.

Afghanistan – At least 38 people have lost their lives due to heavy rains accompanied by flash floods in northern parts of Afghanistan. Afghan officials said on Monday that the deaths were reported in the country’s northern provinces of Takhar, Badghis and Samangan during flash floods that began Sunday night.

Wildfires

Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

Several wildfires are burning in Northern British Columbia on a day when much of the province experienced higher than normal temperatures.

A state of emergency has been declared in parts of northern B.C., where a number of wildfires have burned buildings, forced residents from their homes and closed roads.

The Peace River Regional District said there are approximately 48 wildfires burning in the region.

The district has issued an evacuation order for several areas in Baldonnel.

Space Events

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2016

The Lyrids have been active for three days now and will last up to April 25. The meteor showers are expected to peak in the mornings of April 22 and April 23. A peak meteor shower is defined as the moment of maximum activity and the time when most meteors are seen. In ideal conditions, stargazers can expect to see 10-20 Lyrids per hour.

However, there is a catch. A full moon night, however, during these days can hamper the ability to spot meteors. Despite the moon hurdle, stargazers all over the world are getting ready to witness the event.

Disease

Malawi: Typhoid Fever Outbreak Hits Mchinji

Typhoid Fever has hit Mchinji district with confirmed cases of at least 18 people who tested positive to the disease. The local hospital took samples of blood of eight people from Kangwere Village where the outbreak was first reported and the other 10 from Sepo and Chibande villages in the area, all who are believed to have contracted the disease.

Kala-azar outbreak in Pathanapuram – India

An indigenous case of kala-azar or black fever outbreak has been reported from Chempanaruvi, near Pathanapuram, in Kollam district, causing concern among public health experts.

Besides screening the residents of the area, vector-control measures need to be carried out. Mud walls of houses should be treated with synthetic pyrethrum. Bed nets with smaller mesh size should be used by the residents to avoid insect bites, have been suggested.

Hepatitis Outbreak In South Kashmir

A recent outbreak of Hepatitis C & E in South Kashmir has caused havoc in the affected villages. The outbreak of Hepatitis C was first reported in Takia Magam and Sonabarie villages of Kokernag in January 2013. After collection of samples, almost 60 percent of the population from the twin villages were diagnosed with Hepatitis- C. Two years on, the number of affected people has reached around 1100 with authorities apparently unable to curb the disease.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Cleveland (Aleutian Islands, Alaska): A small explosion at the volcano was recorded on 16 April by both infrasound (air pressure) and seismic data. No ash plume could be observed due to cloud cover. AVO raised the alert status of Cleveland to Orange. Since the small eruption on Saturday morning, no other signs of eruptive activity have been detected.

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): A large summit eruption (a paroxysm) occurred during yesterday night at the volcano. The eruption began around 02:15 local time on 18 April, when ash emissions and individual explosions in the summit crater increased, followed by a strong eruptive phase with continuous lava fountains that lasted over 2 hours. During its peak around 3 am local time, a rain of incandescent material fell over the upper part of the volcano, to up to 1.6 km distance, and an ash plume rose several kilometres and drifted SE. Moderate ash fall occurred in areas such as Puebla city, whose airport was of course shut down.