Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits south of Africa.

5.1 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the coast of Ecuador.

5.0 Earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Haiti – Floods in Haiti caused by torrential rainfall have claimed the lives of at least four people including three children. Several thousand families have been affected by the floods.

Disease

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

On 19 April 2016, the Department of Health, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region notified WHO of a confirmed, imported case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

Between 19 and 23 April 2016, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 3 additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV).

Zika Virus – Brazil

Brazil’s outbreak of Zika – which has been linked to the devastating microcephaly birth defect in newborns – has topped 91 000 cases, health officials said on Tuesday.

Between January 3 and April 2, 91 387 suspected cases of Zika were reported, with a disproportionate share (30 286) in the poorer northeast of the country, the Health Ministry said.

Three people have died of the mosquito-borne virus, it said.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Israel

Negligence is suspected of being a factor in a number of wildfires on Tuesday, including a forest fire that scorched hundreds of hectares outside Shlomi in the western Galilee.

Police and firefighters deployed helicopters and other aircraft to fight the blaze, which also damaged a power line, causing electrical failures in the area.

On the other side of the Galilee, a forest fire broke out in two spots next to the Jordan River near a popular rafting spot. The cause of this fire was not announced, and all visitors had to be evacuated from the area.

In Jerusalem, two forest fires broke out on Tuesday, where temperatures hit a high of 33 degrees. One broke out near the Mount of Olives, but firefighters managed to contain it before it could cause any damage or injuries. Another blaze began in the city’s Peace Forest near the Abu Tor neighbourhood. It, too, was contained, but residents of a nearby street had to be evacuated due to high levels of smoke.