Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 Earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits southeast of Easter Island.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific

Tropical Depression Blas is located about 1290 mi…2075 km E of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical Storm Celia is located about 855 mi…1375 km SW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Newsbytes:

Typhoon Nepartak – Power was partially restored in Taiwan on Saturday after a powerful typhoon slammed into the island’s eastern coast with ferocious winds and torrential rains, killing two people and injuring 72.

In the Philippine capital Manila and outlying provinces, government work and classes were suspended Friday as typhoon-induced monsoon rains drenched many regions. Rescuers used rubber boats to move people around in waist-high floodwaters.

Although the typhoon was losing power as it moved across China on Saturday into Sunday, disaster response officials said they remained concerned that the heavy rains would trigger floods and landslides in the rugged terrain. More than 500 000 people were evacuated in China ahead of the landfall.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Colorado, USA

Nearly 1,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes as the Cold Springs Fire continues to burn near Nederland. Two structures were destroyed in the fire and there will likely be more, Smith said. No injuries have been reported.

Wildfires – California, USA

Fire officials said Saturday that a blaze that has burned nearly 72 square miles of land, including on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, is 100 percent contained.

Officials say the fire is torching a large number of dead trees caused by California’s four-year drought and a dramatic rise in bark beetle infestation. Firefighters are hampered by steep, inaccessible terrain, 20 miles per hour winds and hot, dry weather.

By day’s end, Cal Fire said, 1,082 personnel and 20 crews had been dedicated to fighting the fire, as had 145 engines, 10 dozers, seven water tenders and 10 helicopters. No damage to structures or injuries had been reported as of Friday.

Disease

1st death related to Zika virus seen in Continental U.S.

Earlier in April the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said first USA death from the virus was in Puerto Rico. The department has not released the name of the deceased or the person’s travel history but Executive Director Gary Edwards says he or she had traveled in the past year to an area of the world where mosquitos are known to spread Zika.

On Friday, Salt Lake County health officials confirmed that an elderly patient who had Zika died – but were unsure of how Zika contributed to that person’s death.

As of this week, 1,132 cases of travel-associated Zika had been reported in the USA, including 14 sexually transmitted cases.

Even in areas of the continental United States where mosquitoes capable of carrying Zika virus are found, health officials have not identified any Zika infections transmitted by local mosquitoes.

More than 1,000 Americans from the continental USA have contracted the disease – which is most often accompanied by only mild symptoms – while traveling, according to the Centres for Disease Control.