Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits the Scotia Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits Kyrgyzstan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Andaman Islands off India.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the South Pacific: Tropical cyclone 18p (Donna), located approximately 354 nm northwest of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking southwestward at 03 knots.

NewsBytes:

Quebec, Canada – Persistent, steady rains soaking swaths of Central and Eastern Canada that have already endured record precipitation levels threatened to trigger widespread flooding Friday and put residents and governments on high alert. Environment Canada said a massive system was slowly drenching much of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. Relentless rain falling on regions that have already endured double to triple the seasonal norms for rainfall over the past five weeks.

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Midwest USA – A Missouri man died after his vehicle was swept off a road near a flooded creek, bringing the death toll from historic flooding in the Midwest and South to 10. Earlier this week, storms and heavy rainfall that began over the weekend triggered flooding that forced the closure of hundreds of roads in Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois and shut down two major waterways. Residents along the Mississippi River shored up riverbanks with sandbags Friday as floodwaters receding from smaller rivers upstream pour into the vital waterway. The Mississippi River at St. Louis is expected to reach a top five crest on record Saturday, about 12 feet above flood stage, just below the crest from January 2016. In Cape Girardeau, Missouri, sandbagging was underway to protect homes. Meanwhile, the situation in Louisiana became dire Thursday as water began to pour over river banks.

New York, USA – Heavy rains brought flash floods that are likely to hamper the afternoon commute home in the New York metropolitan area on Friday. Transit officials are reporting delays caused by flooding while those traveling by air may have to wait up to four hours at any of the three local airports. The heavy rain prompted officials to shut down the main Seventh Avenue entrance to Penn Station in midtown Manhattan. Water has also been seen accumulating at subway stations of City Hall, Borough Hall in Brooklyn, and the World Trade Center.

Wildfires

Wildfires near Fukushima

Wildfires that broke out in a mountain forest near the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant last weekend are causing worries that radiation from the 2011 disaster might be spread with the smoke, dust and flames.

Eight helicopters from Fukushima, Miyagi and Gunma prefectures were dispatched to Mount Juman in Naime in the north east of the country, where radiation levels have remained high since the Fukushima plant experienced a triple meltdown in the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

The fire was apparently started by lighting in the abandoned area, which the Japanese government has designated as a “difficult-to-return” zone, meaning that evacuees of the initial disaster have not returned home due to persistently high radiation measurements.

Fires around nuclear accident sites can spread radionuclides like cesium-137, strontium-90 and plutonium that can travel with the wind, posing a risk of internal exposure to anyone who might inhale them, said Anton Beneslavsky, a firefighter who worked to extinguish the blazes near Chernobyl. “This is a health concern because when these unstable atoms are inhaled, people become internally exposed to radiation,” he wrote in a blog post for Greenpeace Russia.

Disease

Unexplained cluster of deaths – Liberia

On 25 April 2017, the Ministry of Health of Liberia notified WHO and partners of a cluster of sudden deaths of unknown aetiology in Sinoe County. The event started on 23 April 2017 when an 11-year-old child had been admitted to hospital presenting with diarrhoea, vomiting and mental confusion after attending the funeral of a religious leader on 22 April 2017. The child died within one hour of admission.

As of 4 May 2017, a total of 28 cases including 12 deaths (case fatality rate: 43 %) were reported. Of those, 26 cases including 10 deaths were reported from Sinoe County, all in persons who had attended the funeral. The other two cases, both fatal, were reported from the capital Monrovia in Montserrado County. Investigations are still ongoing.

Hepatitis E – Niger

On 12 April 2017, the Niger Ministry of Health notified WHO of a hepatitis E virus (HEV) outbreak in the Diffa region, located in the eastern part of the country. On 19 April 2017, the outbreak was officially declared by the Minister of Health.

Yellow fever was initially suspected as the cause of this outbreak.Of the 29 samples tested initially, all tested negative for yellow fever and 15 tested positive for hepatitis E by PCR.

As of 3 May 2017, a total of 282 suspected cases including 27 deaths have been reported.

Dengue fever: Peru

Officials with the National Emergency Operations Center (COEN) in Peru are reporting 5,924 confirmed cases of dengue nationwide through Apr. 22, with 60 percent reported from the northern coast.

Thirteen dengue related deaths have been reported. In addition, 13,897 probable cases are also reported.