Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.8 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.4 Earthquake hits the southwestern Ryukyu islands off Japan.

5.2 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.2 Earthquake hits offshore Guatemala.

5.2 Earthquake hits Guam.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the East Pacific: Tropical Depression One-E is located about 335 mi…540 km SSW of San Salvador El Salvador and about 545 mi…875 km SSE of Salina Cruz Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 300 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

In the South Pacific: Tropical cyclone 18p (Donna), located approximately 72 nm north-northeast of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking south-southeastward at 07 knots.

Tropical cyclone 19p (Ella), located approximately 150 nm west-southwest of Pago Pago, American Samoa, is tracking west-northwestward at 02 knots.

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Wildlife

Polluted Killer Whale

An orca that was found dead last year is now considered one of the most polluted whales ever found: The marine animal contained some of the highest levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) — human-made organic chemicals known to cause a variety of adverse health effects — ever recorded.

Lulu, an adult female killer whale, was a member of the last orca pod living near the United Kingdom. When the dead whale was discovered in January 2016 on the Isle of Tiree, Scotland, after becoming entangled in fishing rope, researchers analyzed the orca’s body in hopes of determining the health of the rest of the small pod. They found that Lulu might have been the most contaminated whale ever discovered.

The PCB concentrations in Lulu’s blubber were 100 times higher than the toxicity level scientists have determined is safe for marine mammals, according to researchers from the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

High concentrations of PCBs can cause a range of health issues for marine mammals, including impaired immune function, increased susceptibility to cancers, and infertility, according to the SRUC researchers.

Though Lulu was at least 20 years old when she died, an analysis of the orca’s ovaries showed that she had never reproduced. In fact, researchers have not verified a single calf in the 23 years that the U.K. orca pod has been monitored.

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Disease

Switzerland reports anthrax case

Officials with the Swiss Federal Veterinary Office have reported an animal anthrax case on a canton of Jura farm near the border with France to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Monday. One cow that died suddenly tested positive for Bacillus anthracis, the bacterial agent of anthrax while officials say two other animals have fever. It is the first case of anthrax in Switzerland in 20 years.

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

On 30 April 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of 18 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in mainland China.|