Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.5 earthquake hits the island of Hawaii.

5.8 earthquake hits Luzon, in the Philippines.

5.4 earthquake hits the island of Hawaii.

5.3 earthquake hits the island of Hawaii.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Bangladesh – Pre-monsoon rains started on 18 April 2018 near Cox’s Bazar on Bangladesh’s southern coast.

Kenya – Six people have drowned in Kenya in overnight flooding and 11 others are missing, local authorities said Friday, the latest of dozens of deaths caused by heavy seasonal rains in recent weeks. Floods from the seasonal rains hit as the East African nation was recovering from a devastating drought last year that affected half of its counties.

Nepal – Heavy rains and hailstones battered the district of Bajhang on Wednesday night, triggering flash floods and landslides. Floods and landslides damaged at least 30 homes and killed more than 40 domesticated animals in different parts of the district. Three people were killed when a landslide buried a passenger jeep at Subeda area in Bajhang district on Wednesday night.

Global Warming

Earth’s atmosphere just crossed another troubling climate change threshold

For the first time since humans have been monitoring, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have exceeded 410 parts per million averaged across an entire month, a threshold that pushes the planet ever closer to warming beyond levels that scientists and the international community have deemed “safe.”

The reading from the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii finds that concentrations of the climate-warming gas averaged above 410 parts per million throughout April. The first time readings crossed 410 at all occurred on April 18, 2017, or just about a year ago.

Carbon dioxide concentrations — whose “greenhouse gas effect” traps heat and drives climate change — were around 280 parts per million circa 1880, at the dawn of the industrial revolution. They’re now 46 percent higher.

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Wildlife

Captive-bred lions killed on South African farm for bones

The killing of dozens of lions on a South African farm last week has led to increased scrutiny of the country’s policy allowing the annual export of 800 skeletons of captive-bred lions to meet demand in Asia for bones.

The SPCA animal protection group in Bloemfontein is preparing to file a formal complaint alleging abuse by the farm’s owner and foreman, said Reinet Meyer, a senior inspector for the group. She said a total of 54 lions were killed at the farm over two days.

Meyer also said she saw two lions that had been kept in transport crates for several days, and described the conditions in which the lions were kept as “totally unacceptable.”

The killing of captive-bred lions is not illegal in South Africa if permits are in order. Conservationists, however, say enforcement of regulations governing the lion bone trade is weak and that the legal market could threaten Africa’s wild lions by spurring demand for skeletons.

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Disease

Kenya – Mystery Disease

Five people have died and 70 others hospitalized following an outbreak of a mysterious disease in Kerio Valley, along the border of Baringo and Elgeyo-Marakwet Counties. The patients are complaining of abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea and are being treated at the AIC Lodengo Kolowa in Tiaty Sub-county. The number of patients was growing as more are streaming in every day all with similar symptoms, according to the health officials.

Volcanos

Hawaii – Kilauea

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook Hawaii’s Big Island on Friday, prompting fresh eruptions of a volcano that has been spewing lava near residential areas, forcing hundreds of people to flee. The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at 12:32 pm (2232 GMT) and was centered on the south flank of the Kilauea volcano, which first erupted on Thursday after a series of tremors on the island.

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