Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.5 earthquake hits Kyrgyzstan.
5.3 earthquake hits the Izu Islands, Japan.
5.1 earthquake it the Loyalty Islands.
5.1 earthquake hits offshore O’Higgins, Chile.
5.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Costa Rica.
5.0 earthquake hits New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.
5.0 earthquake hits Tajikistan.
5.0 earthquake hit southern Qinghai, China.
5.0 earthquake hits Kepulauan Kai, Indonesia.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
There are no current tropical storms.
Turkey – A torrential flood has swept through a district in the Turkish capital of Ankara, sending vehicles downstream and damaging local businesses. The rain was expected to last for three hours on Saturday afternoon (local time), but instead came down in nine minutes, causing flooding in Ankara’s Mamak district. One man is reported to have drowned, with at least four injured.
Massive ‘Dead Zone’ in the Arabian Sea
A massive “dead zone” in the Arabian Sea is the largest in the world, a new study reveals.
Dead zones are oxygen-starved ocean regions where few organisms can survive. They emerge in ocean depths ranging from 650 to 2,600 feet (200 to 800 meters), when influxes of chemical nutrients — typically from human pollution — spur algae growth, which sucks up oxygen. A significant oxygen-deprived region has bloomed in the Gulf of Oman for decades, but it was last surveyed in the 1990s.
Recently, researchers returned to the Gulf of Oman and found that the dead zone has expanded far more than expected, raising serious concerns about the future of local fisheries and ecosystems, researchers reported in a new study.
Eta Aquarid meteor shower
The 2018 Eta Aquarids meteor shower will peak this weekend, with a clear, dark sky forecast for a few major South American cities.
As the Earth passes through the debris trail left behind by Halley’s Comet, the Southern Hemisphere will experience the most active meteor shower activity. Up to 40 meteors are expected to streak across the sky every hour – or one every 90 seconds. Those along the West Coast of the continent will have a good shot at seeing some meteors as well.
France: Hundreds of horses sickened with Equine Herpes Virus
Since March, twenty-two Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) outbreaks involving at least 200 horses, predominantly sport horses like Thoroughbreds and Trotters have been reported in France, in the Great West , but also in Ile-de-France, in the east and in the Gironde.
However, all the cases are not reported to the RESPE and with the information gathered, the actual numbers are likely underreported. Officials say the situation seems to be stabilizing with no new outbreak confirmed since Apr. 27. Many competitions were cancelled because of the outbreaks.