Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.2 earthquake hits the Greenland Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits the Mayotte region.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the North Atlantic Ocean: Sub-Tropical Depression Alberto is located about 55 mi…90 km ssw of Evansville Indiana with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…n or 10 degrees at 15 mph…25 km/h.

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Wildlife

Japanese Whale Slaughter

Japanese research vessels harpooned, killed and necropsied 333 Antarctic minke whales during an annual hunt last summer — and 122 of those whales were pregnant.

The expedition, reportedly mounted for “scientific research,” also resulted in the slaughter of 114 immature whales, according to a report of the hunt released by the International Whaling Commission.

According to the report, researchers set out to acquire data on the age, size and stomach contents of minke whales in the South Ocean between Australia and Antarctica. This involved shooting the whales with grenade-tipped harpoons (a controversial killing method that results in instant death only 50 to 80 percent of the time), hauling the slain whales aboard a research vessel and cutting them apart on-site.

Killing the whales in this fashion was necessary, the researchers wrote, as “age information can be obtained only from internal earplugs and therefore only through lethal sampling methods.”

Despite Japan’s claims that continued whale hunts like these are purely scientific, the country also allows whale flesh to be sold in markets and restaurants and ultimately plans to revive its commercial whaling industry, The Sydney Morning Herald reported. This potential profit motive — coupled with recent footage of Japanese vessels slaying whales in an Australian whale sanctuary — has resulted in international condemnation of the country’s brutal hunting practices.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

Crews are making some progress containing two of three major wildfires that have forced evacuations in three regions of of BC.

The wildfire service says the 27-square kilometre Allie Lake blaze northwest of Kamloops is now 35 per cent contained. Guards are up around 25 per cent of the five-square kilometre Xusum Creek wildfire west of Lillooet.

But the nearly 170-square kilometre Tommy Lakes fire northwest of Fort St. John is still out of control, seven days after it was sparked by lightning.

Disease

Uganda – Cholera

With the current rainy season and the worsening slum conditions in and around Kampala district, the city didn’t wait long to face another cholera outbreak. Since February this year, most parts of the country have been struggling with cholera as a result of heavy rains. On Friday 4th May 2018, the Ministry of Health in Uganda declared another cholera outbreak in Kampala.

Chad – Measles, Meningitis

Since the start of the year, 400 measles cases, including 14 deaths, were reported as of 20 May compared to 205 cases and one death over the same period in 2017. Three districts have reached the epidemic threshold.

In addition, 218 meningitis cases and 34 deaths were recorded as of 20 May. Over the same period in 2017, 181 cases including 16 deaths were reported. Infections in Zour district in the northern Tibesti region reached epidemic levels in early May, while Goundi district in the south remains in alert phase.