Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits Tristan da Cunha.

5.3 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits offshore Atacama, Chile.

5.0 earthquake hits Acre, Brazil.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Russia – Spring floods have currently ended in 33 Russian regions and continue in 27 regions. There are no flooded houses, the Russian Emergencies ministry reported on Monday. According to the Emergencies Ministry, 18 residential yards remain flooded in two communities, and 28 low-level bridges and four motorway sections were inundated in 11 regions. “The life of the population was not affected,” the Emergencies Ministry specified. Airmobile rescue crews were deployed to control the floods and carry out preventive measures in the Chelyabinsk and Vologda Regions, as well as in the rockslide area on the Bureya River in the Khabarovsk Region.

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Wildlife

World’s Rarest Giant Turtle Loses Last Known Female, All But Guaranteeing Extinction

The Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) is considered the most critically endangered turtle in the world, with only four known individuals left on Earth. On Saturday (April 13), that population fell to three, as the species’ last known female died in a zoo in Suzhou, China.

The captive turtle was more than 90 years old and died shortly after an attempt to artificially inseminate her. No complications from the insemination procedure (which was the turtle’s fifth) were reported, and the cause of death is being investigated.

The rare turtle is survived by one male, who also lives in the Suzhou Zoo and is believed to be about 100 years old. Scientists had been trying to breed the pair for years, but were unsuccessful due, in part, to the male’s damaged penis.

The world’s final two known R. swinhoei turtles live in separate ponds in Vietnam. Their genders are unknown. The species used to be widespread in the fresh waters of China and Vietnam, but have dwindled to near-extinction due to hunting and habitat loss.

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Nature – Images

Interesting Images

California’s ‘Superbloom’

California’s “superbloom” appears in almost unbelievable color in a new aerial image from NASA. The spray of color is an annual event, made more intense by this year’s wet winter in California. When the flowers are as dramatic as this year’s display, they’re called a “superbloom.” The last drought-busting season that resulted in a superbloom in California was in 2017.

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Disease

Uganda reports Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) fatality

The Uganda Ministry of Health issued a press release Monday saying that there was one confirmed Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) case in Wakiso District who died on Apr. 11.