Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
6.3 earthquake hits Luzon in the Philippines.
5.4 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.
5.2 earthquake hits Maule, Chile.
5.0 earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.
5.0 earthquake hits the Sumbawa region, Indonesia.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
There are no current tropical storms.
Iran – Update – Two weeks since the storms started, relentless rain and flooding throughout Iran has left some 2 million people facing a humanitarian crisis. The deluge has swamped large swaths of the country, from the mountains in the north down to the Persian gulf in the south. Twenty-five out of 31 of Iran’s provinces have been affected. Officials say say 76 people have been killed so far, with some 150,000 homes partially or completely destroyed. Bridges across the country and miles upon miles of road have been left unusable. The country’s agriculture sector, which makes up about 14 percent of Iran’s GDP, has been devastated.
Lyrid Meteor Shower
The Lyrid meteor shower marks the first significant meteor shower in more than three months. It will be visible from Sunday evening, 21 April, and will peak between 2:00 and 3:00 on Tuesday, 23 April. Lyrids meteor streams are groups of meteoroids originating from dust grains ejected from Comet Thatcher, The meteoroids (small dust grains) are distributed around the comet’s orbit. We get to see the meteors every time Earth passes through that stream of dust particles, or the debris left behind by the comet. These pieces enter the Earth’s atmosphere and burn up, creating the meteor shower, or shooting stars, as we often refer to them. The Lyrid meteor shower is known for its bright fireballs.
Dengue Fever – Reunion – Update
According to the Regional Health Agency- Indian Ocean, more than 1,000 dengue fever cases were reported in Reunion the week ending Apr.7. This brings the outbreak total on the island to more than 6,000. The southern part of the island is very active.
Pakistan – Brain-Eating Amoeba
Officials with the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) in Karachi, Pakistan is reporting the death of a 21-year old student from the Orangi Town area due to the “brain-eating amoeba”, Naegleria fowleri. The patient presented with a high-grade fever and other complaints. Upon suspicion of meningitis, he was transferred to the hospital ICU and died.
Cholera – Yemen – Update
Yemen Yemeni health officials reported an additional 27,840 suspected cases of cholera with 48 associated deaths during the week ending April 14. Eighteen percent of these are considered severe cases.