Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.3 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits southern Peru.

5.1 earthquake hits the Gulf of Aden.

5.1 earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina.

5.0 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

USA – The Mississippi River, which gushed into downtown Davenport at record levels two weeks ago, has finally retreated toward its banks. Left behind: A truck-size hole in the temporary flood barrier, dead fish on mud-caked Pershing Avenue, and an urgent conversation about how to shield the city from the next flood. Across the Midwest this spring, floods have submerged farms and stores, split open levees and, in some places, left people stranded for days or weeks. The disasters have renewed national attention on how climate change can exacerbate flooding and how cities can prepare for a future with more extreme weather.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

A bushfire emergency has been declared in the Perth Hills, that’s damaged buildings and threatened Acacia Prison. The bushfire has since been brought under control and residents have been told they are no longer in immediate danger.

An emergency warning was issued for parts of The Lakes, Beechina, Copley, Woottating and Wooroloo in the Shires of Mundaring and Northam on Wednesday afternoon as the fast-moving blaze threatened homes.

Disease

Singapore – Monkeypox

On 9 May 2019, the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Singapore notified WHO of one laboratory-confirmed case of monkeypox. The case patient is a 38 year old Nigerian man who arrived in Singapore on 28 April 2019.

Hepatitis A – New Mexico, USA

In a follow-up on the hepatitis A outbreak in New Mexico, state health officials report 103 confirmed acute hepatitis A virus (HAV) infections with 2 associated deaths in adults ranging in age from 19-64 years in Bernalillo County since the end of October 2018.

HIV – Pakistan

Parents flock to screening rooms set up at a makeshift clinic to test their children for HIV in a village in southern Pakistan, where hundreds of people have been allegedly infected by a doctor using a contaminated syringe.

Health officials say more than 400 people, many of them children, have tested HIV-positive in recent weeks as experts warn of a surge in infection rates across Pakistan, due to the use of unsanitary equipment and rampant malpractice – often at the hands of quack doctors.

Volcanos

Global Volcanic Activity – New Activity for the week of 8 May – 14 May 2019

Asosan | Kyushu (Japan) : JMA reported that incandescence from Asosan’s Nakadake Crater was visible during 9-10 May. A small eruption on 9 May produced a plume that rose 900 m above the crater rim. Four small eruptions on 12 May generated plumes that rose to a maximum height of 1.4 km. A plume from an eruption on 13 May rose 200 m. Sulfur dioxide emissions were 3,600 tons per day on 10 May, and 1,700 tons per day on 13 May. The Alert Level remained at 2 (on a scale of 1-5).

Sangay | Ecuador : IG reported that two M2 seismic events, recorded at 0028 and 0116 on 10 May and located 3.5-9 km below Sangay’s S and W flanks, possibly corresponded to explosive activity. Four thermally elevated pixels were identified in satellite data at 0124. A small emission was visible drifting W.

Sinabung | Indonesia : PVMBG reported that an eruption at Sinabung was recorded at 2039 on 11 May. An ash plume was not visible due to weather conditions, although crater incandescence was noted. An eruption at 1233 on 12 May was recorded by the seismic network; foggy weather prevented visual confirmation. The Alert Level remained at 4 (on a scale of 1-4), with a general exclusion zone of 3 km and extensions to 7 km on the SSE sector, 6 km in the ESE sector, and 4 km in the NNE sector.