Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
6.2 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.
5.1 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
5.0 earthquake hits the Sumba region, Indonesia.
5.0 earthquake hits serum, Indonesia.
5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
There are no current tropical storms.
USA – Texans are scrambling for cover Saturday as reports of tornadoes roll in and much of the central US readies for heavy rain, strong winds and large hail. More than 70 million Americans are under the threat of severe weather from Texas to southern Minnesota. That total on Sunday jumps to 80 million under threat as storms are predicted to move into the Great Lakes area. A tornado destroyed two homes Saturday morning in Comanche County, Oklahoma, southwest of Oklahoma City. Areas of Texas and Oklahoma remain under a tornado watch.
India – Serious damage to railway services due to floods in the past two years has prompted the Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR) to deploy over 1,600 personnel full time with gadgets to maintain safety of its 6,400-km tracks in Northeast, West Bengal and Bihar during the monsoon. Patrol-men equipped with GPS trackers, fog detonators, walky-talky and other gears would carry out patrol to avert any damage to railway tracks due to the Monsoon rain and floods.
A still from a remote video camera shows two bald eagle chicks with a parent on a nest in the Angeles National Forest near Big Bear in southern California, USA.
On a more mischievous note, an octopus has snatched a dishwashing brush during spring cleaning at the Sea Life aquarium in Timmendorfer Strand, northern Germany.
Botulism – Argentina
Two people from Villa Urquiza have contracted botulism and health officials have linked it to consumption of hummus. The packaged hummus was from a a firm that marketed -without any type of authorization- vegan products in its Buenos Aires neighborhood of Palermo.
Chikungunya – Thailand – Update
The Bureau of Epidemiology with the Thailand Health Ministry are reporting (computer translated) 3379 chikungunya cases in 23 provinces through May 13. Phuket, Songkla and Ranong have been the most affected by the mosquito borne viral disease. Health officials report the numbers are declining.
Naegleria fowleri – Pakistan
Pakistani news media are reporting an additional case of Naegleria fowleri infection in Karachi. A 34-year old man was infected with the lethal parasite and is struggling for life at a private hospital in the city. Health officials say this is the 3rd case in Karachi this year and the other two cases were fatal.