Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
6.3 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.
5.9 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.
5.1 earthquake hits Luzon in the Philippines.
5.1 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.
5.1 earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.
5.0 earthquake hits south of Tonga.
5.0 earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.
5.0 earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
There are no current tropical storms.
USA – Floods Disrupt Mississippi Barge Traffic – Normally this time of year, huge barges can be seen chugging up the Mississippi River, carrying millions of tons of grain to market and toting agriculture-related products to farmers in the Midwest for the new growing season. But there’s not much barge traffic this year. That’s because historic spring flooding that swamped and tainted farmland also left parts of the Mississippi closed for business. The river, which runs nearly 2,350 miles from Minnesota’s Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico, is a main conduit of shipping everything from agriculture products and construction material to petroleum and coal. The troubles on the Mississippi also have affected shipping on the waterways that feed into it, including the Missouri River. The interruption is hitting an agriculture industry that’s already suffering from a plethora of ills, including trade disputes that have helped drive down commodity prices.
Wildfires – Alberta, Canada
An out-of-control wildfire continues to burn in the Notikewin area, approximately 10 kilometres northwest of the town of Manning, Alberta. The fire is estimated to be more than 23,000 hectares in size, and wildfire danger in the Peace River Forest Area has been labelled “extreme.” Over 200 firefighters, five air tankers and 18 helicopters are helping in the firefight.
Measles – New Zealand
Officials with the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) report the number of measles confirmed has now reached 60 to date in 2019. There have now been measles cases in every part of the city.
Typhoid – Pakistan
Pakistan health officials are reporting 2,982 typhoid cases in Karachi through May 14, according to a Pakistan Today report. Of this total, 1765 are typhoid/paratyphoid fever and 1217 are Ceftriaxone-Resistant Salmonella typhi.