Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 Earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean:

Hurricane Cristina is located approximately about 230 mi. (370 km) SSW of Manzanillo, Mexico. Swells generated by Cristina are affecting portions of the southwestern coast of Mexico. These swells will likely continue today and could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

In the Arabian Sea:

Tropical cyclone Nanauk is located approximately 380 nm east-southeast of Masirah Island. Nanauk may adversely affect monsoons in India – The IMD is yet to make it clear if Nanauk will help the monsoon or further delay it. Presently the cyclone is moving towards Oman and away from India.

Quiet in the Atlantic

There are no tropical cyclone threat areas in the Atlantic and none of the reliable models for forecasting tropical cyclone genesis is predicting development over the coming five days. The GFS model continues to predict that about 6 – 9 days from now the upper level winds over the Western Caribbean will relax and low-level moisture will build, potentially allowing a tropical disturbance with heavy rains to develop there. However, the European model keeps the wind shear high over the Western Caribbean early next week, so any development in the region remains in doubt.

NewsBytes:

New Zealand – Extreme weather conditions closed several roads, damaged buildings and left marine vessels in distress. The winds in Auckland reached tropical cyclone levels, gusting up to 170kmh, bringing down trees, cutting power and damaging homes.

Germany – A heavy storm in North Rhine-Westphalia state of Germany has claimed the lives of at least six people disrupting public transport and leaving some roads impassable. Three people died when a tree fell on a garden shed in Duesseldorf, the capital city of North Rhine-Westphalia. A lightning strike claimed the life of a cyclist aged around 50 in nearby Cologne and another cyclist died in Krefeld. A sixth person was found dead in the town of Essen. The storm in Germany has injured at least 67 people and left 30 in a serious condition. Approximately 20,000 lightning strikes have been recorded in North Rhine-Westphalia alone.

Colombia – Heavy rains and strong winds have claimed the lives of at least two people and destroyed several houses in Yarumal Municipality of Antioquia Department in Colombia.

Wildlife

Iberian Lynx in Crisis: Virus Outbreak Threatens the World’s Most Endangered Cat

Hidden in the marshes and mountains of southwestern Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, the last Iberian lynx may be quietly padding into history.

The lynx’s future depends on whether its sole prey, the European rabbit, can survive an outbreak of a disease known as rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV). A new variant of RHDV has arrived with a vengeance, leaving dead rabbits across Iberia—and lynx with little to eat. RHDV has appeared at least twice before in other variants, and has caused precipitous declines in rabbit populations. The new strain will further bottom-out rabbit numbers.

As a result, the critically endangered Iberian lynx may be the first feline to go extinct since the saber-toothed tiger millennia ago. Iberian lynx are on the brink, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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Disease

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update

On 26 May 2014, the National IHR Focal Point of the Islamic Republic of Iran reported to WHO the first 2 laboratory confirmed cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

Leprosy in the Solomon Islands.

24 cases of leprosy have been diagnosed in people living in temporary accommodation following April’s floods while 18 people have died from an outbreak of rotovirus.