Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Fiji.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical depression 04w (Maysak), located approximately 365 nm southeast of Hong Kong, is tracking west-northwestward at 15 knots.

Tropical storm 05w (Haishen), located approximately 110 nm northwest of Chuuk, is tracking southwestward at 01 knot.

Tropical cyclone 21s (Ikola), located approximately 1497 nm west-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking southeastward at 09 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 22s (Twenty-two), located approximately 460 nm northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking west-northwestward at 08 knots.


Bangladesh – More than hundred villages in Meghalaya’s South West Garo Hills district adjoining Bangladesh have been affected by a storm that hit the region last night. The storm has claimed the lives of at least 33 people and injured 200 others. Fourteen people were reported killed yesterday. At least 19 more people were found dead in today’s nor’wester across Bangladesh. Strong winds accompanied by rains bearing hailstorm damaged houses and some crops in at least two villages in the district. As per initial reports, around twenty villages under Betasing block, including New Chondonpara, Chondon Nokat, Godalgre and Arenggre had been fully damaged. The nor’wester has affected around 91,894 families. According to The Daily Star, around 28, 667 houses have been completely damaged and 70, 301 houses partially damaged. At least 26 educational institutions have been totally damaged while 228 educational institutions have been also affected.

Saudi Arabia – The sandstorm affecting the United Arab Emirates has moved to Riyadh, grounding flights and closing schools in affected areas. Residents with respiratory ailments were advised to remain indoors.


Riyadh sandstorm 2015

China – Nearly 240,000 people have been affected by flooding in central China, where torrential rains and hail also damaged crops and disrupted traffic. The ongoing floods in central China have already affected about 240,000 people, also damaging crops and halting traffic, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday. There was no immediate word on casualties in central China’s Hunan Province, where more than 12,000 people have been evacuated as of 6:00 p.m. Saturday. More downpours are expected in Hunan in the next few days, according to local weather forecasters.

Space Events

Space Weather

Coronal Mass Ejection – A CME hurled into space by the ‘canyon of fire’ eruption could sideswipe Earth’s magnetic field on April 7th. A filament of magnetism stretching halfway across the sun erupted during the late hours of April 4th (22:00-23:00 UT). The eruption split the sun’s atmosphere, hurling a CME into space and creating a “canyon of fire.” The glowing walls of the canyon trace the original channel where the filament was suspended by magnetic forces above the sun’s surface. From end to end, the structure stretches more than 300,000 km – a real Grand Canyon. Fragments of the exploding filament formed the core of a CME that raced away from the sun at approximately 900 km/s (2 million mph). Most of the CME will miss Earth, but not all.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Turrialba (Costa Rica) spews more ash over Costa Rica’s Central Valley in Easter eruption – Update 2:31 p.m., April 5: Police are evacuating tourists in areas surrounding Turrialba Volcano. Police were forced to evacuate a group of tourists that had attempted to approach the volcano to watch the explosion. Geologists reported another ash eruption from Turrialba Volcano starting at 11:24 a.m. Sunday and lasting for an hour. The eruption is the latest in a string of blasts since October from the active volcano, located 50 kilometres northeast of the capital San José. The column of ash reached 500 meters into the sky over the volcano and rained large quantities of ash onto nearby farms. As of 1:30 p.m. the volcano was still emitting large quantities of gas and vapor though very little ash. Winds have carried the volcanic dust southwest where it has reached the outskirts of the capital. There are reports of large quantities of ash East of San José in Tres Ríos and San Pedro as well as in the western suburb of Escazú. Equipment also registered a small, three-minute tremor at the time of the eruption.