Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits near the south coast of western Honshu, Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Gulf of California.

5.1 Earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Guam.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.


South, Southwest USA – Authorities say at least seven people were injured after severe storms spawned multiple tornado touchdowns in northeastern Oklahoma. Severe thunderstorms are moving across the lower Mississippi River Valley, bringing hail, damaging winds and the threat of some tornadoes. One injury has been reported after a suspected tornado hit the southeastern Arkansas town of Dermott. More thunderstorms are in the forecast Thursday in Arkansas, a day after heavy rainfall inundated streets and roads statewide and flooded a lecture hall in a Little Rock art museum. Forecasters have issued a flash flood watch covering much of Georgia through Friday evening as a system of severe storms moves across the South. The National Weather Service office in Jackson, Mississippi, says a possible tornado touched down Thursday morning in Lamar County. Heavy rain in the Mississippi Delta has caused widespread flooding and prompted some evacuations.

Spain – Severe floods have hit northern Spain as hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes on Wednesday. While much of central and southern Spain was enjoying the first of spring’s sunshine, the north of the country was being battered by intense storms that have caused serious flooding in several towns. The Galician region of A Coruña, in northwestern Spain, has experienced the worst floods in its history; hundreds of people have to be evacuated by boat from their homes on Wednesday.


Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 109.0 degrees Fahrenheit (42.8 degrees Celsius) in Kolda, Senedal.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus -98.0 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 72.2 degrees Celsius) at Russia’s Vostok Antarctic research station.

Temperatures were tabulated from the more than 10,000 worldwide synoptic weather stations. The United Nations World Meteorological Organization sets the standards for weather observations, and provides a global telecommunications circuit for data distribution.


Fish Restoration

The world’s overexploited fisheries could be restored to sustainable levels in just 10 years through a coordinated worldwide effort that could double fish populations by 2050, researchers say. Helping overfished species recover during that time could help feed the world’s growing human population, according to a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It says fishing fleets would have to adhere to strict, science- based catch limits in exchange for the right to share in the eventual catch.


Liberia – New Ebola Case

A woman has died of Ebola in Liberia, months after the West African nation was declared free of the deadly virus and weeks after neighbouring Guinea also recorded a new flare-up, health officials said on Friday.