Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.4 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.4 Earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the northern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Maria is located about 145 mi…235 km E of Cape Hatteras North Carolina with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…N or 5 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

Hurricane Lee is located about 520 mi…840 km ESE of Bermuda and about 1750 mi…2820 km W of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…110 mph…175 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 09 mph…15 km/h.

Newsbytes:

North Carolina, USA – Tropical Storm Maria is pushing high surf over North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where more than 10,000 visitors were told to leave the islands while floodwaters surrounded numerous homes.

England – In 2012, the center of Lydbrook, a village skirting the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, England, was deluged with several feet of water. The flash flooding, unleashed by torrential rainfall across the region, sparked a mandatory evacuation and left badly damaged homes and businesses in its wake. Now, two years later, the Forestry Commission has decided to bring in the big guns to further prevent flooding: beavers. The idea is that once released, the clan of industrious semiaquatic rodents will get to work doing what they do best: constructing an intricate network of dams, ponds and canals that, in this instance, will slow the flow of Greathough Brook and prevent upwards of 6,000 cubic meters (1.6 million gallons) of water from rushing into the valley-bound village below. While a qualified team of engineers that don’t have webbed hind feet could be brought in to dam the stream, the beaver is, well, cheaper and can get the job done in a swifter and less intrusive manner.

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Global Warming

Antarctica – Pine Island Glacier Calves

A colossal iceberg four and a half times the size of Manhattan has broken off the Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica, marking the second time the glacier has calved a giant iceberg in just two years, according to news reports. The satellite image shows that the glacier has lost an enormous chunk of ice.

Of all the glaciers in West Antarctica, the Pine Island Glacier is the largest contributor of ice to the ocean. Each year, it loses 45 billion tons (408 billion metric tons) of ice, causing sea levels to increase 0.03 inches (1 millimeter) every eight years, according to The Washington Post. If the entire glacier melted, sea levels could rise 1.7 feet (0.5 m), The Washington Post reported.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

Thousands of residents have been forced to flee their homes after a massive hillside wildfire ripped through southern California in the USA. The huge blaze – dubbed the Canyon Fire – covered an area of 2,000 acres by 9pm last night forcing authorities to order evacuations for 1,000 homes. No injuries have been reported but one structure has been damaged and a big rig was destroyed.

Disease

New Zealand: Paratyphoid

The number of people sickened with paratyphoid fever in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand has grown to six, according to the latest information from the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board. All the patients required hospitalization for their illnesses and all are recovering. Some of the patients have consumed mussels from Napier’s Ahuriri area.

Uganda: Measles Update

In a follow-up to a report on the measles outbreak in Uganda, UN health officials say the country has reported 552 and one death since the outbreak was declared April 8. The case breakdown shows 309 cases from Kampala and 243 from Wakiso, with mostly young children being affected. Three-quarters of the confirmed cases were unvaccinated.