Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.7 earthquake hits East Timor.

5.6 earthquake hits offshore O’Higgins, Chile.

5.4 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.4 earthquake hits Myanmar.

5.2 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits offshore O’Higgins, Chile.

5.1 earthquake hits Iceland.

5.0 earthquake hits South Island, New Zealand.

5.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Ecuador.

5.0 earthquake hits southern Peru.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm (ts) 02w (Surigae), located approximately 308 nm east of Manila, Philippines, is tracking north-northwestward at 04 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Mauritius – Heavy rainfall and flash flooding in south-eastern parts of Mauritius 15 to 16 April 2021. Nine people were rescued and evacuated from flooded areas of Bambous Virieux. A bus carrying schoolchildren trapped by the rising waters in Bambous Virieux had to be helped to safety by the police. 408mm of rain fell at Plaisance in southern Mauritius on 16 April 2021. This amount corresponds to twice the average monthly rainfall for April at this location. Around 200mm of the total fell in just a few hours (around 04:00 to 10:00) early on 16 April.

Wildfires

Wildfires – South Africa

A wildfire on the slopes of South Africa’s Table Mountain forced University of Cape Town students to evacuate on Sunday, as runaway flames set several campus buildings ablaze and firefighters used helicopters to water-bomb the area.

One firefighter sustained burn wounds and was hospitalized for treatment, officials said. The fire started early on Sunday near a memorial to politician Cecil Rhodes, located on Devils Peak, another part of Cape Town’s mountainous backdrop, before spreading rapidly up the slopes. Heavy smoke could be seen for miles away, some roads were closed and fire alerts were sent to mountain hikers.

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