Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.3 earthquake hits near the coast of southern Peru.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

Bolivia – Overflowing rivers have caused flooding in several areas of Cochabamba Department in central Bolivia over the last few days. Civil Defence and the Bolivian Navy evacuated families in the municipality of Ivirgarzama and surrounding areas after flooding began from late 23 April 2021. Flooding also blocked parts of the Cochabamba – Santa Cruz highway (National Route 4) at the Chimoré-Ivirgarzama sector, causing major transport disruptions. A bus and several other vehicles were trapped in the waters and than 50 passengers and motorists had to be rescued. Other municipalities in the department have also been affected according to the regional government. Around 1,000 families were affected in the municipality of Omereque and 500 families in Raqaypampa municipality. Over 900 hectares of crops were also damaged in the two municipalities. Parts of Aiquile municipality were also flooded.

Brazil – Authorities in the municipality of Oriximiná in the state of Pará, northern Brazil, declared an emergency on 22 April after days of flooding. Flooding first struck around 19 April 2021 after the Trombetas river broke its banks. As of 22 April, the municipal government said flooding approximately 14,020 people are directly affected. An estimated 3,000 homes were flooded and affected in some way. In the city of Oriximiná, streets, businesses, public buildings and infrastructure also suffered damage. Surrounding rural areas along the river also experienced flooding. The municipal government said dozens of communities were affected, with homes, schools, livestock and crops damaged.

Burundi – The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) reported on 25 April 2021 that flooding from the rising Lake Tanganyika had affected thousands of families in areas of Burundi over the last few weeks. Levels of the lake have been slowly rising since February 2021. Heavy rainfall since the start of April has worsened the situation with further rainfall predicted until mid-May. As of 19 April 2021, the level of Lake Tanganyika at the port of Bujumbura stood at 776.45 metres above sea level. The average level is 772.7 metres. Media said if the level exceeds 777 metres, areas around Bujumbura port will be flooded.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Ireland

In Northern Ireland a fire is during in the Mournes Mountains just south of Newcastle. After three days, firefighters have brought the Slieve Donard blaze under control after it burned an area “the size of 500 football pitches,” about 880 acres.

Two fires have burned about one-third of Killarney National Park, approximately 2,000 hectares (4,942 acres) are blackened according to an estimate by the park’s Chief Fire Officer.

Wildfires – Michigan, USA

A controlled burn that turned into a 6,100-acre wildfire in Michigan was 32% contained Saturday and not growing, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman said. The fire was in Iosco County, which has part of the Huron-Manistee National Forests, roughly 80 miles north of Bay City. Some residents were urged to evacuate Friday, but those warnings were subsequently lifted.

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

A wildfire is “raging out of control” in the Hualapai Mountains near Pine Lake, Arizona, according to officials. The blaze, named the Flag Fire, is about 600 acres in size. Officials in the county issued evacuation orders for about 200 residents of Pine Lake.