Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.6 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.3 earthquake hits neat the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.2 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits the Nicobar Islands off India.

5.1 earthquake hits near the north coast of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

Algeria – Severe flash flooding has affected parts of northern Algeria since 02 May 2021. As of 04 May, fatalities were reported in Batna, Médéa and Provinces. evere flooding in Médéa Province following heavy rainfall on 03 May 2021. Buildings, roads and infrastructure were damaged. Four people died after being swept away by flood water in the municipality of Beni-Slimane where a medical building and dozens of vehicles were damaged. In M’sila Province, 1 person died in flood waters in Daïra de Magra municipality. Two people died after being swept away by flood waters in Amdoukal municipality.

Indonesia – Hundreds of homes were damaged after flash floods in West Lombok Regency in the province of West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Flooding struck after heavy rainfall began on 01 May 2021. Indonesia’s meteorological agency BMKG reported 138.5 mm of rain in West Lombok in 24 hours to 02 May 2021. Heavy rain triggered an overflow of a local rive, flooding areas of Kediri and Gerung Districts. Flood water was up to 50cm deep. As many as 294 homes were damaged, at least 6 of them severely, forcing residents to evacuate.

Wildlife

Turtle Die-off

Staff at the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge in western Minnesota are investigating a turtle die-off discovered along the Minnesota River in the refuge over the weekend.

Staff members are currently collecting the turtles to determine the extent of the loss. They are estimating more than 200 dead turtles. Collection efforts are ongoing and that is not a final count

The dead turtles include both painted and snapping turtles of various sizes. It’s not known if other species were affected. The turtles were discovered in the river water and on the riverbank along an approximate half-mile stretch of the river. At this point, the cause of the die-off is not known.

Disease

Covid-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Ebola – DR Congo

Just three months after the first case was reported in the eastern province of North Kivu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has declared the end of its 12th Ebola outbreak with no new cases having been reported in the last 28 days.