Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 Earthquake hits near the coast of Ecuador.

5.9 Earthquake hits the North Atlantic Ocean.

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

5.3 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical cyclone (tc) 19s (Fantala), located approximately 478 nm north-northwest of Port Louis, Mauritius, and is tracking east-southeastward at 07 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 20p (Amos), located approximately 507 nm west of Pago Pago, American Samoa, and is tracking southeastward at 04 knots.

NewsBytes:

Afghanistan – More flooding, this time in the central Bamyan province in Afghanistan has claimed the lives of at least five people and damaged about 350 houses.

Disease

Zika virus infection – Saint Lucia

On 7 April 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of Saint Lucia notified PAHO/WHO of the first 2 confirmed cases of locally-acquired Zika virus infection.

Bird Flu Outbreak in Myanmar

An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been reported in Myanmar’s Sagaing Division, Monya township.

The disease, discovered on a layer farm, was caused by an H5 serotype of the disease, but it was not specified which strain was involved in the country’s report to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

Nearly 500 birds were destroyed on the farm after several birds died from the disease. The outbreak was attributed to a lack of biosecurity on the farm. Since the outbreak, over 20,000 chickens in the area have been killed and poultry trading has been restricted there.

Wildfires

Wildfires – North Carolina, USA

Firefighters are working to contain wildfires that have burned nearly 12,000 acres across North Carolina. There were no reports of injuries or buildings damaged.

The biggest fire has burned about 9,600 acres in the Alligator River Wildlife National Refuge in northeastern North Carolina. It started Monday as about a 60-acre fire in Hyde County that closed a section of U.S. 264 and spread into Dare County.

Media outlets report about 1,400 acres of woods in Brunswick County near Wilmington have burned.

On the other side of the state, a fire near Hot Springs on the Tennessee border has burned about 800 acres, forcing the closing of a section of U.S. 25 where it runs with U.S. 70.