Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Philippines.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Philippines.

5.1 Earthquake hits Atacama, Chile.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Texas, USA – San Marcos, Texas, flooded on Tuesday, April 11, after receiving record rainfall. Vehicles were stranded and nearly submerged when trying to traverse the floodwaters. Severe weather was not just isolated to the San Marcos-Austin area. At least 32 water rescues were reported in Killeen, and one person is missing in Fort Hood after a vehicle was swept off the road.

Arkansas, USA – Storms moving across parts of South Arkansas early Tuesday touched off flash flooding. Before the flooding there were wind damage reports in other parts of South and Central Arkansas from earlier storms Monday night.

Wildlife

Butterflies are ‘failing to cope’ with climate change – UK

Butterflies are “failing to cope” with climate change and the pollution of the British countryside, experts have warned after a disastrous year saw population declines in 40 out of 57 species.

The UK Butterfly Monitoring Survey found it had been the fourth-worst year overall with six species – the heath fritillary, grizzled skipper, wall, grayling, white-letter hairstreak and white admiral – all suffering their most dramatic declines in the 41 years since records began.

Sixteen species saw increases with one remaining about the same, the annual survey found.

The survey has run since 1976 and involves thousands of volunteers collecting data through the summer. Last year a record 2,507 sites were monitored across the UK.

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Disease

Yellow Fever in Brazil – Update

Since the beginning of the yellow fever outbreak in Brazil in December 2016, health officials have reported 2,210 cases of yellow fever, with 604 being laboratory confirmed. Of this number, 302 deaths were recorded of which 202 were confirmed. The case fatality rate (CFR) is 33 percent among confirmed cases.

France reports anthrax outbreak

On Monday, France reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an anthrax outbreak on a Germainvilliers, Haute-Marne farm in northeastern France. Anthrax was confirmed by the ANSES National laboratory for Animal health, Maisons-Alfort.

Twelve cattle died, out of the 467 susceptible on the farm between 1st and 2nd of April 2017. A history of anthrax case dating back 2013 was reported on the same farm. Non-vaccinated bovines on the farm were immediately treated with antibiotic therapy and no other death has been reported ever since.

Officials say the source of the anthrax is suspected to be the result of fodder coming from a previously infected field. Investigation is ongoing.

Nepal – Kala-azar Outbreak

A Kala-azar outbreak at Raiterkhor in Ishworpur Municipality of Sarlahi district has led to the death of a woman and hospitalisation of 13 villagers.

Kala-azar, also known Visceral Leishmaniasis or black fever, is the second largest parasitic killer in the world, after malaria, taking lives of 20,000 people annually, according to the WHO.