Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits the Babuyan Islands in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits the northern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits the Myanmar-India border.

5.0 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits Veracruz, Mexico.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

UAE – Up to 570 people were rescued after spending overnight in rain-soaked mountains that triggered flash floods in Ras Al Khaimah on Sunday, according to RAK police. It was second day of unstable weather that brought a rush of surface runoff from the emirate’s majestic peaks, causing fast-flowing torrents in wadis, and inundating houses and vehicles in some low-lying areas.

Siberia, Russia – Synchronised explosions are used to unblock the Amur River, a major waterway in the Russian Far East to protect villagers from flooding. Such explosions are common at this time of year – but not always as aesthetic. Carried out by the Russian Emergencies Ministry, the aim is to prevent walls of ice behind which the river level rises, posing a threat to remote settlements.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Ethiopia

A group of ten firefighters from Israel and an expert from the Home Front Command arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday to help with the wildfires that have been burning out of control for two weeks in the Simien Mountains in the north of the country. One member of the group is an expert in aerial firefighting techniques. The mountains are a World Heritage Site and one of the country’s main tourist attractions. The national park is home to several rare animal species including the Waliya ibex and Gelada baboon.

Disease

Measles – Philippines – Update

In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in the Philippines this year, the Department of Health (DOH) has reported 28,362 measles cases including 389 deaths through April 5. Cases have been reported from all 17 Regions of the country. A case-fatality of 1.37 percent has been reported in this outbreak.