Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits the southeast Indian ridge.

5.6 earthquake hits near the east coast of Kamchatka.

5.4 earthquake hits west of Macquarie Island.

5.2 earthquake hits northern Alaska.

5.1 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits the southeast Indian ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Tara is located about 105 mi…165 km s of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…stationary

Storms

Disease

Chikungunya – Sudan – More cases

In a follow-up on the chikungunya outbreak in Kassala state, Sudan, the Kassala state Ministry of Health reported that the total number of people infected with chikungunya fever has risen to 15,944 cases as of Oct. 11. Four additional fatalities were also reported.

Hantavirus – Bolivia

The Bolivia Ministry of Health reported this week that 13 military personnel were infected with hantavirus in the military camps of the Joint Task Force of the Yungas, including one death and two cases requiring intensive care.

Measles – Thailand

The Yala Provincial Public Health Office in southern Thailand are reporting a measles outbreak that has affected hundreds. According to the National News Bureau of Thailand, 341 people have been infected and five have died since the outbreak began in September.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits south of Java.

5.2 earthquake hits the southeast Indian ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 05a (Luban), located approximately 136 nm west-southwest of Salalah, Oman, is tracking west-northwestward at 07 knots.

NewsBytes:

South Africa – Saturday’s heavy downpours resulted in cars being swept away and roads being damaged in parts of Tshwane (Pretoria). Low lying areas in Hammanskraal, Ga-Rankuwa and Soshanguve have been severely affected. A heavy hailstorm has also been reported in Vereeniging and Laudium with hail lying more than 30cm thick in places.

Sumatra, Indonesia – Torrential rains triggered flash floods and landslides on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing at least 27 people, including a dozen children at a school, officials said Saturday. A flash flood with mud and debris from landslides struck Mandailing Natal district in North Sumatra province and smashed an Islamic school in Muara Saladi village, where 29 children were swept away on Friday afternoon. Rescuers retrieved the bodies of 11 children from mud and rubble hours later.

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Wales – Two people have been killed after storm Callum battered Wales, the western parts of Britain and coastal areas. A Met Office alert warned of danger to life from fast-flowing, deep floodwater and power cuts, and said some communities were threatened with being cut off completely.

Global Warming

Thousands March for Climate Change

Tens of thousands of people marched in Paris and other major cities across France on Saturday to call for greater action on climate change. Around 80 demonstrations were scheduled to be held nationwide on Saturday, from the northern city of Lille to Marseille, in the south of France. The protests came a week after after an alarming United Nations report calling for urgent global action to avoid a climate catastrophe.

Disease

Measles – Ukraine – Update

Ukraine health officials reported (computer translated) an additional 554 measles cases (157 adults and 397 children) during the week ending October 6. This brings the total cases to date to 32,489 (13,013 adults and 19,476 children). In addition, 14 people died of complications of the measles: four adults and ten children.

Zika Virus – India

The Rajasthan Health Department is reporting 55 cases of Zika virus infection in Jaipur as of Saturday. The first case was confirmed on September 23 in the city’s Shastri Nagar area. All cases are from the western Indian state of Rajasthan’s capital and some of these victims are migrant workers from eastern states like Bihar

Dengue Fever – Spain

Spanish Health authorities confirmed recently the first known documented autochthonous dengue transmission in Spain. Two people living in the Region of Murcia had confirmed cases and third case, who resides in the Community of Madrid is pending confirmation.

Ebola – DR Congo

A second wave of the Ebola virus has been confirmed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where an initial outbreak has already killed 125 people, a minister said Saturday.

The latest wave is centred in Beni, a town in North Kivu near the border with Uganda. This second wave occurred as a result of community resistance to measures taken to tackle the disease.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 earthquake hits northwest of the Kuril Islands.

5.6 earthquake hits Guatemala.

5.2 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.2 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.2 earthquake hits near the coast of central Peru.

5.1 earthquake hits northwest of the Kuril Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Leslie is located about 310 mi…500 km wsw of Lisbon Portugal with maximum sustained winds…75 mph…120 km/h. Present movement…ene or 70 degrees at 38 mph…61 km/h.

Remnants of Nadine are located about 1010 mi…1625 km w of the southernmost Cabo Verde islands with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 05a (Luban), located approximately 144 nm south-southeast of Salalah, Oman, is tracking westward at 07 knots.

NewsBytes:

Florida, USA – Searchers on Friday found the first body in the rubble of the Florida coastal town of Mexico Beach, which was nearly obliterated by Hurricane Michael, as the toll from the historic storm rose to at least 17 and was expected to rise. Rescue teams, hampered by power and phone outages, used cadaver dogs, drones and heavy equipment to search for hundreds of people unaccounted for in devastated communities across the Florida Panhandle.

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North Carolina, USA – Tropical Storm Michael continued it path of destruction as it brought heavy rains and devastating flash floods to North Carolina. Roads were turned into rivers as torrents of water gushed through them. Motorists found themselves taking alternate routes as whole streets became impassable, and low-lying bridges were submerged. Strong winds brought down trees and electricity lines leaving hundreds of thousands of residents without power. According to authorities more than 900,000 homes and businesses across Florida, Alabama and the Carolinas were left without power.

Uganda – At least 34 people were killed after mudslides and floods engulfed homes in eastern Uganda, the Uganda Red Cross Society said on Friday. Dozens of people are feared missing and remain unaccounted for after heavy rains triggered mudslides, which washed mountain slopes into houses on Thursday in at least six villages in Bududa district, located on the border with Kenya. Local news outlets are reporting at least 40 deaths.

Disease

Ebola – DR Congo

In an Ebola update in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the outbreak total climbed to 205 confirmed and probable cases (170 confirmed and 35 probable). According to the WHO, the worrisome security situation in Beni, the epicenter of the epidemic, has contributed to the rise in Ebola cases since September.

Israel – Monkeypox

The Israeli Health Ministry reported today on a imported monkeypox case in an Israeli who lives and works in the Port Harcourt area of southern Nigeria. The man got sick about a week after his return and was diagnosed today according to a report from Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Hospital.

This follows two imported monkeypox cases in England, also from travelers from Nigeria.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.3 earthquake hits off the east coast of Kamchatka.

5.2 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Leslie is located about 480 mi…770 km ssw of the Azores and about 480 mi…770 km ssw of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h. Present movement…ene or 65 degrees at 28 mph…44 km/h.

Post Tropical Cyclone Michael is located about 185 mi…300 km ene of Norfolk Virginia and about 275 mi…445 km sw of Nantucket Massachusetts with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…ene or 65 degrees at 29 mph…46 km/h.

Tropical Storm Nadine is located about 740 mi…1190 km w of the southernmost Cabo Verde islands with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 295 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Sergio is located about 130 mi…210 km nw of Cabo San Lazaro Mexico and about 125 mi…200 km sw of Santa Rosalie Mexico with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…ne or 45 degrees at 24 mph…39 km/h.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 05a (Luban), located approximately 239 nm southeast of Salalah, Oman, is tracking westward at 03 knots.

NewsBytes:

Honduras – Heavy rains that started on 4 October in Honduras have caused flooding and landslides across the country. Most damage has been reported in Francisco Morazán, Valle, and Choluteca departments, where a red alert was issued by the government. 12,076 people have been affected by the floods. 963 homes were damaged, including 169 flooded, and nine completely destroyed. Among them, 7,234 people have been evacuated, and 6,789 moved to 78 temporary shelters.

Florida, USA – Hurricane Michael left a trail of devastation along a huge swathe of the Florida Panhandle. At least two deaths have been reported from Michael, which made landfall on Wednesday afternoon as a Category 4 storm and has since been downgraded to a tropical storm as it moves into the Carolinas. The resort town of Mexico Beach, where the hurricane made landfall, suffered massive destruction from the 155 miles per hour (250 kph) winds. Home after home was razed from its foundations in the town of around 1,000 people. Others were missing roofs or walls. Roads were impassable and canals were choked with debris.

France, Spain and Italy – A flash flood on France’s south coast killed two people in Sainte-Maxime while a woman was found dead after a storm in Sardinia, Italy. Meanwhile the death toll in the floods in Majorca has risen to twelve.

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Wildlife

Monarch Gains

The Mexican forest reserve where millions of monarch butterflies spend the winter saw deforestation drop by 57 percent this year compared to 2017, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) reported.

“The forest’s degradation has dropped due to a decrease in large-scale illegal logging operations, the end of the damages caused by the 2016 storms and the absence of weather events,” said Jorge Rickards, head of WWF Mexico.

But small-scale illegal logging in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve saw a slight rise, with about 3.5 acres of forest lost.

Environment

Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43.3 degrees Celsius) in Hyderabad, Pakistan.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 83.0 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 63.9 degrees Celsius) at Vostok, Antarctica.

Temperatures were tabulated from the more than 10,000 worldwide synoptic weather stations. The United Nations World Meteorological Organization sets the standards for weather observations, and provides a global telecommunications circuit for data distribution.

Disease

Zika Virus – India

India has recorded its biggest outbreak of Zika virus to date, with 32 cases confirmed in Jaipur, capital of the western state of Rajasthan. The first case was confirmed on September 23 in the city’s Shastri Nagar area, located close to some of the city’s main tourist attractions.