Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.4 earthquake hits the Galapagos Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits the Revilla Gigedo Islands.

Two 5.1 earthquakes hit Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 earthquake hits central Turkey.

5.0 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Beta is located about 95 mi…150 km ese of ort O’Connor Texas and about 110 mi…180 km s of Galveston Texas with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

Hurricane Teddy is located about 165 mi…270 km se of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…100 mph…155 km/h. Present movement…n or 10 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 14w (Dolphin), located approximately 651 nm south-southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking north- northeastward at 05 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 17e (Seventeen), located approximately 1053 nm south-southeast of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 14 knots.

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NewsBytes:

France – At least 2 people are missing after torrential rain triggered flash flooding in the Gard, Lozère and Herault departments of southern France. Meteo France reported violent thunderstorms hit the foothills of the Cévennes mountains on 19 September. In a 6 hour period, 196 mm of rain fell in Vigan, 175 mm in Saumane and 468 mm in Valleraugue, including 361mm in just 3 hours. Emergency services mobilized helicopters and hundreds of personnel to assist with evacuations and rescues. As of late 20 September, 46 people had been rescued and 421 had evacuated and moved to emergency shelter including over 200 people evacuated in Anduze commune in Gard Department.

Ghana – At least 5 people have died in recent flooding in Ghana‘s Upper East Region. Flooding during September affected 7,561 people and damaged 1,596 homes in several districts of the region. A further 156 homes have been destroyed along with wide areas of crops.

China – State media in China are reporting that nearly 180,000 people were affected by floods in the southwest Guizhou Province during mid-September. According to Xinhua News Agency, Guizhou Province witnessed its highest rainfall since 1961 during the period 09 to 18 September. Xinhua said that 52 county-level regions were affected by flooding and heavy rain. As many as 44,791 houses were damaged and 1,504 destroyed. Thousands of people evacuated their homes and were moved to 40 temporary relocation sites set up by the provincial government.

Greece – At least three people were killed and hundreds have been rescued in Greece after a rare storm system known as a “medicane” spawned severe flooding after making landfall on Friday, according to officials. The storm, named Ianos, hit the Ionian islands and western Peloponnese on Friday before lashing the rest of the country on Saturday.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the mid-Indian ridge.

5.2 earthquake hits the South Shetland Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits the Myanmar-India border.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Wilfred is located about 1200 mi…1930 km w of the Cabo verde islands and about 1285 mi…2070 km e of the Lesser Antilles with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 295 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

Tropical Storm Beta is located about 205 mi…330 km se of Galveston Texas and about 295 mi…470 km e of Corpus Christi Texas with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 290 degrees at 3 mph…6 km/h.

Hurricane Teddy is located about 340 mi…550 km sse of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…115 mph…185 km/h. Present movement…nw or 315 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

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Disease

COVID-19

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

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Measles – Africa

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice this week concerning travel to Africa due to measles outbreaks in more than a dozen countries. Measles outbreaks are reported in the following countries: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria and South Sudan.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 earthquake hits the central -mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.5 earthquake hits Crete.

5.4 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.3 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 earthquake hits Tajikistan.

5.1 earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.0 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Wilfred is located about 885 mi…1425 km w of the Cabo verde islands with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 285 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h

Tropical Storm Beta is located about 290 mi…470 km e of mouth of the Rio Grande and about 300 mi…480 km sw of the mouth of the Mississippi river with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…n or 360 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

Hurricane Teddy is located about 650 mi…1045 km se of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…125 mph…205 km/h. Present movement…nw or 325 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

NewsBytes:

Guinea – Flooding has affected around 50,000 people in the city of Kankan and the surrounding Kankan region in eastern Guinea since early September 2020. Around 50,000 people from 10,000 households have been affected, with 657 houses damaged or destroyed and 1,363 people displaced. Local media reported 1 person missing.

USA – At least person has died and one is missing after Hurricane Sally made its way inland after making landfall as a Category 2 hurricane near Gulf Shores, Alabama, on 16 September 2020. The storm dumped almost 30 inches (762 mm) of rain in Orange Beach, Alabama, and 24.80 inches (630 mm) in Pensacola, Florida in a 72 hour period, according to National Weather Service (NWS). The torrential rain has increased river levels in the area, which are likely to remain high for some time. As of 18 September, rivers were above Moderate Flood Stage in 9 locations in southern Alabama and western Florida Panhandle. Media reported severe flooding from the overflowing Fish and Perdido rivers. The Shoal River near Crestview in Florida reached 16.42 feet on 17 September 2020, well above Major Flood Stage of 15 feet and the second highest crest on record behind the 21.40 feet from September 1998.

Myanmar – At least 4 people died in flash flooding and landslides after heavy monsoon rainfall in Myanmar. According to local media reports heavy rainfall early on 16 September caused flooding and landslides in Mandalay Region. At least four people died in Mogok Township (also known as Moekok) in Pyin Oo Lwin district, after a creek broke its banks triggering landslides in the surrounding hillsides. Around 24 houses were damaged or destroyed and 56 people were evacuated. Tropical Cyclone Noul is likely to bring further heavy rainfall over the coming days.

Wildlife

More Trump Administration Wildlife and Environment Abuse

The National Park Service released a management plan amendment today for Point Reyes National Seashore that would enshrine commercial cattle ranching in the California park at the expense of native wildlife and natural habitat. It also calls for the killing of native tule elk and would authorize new agricultural uses that will put other wildlife at risk.

“This is a disaster for wildlife and a stunning mismanagement of one of America’s most beautiful national parks,” said Jeff Miller at the Center for Biological Diversity. “The Park Service is greenlighting the slaughter of native wildlife in Point Reyes. After the elk, the next likely victims will be birds, bobcats, foxes and coyotes. This plan is illegal and immoral, and we’re going to do everything we can to stop it.”

In today’s “final environmental impact statement,” the Park Service selected Alternative B, which extends 20-year commercial leases to 15 private dairy and beef cattle ranches on 26,100 acres of Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area lands in Marin County. The plan authorizes continued overgrazing and does little to address ongoing damage by cattle to water quality and habitat for endangered species and other wildlife.

Wayward Whales

Three humpback whales on their way to Antarctic waters made a wrong turn into a crocodile-infested river in far northern Australia. While two appear to have turned back, one continued swimming upstream, where wildlife experts say it has little chance of being attacked by the much smaller reptiles. But there was concern that the lone whale could get stranded in a very remote area miles upstream where rescue efforts would be impossible, and it would then become “croc bait” as it foundered.

Environment

La Niña Emerges

Sea-surface temperatures across the tropical Pacific have cooled to the point in recent weeks that weather agencies have officially recognized the phenomenon as a new La Niña. The opposite of an El Niño, La Niña also develops about every three to five years with its own set of weather disruptions, including the chance of more and stronger tropical cyclones in the Atlantic basin.

It also can bring wetter weather to northern Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines, along with drier weather for western South America and cooler-than-normal temperatures for western Africa. NOAA predicts the new La Niña has a 75% chance of persisting into next year.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical depression Twenty-Two is located about 245 mi…400 km ene of Tampico Mexico and about 285 mi…460 km se of mouth of the Rio Grande with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…nne or 25 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

Hurricane Teddy is located about 550 mi…890 km ene of the northern Leeward islands and about 935 mi…1510 km se of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…130 mph…215 km/h. Present movement…nw or 325 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 13w (Noul), located approximately 174 nm west of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 27 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Guatemala – Heavy rainfall has affected several departments of Guatemala since 12 September, causing flooding and landslides. In a statement of 16 September, the country’s National Coordination System for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) said that over 25,000 people have been affected by floods, landslides or rain-related incidents. As of 16 September, 11 people were evacuated and over 100 homes damaged but no fatalities were reported.

Indonesia – Further heavy rainfall and flooding has been reported in parts of Indonesia. Earlier FloodList reported at least 4 people had died and 2,000 displaced after flooding in the 4 departments of Gorontalo, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and North Sumatra. Since then, disaster authorities in Indonesia have reported that 2 people died and 1 house was destroyed after flooding and a landslide in Sorong City, West Papua Province on 16 September. Flooding on 13 September flooding in Donggala Regency of Central Sulawesi Province. Affected around 1,245 people and damaged 133 homes.

Wildlife

Avian Tragedy

Scientists are trying to determine what caused untold thousands of migratory birds to fall from the sky dead or dying across parts of the southwestern U.S.

The songbird fatalities could be linked to the thick pall of wildfire smoke they flew through en route from Alaska and Canada to their winter grounds in Central or South America.

Or they could have used up their fat reserves trying to fly around it before they perished in New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Arizona and parts of Nebraska. Some fear the smoke damaged their lungs. “They’re literally just feathers and bones,” New Mexico State University graduate student Allison Salas wrote on social media.

Mosquito Plague

A mosquito population boom in the wake of Hurricane Laura’s fury in late August along the Gulf Coast has led to deer, cows, horses and other livestock being killed by the insects.

Animals as large as bulls have been drained of their blood and stressed to fatal exhaustion, according to veterinary experts at Louisiana State University.

The pests became so pervasive that several Louisiana parishes launched aerial spraying operations. Similar swarms occurred after Hurricane Lili in 2002 and Hurricane Rita in 2005.

Environment

Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 118 degrees Fahrenheit (47.8 degrees Celsius) in Dubai, UAE.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 99.0 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 71.1degrees 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.