Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.7 earthquake hits the Alamagan region in the North Mariana Islands.

5.5 earthquake hits offshore Antofagasta, Chile.

5.3 earthquake hits Iceland.

5.2 earthquake hits south of Alaska.

5.1 earthquake hits south of Alaska.

5.1 earthquake hits the South Shetland Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the Sichuan-Gansu border, China.

5.0 earthquake hits Alaska.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Epsilon is located about 450 mi…725 km ese of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…85 mph…140 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 300 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 19w (Soudel), located approximately 174 nm northwest of Manila, Philippines, is tracking westward at 04 knots.

Tropical depression 20w (Twenty), located approximately 93 nm west of Iwo To, is tracking southwestward at 04 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Ireland – Local authorities in County Cork, south-western Ireland, reported extensive tidal flooding in coastal areas early on 20 October, 2020. Cork County Council said “storm surge coupled with spring tides have been the major contributory factors. A southerly wind direction and high wind speeds coinciding with high tides had the effect of increasing the tide significantly.” The towns of Bantry, Kinsale and Youghal were badly affected. However, areas of the city of Cork were among the worst hit.

Philippines – Disaster authorities in the Philippines report that more than 5,000 families on the island of Luzon in the north of the country have been affected by Tropical Storm “Saudel”, known in the Philippines as “Pepito”. The storm made landfall over Aurora Province then crossed the island of Luzon and continued west-northwest to the South China Sea.

Portugal – Civil Protection in Portugal have responded to over 1,300 calls for assistance after severe weather brought by Storm Barbara. Portugal saw strong winds and heavy rainfall from 19 October. The Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) reported at least 7 locations across the country recorded over 90 mm of rain in 24 hours to 20 October. As much as 150mm of rain fell in Portalegre during that period.

Greece – Heavy rain was reported in the islands of southern Greece from 20 October. Heraklion, capital of the island of Crete, recorded 138.1mm of rain in 24 hours to 21 October, while Karpathos in the Dodecanese islands recorded 244 mm.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

Glass Fire – This fire had burned 67,484 acres with 97% containment. At least 1,555 structures have been destroyed, including 653 homes. 1,217 structures are threatened.

Creek Fire – This fire had burned 352,339 acres with 61% containment. 856 structures have been destroyed, though damage inspection is not complete. 105 structures are threatened.

North Complex – These fires had burned 318,930 acres and 95% contained. 15 people in Butte County have died and two first responders have been injured. At least 2,455 structures have been damaged or destroyed.

August Complex – These fires had burned 1,032,264 acres and were 91% contained. One firefighter has died on the August Complex. Two additional firefighters were involved in the accident. 74 structures are threatened and 23 structures have been destroyed.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Plague – DR Congo

Ituri province, in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has notified an upsurge of plague cases in the health zone of Rethy. From 11 June to 9 August 2020, a total of 73 cases with 10 deaths.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.5 earthquake hits south of Alaska.

5.8 earthquake hits south of Alaska.

5.5 earthquake hits south of Alaska.

5.4 earthquake hits south of Alaska.

5.3 earthquake hits south of Alaska.

5.3 earthquake hits the Alaska peninsula.

Two 5.2 earthquakes hit south of Alaska.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit south of Alaska.

5.0 earthquake hits Kyrgyzstan.

5.0 earthquake hits Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Epsilon is located about 765 mi…1230 km se of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…ene or 75 degrees at 3 mph…6 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 19w (Soudel), located approximately 149 nm east-northeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking westward at 17 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Nigeria – In a report of 19 October, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said that torrential rainfall, river floods and flash floods since September have cumulatively impacted 192,594 people across 22 states in Nigeria. Furthermore, around 826 injuries and 155 fatalities have so far been recorded and 24,134 people are reported to be displaced.

Indonesia – Heavy rain in western and central parts of Indonesia that began around 15 October has caused flooding in 3 different provinces. Dozens of homes have been damaged and over 200 people displaced.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Colorado, USA

The CalWood fire which sparked over the weekend has now destroyed at least 26 homes in an area that had been ordered to evacuate near the town of Jamestown Saturday, and it’s believed several other homes have likely burned.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 19w (Nineteen), located approximately 427 nm east of Manila, Philippines, is tracking westward at 13 knots.

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NewsBytes:

India – Further heavy rain from late 17 October has caused yet more flooding in parts of the state of Telangana, India, in particular in the capital, Hyderabad. Last week the city saw record heavy rain which triggered floods causing fatalities and severe material damage. Since then, further heavy downpours from 17 October caused more damage and claimed more lives. Over 120 mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 18 October in parts of Greater Hyderabad. At least 6 fatalities were reported as a result of collapsing buildings or electrocution. Media report that Telangana has now witnessed 61 deaths due to rain related incidents since last week. Roads around Greater Hyderabad were swamped, causing severe traffic disruption. Homes were flooded, with as many as 40,000 families affected, according to local media.

Vietnam – The death toll from floods and landslides in central Vietnam continues to rise as rivers reach record levels. In a recent update, Vietnam’s Disaster Management Authority (DMA) said at least 88 people have now died after further disaster struck over the weekend. Heavy rain caused a landslide at an army barracks in Huong Phung in Quang Tri Province on 18 October, burying 22 people. As of 19 October, 17 have been confirmed dead while the five others remained missing. The death toll also includes 15 people buried in a landslide at a hydropower plant construction site in Phong Dien District, Thua Thien-Hue.

Cambodia – Flooding has worsened in parts of Cambodia after further heavy rain in the country and dam releases in bordering parts of Thailand. Flooding that began in early October has now affected over 240,000 people in 71 districts of 19 of the country’s 25 provinces and autonomous regions. At least 20 people have lost their lives.

Kenya – Heavy rain triggered a deadly landslide in western Kenya on 14 October. According to local media, 2 people died in the landslide that struck in Weiwei, West Pokot County, burying at least 5 houses. Four people were rescued and several people were injured. The landslide also caused damage to roads, limiting access to the area.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.6 earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits Fiji.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

An out of control bushfire caused evacuations on Sydney’s northern beaches on Saturday – and forced production crews to flee the Big Brother house.

The fire at North Head, near Manly, started as a hazard reduction burn before turning into an emergency when flames were blown past containment lines. The blaze sent smoke billowing across Sydney Harbour, leaving a haze hanging over the city.

Wildfires – Utah, USA

The Range Fire and Fire Canyon Fire have already burned through thousands of acres in less than a day in Utah, with the cause of both fires still under investigation.

Wildfires – Colorado, USA

A fast-moving, rapidly growing wildfire erupted Saturday and expanded to more than 8,788 acres by Sunday morning in northwest Boulder County, Colo., prompting the evacuation of at least 3,000 people and sending hikers and campers fleeing to safety. The fire is just 5 percent contained, and low clouds grounded firefighting aircraft this morning.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits near the coast of northern Peru.

5.4 earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits southwestern Siberia.

5.1 earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Shetland Islands.

Global Warming

Alaska’s new climate threat: tsunamis

In Alaska and other high, cold places around the world, new research shows that mountains are collapsing as the permafrost that holds them together melts, threatening tsunamis if they fall into the sea.

Scientists are warning that populated areas and major tourist attractions are at risk.

In 2015, a landslide on a slope that had also crept for decades, created a tsunami that sheared off forests 193 meters up the slopes of Alaska’s Taan Fiord.

Environment

Pollution – Europe

Air pollution remains Europe’s top environmental threat to health, with more than 400,000 premature deaths due to air pollution every year in the EU, according to a European Environment Agency report.