5.5 and 5.0 Earthquakes hit the Bismarck Sea.

5.5 Earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.5 Earthquake hits Komandorskiye Ostrove, Russia.

5.1 Earthquake hits eastern Honshu, Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Guatemala.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.


Legionnaires’ Disease in Calgary, Canada

As the number of people hospitalized by an outbreak of legionnaires’ disease in southwest Calgary has risen to eight, public health officials remain puzzled over the source of the potentially deadly infection.


Passenger Aircraft Crash in Moscow

A passenger airliner ran off the runway at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport on Saturday, breaking apart and catching fire. 12 people were aboard the Tu-204 (a twin-engine medium-range jet with a capacity of 210 passengers) and all were rescued but two were in serious condition. Details on the crash were not immediately clear. Initial reports said the plane crashed while attempting to land, but later reports said it had crashed while taking off. Light snow was falling in Moscow at the time. Pictures indicated that the plane’s nose, including the cockpit area, appeared sheared off.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Cyclone Mitchell

-TC Mitchell was located 330 nm northwest of Learmonth, Australia.

-Heavy rainfall and coastal flooding is expected in the Pilbara region.

Tropical Cyclone Freda

-TC Freda was located 690 nm northwest of Noumea, New Caledonia.

-Cyclone Freda caused flooding in Solomon Islands. Makira is reported to be hardest hit with rising rivers flooding some areas.

Tropical storm Wukong in Philippines

-The death toll from Tropical Storm Wukong (local name Quinta) in the central Philippines has risen to 11. Three people are still missing.

-Flood displaced more than 28,000 people.

-A state of disaster has been declared in nine towns in Iloilo and Aklan provinces.

Landslide in Marakwet, Kenya

-At least 10 people among them three children are reported to be killed in landslides in Elgeyo Marakwet County of Kenya.

-Heavy rainfall caused mudslides in the area. Rescue efforts are still continuing despite ongoing rain in the affected areas.

Sri Lanka Floods

-Nearly 400,000 Sri lankans are still affected by floods, 40 are confirmed dead and 7 are still missing in Southern, Central, North Central, Uva, Sabaragamuwa, Eastern, Northern and North Western Provinces.