Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits west of MacQuarie Island.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical storm Danas is located approximately 84 nm north of Sasebo, Japan.

Tropical depression 24w is located approximately 575 nm east of Manila, Philippines.

In the Eastern Pacific:

Tropical storm Narda is located about 1225 mi (1975 km) WSW of the southern tip of Baja California. Narda is losing strength.

NewsBytes

Landslide in Gabon’s capital Libreville has claimed the lives of at least two people.

Rain triggered floods in southern Italy have claimed the lives of at least two people and left three others missing.

Disease

Salmonella – USA

A multistate Salmonella outbreak has so far sickened 278 people in 18 states, which prompted a public health alert Monday from the US Department of Agriculture and has led the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recall some staff sidelined by the federal government shutdown.

Illnesses from Salmonella Heidelberg strains have been associated with raw chicken products produced at three Foster Farms facilities in California. So far most of the cases have been reported in California, and the products were mainly distributed to retail stores in California, Oregon, and Washington state. Foster Farms said it hasn’t issued a recall.

Yellow fever in Cameroon

The Ministry of Health of Cameroon carried out a yellow fever mass vaccination campaign with a reported 94% coverage of the targeted population of 663 900 in 13 health districts considered to be at high risk of yellow fever.

Science

US Shutdown Cancels Entire US Antarctic Research Program

As scientists had feared, today (Oct. 8) the National Science Foundation announced it was cancelling the U.S. Antarctic research program for this year because of the ongoing government shutdown.

Scientists and contractors already stationed at the three U.S. science bases on Antarctica will be sent home and a small staff left behind to maintain the structures and equipment, the National Science Foundation (NSF) said.

The announcement was a devastating blow for the polar science community. The shutdown means the cancellation of millions of dollars of planned research. Graduate students may have to stay in school longer because they won’t get the data they need to complete their research. Contractors are losing their jobs. Other countries, including New Zealand, France and Italy, rely on the United States’ sea-ice runway at McMurdo Station and may not be able to conduct their own research after the pullout.