Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Panama – Costa Rica border.

5.1 Earthquake hts Taiwan.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honahu, Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Eastern Pacific:

Hurricane Raymond is located about 690 mi (1115 km) SW of the southern tip of Baja California. No threat to land.

NewsBytes

Southern Britain was battered Monday by a powerful storm with hurricane-force winds that caused widespread delays on the nation’s roads and trains, and threatened severe disruptions to airports.

Disease

Typhoid outbreak looms in Harare, Zimbabwe

There are fears of an imminent outbreak of the deadly typhoid disease, following widespread incidences of dysentery in Harare’s densely populated suburbs where people are drinking water from unprotected sources.

Health officials last week said perennial water shortages, coupled with discontinuation of water supplies to defaulters had forced residents to get water from unprotected sources, while the residents blame the city fathers for failing to supply running water for domestic purposes, forcing many of them to use water from unorthodox sources.

For the week ending October 10, 14 deaths were recorded in one week and of that number, six were children under the age of five years.

An infected person will pass on the bacteria in their stools when they go to the toilet, and can infect their surroundings and if it is a communal toilet, many will most likely get the disease.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): The volcano had at least 6 vulcanian explosions yesterday. The largest (at 08:09 local time this morning) sent an ash plume to 15,000 ft (4.5 km) altitude.