Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 Earthquake hits the Balleny Islands region.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Svalbard region.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits southern Peru.

5.0 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

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

5.0 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Eastern Pacific:

Tropical storm Raymond is located about 645 mi (1035 km) SW of the southern tip of Baja California. Raymond is quickly weakening.

Atlantic Gale Batters Europe

Hurricane-strength wind gusts, waves up to 25 feet high, and driving rains are battering northern Europe. As of 2 am local time Monday, the peak wind gust from the storm in the UK was 92 mph, at the Isle of Wight in the English Channel. Powerful winds have also swept the north coast of France; winds in Brest, France hit 41 mph, gusting to 67 mph at 2 am local time Monday, and gusted as high as 65 mph at Caen. With the trees still in leaf, winds this strong have the potential to cause heavy tree damage and large scale power outages.

Emergency services in Denmark and Sweden have issued storm warnings, as Scandinavia faces winds gusting at about 100mph (162km/h). The storm system deepened as it crossed the North Sea. One site in eastern Denmark, Kegnaes, reported a gust of 115mph mid-afternoon. Along Germany’s North Sea coast many ferries were confined to port and shipping on the Elbe was also disrupted.

Thirteen people have dies as the storm crosses north-western Europe – six were killed in Germany. The major Atlantic storm packing hurricane-force winds pummelled England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands early Monday, knocking out power to 220,000 homes in England and blocking roads and railways with fallen trees.


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At least six people have been injured as wild weather hit New South Wales, Australia, Tuesday afternoon.

Chile has been hit by the worst frost in 84 years, decimating the country’s fruit industry from Coquimbo to Bio-Bio.


Polio in Syria – Update

Following reports of a cluster of 22 acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases on 17 October 2013 in the Syrian Arab Republic, wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) has been isolated from ten of the cases under investigation. Final genetic sequencing results are pending to determine the origin of the isolated viruses.

Cholera in Mexico – Update

The Ministry of Health in Mexico has reported an additional five cases of infection with Vibrio cholerae O1 Ogawa toxigenic.

The five cases occurred in the geographic zone of la Huasteca, an area where urbanisation, availability of drinking water and basic sanitation services are limited.

From 9 September to date, a total of 176 confirmed cases, including one death, of infection with Vibrio cholerae O1 Ogawa toxigenic has been reported in the country