Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

5.4 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 Earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical depression Krosa is located approximately 246 nm south-southeast of Hong Kong.

Tropical depression Thirty is located 430 nm east of Puerto Princess, Philippines.

Tropical storm Haiyan is located approximately 829 nm east-southeast of Yap.

The tropical West Pacific remains quite active this week, as three systems are currently in the basin with landfall of these storms expected through the week. Currently, there is a tropical system to the south of Hong Kong, the once-typhoon named Krosa, that is expected to strike southern Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia with some rain and threat for flooding Monday into Tuesday.

Another system, currently called Tropical Depression 30W, is located just east of the southern Philippines island of Mindanao, is expected to push over land in the morning hours Monday, before pushing into the South China Sea by late Monday. This is where the storm is expected to develop further and could become a tropical storm or even a typhoon as it pushes westward.

A second landfall of that storm could be over southern Vietnam and Cambodia, bringing with it the possibility of flooding rainfall, stronger winds, coastal flooding, and mudslides. Anyone from Ho Chi Minh City through Hue in Vietnam will have to pay close attention to this storm.

The third, and perhaps most dangerous storm is still in its infancy. That is Tropical Depression 31W (now Tropical Storm Haiyan), which is still several hundred miles east of the Philippines, and even southeast of Guam. This system is expected to push to the west for the next few days as it gains strength over the warm waters of the Pacific. This third storm is the one to watch closely for the Philippines as this will likely strike land late in the week. It is expected to be at least a minimal typhoon as it strikes the central islands of the Philippines, and even has the chance to be a strong typhoon as it moves through. The exact track is still to be determined, but anyone in the Philippines will have to pay close attention to the system over the next few days.

It is expected to bring heavy rainfall for most parts of the Philippines, along with some strong winds and rough seas. There will be a threat for mudslides as several weaker storms over the past few weeks have affected the region and brought heavy rainfall. And with Tropical Depression 30W moving through, even more rain will be added to that total through the week. Once this system strikes the Philippines late this week, there is a chance for another system for next weekend with the West Pacific remaining active.

In the Eastern Pacific:

Tropical storm Sonia is located about 60 mi (95 km) SSW of Culiacan, Mexico.

Tropical Storm Sonia formed off Mexico’s Pacific coast on early Sunday morning in an area that has already been ravaged by Hurricanes Raymond and Manuel. A tropical storm warning extends from Mazatlan northward to Altata along northwest Mexico’s mainland.

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Disease

Dengue outbreak hits in northeastern India

Health officials in northeastern India said they were monitoring an outbreak of dengue, a tropical flu-like disease that kills 5,000 Indians each year. Authorities in the state of Meghalaya said 18 people had tested positive for dengue and a health alert had been issued.

Hospitals in the area have been instructed to get supplies of appropriate medications and prepare for an outbreak, the district magistrate of West Garo Hills Pravin Bakshi said.

Nigeria Cholera Outbreak Grows

The outbreak of cholera is growing and expanding in the west African country of Nigeria as the bacterial disease is being reported in higher numbers from more states.

According to the Nigerian news source, The Guardian, statistics from the Ministry of Health Thursday indicated that 1,623 cases had been recorded, while 86 deaths had been reported.

The breakdown of cases is as follows:

Zamfara State has the highest figure of 1,110 cases and 51 deaths while Plateau State has 130 cases and 11 deaths. Others are Lagos State (134 cases, four deaths), Ogun State (115 cases, five deaths), Nasarawa State (105 cases, nine deaths) and Oyo State (29 cases, six deaths).

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Wildfires

NSW Australia bushfires downgraded

Authorities say easing conditions moving across the New South Wales bushfire zones have seen two blazes downgraded.

The Old Hume Highway Fire, burning south of Yerrinbool near Alpine and the bush fire at Lower Portland on the Hawkesbury River, north of Sackville have both been downgraded to a Watch and Act alerts.

Residents in lower Portland are now being allowed back to their properties.

Whilst south of Yerrinbool there is no longer any immediate threat to properties.