Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.2 Earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.0 Earthquake hits Iceland.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Guatemala.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical storm 16w (Fung-Wong) is located approximately 322 nm south-southwest of Taipei, Taiwan, and is tracking north-northwestward at 07 knots.

Tropical Storm Polo is located about 165 mi…270 km SSE of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…NW or 315 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

Hazards affecting land – Surf…swells generated by Polo will affect the southern Baja California peninsula and the southern Gulf of California today. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Rainfall…Polo is expected to produce rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches…with isolated storm total amounts of 5 inches over extreme southern Baja California over the next few days. These rains could result in life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.

NewsBytes:

England – Passengers had to be rescued from a train after it became trapped in flood water during a night of storms in southern England. Ninety people on the train, which got stuck near Corsham, Wiltshire, were trapped for four hours.

Environment

Antarctic sea ice set to smash record

According to a recent report from the National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC), Antarctic sea ice is set to smash a record this year, as it’s currently at 7.6 million square miles and continuing to increase.

The Arctic, on the other hand, continues to lose ice. In fact, the NSIDC says that the minimum extent will be somewhat lower than last year’s, making it the sixth lowest extent in the satellite record.

According to the NSIDC, Arctic sea ice extent for September 15 was 1.96 million square miles, which is 11,600 square miles below the same date in 2013. However, Arctic sea ice extent remains low when examined in contrast with the long-term 1981 to 2010 average.

Disease

Aid Workers Murdered in Guinea

The bodies of 8 health workers, local officials and journalists were found in a septic tank in a village school near the city of Nzerekore, murdered by villagers suspicious of official attempts to combat Ebola, which has now killed more than 2,600 people in West Africa. Other nations infected with the outbreak have begun controversial programs aimed at stopping the spread of the disease, including a three-day curfew in Sierra Leone.

The aid team was pelted with stones after they arrived in the village of Wome in southern Guinea, where the outbreak was first recorded, and ended up hiding. A journalist who escaped the attack reported that she could hear the villagers looking for the team while she was hiding.

A government delegation was dispatched to the region, but they were unable to reach the village by road because the main bridge had been blocked. Government spokesman Albert Damantang Camara said the victims had been “killed in cold blood by the villagers”.

Six people have been arrested in conjunction with the attack, and the village is reportedly now deserted. A motive for the killings has not been confirmed, but officials say many villagers accuse the health workers of spreading the disease and others do not believe the disease exists.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Bardarbunga (Iceland): No significant changes have occurred at the ongoing fissure eruption in Holuhraun. The lava effusion rate seems to remain stable, according to IMO. Subsidence, or slow caldera collapse, of the Bárdarbunga caldera continues at rates of approx. 50 cm per day. Seismic activity remains elevated. The largest earthquake yesterday and today was a magnitude 5.3 event at 14:21 local time and a magnitude 4.7 this morning. Irregular horizontal displacements of the crust revealed by GPS stations probably indicate that magma movements underground are changing, but it is impossible to predict what the consequences will be.