Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits the Saipan region in the North Mariana Islands.

5.5 Earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits Nicaragua.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the west coast of Colombia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Storm Simon is located about 115 mi…185 km WSW of Punta Eugenia Mexico with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…NNE or 15 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

Hazards affecting land – rainfall…Simon is expected to produce total rainfall amounts of

3 to 6 inches with isolated amounts around 9 inches over the next several days across the Baja California Peninsula and Sonora in Mexico.

Surf…swells generated by Simon are affecting portions of the Baja California peninsula. Swells from Simon are also expected to affect portions of the Southern California coast on Monday and Tuesday These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Typhoon 19w (Vongfong), located approximately 498 nm north-northwest of Yap, and is tracking west-northwestward at 13 knots.

NewsBytes:

Malaysia – Low-lying areas around the state capital, Kota Kinabalu, were hit by floods following incessant rains over the past three days, with traffic coming to a standstill in some areas. Villagers in Penampang district were evacuated to higher ground as roads were inundated by about a metre of water. Water overflowing from Babagon dam earlier in the day made the flood situation worse.

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Disease

Ebola Spreads to Spain

A Spanish nurse tending to an Ebola victim in a hospital in Madrid has tested positive for the virus. The case is suspected to be the first transmission of the disease outside of West Africa.

Spain Health Minister Ana Mato confirmed on Monday that the Spanish nurse, whose name was not disclosed, was part of the team that took care of Spanish priest Manuel Garcia Viejo. The 69-year-old priest died on Sept. 27 because of highly advanced symptoms of the disease.