Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Balleny Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits Iceland.

5.3 Earthquake hits the central Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.3 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 Earthquake hits Maule, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits Kepualauan Obi, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Catanduanes in the Philippines.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Hurricane Ana is located about 200 mi…325 km WSW of Lihue Hawaii and about 345 mi…550 km se of French Frigate Shoals with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Hazards affecting land – wind…tropical storm conditions are expected over Necker Island… French Frigate Shoals…and Tern Island Monday night. Hurricane conditions are possible over French Frigate Shoals and Tern Island Monday night and Tuesday. Surf…large swells produced by Ana will build across the northwest Hawaiian islands through Tuesday. Rainfall…locally heavy rainfall will linger over Kauai and Niihau tonight. Rainfall amounts of 4 to 8 inches…with local amounts of 12 inches…are possible over the northwest Hawaiian islands along and near the track of the centre of Ana.

NewsBytes:

Tenerife – Thousands of Britons holidaying in Tenerife have been caught in flash-flooding on the island. Seven inches of rain fell in just 12 hours, with tourists warned to stay in their hotels as landslides and fast-flowing waters led to road closures. One 56-year-old woman died after suffering a heart attacks as she was swept along by flood water then became trapped under a parked car in Santa Cruz.

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Disease

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

The National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia (SAU) has reported additional laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) to WHO.

Between 11 August and 28 September 2014, 15 cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) including 4 deaths were reported to WHO.

Nigeria declared Ebola-free after containing virus

The World Health Organisation declared Nigeria Ebola free on Monday after a 42 day period with no new cases, in a success story with lessons for countries still struggling to contain the deadly virus.

The first case in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, was imported from Liberia, when a Liberian-American diplomat called Patrick Sawyer collapsed at the main international airport in Lagos on July 20.

Because the country was ill prepared and had no screening procedures in place, Sawyer was able to infect several people, including several health workers in the hospital where he was taken, which did not have proper protection equipment.

Nigeria had 20 cases in total, of which eight died.