Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.1 Earthquake hits Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Fiji.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone Nathan is located approximately 88 nm east of Darwin, Australia and is tracking west-southwestward at 07 knots.

Tropical cyclone Nathan is set to intensify off the coast of the Northern Territory before weakening on its way back inland. The cyclone has been lashing the NT with wind gusts reaching up to 140km/h in some areas.

NewsBytes:

Britain – Britain is battered by extreme high tides as at least seven flood warnings are issued across the country following solar eclipse. ‘Supertide of the century’ triggered by the solar eclipse has threatened many parts of the UK with flooding. Seven flood warnings were issued along with 34 alerts across the country. The Thames Barrier was closed for the 175th time in its 30-year history to protect London from the high tides linked to yesterday’s solar eclipse and ‘supermoon’ which has caused rising water levels. Flooding of homes and businesses is expected in North Tyneside and Sunderland as well as the Somerset coast and the Wye Estuary at Brockweir. High tides have been forecast for the next two days.

Disease

Ebola Outbreak One Year Old

The Ebola outbreak, ravaging primarily Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, is a year old today. According to one official count, it’s infected 24,000 people and killed 10,000.

And it’s managed to do so because of an institutional failure on several levels: weak public health systems locally and a painfully slow response globally.

A significant challenge remains ahead, Doctors Without Borders says.

“To declare an end to the outbreak, every single person in contact with someone infected with Ebola must be identified. There is no room for mistakes or complacency; the number of cases weekly is still higher than in any previous outbreak, and overall cases have not significantly declined since late January.”

Turkey – Swine Flu

The Turkish Health Minister announced on Monday that 19 people had died from the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, in the last week in Turkey, but the minister said the recent cases do not constitute an outbreak of the disease, claiming the cases are nothing more than a seasonal occurrence.

In 2014, there were 170 diagnosed cases of the disease, of which 11 proved to be fatal.