Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon, USA.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Norwegian Sea.

5.1 Earthquake hits the southern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits northern Peru.

5.0 Earthquake hits north of Svalbard.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the coast of Tarapaca, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Storm Andres is located about 890 mi…1430 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…105 mph…165 km/h. Present movement…NW or 310 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h. Hazards affecting land – swells generated by Andres are affecting portions of the West Coast of the Baja California peninsula. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

tropical Storm Blanca is located about 365 mi…585 km SW of Zihuatanejo Mexico and about 395 mi…635 km S of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 1 mph…2 km/h. Hazards affecting land – none.


China – A passenger ship carrying 458 people sank in a cyclone in the Jianli section in Hubei Province of the Yangtze River Monday night. Strong wind and heavy rain is hampering the continuing search for survivors, with weather forecasts predicting the heavy rain will continue. Heavy rainfall has claimed the lives of 16 people in China over the past week.

Kenya – A mudslide and flooding in Mombasa, Kenya have claimed the lives of two people, left several missing and made many others homeless.


Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Update

Concerns over a dangerous respiratory illness have led South Korean health authorities to isolate more than 680 people who may have been exposed. China and Hong Kong also are taking steps to halt the spread of MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, which has killed hundreds of people in that region since its emergence in 2012.

As of Monday, South Korea had reported at least 17 confirmed cases, the largest outbreak outside of the Middle East.

Hong Kong also has quarantined 18 people and isolated 17 more. And China’s Guangdong province, with one confirmed case of MERS, has isolated nearly 80 people.

The MERS virus initially produces flu-like symptoms such as fever and coughing, though these can escalate to pneumonia and kidney failure. Among confirmed cases globally, at least four out of 10 people have died, according to the World Health Organization. There is no vaccine or treatment for the disease, which first was reported in Saudi Arabia but later traced to Jordan, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

The disease spreads through close contact, the CDC’s website says.