Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits the central east Pacific rise.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Gulf of Aden.

5.0 Earthquake hits Metropolitan, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of Java.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Storm Claudette is located about 310 mi…500 km S of Halifax Nova Scotia with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…NE or 50 degrees at 20 mph…31 km/h.

Typhoon 11w (Nangka), located approximately 637 nm south-southeast of Iwakuni, Japan, is tracking northward at 07 knots.

Typhoon Halola is located about 413 nm east-southeast of Wake Island, and is tracking northwestward at 14 knots.

Hurricane Dolores is located about 245 mi…395 km SSW of Cabo Corrientes Mexico with maximum sustained winds…80 mph…130 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

Tropical Storm Enrique is located about 1315 mi…2115 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…NW or 305 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

NewsBytes:

Kentucky, USA – Heavy storms overnight Saturday into Sunday morning left cars stranded, homes flooded and streets impassable in Kentucky.

Ohio, USA – Flash floods in central Ohio from heavy rains close roads and flood a number of homes.

Disease

Diphtheria – South Africa

The outbreak of diphtheria in KwaZulu-Natal, which has claimed the lives of four people, appears to be under control, according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD). i5 cases of diphtheria were identified by public health services in KZN, the majority of which are children under the age of 15.

Wildfires

Wildfires – North America

Usually the northern portion of North America is thought of as a cold, rainy, snowy tundra of a place. but lately, thing s up north have been getting uncomfortably hot. Right now, firefighters in Alaska, Washington, and Canada are fighting huge wildfires raging across the continent.

So far, over 11 million acres have burned in Canada and Alaska, and those numbers are still going up. That is am area three times larger than Connecticut.

Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes in Saskatchewan, and smoke from the fires spread south into the United States, where it could be seen across the country from Colorado to Boston, producing some of those beautiful sunsets you might have noticed last week. The plumes of smoke from the fires are easily visible from space.

A spate of wildfires is scorching parts of Washington state, devouring more than 16,000 acres. In at least one case, strong winds have forced multiple lighting fires to morph into one. The Rimrock/Wagon Road fire in central Washington has torched more than 10,000 acres and was 20% contained as of Monday evening.

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