Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.3 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
5.3 Earthquake hits Tonga.
5.2 Earthquake hits off the coast of Ecuador.
5.1 Earthquake hits off the coast of Ecuador.
5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.
5.0 Earthquake hits Tonga.
5.0 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
Hurricane Hilda is located about 1040 mi…1670 km ESE of Hilo Hawaii and about 1250 mi…2010 km ESE of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…105 mph…165 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.
Typhoon 13w (Soudelor), located approximately 101 nm southwest of Taipei, Taiwan, is tracking westward at 12 knots.
Powerful typhoon Soudelor battered Taiwan on Saturday with strong winds and torrential rain, cutting power to 3.62 million households as the death toll rose to six. Four people were missing and 101 were injured, authorities said. Hundreds of flights were delayed or canceled and more than 9,900 people were evacuated from their homes. Television footage showed trees uprooted and power poles toppled over, a moped being swept into the air by wind and shipping containers piled on top of each other at a port. The storm made landfall early on the island’s east-coast counties of Yilan and Hualien, bringing more than 1,000 mm (39 inches) of rain in mountainous areas and wind gusting up to 200 kph (124 mph). Although the eye of Typhoon Soudelor passed Taiwan, and was heading toward mainland China, rain was expected to lash the island until Sunday morning.
Tropical Storm 15w (Molave), located approximately 84 nm southeast of Chichi Jima, is tracking west-northwestward at 11 knots.
Alabama, USA – A tornado has injured five people and damaged a Wal-Mart shopping centre in southeast Alabama. Storm also overturned an 18-wheel truck nearby.
Wildfires – Spain – Update
Some 3,000 inhabitants have now had to be evacuated from their homes in southwestern Spain as wildfires that officials suspect were started deliberately continue to rage for a third day.
Around 1,000 residents were evacuated early Saturday from the town Hoyos in the Extremadura region as flames were fanned by strong overnight winds.
More than 5,000 hectares (12,000 acres) had burned since flames were detected Thursday in the Sierra de Gata — a region of outstanding natural beauty. Evidence points to the existence of numerous separate ignition points, indicating probable arson.
Firefighters were also combatting a wildfire in the southeastern Murcia region, where 700 hectares had burned down.
Poliovirus in Madagascar
In Madagascar, 8 new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) have been confirmed, with dates of onset of paralysis ranging from 22 April to 29 May 2015. These new cases are genetically linked to cVDPV1 isolated from a case with onset on 29 September 2014, which indicates that the circulation of cVDPV 1 first detected in September 2014 continues and is geographically wide-spread. Five of the new cases are from Androy region in the south of the country while the other cases are from Menabe, Anosy and Boeni regions in the centre of Madagascar. The previous case with onset in September occurred in Sofia region, which is situated in the north of the country.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity
Manam (Papua New Guinea): Smaller ash emissions from the volcano have been observed during the past days. Yesterday, an ash plume at estimated 9,000 ft (2.7 km) altitude drifted 40 km NW (VAAC Darwin).
Raung (East Java): Intense ash emissions and northwesterly winds have repeatedly forced to close Bali’s Denpasar International Airport (DPS) during the past days, resulting in many flight cancellations. The ash plume, drifting at approx. 5 km altitude, extended over 500 km SE this morning.
Colima (Western Mexico): Explosive activity has resumed at the volcano since early August. After the collapse of the lava dome on 11 July, activity had been almost exclusively effusive and produced a new lava flow on the southern flank. This activity gradually ceased in late July, to be now replaced by the arrival of probably fresher and more gas-rich magma, hence more capable to produce explosions from the summit crater. The exclusion zone of 8 km radius around the volcano remains in place. It is extended to 12 km in the area of the Monte Grande valley to the south.