Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of Lombok, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical Storm Fred is located about 405 mi…650 km ESE of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…NW or 305 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h

Hurricane Ignacio is located about 495 mi…800 km ESE of Hilo Hawaii and about 705 mi…1135 km ESE of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…145 mph…230 km/h. Present movement…NW or 315 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

Hurricane Kilo is located about 500 mi…800 km WNW of Johnston Island and about 665 mi…1070 km S of Midway Island with maximum sustained winds…140 mph…220 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Hurricane Jimena is located about 1365 mi…2200 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…130 mph…215 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Invest 90 is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for tropical development.

Invest 97E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

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Anthrax in Morrocco

Health officials in Morocco are investigating an outbreak of anthrax in the town of Imilchil in Midelt province.

Nine people have been diagnosed with cutaneous anthrax linked to exposure to handling diseased cows.

Anthrax is a serious infectious disease caused by gram-positive, rod-shaped bacteria known as Bacillus anthracis. Anthrax can be found naturally in soil and commonly affects domestic and wild animals around the world. Although it is rare, people can get sick with anthrax if they come in contact with infected animals or contaminated animal products.

Cutaneous anthrax occurs when the spore (or possibly the bacterium) enters a cut or abrasion on the skin. It starts out as a raised bump that looks like an insect bite. It then develops into a blackened lesion called an eschar that may form a scab. Lymph glands in the area may swell plus eodema may be present. This form of anthrax responds well to antibiotics. If untreated, deaths can occur if the infection goes systemic. 95% of cases of anthrax are cutaneous.


Wildfires – Oregon, USA

Evacuation orders are in place for parts of Prairie City, a town of approximately 900 people near John Day in Eastern Oregon. Fire officials said the strong winds Saturday morning pushed the Canyon Creek Complex both north and east, and they’re worried that windy conditions will test efforts throughout the day.

Wildfires – Idaho, USA

The Tepee Springs Fire is burning about 48,000 acres as of Saturday, with some flames jumping north across the Salmon River, according to fire officials. Residents near Riggins have been told to evacuate amid two days of aggressive growth, and the fire also prompted the emergency closure Thursday of nearly 18 miles of the Lower Salmon River to all recreational use.

In North Idaho, a group of blazes, now dubbed the Clearwater -Municipal-Motorway North Complex that earlier destroyed 42 homes near Kamiah is now 75 percent contained and at about 130 square miles.

The Rapid Fire has burned 6,422 acres in subalpine and mixed conifer forest about 12 miles southeast of McCall as of Saturday. It is 40 percent contained. The fire grew about 1,000 acres due to winds and heavy fuel Thursday. With air support crews worked to strengthen containment lines around the southern part of the fire Friday and Saturday.

The 1,237-acre Cougar Fire, about 20 miles northeast of Cascade in Valley County,was about 90 percent contained as of Saturday. Fire crews continue to be released over time, though fire managers remain watchful for strong winds, reaching gusts of 30 mph Saturday that could scatter embers outside the containment lines.

The Campbells Fire was reported at 6,720 acres Friday in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness southeast of Dixie. It is burning through timber in Fall, Ruf, Moore and Trout creeks, and now includes Burnt Knob. Crews are doing structure protection at Campbells Ferry.

Wildfires – Montana, USA

About 20 residences in rural areas south of Libby were told to evacuate Saturday morning because of one of several fires burning in the Kootenai National Forest, fire spokeswoman Jennifer McCully said.

Elsewhere, the towns of Essex in Flathead County and Heart Butte on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation remain under evacuation orders.