Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits the Celebes Sea.

5.6 Earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

Two 5.6 Earthquakes hit the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits Chiapas, Mexico.

5.4 Earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.4 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Owen Fracture Zone.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Storm Fred is located about 470 mi…755 km WNW of the Cape Verde Islands with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 295 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

Tropical Storm Ignacio is located about 290 mi…465 km NNE of Honolulu Hawaii and about 385 mi…620 km N of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…NW or 310 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

Typhoon Kilo is located 768 nm east-northeast of Wake Island, and is tracking west-northwestward at 04 knots.

Hurricane Jimena is located about 855 mi…1375 km E of Hilo Hawaii and about 1050 mi…1690 km E of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…115 mph…185 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 300 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Tropical Depression Fourteen-E is located about 630 mi…1015 km SSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 335 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

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


Assam, India – Update – The monsoon floods have now inundated hundreds of villages across the northeast Indian state of Assam, killing 27 people and forcing some 800,000 out of their homes. 500 000 people are presently being housed in makeshift shelters.

Phoenix, Arizona, USA – Storms hit the Phoenix area Monday night that knocked out power to thousands, slowed air travel, and caused flash flooding.


Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Jordan

Between 26 and 28 August 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Jordan notified WHO of 4 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death. All these cases are associated with a MERS-CoV outbreak currently occurring in a hospital in Amman city.

Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus – Ukraine

In Ukraine, 2 cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) have been confirmed, with dates of onset of paralysis on 30 June and 7 July 2015. Both are from the Zakarpatskaya oblast, in south-western Ukraine, bordering Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. One child was 4 years old and the other 10 months old at the time of onset of paralysis.

Ukraine had been at particular risk of emergence of a cVDPV, due to inadequate vaccination coverage. In 2014, only 50% of children were fully immunized against polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases.

Legionnaires Disease in Illinois, USA

Seven people have died and 32 sickened in a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at a veterans home in Quincy, Illinois.


Wildfires – USA

As of Tuesday, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, more than 8 million acres have burned in U.S. wildfires in 2015. 8,202,557 of them, to be precise. That’s an area larger than the state of Maryland.

And the numbers are still growing: 65 large fires are currently raging across the country, particularly in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. That includes three Washington state fires or fire complexes that are larger than 100,000 acres burned.