Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.6 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Panama-Colombia border.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Philippine Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Storm Grace is located about 685 mi…1100 km WSW of the Cape Verde Islands with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…W or 275 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

Typhoon Kilo is located 369 nm north-northwest of Wake Island, and is tracking west-northwestward at 14 knots.

Tropical Depression Etau is located approximately 166 nm west-southwest of Iwo To, and is tracking northward at 11 knots.

Tropical Storm Jimena is located about 615 mi…990 km NE of Honolulu Hawaii and about 560 mi…900 km NE of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…NW or 315 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Hurricane Linda is located about 440 mi…705 km SSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…85 mph…140 km/h. Present movement…NW or 315 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

NewsBytes:

Bangladesh – As the flood situation continued to deteriorate in different parts of the country, it has brought misery to northern districts leaving a million people marooned and damaging crops, houses and other infrastructure. Many of the flood victims have taken shelter on the nearby primary schools and flood control embankment and were passing their days miserably with their belongings including domestic animals and poultry birds for want of food and drinking water and fodder.

Disease

Plague – Madagascar

The Ministry of Health of Madagascar has notified WHO of an outbreak of plague. The first case was identified on 17 August in a rural township in Moramanga district. The case passed away on 19 August. As of 30 August, 14 cases, including 10 deaths, were reported. All confirmed cases are of the pneumonic form. Since 27 August, no new cases have been reported from the affected or neighbouring districts.

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

Between 30 and 31 August 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Jordan notified WHO of 2 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death. Both cases are associated with a MERS-CoV outbreak currently occurring in a hospital in Amman city.

Philippines reports increase of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Health officials in the Philippines have seen a significant,in fact a three-fold increase in the number of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) cases reported during the first half of 2015, compared to the same period in 2014.

The Epidemiology Bureau of the Department of Health reported 563 HFMD cases through the end of June 2015, while only reporting 180 in the corresponding period in 2014.

HFMD is typically a benign and self-limiting disease. Most common in young children, it presents as fever, oral lesions and rash on the hands, feet and buttocks. The oral lesions consist of rapidly-ulcerating vesicles on the buccal mucosa, tongue, palate and gums. The rash consists of papulovesicular lesions on the palms, fingers and soles, which generally persist for seven to 10 days, and maculopapular lesions on the buttocks.

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is caused by viruses that belong to the Enterovirus genus (group). This group of viruses includes polioviruses, coxsackieviruses, echoviruses, and enteroviruses.

Wildlife

Mass wild animal slaughter in Limpopo, South Africa

The NSPCA reports that on Monday hundreds of wild animals will be killed in a mass killing as part of a driven hunt in Limpopo on three game farms just outside of Alldays.

A variety of wild animals including antelope, baboon and warthog will be chased down a specially cleared 2km stretch of land into a wall of gunfire.

Foreign hunters, in South Africa for a week of entertainment, will be standing on purpose built platforms along the slaughter strip ready to take shots at the animals.

The animal ‘targets’ are moving and there is no way to control the kill. The animals will likely not be used for meat or trophies as their bodies will be riddled with lead.

The hunt will last for one week and hundreds of animals will be injured and/or killed daily.

Driven hunting is not illegal in South Africa.