Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Sucre, Venezuela.

5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Storm Kilo is located approximately 483 nm southeast of Misawa air base, Japan, and is tracking north-northwestward at 13 knots.

Post Tropical Cyclone Jimena is located about 230 mi…375 km N of Honolulu Hawaii and about 225 mi…365 km NE of Lihue Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…WSW or 255 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Tropical Storm Linda is located about 245 mi…395 km SW of Punta Eugenia Mexico with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…NW or 325 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Tropical Storm Henri is located about 230 mi…370 km ESE of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…N or 350 degrees at 3 mph…6 km/h.

NewsBytes:

Japan – Tens of thousands of people have been ordered to flee homes across Japan as heavy rain pounded the country, sending radiation-tainted waters into the ocean at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Several people are reportedly missing across the country as waist-high floods in some areas left rescuers scrambling to pluck residents to safety as a wide area was deluged in the wake of Typhoon Etau. The huge rains also exacerbated a contaminated water problem at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant as it overwhelmed the site’s drainage pumps, sending radiation-tainted water into the ocean.

Disease

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

Between 1 and 5 September 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 25 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. Ten (10) of these reported cases are associated with a MERS-CoV outbreak currently occurring in a hospital in Riyadh city.

Salmonella Outbreak – USA

A cucumber recall linked to a fatal case of salmonella includes products shipped to 22 states, including New Jersey.

The recalled cucumbers, grown in Mexico and distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce, have sickened 285 people in 27 states, including a woman in California who died from the illness, according to the California Department of Public Health.

Ebola – West Africa

Though several of the West African countries most impacted by the worst Ebola outbreak in history have declared themselves free of the devastating virus, experts say the fight against it overall is far from over.

“This virus and this outbreak in particular has a nasty sting in the tail,” the World Health Organization’s lead on Ebola response Bruce Aylward said, according to Reuters. “It’s not finished, by a long shot.”

Aylward led a new study to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine that still found traces of the virus in semen after six months in half of men considered to be Ebola survivors — three months longer than the virus was previously thought to remain in survivors’ systems.

One country that has seen several new cases of Ebola recently is Sierra Leone.

The WHO declared Liberia Ebola-free for a second time earlier this month after the country hardest hit by the deadly virus saw a brief resurgence of cases not long after the first time it thought the disease was gone for good. It’s now within a 90-day surveillance period.

Global Warming – Potential for Disease Outbreaks

Scientists have discovered a 30,000-year-old Frankenvirus in the frozen Siberian wastelands. They fear the dangerous virus, known as Mollivirus sibericum, could reanimate as global warming melts the ice and snow, releasing the microscopic pathogens into the air to infect humans.

Researcher Jean-Michael Claverie stated that some of the particles they discovered were still considered to be infectious.

Researchers are astounded by the prehistoric viruses they have found over the last 12 years. Each has been much larger and more complex than current viruses. The Mollivirus sibericum has over 500 genes. A virus found in 2003 was found to have more than 2,500 genes. In comparison, the flu virus has only eight genes.

Testing on the Mollivirus sibericum will take place in a safe laboratory, where the virus will not spread outside of the room after it is woken up and testing begins. Researchers are anxious to learn from the Frankenvirus and see what impact it had on prehistoric life and could potentially have on modern day life.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Shiveluch (Kamchatka): The volcano’s lava dome continues to be active. At night, constant incandescence can be seen and frequent small avalanches occur. A dilute ash plume can be seen rising from it.

Colima (Western Mexico): Explosions of small to moderate size continue to occur from time to time at the volcano.

Cotopaxi (Ecuador): The activity at volcano continues, but has been less intense during the past days. Weak to moderate intermittent explosions produce ash plumes that vary in height from a few hundred to 1000 meters. The ash was analyzed in a Belgian laboratory and apparently consists only of fragmented older rocks from the upper conduit. This means that the activity so far has been phreatic in origin and not involved fresh magma. It remains uncertain whether or not it will lead to magmatic activity, i.e. whether or not fresh magma arrives at the vent.