Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.9 (Initial 8.3) Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

Thousands of residents of this small city in northern Chile were sleeping outside Thursday after a powerful earthquake destroyed their homes, a tremor that also forced more than 1 million to evacuate and killed eight people in the quake-prone South American nation.

Several coastal towns were flooded from small tsunami waves set off by the late Wednesday quake, which shook the Earth so strongly that rumbles were felt across South America.

The magnitude-8.3 quake that hit off northern Chile on Wednesday night lasted for three minutes, causing buildings to sway in the capital, Santiago, and prompting authorities to issue a tsunami warning for the Andean nation’s entire Pacific coast. People sought safety in the streets of inland cities, while others along the shore took to their cars to race to higher ground.

Tsunami advisories were in effect for Hawaii and parts of California. Tsunami warnings in Chile were lifted early Thursday.

The tremor was so strong that people in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the other side of the continent, felt it. People in Peru and Brazil also reported feeling the shakes. No injuries were reported outside of Chile.

6.3 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

6.2 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

6.1 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.8 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.7 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.6 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

6.3 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.3 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.5 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.7 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

7.0 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.1 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

6.2 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.4 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.9 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

6.4 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.1 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.5 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.9 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.5 Earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.1 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands, Greece.

6.5 Earthquake hits Maranhao, Brazil.

5.6 Earthquake hits San Luis, Argentina.

5.2 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.4 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Kamchatka, Russia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Typhoon Krovanh is located approximately 245 nm southeast of Iwo To, and is tracking northwestward at 07 knots.

Tropical Depression Nine is located about 1065 mi…1715 km E of the Lesser Antilles and about 1410 mi…2275 km W of the Cape Verde Islands with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…NW or 325 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

Invest 95L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for tropical development.

Invest 95C is an area of disturbed weather in the Central Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

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Disease

Tuberculosis Outbreak at British School

Nearly 200 people have tested positive for a tuberculosis infection following an outbreak at a school in Devon.

Public Health England, which released the results on Wednesday of screening that took place over the summer term at Teign school.

Many of those who tested positive are receiving treatment for latent TB infection to prevent the development of the disease in the future. Health authorities stressed they do not have the disease and are not infectious.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

A second fatality was confirmed on Wednesday in the massive California wildfires that have also destroyed more than 800 homes and forced the evacuation of 20,000 people, but crews appeared to turn a corner against the blazes as rain fell over the region.

The so-called Valley and Butte fires are the two most destructive blazes in an intense wildfire season in California that is already shaping up as one of the fiercest on record with much of September and October – historically the worst two months of the year – still ahead.

The more ferocious of the two latest blazes, the so-called Valley Fire, erupted on Saturday and raced through several communities north of Napa County’s wine-producing region, destroying 585 homes and hundreds of other structures.

But a cooling trend, higher moisture levels and diminished winds have helped firefighters gain ground against the blaze in recent days, according to officials from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

Sporadic drizzle fell Wednesday over the county seat of Lakeport, site of the fire command post.

Containment of the fire – a measure of how much of its perimeter has been enclosed within buffer lines carved through vegetation by ground crews – had grown to 30 percent by Wednesday morning, Cal Fire said.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Karangetang (Siau Island, Sangihe Islands, Indonesia): An eruptive event yesterday produced an ash plume that rose from what could be a new lateral vent on the lower northern flank of the volcano. Although the photo sent to us looks rather like an ash plume that originated from the front of an avalanche that departed at low level, local sources insist on having observed a new vent.