Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
6.6 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.
5.4 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.
5.2 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.
5.1 Earthquake hits the Anatahan region in the North Mariana Islands.
5.1 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.
5.0 Earthquake hits the Chagos Archipelago.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
Tropical Depression Ida is located about 1155 mi…1855 km ENE of the northern Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…NW or 325 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.
Typhoon Dujuan is located approximately 323 nm south-southeast of Kadena AB, Japan and is tracking south-southeastward at 04 knots.
Tropical Storm Niala is located about 325 mi…525 km se of Hilo Hawaii and about 535 mi…865 km se of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…NW or 325 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.
Invest 92E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.
Invest 93E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.
Invest 98L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for tropical development.
Nigeria – Floods in Nigeria destroyed rice plantations that produce about 11 percent of what Africa’s biggest economy needs to meet this year’s consumption. Above-normal rainfall in the country’s northwest region caused the banks of the Sokoto and Rima rivers to overflow in the Sokoto and Zamfara states, flooding rice plantations and destroying about 626,250 metric tons of the staple. In the Kebbi and Jigawa states, a combined 635,000 hectares of low-land, rain-fed plantations have been affected. About 350,000 hectares of rice plantations spread across 12 local government areas in the state are totally submerged in flood water across Kebbi alone.
Drought in Malawi
More than 2.8 million people will face hunger in the coming months in the worst food crisis in a decade in Malawi, where a staggering four out of every 10 children suffer from stunting, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today.
“People in some affected districts have already started selling their livestock to make ends meet,” WFP said in a press release. “Women are also engaging in more firewood and charcoal selling, which degrades the environment and further aggravates the fragile climate.”
“The agency said more than 2.8 million people will face hunger in the coming months following severe floods and drought that ruined this year’s harvest.
“The floods early this year were the worst in living memory in Malawi, washing away homes and food stocks, and ruining fertile land,” it said. “Some crops managed to withstand the floods only to succumb to intense dry spells in the following months, making survival even more difficult for the most vulnerable.”
Wildfires – California, USA – Update
The Valley Fire in Lake County has killed four people, destroyed more than 2 000 structures — many of those are homes — and charred more than 76,067 acres. It is 87 percent contained as of Friday morning and has caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.
In Calaveras and Amador counties, the Butte Fire has destroyed 70,868 acres and 820 structures. The wildfire, which is 93 percent contained, is responsible for two deaths.
Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said both fires will likely be controlled by “early next week.”