Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits Turkmenistan.

5.2 Earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Turkmenistan.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of Alaska.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Storm Nora is located about 595 mi…960 km se of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 295 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

Tropical Depression Twenty-four is located approximately 303 nm west-northwest of Andersen AFB, Guam and is tracking westward at 29 knots.

Tropical Depression Twenty-five is located approximately 380 nm north-northeast of Pohnpei, FSM and is tracking west-northwestward at 11 knots.

Invest 96E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

NewsBytes:

Nepal – A lightning strike in the Pyuthan district has claimed the lives of two people and injured 10 others.

Albania – Albanian authorities say flooding caused by heavy rains has damaged highways, forced power cuts and claimed the life of a man when his car was washed away.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Wyoming, Idaho – USA

Hundreds of Wyoming residents were forced to flee a wind-driven wildfire that destroyed at least 10 homes even as a separate blaze in neighbouring Idaho burned several cabins to the ground and prompted dozens to evacuate, fire managers said Monday.

The fire that broke out Saturday evening in a brush pile at a landfill north of Wyoming’s second-largest city of Casper has charred 10,000 acres of grasslands and trees and led to the evacuation of more than 300 residents, said Bob Fawcett, fire marshal with the Natrona County Fire Protection District.

At least 10 houses and an unknown number of outbuildings have been lost to a blaze fed by winds that gusted up to 60 miles an hour over the weekend amid bone-dry conditions, he said.

That fire and a blaze in southwest Idaho that has destroyed three cabins and forced about 80 people from their homes since igniting Saturday near the small mountain town of Idaho City have come at a time the fire season in the northern Rockies is usually drawing to a close, officials said.

Disease

Cholera – Iraq

WHO has received notification from the National IHR Focal Point of Iraq of additional laboratory-confirmed cases of cholera.

As of 8 October, a total of 1,263 laboratory-confirmed cases of Vibrio cholerae 01 Inaba were reported. These cases were reported from at least 15 governorates of the country – These are Babylon (469 cases), Baghdad (304 cases), Qadisiyyah (146 cases), Muthanna (155 cases), Basra (61 cases), Wassit (41 cases), Karbala (33 case), Najaf (32 cases), Thi-qar (6 cases), Maysan (6 cases), Diyala (2 cases), Duhok (2 cases), Erbil (2 cases), Kirkuk (2 cases), Salah al-din (1 case) and Suleimaniyah (1 case).

India – Dengue Outbreak in Delhi – Update

The number of dengue cases in Delhi has mounted to a staggering 10,683, making it the worst outbreak of the vector-borne disease in the national capital since 1996. The deadly virus, however, had claimed over 420 lives, nearly 20 years ago, while the casualty count for this year stands at 41.

According to a municipal report on the vector-borne disease released on Monday, over 3,000 fresh dengue cases have been reported in the past one week, taking the total number of people down with the vector-borne fever in the city this year to a menacing 10,683.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): Intense strombolian activity continues at the volcano. A volcanic ash plume at estimated 5,000 ft (1.5 km) altitude was observed extending 80 km to the west of the volcano this morning. (VAAC Darwin)