Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.3 Earthquake hits Maule, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

Two 5.1 Earthquakes hit Tonga.

5.1 Earthquake hits the southern east Pacific ride.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Cyclone Two is located approximately 362 nm east-northeast of Noumea, New Caledonia, and is tracking south-southwestward at 19 knots.

Typhoon Koppu is located approximately 201 nm north of Manila, Philippines, and is tracking westward at 05 knots.

Typhoon Champi is located approximately 246 nm south-southwest of Iwo To, Japan, and is tracking north-northwestward at 03 knots.

Hurricane Olaf is located about 1415 mi…2275 km ESE of Hilo Hawaii and about 1965 mi…3160 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…100 mph…155 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Invest 97E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

NewsBytes:

Philippines – Typhoon Koppu swept across the northern Philippines killing at least nine people as trees, power lines and walls were toppled and flood waters spread far from riverbeds, but tens of thousands of people were evacuated in time. Officials fear the death toll may rise after Typhoon Koppu tore through the main island of Luzon on Sunday leaving several remote towns and villages isolated due to flash floods and toppled trees and boulders blocking roads. Power was down in many areas. The storm, downgraded to a category 1 typhoon from category 4, was moving slowly north on Monday and was forecast to weaken to a tropical storm within hours. “We haven’t reached many areas. About 60 to 70 percent of our town is flooded, some as deep as 10 feet (3 metres). There are about 20,000 residents in isolated areas that need food and water,” said Henry Velarde, vice mayor of Jaen town in Nueva Ecija province, north of Manila.

Disease

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

On 14 October 2015, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of 2 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A (H7N9) virus.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Indonesia

Indonesia launched its biggest operation till date to tackle wildfires enveloping Southeast Asian countries in haze. Fires illegally started to clear fields for plantation have left countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore in thick, dense haze.

The ‘notorious’ El-Nino weather system has led to bone-dry conditions in Indonesia. Although such wildfires are a common annual affair, weather scientists have warned that this year’s blazes might just be the worst ever due to the dry weather conditions prevailing in the region.

Jakarta has said yes to international help after weeks of failed attempts aimed at controlling the wildfires. The country, on Friday, launched a large-scale operation which includes 32 planes and helicopters, out of which six are from Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia. Some 22,000 personnel including army troops are a part of this operation. If this was not enough, new fires continue to sprout across the region due to extremely dry weather conditions. Air quality levels in the region continue to plummet as schools have also been shut.

On Friday, when Indonesia committed a large force to contain the fires, Japan donated two tons of flame retardant to the operation. As per a report by Global Fire Emissions Database, Indonesia has witnessed close to 100,000 active fires in 2015. These fires have led to emissions on a daily basis. These emissions exceed the average per day emissions from the entire US Economic activity. It is now being deemed as a major climate catastrophe.

Bushfires – Queensland, Australia

Firefighters are desperately trying to gain control of a large, fast-moving bushfire which is threatening homes in Townsville, north Queensland – with authorities telling residents to evacuate.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is advising residents in the area of The Pinnacles, Round Mountain to enact their bushfire plans immediately.

The fire is moving in a south-westerly direction and is expected to affect Moncrieff Road, Laudberg Road, Round Mountain Road and Laudham Road, Kelso.

Currently 18 fire crews are tackling the blaze but it is moving quickly and firefighters are finding it difficult to control.