Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.7 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Simeulue, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits Guatemala.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic: Invest 96L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

Invest 97L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 06w (Nida), located approximately 231 nm north-northeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking northwestward at 13 knots.

Newsbytes:

India – Rains lashing northern and eastern parts of the country have aggravated the flood situation in Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar and West Bengal, killing around 58 people while lightning strikes in Odisha have claimed 27 lives. Floods in Assam have killed 29 people and affected nearly 37 lakh people across more than 3,300 villages in 28 districts of the state, officials said. According to official reports, flood waters have risen following heavy rainfall in the upper catchment areas of Arunachal Pradesh and Bhutan as well as in the state. In Bihar, many rivers are flowing above danger level as floods continued to wreak havoc, affecting 26.19 lakh people. Two more districts of East Champaran and Muzaffarpur were declared as flood-hit on Saturday. Twenty-six deaths were reported in Bihar due to drowning and home collapses in 10 districts bordering Nepal, news agency AP reported on Saturday. In Odisha, 27 people were killed in lightning strikes — eight from Bhadrak district, seven casualties in Balasore district, five in Khurda, three in Mayurbhanj and one each in Kendrapara, Jajpur, Keonjhar and Nayagarh, police said.

Disease

H1N1 influenza deaths in Panama rise to 62

In a follow-up to the coverage of the H1N1 influenza outbreak in Panama, the Ministry of Health is advising the public to get vaccinated as more fatalities and hospitalizations are reported (computer translated). Health officials say nearly 3,500 people have required hospitalization and 250 remain hospitalized to date.

Camelpox Outbreak in the West Bank

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received notification Thursday from the Ministry of Agriculture , NAPLOUSE, Palestinian Auton. Territories about a camelpox outbreak in the West Bank. Seven cases of the viral disease were confirmed in dromedary camels belonging to Bedouins in a very wide area or open desert from Bethlehem to the Dead Sea.

Wildlife

Jellyfish to flock to British beaches

Global warming is reputedly causing swathes of jellyfish to flock to British beaches as warmer seas attract the stinging menaces. The number of blooms, when jelly fish mass together, are on the rise in coastal waters, according to the Marine Conservation Society.

Some scientists argue that jellyfish numbers increase and then decrease normally every 20 years or so, however, others believe and these increases are linked to factors such as pollution, over-fishing and possibly climate change.

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