Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits the D’Entrecasteaux Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the southwest Indian ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific:

Tropical Storm Ivette is located about 1180 mi…1905 km E of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical Depression Eleven-E is located about 55 mi…85 km SSW of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical storm 07w (Omais), located approximately 474 nm southeast of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking north-northwestward at 12 knots.

Newsbytes:

Sudan – Flooding at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Darfur State in Sudan has claimed the lives of four people. About 183 houses in the camp have destroyed. The Sudanese National Council for Civil Defence had forecast heavy rainfall during the coming days throughout Sudan.

Vietnam – Flooding in northern Lào Cai Province of Vietnam due to Typhoon Nida has claimed the lives of four people and left seven others missing. Three people died in the mountainous Bát Xát District and one other in Sa Pa District.

India – A landslide near Ardhkuwari Temple, in the Katra District of Jammu and Kashmir has killed four people and injured seven others.

Norway – Oslo police are urging motorists to stay home after heavy rains and flash floods snarled road and rail traffic in the Norwegian capital. Rains over southeastern Norway on Saturday forced authorities to close a key tunnel and highway sections to and from Oslo where cars were stuck in the water. There were also reports of flooded and waterlogged homes and businesses.

Nigeria – Following intense rainfall and rises in water level, the National Emergency Management Agency has advised communities along the river Niger to evacuate immediately to safer ground over the likelihood of floods that may occur at any moment from now.

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Environment

Australia has Moving Day

Beginning at the stroke of midnight GMT, January 1, 2017, every place in Australia will be someplace else.

The vast continent drifts about 2.75 inches to the north-northeast each year because of the movement of Earth’s tectonic plates.

This has caused the country to become offset from the rest of the world by about 5 feet, or the height of the average kangaroo, since the country’s latitude-longitude coordinate system was last updated in 1994.

The increased popularity and reliance on precise GPS tracking on smartphones and other devices have made it necessary to replot every location in the country by about 6 feet to reflect Australia’s actual position in the world.

Disease

South Sudan – Cholera

According to a UNICEF update published Aug 2, a total of 719 cholera cases have been reported, with 21 deaths. The outbreak happens to occur while the country is battling a number of other problems to include ongoing conflict and violence, economic decline, and increased food insecurity and malnutrition.