Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits Seram, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits northern Qinghai, China.

5.2 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Sumba region, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits southern Qinghai, China.

5.0 Earthquake hits north of Svalbard.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific:

Invest 94E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical storm 08w (Conson), located approximately 462 nm north of Minami Tori Shima, Japan, and is tracking north-northwestward at 20 knots.

Tropical Depression 09w (Nine), located approximately 365 nm south of Iwo To, Japan, and is tracking northeastward at 12 knots.

Newsbytes:

Southeast USA – Heavy rains drenched parts of southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi Friday, causing dangerous floods that killed at least two people.

Disease

Bird Flu – China

The China National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) announced this week five additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9).

Cryptosporidiosis Outbreak in Ohio, USA

More than 100 people in Ohio have been sickened with a diarrhoea illness linked to swimming in local pools, causing health officials to declare an outbreak in several counties.

Overall, 107 cases of cryptosporidiosis have been reported this year in Columbus, Franklin County and Delaware County, which is more cases than the area has seen in the last three years combined, Columbus officials said.

The Crypto parasite is protected by an outer shell that allows it to survive in chlorinated water for long periods of time, of 10 days or more, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The main symptom of the illness is watery diarrhoea, but the parasite can also cause stomach cramps, vomiting and fever, the CDC said. People become infected with the parasite in swimming pools after swallowing contaminated water.