Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.1 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic:

Invest 98L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Eastern Pacific:

Invest 95E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

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

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical Storm 09w (Chanthu), located approximately 145 nm southeast of Yokosuka, Japan, and is tracking north-northwestward at 19 knots.

In the Central Pacific:

Invest 91C is an area of disturbed weather in the Central Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

Newsbytes:

Russia – Heavy rain in Moscow has caused the Yauza River to burst its banks and flooded streets, trapping people in cars and buses.The weather service said that by early evening 92 millimetres (3.7 inches) of rain had fallen in Moscow, which is well over the monthly average for August.

Myanmar – Floods caused by monsoon rains have killed at least eight people and disrupted the lives of 400,000 across Myanmar, the government said, a year since the worst floods in decades left thousands homeless and inundated vast tracts of farmland. Weeks of torrential rains have flooded more than 400,000 acres of paddy fields, exacerbating last year’s damage, a senior Agriculture Ministry official said on Monday.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

The raging wildfire that has destroyed more than 175 buildings in Northern California swelled to 4,000 acres on Monday, forcing residents to flee their lake community as homes and businesses burned to the ground. By Monday evening, the Clayton fire was only 5% contained, according to the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

After destroying four homes before sunrise on Monday, the pace of the fire’s growth slowed, according to Lake County law enforcement officials. Firefighters spent the day working to bulldoze a ring around the fire area, while helicopters and tankers dropped retardant and water. yThe count of destroyed structures remained at 175, mostly concentrated in Lower Lake’s small, single-street commercial district.

Disease

Venezuela malaria cases rise

Health officials are reporting a big increase in malaria cases in the poverty stricken socialist country of Venezuela, up more than 72 percent in the first 29 weeks of the year compared to the same period in 2015.

To date, the National Epidemiology Network in the country say 125,158 cases of malaria have been recorded. This is an increase of some 20,000 cases in the past month.

In fact the estimates from health officials put the numbers at year end to be 200,000 in 2016, of which about 30% are caused by Plasmodium falciparum. Nearly 82 percent of the cases have been reported from Bolivar state. While most countries with malaria are reporting pretty significant decreases in the mosquito borne parasitic disease, Venezuela is one of four countries reporting an increase.