Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Alaska.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Azores.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic: Hurricane Gaston is located about 620 mi…1000 km E of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h. Present movement…NW or 325 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

Invest 99L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Eastern Pacific: Hurricane Lester is located about 865 mi…1395 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…100 mph…155 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

Tropical Storm Madeline is located about 985 mi…1585 km ESE of Hilo Hawaii and about 1015 mi…1630 km E of South Point Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…NW or 305 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 12w (Lionrock), located approximately 465 nm south-southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 19 knots.

Newsbytes:

Kansas City, USA – The Kansas City area was flooded late Friday after a three-day downpour. News photos showed vehicles stopped or abandoned as flood waters swelled across streets. No injuries nor fatalities were reported.

Disease

Bird Flu in Togo

Togolese authorities said on Saturday they had slaughtered 11,500 chickens in response to an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu at two farms in the capital Lome and the town of Adetikope, about 25 km north of Lome.

Highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu has spread across a number of West African countries in the past two years, hitting poultry farms in Niger and Cameroon.

The outbreaks across West Africa have raised fears of transmission to humans, given poor health infrastructure in the region and a number of human H5N1 deaths since the virus first infected humans in 1997 during a outbreak in poultry in Hong Kong.

Third MERS Case in Thailand

On 30 July 2016, the Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, announced a laboratory confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) in an 18-year-old Kuwaiti man who arrived in Thailand on 25 July with his family.

Crypto Outbreak in Devon, England

Twenty cases of severe sickness and diarrhea caused by a microscopic parasite have been reported in Devon.

An outbreak control team has been set up by Public Health England to investigate the cause after more than 200 cases of the illness caused by the Cryptosporidium organism have been recorded across the region.

Pubic Health England said by the start of the weekend there were 34 cases confirmed in Swindon, 27 in Wiltshire Council’s area and 31 in Gloucestershire. Other cases have been reported in Dorset and Cornwall, with 23 in Somerset, 20 in Devon and 19 in Bristol.