Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
6.8 Earthquake hits north of Ascension Island.
5.2 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.
5.2 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.
5.1 Earthquake hits central Italy.
5.1 Earthquake hits the South Georgia Islands.
5.0 Earthquake hits north of Ascension Island.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the North Atlantic:
Hurricane Gaston is located about 575 mi…925 km E of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…115 mph…185 km/h. Present movement…N or 360 degrees at 1 mph…2 km/h.
Tropical Depression Eight is located about 210 mi…340 km se of Cape Hatteras North Carolina with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…NW or 310 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.
Tropical Depression Nine is located about 155 mi…245 km WSW of Key West Florida and about 95 mi…155 km WNW of Havana Cuba with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…W or 275 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.
In the Eastern Pacific:
Hurricane Lester is located about 1290 mi…2075 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…125 mph…205 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.
Hurricane Madeline is located about 755 mi…1220 km E of Hilo Hawaii and about 955 mi…1535 km ESE of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…85 mph…140 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 300 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.
In the Western Pacific:
Typhoon 12w (Lionrock), located approximately 241 nm southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 14 knots.
In the Central Pacific:
Invest 92C is an area of disturbed weather in the Central Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.
India – Bihar flood situation worsens. With four more deaths, the toll in Bihar floods on Saturday increased to 153, while 12 more panchayat areas were inundated affecting a total population of 34.69 lakh in twelve districts. The four fresh deaths were reported from Bhojpur and Begusarai, each district accounted for two. Caused by a spate in Ganga, Sone, Punpun, Burhi Gandak, Ghaghra, Kosi and other rivers, the flood affected 34.69 lakh people in 2,037 villages under 565 panchayats of 74 blocks in the state.
Reindeer struck by Lightning, Norway
More than 300 reindeer were killed by lightning during a storm in Norway on Friday.
On Sunday, the Norwegian Environment Agency released photos of reindeer bodies strewn across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau. According to the agency, 323 animals will killed during the lightning storm. Agency spokesman Kjartan Knutsen told AP that reindeer often huddle together during bad weather, which is likely why so many were killed during the storm.
Some 10,000 reindeer migrate to the area each year, according to Norwegian Environmental Agency.
Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China
On 11 August 2016, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China notified WHO of five additional cases of laboratory-confirmed human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus, including one death.
Zika in Singapore: Neighboring countries respond
With the announcement yesterday of 41 locally transmitted Zika virus infections in Singapore, health officials in at least two Asian countries have responded to the issue.
n Taiwan, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) raised the travel notice level for the country to Level 2: Alert for Zika virus on August 29, 2016.Pregnant women and women planning pregnancy are advised to postpone their trips to areas where Zika virus is active, travelers visiting areas with ongoing Zika transmission are advised to avoid mosquito bites, and people returning from Zika-affected areas are advised to follow the “2226 Principle”.
The “2226 Principle” is after leaving the affected areas to prevent Zika transmission, which specifies that female travelers are urged to postpone pregnancy 2 months after their return regardless whether they develop suspected Zika symptoms, and male travelers, if they do not develop suspected Zika symptoms, are urged to avoid sex or use condoms correctly for 2 months after their return from an affected-area, and if they develop suspected Zika symptoms, they are urged to avoid sex or use condoms correctly for 6 months after their return.
In Hong Kong, the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is closely monitoring 41 additional local cases of Zika Virus Infection in Singapore, and urged the public to adopt strict anti-mosquito measures and safe sex during travel. Pregnant women and those planning pregnancy should not travel to affected areas.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity
Etna (Sicily, Italy): Over the past weeks, the volcano’s activity (at Voragine and the New SE crater) has generally decreased and tremor levels are currently low. While not entirely stopped, the emissions of hot incandescent gasses and ash, along with weak strombolian activity from the new vent in the Voragine crater have become less pronounced. Similarly, the sporadic ash emissions from the New SE, observed intermittently until at least Saturday, have ceased or become even rarer. This could rapidly change, however.
Katla (Southern Iceland): At least one earthquake of magnitude 4.5 occurred this morning under the volcano, the strongest recorded for Katla in recent decades. It was felt in nearby areas. The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) reported two quakes, one at 01:47:02 local time at 3.8 km depth 8.1 km east of the summit (Goðabunga) followed 20 seconds later by another magnitude 4.5 quake at 0.1 km depth. Caution is required as these data are from automatic calculations which could actually in fact describe only one quake.
Bagana (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea): Low-level ash emissions occur at the volcano, producing a plume at estimated 7,000 ft (2.1 km) altitude drifting west from the volcano. The latest Terra satellite image shows a narrow plume of mostly gas and possible light ash content extending about 70 km to the west of Bougainville Island. A moderate thermal hot spot is visible on MODIS data and has increased recently. This suggests that the volcano’s activity (effusive or mildly explosive or both) has picked up recently.
Copahue (Chile/Argentina): Strombolian activity continues in the El Agrio crater at fluctuating, generally low intensity. Occasionally, incandescent bombs are projected higher than the crater rim and small ash plumes rise up to a few hundred meters before dissipating.