Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 Earthquake hits the Izu islands off Japan.

5.2 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.2 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Comoros.

5.1 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic:

Tropical Depression Karl is located about 350 mi…560 km NE of the Leeward Islands and about 945 mi…1525 km SSE of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

Tropical Storm Lisa is located about 550 mi…890 km WNW of the Cabo Verde islands with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…NW or 315 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific:

Post Tropical Cyclone Paine is located about 85 mi…140 km W of Punta Eugenia, Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…N or 10 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

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 Depression 18w (Malakas), located approximately 159 nm northeast of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking east-northeastward at 33 knots.


Indonesia – At least 19 villagers were killed after torrential rains caused flooding and triggered landslides on the Indonesian island of Java, officials said Wednesday.


Reindeer Cull in Serbia

Thousands of reindeer won’t get to see in Christmas this year after officials demanded a huge slaughter of a quarter of a million festive deer. Serbian officials have demanded a huge cull of a 250,000 reindeer by Christmas over the risk of an anthrax outbreak.

Currently 730,000 animals are being kept in the Yamal Peninsula and the rest of the Yamalo-Nenets region. But numbers are “unsustainable” according to officials, who have claimed the vast amount could risk disease spreading and chronic overgrazing.

This year’s cull, however, comes after reindeer herds suffered from an outbreak of the deadly disease anthrax this summer. The disease killed 2,349 deer and a young boy during the hot summer weather in three spirit outbreaks.

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Anthrax Found in Texas Deer, USA

Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials confirmed Anthrax in white-tailed deer in Kinney County on September 16, 2016. The affected premises is located approximately 12 miles east of Brackettville. The premises has been quarantined and TAHC rules require proper disposal of affected carcasses and vaccination of livestock on the premises prior to release of the quarantine.


Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Austria

On 8 September 2016 the National IHR Focal Point for Austria notified WHO of a laboratory confirmed case of Middle-East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. This is the second case of MERS-CoV in Austria.

Zika Virus – Philippines

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa, Manila confirmed and the Philippines Department of Health (DOH) reported today about six additional locally acquired, or autochthonous Zika virus infections, bringing the total in the country to nine.


Wildfires – Siberia

Wildfires happen every summer, but the especially warm northern summer of 2016 has been particularly bad for wildfires (as was 2015). As months-long wildfires still burn in California, the boreal forests of eastern Russia are burning, too, with numerous blazes since July, according to the European Space Agency (ESA). This image is from ESA’s Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite, taken September 14. It shows smoke billowing from a string of fires northwest of Lake Baikal in Siberia. These huge smoke plumes stretch over 1,600 miles (2,000 kilometres), nearly half the distance across the contiguous U.S. (from Florida to Washington is 2,802 miles, or 4,500 km).

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Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Kilauea (Hawai’i): Following the inflation cycle that began 2 days ago (and might be now turning into deflation), the lava lake in the Halema’uma’u summit crater has risen again into clear view from the HVO observatory. This morning, its surface was only 12 m (39 ft) below the rim. An explosion of the lava lake was observed yesterday around 21:15 local time – probably triggered by a larger rockfall from the unstable crater walls, a fountain of incandescent material rose from the NE end of the lake to about the outer rim near the old overlook area, generating a plume of steam and ash that rose several hundred meters and quickly dissipated SW. The two sea entries at Kamokuna remain active and well alimented; additionally, active pahoehoe breakouts are present about 2 km (1.2 mi) inland from the coast and higher up on the pali.