Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.2 Earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands on the Turkish border.
5.0 Earthquake hits southern Greece.
5.0 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.
5.0 Earthquake hits the Almagan region in the North Mariana Islands.
5.0 Earthquake hits the Mid-Indian ridge.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the North Atlantic: Invest 97L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.
In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Storm Roslyn is located about 405 mi…650 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…NNE or 25 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.
Hurricane Ulika is located about 1135 mi…1830 km ESE of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…75 mph…120 km/h. Present movement…NNE or 30 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.
In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 20w (Megi), located approximately 141 nm west of Taipei, Taiwan, is tracking west-northwestward at 12 knots.
Tropical depression 21w (Chaba), located approximately 127 nm east-northeast of Andersen AFB, Guam, is tracking westward at 14 knots.
Australia – An entire Australian state lost power as a strong storm lashed the region Wednesday, causing traffic chaos, stranding people in elevators and prompting police to warn residents to stay inside. South Australia state Premier Jay Weatherill said it wasn’t clear what caused the power outage, which occurred as heavy rain and fierce winds swept across the state that is home to 1.7 million people.
World’s Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Passes 400 PPM Threshold. Permanently
In the centuries to come, history books will likely look back on September 2016 as a major milestone for the world’s climate. At a time when atmospheric carbon dioxide is usually at its minimum, the monthly value failed to drop below 400 parts per million. That all but ensures that 2016 will be the year that carbon dioxide officially passed the symbolic 400 ppm mark, never to return below it in our lifetimes, according to scientists.
September is usually the month when carbon dioxide is at its lowest after a summer of plants growing and sucking it up in the northern hemisphere. As fall wears on, those plants lose their leaves, which in turn decompose, releasing the stored carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere. At Mauna Loa Observatory, the world’s marquee site for monitoring carbon dioxide, there are signs that the process has begun but levels have remained above 400 ppm.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity
Rinjani (Indonesia): More than 1,100 people have been evacuated as 2,000-metre column of ash spewed from Rinjani volcano on Lombok island. Several flights to and from Bali’s Denpasar Airport have been cancelled due to volcanic ashes.
Newcastle Disease Outbreak in Namibia
About 27 poultry farms in Omusati Region face closure due to the outbreak of Newcastle disease that for the past three months has wreaked havoc in rural villages. Doctors have warned people not to consume or buy chickens from Omusati Region until further notice.
According to the chief veterinarian for Omusati Region, Dr Josephat Peter, the contagious disease that affects domestic and wild avian species entered Namibia from neighbouring Angola, from where people cross the border on a daily basis to sell live chickens in Namibia. The situation now threatens the availability of a viable key protein source in the region that is already grappling with the effects of a severe drought.
Nepal – Tropical Diseases reach Nepal
At least 20 people, including residents of Kathmandu Valley, have tested positive for dengue virus, according to National Public Health Laboratory.
The government’s central laboratory has also confirmed that of the 499 samples, at least two, including a resident of Kathmandu, tested positive for chikungunya.