Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Colima (Western Mexico): The activity of the volcano remains very intense. Magma continues to rise into the lava dome in the summit crater and spill over the SW flank as a broad, viscous lava flow that has by now reached the base of the cone. Detaching masses from the flow generate continuous glowing rockfalls and occasional pyroclastic flows (extremely dangerous and mobile hot block and ash flows). The volume of the lava dome, which has now completely filled the crater, gas been estimated to have reached and surpassed 1.2 million cubic meters. Strong degassing and explosions generate a steam and ash plume that rises about 3000 m most of the time.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Colorado, USA

Authorities have evacuated more than 500 buildings that are threatened by a wind-driven wildfire near the small mountain community of Beulah southwest of Pueblo.

The fire, which has destroyed at least seven structures and burned about 4 square miles, started on top of Beulah Hill on the east side of the community and jumped Colorado Highway 78 on Monday afternoon.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic:

Hurricane Matthew is located about 230 mi…370 km SSE of Kingston Jamaica and about 290 mi…470 km SW of Port au Prince Haiti with maximum sustained winds…130 mph…215 km/h. Present movement…N or 360 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

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

In the Western Pacific:

Super Typhoon 21w (Chaba), located approximately 100 nm south-southwest of Kadena AB, Guam, is tracking north-northwestward at 12 knots.

In the Central Pacific:

Invest 94C is an area of disturbed weather in the Central Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

Newsbytes:

Hurricane Matthew – wind: hurricane conditions are expected to reach Jamaica and Haiti tonight, and eastern Cuba Tuesday. Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach Jamaica and Haiti later today and eastern Cuba tonight, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion. Tropical storm conditions are expected along the southern coast of the Dominican Republic within the warning area beginning today. Tropical storm conditions are expected to reach the southeastern Bahamas early Tuesday with hurricane conditions expected by late Tuesday.

Rainfall: Matthew is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 15 to 25 inches across southern Haiti and the southwestern portion of the Dominican Republic, with possible isolated amounts of 40 inches. Across eastern Cuba and western Haiti, total rain accumulations of 8 to 12 inches are expected with possible isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches. Across eastern Jamaica, total rainfall of 5 to 10 inches is expected, with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches possible. This rainfall will likely produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. Matthew is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 8 to 12 inches over the southeastern Bahamas, with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches. Matthew is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 5 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches over the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Thailand – Forest run-off and heavy downpours have lashed several provinces and flooded numerous villages in the North, the Northeast and Central Plains, affecting tens of thousands of households and vast agricultural areas. In Phrae, heavy overnight rain caused Huay Phakham reservoir in Muang district to overflow, flooding two villages in tambon Pamed at around 2am on Sunday. In Sakon Nakhon, run-off from Phupan and Phupa Lek mountains, triggered by hours of heavy rain, flooded many houses and shophouses in several areas in Sawang Daen Din district late Saturday night. In tambon Phue, more than 50 houses were flooded by water from 80cm to one metre deep. In low-lying areas, floodwater rose to almost 2 metres.

Wildlife

Reindeer Cull in Siberia

The rise of anthrax from the permafrost this summer in Siberia, plus the risk of overgrazing has prompted officials on the Yamal Peninsula of Siberia to plan a mass cull of 250,000 reindeer by years end, according to a Siberian Times report.

Over the summer some 2400 reindeer died from the bacterial infection, anthrax, in three separate outbreaks which is believed due to an infected animal from decades ago that was thawed during the warmer temperatures this year in Siberia. The anthrax outbreak also affected dozens of nomads in the region and killed one young boy.

The government is not only concerned about the spread of disease, but they also state that the 730,000 reindeer population is too much to be sustainable.

Disease

Rabies in Vietnam

Vietnamese health officials say they have seen 49 human rabies deaths to date in 2016, according to local media, with 80 percent of the mortality being reported from the northern mountainous region.

Like in most countries, the vast majority of cases are due to bites from rabid cats and dogs. In fact, Vietnam sees around 400,000 such animal bites annually.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Azores.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of Alaska.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic:

Hurricane Matthew is located about 345 mi…555 km SSW of Port au Prince Haiti and about 335 mi…540 km SSE of Kingston Jamaica with maximum sustained winds…150 mph…240 km/h. Present movement…NW or 320 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

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

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical Storm 21w (Chaba), located approximately 371 nm south-southeast of Kadena AB, Guam, is tracking northwestward at 16 knots.

Newsbytes:

Australia – The South Australian towns of Virginia and Port Wakefield have been threatened with flooding after the Gawler and Wakefield rivers burst their banks. Floodwaters could breach a rail line and flood Virginia on the northern outskirts of Adelaide, authorities warned on Saturday night. The Wakefield river 70km further north also broke its banks on Saturday morning, the breach coming at Balaclava Road and threatening the town of Port Wakefield. In Western Australia, more than 9000 properties were without power on Saturday night as wild weather continued to lash the state. Some 24,000 customers lost power on Saturday after a front started to move across WA overnight.

Maryland, USA – While flooding fears have receded in the Baltimore area, it’s a much different story on the Eastern Shore, where heavy rain flooded roads and homes. Wicomico County officials said 17 roads were washed out or damaged by floodwaters. Flooding at the Canal Woods condominiums in Salisbury forced residents to find shelter elsewhere.

Wildlife

Hawaiian Bees added to endangered species list in the U.S. for the first time

Federal authorities on Friday added seven yellow-faced bee species, Hawaii’s only native bees, for protection under the Endangered Species Act, a first for any bees in the United States.

Yellow-faced bees can be found elsewhere in the world, but these particular species are native only to Hawaii and pollinate plant species indigenous to the islands.

The bees face a variety of threats including feral pigs, invasive ants, loss of native habitat due to invasive plants, fire, as well as development, especially in some for the coastal areas.

The bees can be found in a wide variety of habitats in Hawaii, from coastal environments to high-elevation shrub lands, she said. The yellow-faced bees pollinate some of Hawaii’s endangered native plant species. While other bees could potentially pollinate those species, many could become extinct if these bees were to die off entirely.

World unites to save the Pangolin

After months of vociferous lobbying, conservationists succeeded in eliciting the support of 19 countries to totally ban all trade, except for scientific research, of the endangered pangolin – an animal that has earned the unfortunate label of “the most trafficked mammal” in the world.

Unlike the high-profile marketing drives undertaken on behalf of elephants, rhinos, tigers, leopards and lions, pangolins remained under the radar of mainstream conservation campaigns.

In July, Hong Kong customs officers seized more than 4 000kg of pangolin scales, which were hidden in a container labelled “sliced plastics” from Cameroon. This represents up to 6 000 pangolins – the largest seizure of pangolin scales in five years.

Pangolin body parts have been used for centuries in both traditional Asian and African medicine. But it is evident that in Asia, especially China and Vietnam, pangolin scales are now being exploited for everything from fashion items to status symbols and the species is being eaten to extinction.

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Disease

Zika Virus – Puerto Rico

Upon recording an additional 2,391 locally acquired, or autochthonous Zika virus cases during the first week of September, the case count on the island has surpassed 20,000 cases (22,358), according to an update from Secretary of the Department of Health of Puerto Rico, Ana Ríus Armendariz.

Chkungunya – Philippines

The Provincial Health Office of Cavite in the Calabarzon region on Luzon island has declared an outbreak of the mosquito borne viral disease, chikungunya, after detecting 400 suspected cases, Department of Health (DOH) spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag said Friday during a radio interview. The 400 cases have been reported since the beginning of the year.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Colima (Mexico): Fresh eruptions from the Colima volcano in Mexico have forced the evacuation of hundreds of people from their homes. Ash and thick black smoke rose from the volcano, 430 miles (690km) north-west of Mexico City. A flow of lava could be seen pouring down its slopes. More than 350 villagers living in La Yerbabuena and La Becerrera at the foot of the mountain were moved to safety, emergency officials said. Authorities in neighbouring Jalisco state also evacuated some residents.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits Pakistan.

5.3 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits Cuba.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the North Atlantic: Hurricane Matthew is located about 365 mi…585 km S of Port au Prince Haiti and about 400 mi…645 km se of Kingston Jamaica with maximum sustained winds…155 mph…250 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific: Invest 97E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical Storm 21w (Chaba), located approximately 692 nm southeast of Kadena AB, Guam, is tracking northwestward at 12 knots.

Newsbytes:

Kuala Lumpur – Several areas in the state experienced flash flood to about knee-high after three hours of continuous rain early today. Among the affected areas were Jalan P.Ramlee and Jalan Perak on the island, as well as Permatang Rawa in Seberang Perai on the mainland, due to river overflow.

Ghana – Two persons lost their lives in floods that hit Koforidua and its environs on Sunday after heavy rains. The two were among the more than 2,000 people who were affected by the floods. Numerous homes and businesses were flooded.

Wildlife

Elusive Tree Rat Out of Hiding

A fuzzy, orange tree rat that was once thought to be extinct may be lurking in the mountainous forests of Colombia, and now researchers are pulling out all the stops to find the species again, including lacing their camera traps with candy.

When the rodent, called the Santa Marta Toro, was spotted in 2011, it was the first time the species had been seen in over 100 years. However, the Toro appears to have gone back into hiding, as it has not been seen since then.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

Officials say a wildfire threatening hundreds of structures in a remote area of California’s Santa Cruz Mountains continues to grow.

Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jeremy Rahn said Thursday that the Loma Fire has scorched 3,849 acres of trees and dry brush in steep terrain south of San Jose. At least 325 structures are in the path of the fire, which is 22 percent contained.