Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits the Bismarck Sea.

5.3 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 Earthquake hits Santiago del Estero, Argentina.

5.1 Earthquake hits west of Macquarie Island.

5.0 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the East Pacific: Invest 92E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

Newsbytes:

Albania – Albanian authorities have sent army troops and other personnel to help people evacuated because of floods caused by heavy rain. Three deaths have been reported so far. Many roads including the highway between Tirana and western port city of Durres have been blocked. Damaged roads have isolated many rural areas. Two ferries were unable to dock in southwestern city of Vlore, keeping hundreds of passengers aboard. Heavy rain, up to 100 millimetres (4 inches) by midday Tuesday, is forecast to continue into Wednesday.

Vietnam, Update – Over the past weeks, consecutive periods of heavy rainfall have caused severe flooding in various provinces in Central Viet Nam: from 14-16 Oct.1 and from 30 Oct.-5 Nov.2 The most affected provinces are Ha Tinh and Quang Binh for the first flood, and Quang Binh and Phu Yen for the second flood. According to the Central Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, the impact of the floods is as follows:

Floods 14-16 Oct.: (damage and loss as of 18 Oct.) – 34 deaths, 1 missing, and 30 injured – 131,878 houses flooded; 39 houses collapsed – Crops and aquaculture flooded: 2,899ha rice, 2,126ha perennial crops, 11,774ha vegetables and 5,472ha of aquaculture fields – Livestock killed: 7,661 cattle and 312,345 poultry – Multiple roads, bridges and irrigation infrastructure eroded

Floods 30 Oct-5 Nov.: (damage and loss as of 6 Nov.) – 15 deaths, 6 missing – 41,041 houses flooded; 227 houses collapsed – Crops flooded: 7,102ha rice and 4,918ha perennial crops and fruit trees – Livestock killed: 440 cattle and 42,724 poultry – Multiple roads, bridges and irrigation infrastructure eroded

Wildfires

Wildfires – Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, USA

Dozens of wildfires are burning out of control in the Southeast and southern Appalachians, charring thousands of acres and spreading smoke across several states.

As of Monday, 97 fires were active in Tennessee, and smoke from the blazes could be seen as far away as southern Ohio.

In neighbouring Kentucky, 33 wildfires were burning statewide and had consumed 15,950 acres according to the state’s Department of Forestry. Burn bans were in place in 60 counties across the state, and Gov. Matt Bevin declared a state of emergency on Thursday.

Residents were being evacuated in the North Carolina mountains Tuesday as thousands of acres are burning in at least 18 wildfires that have doubled in acreage since the weekend.

Global Warming

Global ‘greening’ has slowed rise of CO2 in the atmosphere

A global “greening” of the planet has significantly slowed the rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere since the start of the century, according to new research.

More plants have been growing due to higher CO2 levels in the air and warming temperatures that cut the CO2 emitted by plants via respiration. The effects led the proportion of annual carbon emissions remaining in the air to fall from about 50% to 40% in the last decade.

However, this greening is only offsetting a small amount of the billions of tonnes of CO2 emitted from fossil fuel burning and other human activities and will not halt dangerous global warming.

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) warned on Tuesday that 2011-15 was the hottest five-year period ever recorded and that climate change had increased the risk of half of extreme weather events, with some heatwaves made 10 times more likely by global warming.

Disease

Thailand dengue update

The number of dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever cases in Thailand have grown to 54,008 cases with 51 deaths, according to Bureau of Epidemiology data published earlier this week. Dengue fever has affected all 77 Thai provinces with Maehongsorn seeing the highest incidence (388.17 / 100,000 population).

Ghana cholera update

In a follow-up on the cholera outbreak in the Cape Coast region of southern Ghana, as of Nov. 2, the total number of cases had risen to 172 with zero deaths. The exponential increase in cases indicates high transmission potential of infections in the peri urban communities.