Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits the central east Pacific rise.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.1 Earthquake hits west of Macquarie Island.

5.0 Earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 05b (Vardah), located approximately 180 km east-northeast of Chennai and 250 km east-southeast of Nellore and is tracking west-southwestward at 08 knots.

At least two people died after Cyclone Vardah lashed close to Tamil Nadu capital Chennai. Over 7,000 people have been evacuated from near the sea in Tamil Nadu and more than 9,000 in Andhra Pradesh. Chennai has recorded 7.5cm of rain since midnight till 9.30am on Monday. All schools and colleges have closed today in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur areas.

Newsbytes:

Jamaica – A technical team from the National Works Agency (NWA) is today expected to travel to north-western St Ann to determine the extent of damage to several roadways in the area after heavy rains pounded the parish yesterday, causing massive flooding, breakaways and landslides.

Disease

Puerto Rico declares influenza epidemic

Puerto Rican Health Department Secretary Ana Ríus declared a influenza epidemic on the island last week due to the island experiencing a rapid increase in cases nearing 10,000, according to a Yahoo Noticias report. To date, 9,591 cases have been reported this season.

Florida declares end to Zika outbreak

Florida declared its crisis with local transmission of Zika over for the season Friday in a welcome announcement ahead of peak tourism months, but health authorities warned that travellers would continue bringing the disease into the state.

Starting in late July, state health officials had identified four zones in the Miami area where the virus was spreading through local mosquitoes — the first such transmissions in the continental U.S. — and launched aggressive efforts to control the insects. One by one, the zones were deemed clear of continuing infections, and Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday that the last one — a 1.5-square-mile area in touristy South Beach — also was cleared.