Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.6 Earthquake hits central Peru.
5.5 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.
5.2 Earthquake hits the northern Atlantic Ocean.
5.1 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.
5.0 Earthquake hits the northern Mid-Atlantic ridge.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Gert is located about 475 mi…760 km WSW of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 345 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.
In the Eastern Pacific: Post-Tropical Cyclone Jova is located about 650 mi…1045 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.
In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 14w (Banyan), located approximately 343 nm northwest of Wake Island, is tracking north-northwestward at 07 knots.
Nepal – Update – Landslides and flooding triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 47 people in southern Nepal and left thousands homeless, police said Sunday. The death toll is expected to go up, with around two dozen other people missing and feared dead after three days of heavy downpours in at least nine southern districts of the Himalayan country. Around 31,000 families have been displaced by the floods and landslides, which began Friday.
India – Nearly twenty lakh people have been affected by the floods in Bihar, including thousands who have been forced to evacuate from their homes, officials said on Monday. Over ten lakh people were affected in the worst-hit districts of Kishanganj, Araria, Purnea and Katihar in last two days. Other affected districts are Darbhanga, Madhubani, Sitamarhi, Madhepura, Saharsa, Supaul, East and West Champaran. So far, at least 10 persons, including women and children, have been killed in the floods. Major rivers in the state including the Koshi, Mahananda, Gandak, Bagmati and Ganga are in spate, officials said. With heavy rainfall in the catchment areas in Nepal, the water level of these rivers has been rising for several days.
Yemen – Cholera Epidemic Rages on
The total number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen this year hit the half a million mark on Sunday, and nearly 2000 people have died since the outbreak began to spread rapidly at the end of April. From Apr. 27 through Aug. 13, 503,484 suspected cases have been reported, including 1,975 deaths.
The overall caseload nationwide has declined since early July, particularly in the worst affected areas. But suspected cases of the deadly waterborne disease continue to rage across the country, infecting an estimated 5000 people per day.
Fleas in Arizona test positive for plague
Health officials in Arizona have issued a public warning after fleas in the state tested positive for the plague, the highly infectious disease which tore through Europe and killed millions in the Middle Ages.
Navajo County and Coconino County district officials in the northern part of the state have confirmed that fleas in the area tested positive for the disease.
The disease can be transmitted to humans and other animals by the bite of an infected flea or by direct contact with an infected animal.
Plague tends to occur in rural and semi-rural areas in the west of the US, in particular New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado.
Wildfires – Greece
A wildfire close to a village near Athens has damaged dozens of houses and caused people to flee their homes, officials said on Monday. More than 150 firefighters with 50 fire engines and three water-dropping helicopters battled the blaze, which broke out in Kalamos, a coastal area some 45 km (30 miles) northeast of Athens. No injuries had been reported but at least a dozen houses were heavily damaged.
Earth’s Largest Volcanic Region Discovered In Antartica
The largest volcanic region on Earth, with nearly 100 volcanoes, has been discovered two km below the surface of the vast ice sheet in west Antarctica.
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh in Britain found a staggering 91 previously unknown volcanoes, adding to the 47 others that had been discovered over the previous century of exploring the region.
These newly discovered volcanoes range in height from 100 to 3,850 metres, with the highest almost as tall as Switzerland’s 3,970 metres Eiger mountain.
These active peaks are concentrated in a region known as the west Antarctic rift system- which stretches 3,500 km from Antarctica’s Ross ice shelf to the Antarctic peninsula.
According to geologists, this huge region is likely to dwarf east Africa’s volcanic ridge- currently rated as the densest concentration of volcanoes in the world.
There is concern that these volcanoes may become active causing further de-stabilizing of the Antarctic ice sheet.