Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits Apure, Venezuela.

5.4 Earthquake hits Oaxaca, Mexico.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Ophelia is located about 295 mi…480 km SSW of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…100 mph…155 km/h. Present movement…ENE or 60 degrees at 24 mph…39 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 24w (Khanun), located approximately 346 nm southeast of Hong Kong, is tracking northwestward at 08 knots.

Newsbytes:

Vietnam – At least 54 people have now been reported dead and 39 missing in the destructive floods that battered northern and central Vietnam this week, the disaster prevention agency said on Friday. The floods that hit Vietnam this week starting on Monday are the worst in years. Floods have also affected seven of 77 provinces in Thailand, Vietnam’s neighbor to the west, that country’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said on Thursday. More than 480,000 hectares (1.2 million acres) of agricultural land in Thailand has been hit, the department said.

Wildlife

Penguin catastrophe

A penguin colony in Antarctica has suffered a massive breeding failure, with only two chicks surviving the disaster.

Terre Adélie (Adélie Land) is home to more than 18,000 pairs of Adélie penguins, but this year almost all the seabirds’ babies starved to death. The World Wildlife Fund said unseasonably extensive amounts of sea ice around the colony in East Antarctica had forced the adult penguins to travel further than normal to forage for food. Dead penguin chicks were strewn across beaches in Adélie Land.

It is the second time in recent years that the colony has been badly hit during the breeding season; four years ago no chicks survived when rain followed by a sudden cold snap meant they became soaked and subsequently froze to death.

Disease

Plague: Madagascar

The number of plague cases are closing in on 700 cases, according to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) update. Between 1 August and 12 October 2017, a total of 684 cases (suspected, probable and confirmed) including 57 deaths (case fatality rate 8.3%) have been reported from 35 out of 114 districts in the country.