Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the western Indian-Antarctic ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands – Turkish border region.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Rina is located about 880 mi…1420 km E of Bermuda and about 1370 mi…2200 km WSW of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…n or 5 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 29w (Twenty-nine), located approximately 183 nm south of Bangkok, Thailand, is tracking northwestward at 05 knots.

Newsbytes:

Vietnam – The death toll from typhoon Damrey has risen to at least 61 people, with more than 28 missing. The typhoon caused extensive damage to the country’s south-central region ahead of a summit that will draw leaders from around the world, the government said Monday. The Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said in a statement that widespread flooding was reported in the region and that more than 116,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged. The missing include nine crew members of cargo ships that sank off the coast of Khanh Hoa province.

Philippines – Floods continued to rise in the provinces of Isabela and Cagayan on Monday, submerging 500 low-lying villages due to monsoon rains in the areas for the past three days. ight bridges — Gucab, Bintacan, Cabiseria 8, Alicaocao, Santo Tomas-Cabagan, Cabagan-Santa Maria, Annafunan and Murong in Isabela — were impassable due to rising waters, isolating interior villages.

Environment

“Deadly’ Smog in Delhi, India

Visibility is poor as pollution levels reached 30 times the World Health Organization’s recommended limit in some areas. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) declared “a state of medical emergency” and urged the government to “make every possible effort to curb this menace”.

The levels of tiny particulate matter (known as PM 2.5) that enter deep into the lungs reached as high as 700 micrograms per cubic metre in some areas on Tuesday.

The chief minister of Delhi has asked his education minister to consider shutting down schools for a few days. Delhi sees pollution levels soar in winter due to farmers in neighbouring Punjab and Haryana states burning stubble to clear their fields. Low wind speeds, dust from construction sites, rubbish burning in the capital and firecrackers used in festivals also contribute to increasing pollution levels.

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Nature – Images

Interesting Images

What in the World Is This?

The image, from a scanning electron microscope, shows the end of a mosquito’s leg, including a claw, scales and the pulvillus, a pad with adhesive hairs. These scales dot the entire bodies of mosquitos but are particularly dense near the foot, and may help protect the limb and enable the mosquito to land on water, where these insects lay their eggs.

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Wildfires

Bushfires – New Caledonia

Since the middle of September, almost 100 square kilometres of vegetation has been burnt, incurring substantial material damage but no loss of life. A total of 27 French firefighters are expected this week to help local crews. At the weekend, a major fire was extinguished after 250 firefighters battled it for nearly three weeks. A territory-wide fire ban has been in place for weeks after a dry winter.

Disease

Dengue fever – Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso has been experiencing an epidemic of dengue fever since week 31 of 2017 (week ending on 6 August). WHO officially declared the outbreak on 28 September 2017.

In a period of about two weeks, the dengue case tally has gone from 2,298 (suspected, probable and confirmed) cases and nine deaths on Oct. 8 to 6,699 (suspected, probable or confirmed) cases and 13 deaths on Oct. 27 and officials say this is likely underestimated.

Plague outbreak update: Madagascar

In an update on the plague outbreak in Madagascar, UN officials now put the ever changing case tally in the epidemic that began on August 1 at 1,947 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of plague through Nov. 3. The death count has risen to 143.

Portugal: Legionnaires’ disease

A Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at a Lisbon hospital has now infected 26 patients and two hospital employees. The outbreak reported at São Francisco Xavier Hospital in Lisbon is already the largest in a hospital unit in Portugal and one of the largest in the world and more positive cases are expected.

An investigation into the cause of the outbreak has been opened.