Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 Earthquake hits Ascension Island.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the east cost of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 30w (Haikui), located approximately 398 nm east-northeast of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking west-northwestward at 08 knots.

Newsbytes:

Malaysia – Fresh floods have hit Seremban. A three-hour downpour in Seremban caused flash floods in many areas of the town last evening. Many states are experiencing heavy rainfall, although not as severe as the one in Penang which flooded many areas and claimed seven lives last weekend. More than 6,000 people in Penang were also evacuated from their homes.

Environment

Radioactive Cloud Over Europe

European authorities are providing new details about a cloud of mysterious radioactive material that appeared over the continent last month. Monitors in Italy were among first to detect the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106 on Oct. 3. In total, 28 European countries saw the radioactive cloud.

Based on the detection from monitoring stations and meteorological data, the mysterious cloud — which has since dissipated — has been traced to somewhere along the Russia-Kazakhstan border, somewhere in South Russia.

Authorities say the amount of material seen in Europe was small. It was a very low level of radioactivity and it poses no problems for health and the environment in Europe.

But modeling suggests that any people within a few kilometers of the release — wherever it occurred — would have needed to seek shelter to protect themselves from possible radiation exposure.

Disease

Madagascar – Plague

From 1 August to 8 November 2017, a total of 2,034 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of plague, including 165 deaths (case fatality rate 8%), have been reported from 55 of the 114 districts in the country. Of these, 1,565 (77%) were clinically classified as pulmonary plague, 297 (15%) were bubonic plague, one was septicemic, and 171 were not yet classified.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Oman

On 1 November, the International Health Regulations (2005) national focal point of Oman reported one case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. Prior to this case, the most recent case of MERS-CoV from Oman was reported on 30 August 2017.