Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits the Carlsberg Ridge.

5.2 Earthquake hits the west Chile Rise.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Invest 96L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Invest 94E is an area of disturbed weather in the Eastern Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 30w (Haikui), located approximately 283 nm east-northeast of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 05 knots.

Newsbytes:

Sri Lanka – Thousands are being affected by floods which are affecting the Jaffna District. The Jaffna office said that 456 families have been displaced, with 170 houses destroyed by the floods. Strong winds can be expected over the coastal areas of Northern, North-western, Western and Southern provinces.Winds between 70 and 80 kmph are forecast at certain seas, prompting rough seas.

Wildlife

Prehistoric, Dinosaur-Era Shark Found Swimming Off Coast Of Portugal

The rare frilled shark is considered a “living fossil,” as its makeup has remained unchanged for 80 million years. This summer, researchers found one alive and thriving off the coast of Portugal, adding evidence regarding the resilience of this ancient sea creature.

The shark was discovered off the Algarve coast by researchers. The frilled shark has remained the same, both inside and out, since the time of the dinosaurs, with scientists dating it back to the Cretaceous Period, a time when the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops still roamed the planet. The creature is incredibly simply and unevolved, most likely due to the lack of nutrients found in its deep-sea dwellings. The examination revealed that its diet is 61 percent cephalopods—the same class that squids and octopus belong to.

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Disease

Venezuela – Measles

First it was malaria and diphtheria, now in Venezuela’s Bolivar state measles has reared it’s ugly head. According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), between the last week of August and the first of October, Bolivar State reported 570 cases of Measles, specifically in nine parishes of the Caroní municipality.

Yemen – Cholera

The problems in Yemen continue to get worse as they face the largest humanitarian crisis and the worst food crisis in the world.

In addition to the largest outbreak in the world, a cholera outbreak that has sickened more than 920,000 and killed about 2,200, the Nov. 6 closure of the Yemen’s airspace, sea and land ports by the Saudi-led coalition (SLC) has worsened the already shrinking space for the lifesaving humanitarian work. It is blocking the delivery of vital humanitarian assistance to children in desperate need in Yemen. And it is making a catastrophic situation for children far worse.

Tanzania – Cholera

An outbreak of cholera in Tanzania has left 18 dead in two months, the health ministry said Saturday, warning the situation could worsen as the rainy season continues.

The ministry said the outbreak had left “18 dead out of 570 cases recorded” between September 1 and October 30, and urged local authorities to take measures to avoid the disease from spreading.