Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits Mindoro, Philippines.

5.5 earthquake hits the Mid-Indian Ridge.

5.2 earthquake hits Mindoro, Philippines.

5.1 earthquake hits south-east of the Loyalty Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Timor, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Depression 6 has strengthen to become Tropical Storm Florence just west of the Cabo Verde Islands and is moving west-northwestward at 14 mph. Maximum sustained winds are 40 mph.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Norman is located about 965 mi…1555 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…110 mph…175 km/h. Present movement…w or 265 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

Tropical Depression Seventeen-E is located about 445 mi…715 km sw of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 285 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Super Typhoon 25w (Jebi), located approximately 312 nm south-southwest of Iwo To, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 12 knots.

In the Central Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Miriam is located about 905 mi…1455 km e of Hilo Hawaii and about 1075 mi…1730 km e of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…85 mph…140 km/h. Present movement…n or 355 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

NewsBytes:

Sudan – Floods at El Wakhaim village of Um Baru locality in North Darfur have destroyed 150 houses, 50 shops, and caused the death of 1,000 livestock. Floods have also swept through Wad Habawiya village and the surroundings of west of El Dindir rural areas in Sennar state.

Eastern USA – An unusual and intense band of stationary rain slammed parts of the Susquehanna Valley on Friday causing severe flash flooding. In Mount Joy, more than 10.5 inches of rain fell. Flooding caused major problems in Lancaster, Lebanon, Dauphin and York counties.

Environment

Drought in Madagascar

Severe drought conditions during southern Madagascar’s rainy season from November 2017 to April 2018 has led to nearly dry dams in many parts of the south. This dryness has affected livestock’s access to water and pastureland, which has led to poor livestock body conditions as many are subsisting on burnt cactus leaves in the absence of viable pastureland. This has similarly affected crop development, with many areas experiencing failed or near failed harvests.

Poor and very poor households in MG23 (the Mahafaly plains) in the southwest of Madagascar are experiencing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity because of poor or failed agricultural production.