Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits the Bonin Islands off Japan.

5.3 earthquake hits the Lombok region, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits the northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Florence is located about 395 mi…635 km wnw of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 290 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Norman is located about 1130 mi…1815 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…105 mph…165 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Tropical Depression Seventeen-E is located about 545 mi…880 km ssw of the southern tip of Baja California and about 560 mi…900 km wsw of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 285 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 25w (Jebi), located approximately 351 nm west of Iwo To, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 12 knots.

In the Central Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Miriam is located about 875 mi…1410 km ene of Hilo Hawaii and about 1015 mi…1630 km ene of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 330 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

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Environment

Drought in Germany

In Germany, record temperatures and no rainfall since early April have led to a drought and thousands of farms are facing bankruptcy because of crop failure.

This week, the government pledged $390 million in federal and state aid, but for many farmers, it’s not enough. Many of the country’s farmers are starting to question whether they can cope with climate change. More than 10,000 farms are facing financial ruin, dairy farmers are slaughtering cows because there’s not enough feed for them and while the national average grain shortfall this year is 26 percent, in some areas arable farmers have lost up to 70 percent of their grain crops.

Breweries are worried about a poor barley yield and have warned that the shortfall will be reflected in the price of that other German staple, beer.

Disease

Ebola – DR Congo – Update

The latest data from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu province shows the total case count has risen to a total of 116 EVD cases (86 confirmed and 30 probable) including 77 deaths (47 confirmed and 30 probable).

Dengue Fever – Thailand

According to the Bureau of Epidemiology, Ministry of Health, a total of 50,079 cases were reported from 77 provinces through Aug 27. Areas of the country with the highest rates include Nakornpathom, Phichit, Maehongsorn, Phuket and Krabi. In addition, 65 dengue-related fatalities were reported.

Polio – Papua New Guinea

The National Department of Health of Papua New Guinea reported this week on two additional polio cases (circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1–cVDPV1), bringing the total to six polio cases since the announcement of the outbreak in June 2018. The new cases were reported in Madang and Eastern Highlands Provinces.

African Swine Fever – Bulgaria

Bulgaria reported its first outbreak of African swine fever on Friday, with authorities saying seven backyard pigs at a farm close to the Romanian border had been infected with the disease.