Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits near the east coast of Kamchatka, Russia.

Indonesian Quake-Tsunami

More than 1,200 people are now known to have died in the quake-tsunami that smashed into Sulawesi, Indonesia said Tuesday, as police pledged to clamp down on looting by survivors taking advantage of the chaos.Almost 200,000 people are in need of urgent help, the United Nations says, among them thousands of children.

Survivors are battling thirst and hunger, with food and clean water in short supply, and local hospitals are overwhelmed by the number of injured. A particular horror in several areas in and around Palu was liquefaction, which happens when soil shaken by an earthquake behaves like a liquid. About 1 700 houses in one neighbourhood were swallowed up, with hundreds of people believed buried, the national disaster agency said. An aerial view of the liquefaction:

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Leslie is located about 505 mi…810 km ese of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…75 mph…120 km/h. Present movement…stationary.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Sergio is located about 855 mi…1380 km ssw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…115 mph…185 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 300 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Super Typhoon 30w (Kong-Rey), located approximately 351 nm south-southeast of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 08 knots.

In the Central Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Walaka is located about 100 mi…165 km nnw of Johnston island about 465 mi…750 km ssw of French Frigate Shoals with maximum sustained winds…130 mph…215 km/h. Present movement…n or 5 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

NewsBytes:

Arizona, USA – Heavy rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Rosa soaked the Southwest on Tuesday, and about 10 million people remained at risk of flooding. The Phoenix area saw widespread rain Tuesday morning, leading to flooded roads and commuting headaches. The storm drenched northwestern Mexico on Monday, claiming at least one victim. A woman was swept away by floodwaters and drowned in the city of Caborca, Sonora, on the Sea of Cortez. As of Tuesday morning, the center of what was left of Rosa was about 300 miles southwest of Phoenix. With winds of about 30 mph, the system was no longer tracked by the National Hurricane Center.

Disease

Dengue Fever – Thailand

The number of dengue related fatalities reported in Thailand has reached 80, according to the Bureau of Epidemiology. For the first nine months of 2018, Thai health officials have reported 61,917 dengue cases from all 77 provinces.

Anthrax – Ukraine

Ukraine health officials have reported that at least five people who participated in livestock breeding in the village of Minyailivka, Odessa region, were hospitalized with specific symptoms of cutaneous anthrax.