Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits Haiti.

5.6 earthquake hits the central mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Leslie is located about 800 mi…1290 km ene of Bermuda and about 1365 mi…2195 km w of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…e or 95 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical Depression Fourteen is located about 90 mi…150 km e of Chetumal Mexico and about 260 mi…420 km ssw of the western tip of Cuba with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 340 degrees at 3 mph…6 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Sergio is located about 1205 mi…1935 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…115 mph…185 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 30w (Kong-Rey), located approximately 196 nm west of Misawa, Japan, is tracking east-northeastward at 29 knots.

NewsBytes:

Central America – Heavy rain has lashed parts of Central America and has led to flash flooding and landslides. Two tropical disturbances, one in the eastern Pacific and one in the Caribbean, are close enough to each other and are enhancing the tropical showers over Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala. Total rainfall over the region has averaged between 50 and 100mm daily over the last several days. More heavy rain is expected in the next 48 hours, particularly for western Nicaragua where over 250mm of rain is expected.

Iran – At least 4 people have been killed due to floods ravaging Iran’s northern province of Mazandaran since late Friday. Three people drowned, while another victim was killed by a lightning strike, Tasnim news agency reported. The disaster also damaged buildings and cut electricity in some parts of Mazandaran. Over the past two days, four provinces of Mazandaran, Gilan, Ardabil, and West Azarbaijan were hit by floods.

Disease

Ebola – DR Coongo

The Congolese health ministry on Saturday reported a further five confirmed cases of Ebola in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, blaming the higher-than-normal daily increase on community resistance to disease response efforts.

The current epidemic in Congo’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces has seen 140 confirmed cases since July, 108 of whom have died, according to the ministry’s daily bulletin, which has been reporting an average of one to two new confirmed cases per day in recent weeks.

Newcastle Disease – Zimbabwe

In the past six days, farmers in the Mvuma area, Midlands Province have lost a number of chickens to a suspected outbreak of the Newcastle disease. Newcastle disease is a contagious viral bird disease affecting domestic and wild avian species. Most farmers said the disease had wiped out chickens from several homesteads, leaving the chicken runs virtually empty in the past few days.