Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.4 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic Ridge.

5.3 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 earthquake hits Myanmar.

5.1 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits the Indian Ocean triple junction.

5.0 earthquake hits Alaska.

5.0 earthquake hits Fiji.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Leslie is located about 1105 mi…1780 km wsw of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…75 mph…120 km/h. Present movement…s or 175 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

Hurricane Michael is located about 90 mi…145 km sw of Panama City Florida and about 90 mi…145 km wsw of Apalachicola Florida with maximum sustained winds…145 mph…230 km/h. Present movement…n or 10 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Tropical Storm Nadine is located about 485 mi…785 km wsw of the southernmost Cabo Verde islands with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 330 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Sergio is located about 990 mi…1590 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…ene or 65 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 05a (Luban), located approximately 324 nm east- southeast of Salalah, Oman, is tracking northwestward at 05 knots.

Tropical Cyclone Titli is located approximately 140 nm east-southeast of Calcutta, India, is tracking north-northwestward at 08 knots.

NewsBytes:

Malaysia – Heavy rains and the high tide phenomenon were the reason for flash floods and pond-like conditions in several parts of Klang here on Tuesday (Oct 9). Besides the rain and high tide phenomenon, clogged drains and bottlenecks in waterways here were another factor for the flooding.

USA – Alabama has been hit by floods ahead of Hurricane Michael which has now passed over Cuba and the Mexican Peninsula.

Global Warming

Dutch appeals court upholds landmark climate change ruling

A court in The Hague has upheld a historic legal order on the Dutch government to accelerate carbon emissions cuts, a day after the world’s climate scientists warned that time was running out to avoid dangerous warming.

Appeal court judges ruled that the severity and scope of the climate crisis demanded greenhouse gas reductions of at least 25% by 2020 – measured against 1990 levels – higher than the 17% drop planned by Mark Rutte’s liberal administration.

The ruling – which was greeted with whoops and cheers in the courtroom – will put wind in the sails of a raft of similar cases being planned around the world, from Norway to New Zealand and from the UK to Uganda.

Disease

Ebola –  DR Congo

Congolese authorities announced a ban on Wednesday on harbouring suspected Ebola patients and promised police protection for health workers at burials, in a bid to fight back against local resistance to efforts to combat the disease.

Residents of eastern Congo have attacked health workers and refused to cooperate with government efforts to combat Ebola there, the country’s second major outbreak of the disease this year, which is believed to have killed 118 people since July.

Ebola has spread to Beni, a city of several hundred thousand people where scores of people have been confirmed infected. The authorities worry that without the cooperation of the local population they will have difficulty containing it.

The Health Ministry has been reporting 1-2 new confirmed cases a day in recent weeks, but reported seven late on Tuesday — six in Beni and one in the town of Masereka, 100 km away. It blamed the faster pace on community resistance to measures to fight the outbreak.