Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.3 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

5.0 earthquake hits east of North Island, New Zealand.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Xavier is located about 195 mi…315 km ssw of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…n or 5 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

NewsBytes:

Malaysia – Sixty-four families at Kampung Seri Bayas were cut off after a bridge connecting their village with the trunk road was inundated with two metre deep flood water. Heavy rain from yesterday also inundated the trunk road at Kampung Besut towards Bandar Permaisuri, which was submerged under 0.4 metres of water and the road was impassable to light traffic.

Saudi Arabia – Strong floods that hit the Madinah region destroyed a large number of livestock. Flash floods surprised farmers in the region and swept away more than 160 of their goats. Many dead animals new found trapped in tree branches several kilometers away and others buried in the mud.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Firefighters worked into the night on Friday to contain a bushfire outside Canberra in treacherous conditions. The fire had burnt through 147 hectares and was seven kilometers away from Kambah on Canberra’s western outskirts by Saturday morning but no homes were threatened.

In New South Wales, meanwhile, a raging fire that broke out at the edge of a major highway caused disruption for commuters traveling home Friday afternoon. The bushfire came dangerously close to the Pacific Highway in Freemans Waterhole, a small town west of Lake Macquarie, about 3pm.

Fire warnings are also in place in Swanston in eastern Tasmania where a 600 hectare blaze has been exacerbated by strong winds.

Disease

Chagas disease reported in dogs working along the U.S.-Mexico border

More than 100 working dogs employed by the federal government across the United States have been infected with the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, the cause of Chagas disease, which may lead to heart problems. Chagas disease is a tropical infection spread by a blood-sucking triatomine or “kissing bug” that may pose a growing threat in the United States. Once known only in Mexico, Central America and South America, Chagas is now making tentative incursions into the United States, infecting canines and humans.

Illinois: Hundreds of deer die

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has received reports of 432 suspected cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in white-tailed deer so far in 2018.

EHD is a viral disease of white-tailed deer that can cause localized die-offs when conditions are favorable for transmission. Infected animals develop a high fever, and dead animals often are found near water sources. The virus is transmitted between deer by a midge that hatches from muddy areas along lakes/ponds and streams/rivers.