Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits the central east Pacific rise.

5.1 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical Cyclone (tc) 04s (Bouchra), located approximately 495 nm northwest of Cocos Island, Australia, is tracking southeastward at 04 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 07b (Gaja), located approximately 360 nm east of Chennai, India, is tracking westward at 10 knots.

NewsBytes:

Russia: Flood Report – Due to heavy rains and storms starting on 24 October 2018, a total of 2,545 houses of Krasnodar Krai (region) of Russia were flooded, affecting tens of thousands of people. With over 200,000 inhabitants living in the disaster-hit areas, the governor of Krasnodar Krai declared a state of emergency on 25 October. The local authorities started the response and relief operation immediately and 600 people were evacuated from the flooded houses.

Malaysia – Parts of Lawas district in northern-most Sarawak were hit by flash floods in the predawn hours of Tuesday. A trunk road – Jalan Trusan – and Kg Siang Siang were inundated by a metre of water following heavy rain and rising river waters. So far no evacuations had been ordered.

Wildlife

As Arctic ship traffic increases, narwhals and other unique animals are at risk

More than a century ago, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first European to navigate the entire Northwest Passage. Due to the short Arctic summer, it took Amundsen’s 70-foot wooden sailing ship three years to make the journey, wintering in protected harbors.

Fast-forward to summer 2016, when a cruise ship carrying more than 1,000 passengers negotiated the Northwest Passage in 32 days. The summer “open-water” period in the Arctic has now increased by more than two months in some regions. Summer sea ice cover has shrunk by over 30 percent since satellites started regular monitoring in 1979.

Arctic seas are home to a specialized group of marine mammals found nowhere else on Earth, including beluga and bowhead whales, narwhals, walruses, ringed and bearded seals and polar bears. These species are critical members of Arctic marine ecosystems, and provide traditional resources to Indigenous communities across the Arctic.

According to ecologists, all of these animals are susceptible to sea ice loss. Research at lower latitudes has also shown that marine mammals can be affected by noise from vessels because of their reliance on sound, as well as by ship strikes. These findings raise concerns about increasing vessel traffic in the Arctic.

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Disease

Measles – Thailand

Thailand health officials are working to contain a measles outbreak in the southern provinces, in which some 1,500 cases have been reported, including 12 deaths.

Dengue Fever – Senegal

As of 3 November 2018, the cumulative number of suspected cases is 2,123, of which 216 are confirmed. Six regions are currently reporting confirmed cases: Diourbel (169), Fatick (34), St Louis (6), Dakar (3), Louga (3) and Thiès (1). So far, six cases have been hospitalized. One death of a confirmed case has been reported in the city of Touba in Diourbel Region.

Cholera – Nigeria

Cholera cases have jumped in northeast Nigeria where Boko Haram violence has forced tens of thousands of people to seek refuge in crowded camps, the Norwegian Refugee Council said on Monday. The humanitarian group said 10 000 people have been affected by the fast-spreading cholera outbreak and 175 people have died in the northeast states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe as of early November 2018.