Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits southwest of Africa.

5.2 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits southwest of Africa.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 05p (Owen), located approximately 563 nm east of Cairns, Australia, is tracking southeastward at 04 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Saudi Arabia – The Civil Defense has said four people were dead and many others trapped in Madinah due to heavy rain. It said a number of houses in the east of Madinah were submerged and rescue teams were still searching for people entrapped by water. 40 people who were besieged by water in Rabigh were rescued and evacuated to safety.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Queensland, Australia

Strong winds and high temperatures have tested exhausted firefighters battling more than 110 blazes across central Queensland throughout Sunday.

More than 160 firefighting crews were battling the blazes on Sunday night, with bushfires at Deepwater and Eungella, in central Queensland, Tinnanbar, on the Fraser Coast, Karara, near Warwick in the state’s south, and North Stradbroke Island of most concern.

Residents in the Captain Creek area, west of Agnes Water, were told to prepare to leave on Sunday night as an unpredictable bushfire was moving southeast towards the region.

To the south, evacuated residents in the Winfield area, south of Baffle Creek, were advised they could return home on Sunday night as the Deepwater blaze no longer threatened their properties.

And further west, Lowmead residents were told the immediate threat to their homes had passed and they could return home to their rural community.

Disease

Anthrax – Malawi

Malawi officials are reporting an anthrax outbreak in hippopotami in Liwonde township in the southern part of the country. 25 hippos died in the outbreak. The hippos live and feed along the Shire river.