Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.5 earthquake hits the MacQuarie Islands.
5.2 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.
5.0 earthquake hits Jujuy, Argentina.
5.0 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.
5.0 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 02w (Wutip), located approximately 172 nm west of Navsta, Guam, is tracking west-northwestward at 04 knots.
USA – A tornado smashed into a commercial district in the small Mississippi city of Columbus on Saturday afternoon, shattering businesses as severe storms raked the South amid days of drenching rains and a rising flood threat. Elsewhere around the South, homes, highways, parks and bridges have been flooded or put out of commission amid the heavy rains and severe storms. News outlets report that water rescues have been performed in some Middle Tennessee counties. Flash flood warnings and watches remained in place throughout the South and one Mississippi community reported large hail. Interstate 40 near the Tennessee line with North Carolina was closed by a rockslide, one of the dozens of roads and highways shut down throughout the South region, transportation officials said.
Disease Outbreaks in Sudan
The Sudan Liberation Movement has reported an increase in the cases of pneumonia, diarrhoea, measles and anaemia, and incidences of miscarriage in several areas of Jebel Marra. The rebel movement holds several areas in Jebel Marra under its control, which is the main reason why the Sudanese government does not allow access there for humanitarian aid assistance. The diseases have led to numerous deaths among children.
“These diseases, of which no causes have yet been identified, are increasing,” the movement claimed, expressing its concern for a larger outbreak of diseases in the rebel-hold areas.
The Sudanese government, after its decision to expel international aid organisations from Jebel Marra and Darfur, has prevented the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (Unamid) and humanitarian organisations from reaching the areas under the rebels’ control.