Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon, USA.

5.2 earthquake hits south of Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.


Sierra Leone – Torrential rains starting from 2 August have led to flooding in Freetown. Despite the normal peak of the rainy season in August, the soil was previously saturated by rains in July. At least 6 people are reported dead and some 5,000 people are believed to have lost their shelter. Informal settlements, including impoverished slum communities, scattered around the city and mostly built in flood or landslide prone areas, are the most affected.

Saudi Arabia – Parts of Taif were lashed by heavy rains on Thursday, prompting the civil defence agency to warn people in the governorate to shun flood-hit valleys and pooled water. Rescue teams saved two families, who had been trapped by flash floods in the western Saudi region, media reported on Friday.


Wildfires – Borneo

The state Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) has recorded 494 cases involving wildfires from Aug 1 till today. In a statement released by Bomba today, 1391.73 acres of land have been affected by the forest, bush and peat soil fires. Kuching recorded the highest bushfire cases as of today with eight cases, followed by Miri with four cases.

Wildfires – Colorado, USA

At least two evacuation orders were in place for residents in Jefferson County as a wildfire continued to burn in the area well into the night Thursday. In total, 328 homes were affected, but officials said that no structures had been lost.


Typhoid – Singapore

Singapore health officials apparently issued a memo for physicians recently due to an increase in locally acquired typhoid fever. According to the memo, posted on the Etern Medical Facebook page, as of August 13, 15 local cases have been confirmed from July 13 through August 2. All the patients were hospitalized and stable.

Syphilis – Japan

Syphilis has become a big public health issue in recent years, with 2018 seeing more than 6,000 cases globally, the highest number since 1970. To date in 2019, the Japan National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) has reported 3894 cases, including 1,010 cases in Tokyo, more than 25 percent of the country’s total.