Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits near the west coast of Colombia.

5.1 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Myanmar.

5.0 earthquake hits the central mid-Atlantic ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean:Tropical Storm Dorian is located about 225 mi…365 km ese of Barbados and about 335 mi…540 km ese of St. Lucia with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

NewsBytes:

Sudan – Torrential rain and floods have killed 62 people in Sudan, according to the official state news agency. The country has been battered by heavy rains since early July, affecting almost 200,000 people across 15 states. White Nile state in the south of the country has been hit hardest. The UN said that more than 37,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged while more flash floods are expected.

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Environment

Vast ‘pumice raft’ found drifting in the Pacific Ocean

A vast “raft” of volcanic rocks stretching over 150 sq km (93 sq miles) is drifting through the Pacific Ocean.

The sea of pumice – the size of 20,000 football fields – was first reported by Australian sailors earlier this month. Experts say the mass likely came from an underwater volcano near Tonga which erupted around 7 August according to satellite images. Sailors have been warned to stay clear of the potential hazard.

Pumice is a lightweight, bubble-rich rock that can float in water. It is produced when magma is cooled rapidly.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – California

Local roads were closed and some evacuations were ordered Saturday as a Lassen County wildfire in Northern California grew to 1,500 acres. About three dozen engine crews were battling the Long Valley Fire on the California-Nevada border, which was burning through sagebrush lands overseen by the federal Bureau of Land Management. Aerial retardant drops were halted for the night. The fire has destroyed several outbuildings and one larger building and threatened 40 other structures, authorities said.

Elsewhere in Northern California, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported that the 600-acre Mountain Fire in Shasta County was 70% contained by Saturday night, authorities said. The fire, which started Thursday morning, destroyed 14 structures.

Wildfires – Greece

Hot, dry, windy weather has helped fuel dozens of wildfires across the country and the fire service has deployed almost 700 firefighters in the past 24 hours. The most serious fire, on the eastern island of Samos, is now under control, but authorities had to evacuate four hotels Saturday and house the guests in an indoor stadium overnight.

Disease

‘Brain-eating amoeba’ – Pakistan

Officials with the Directorate General Health Services in Pakistan have already reported 11 fatalities due to parasitic meningitis infections caused by Nageleria fowleri, and now a 12th case has been reported.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

From 1 through 31 July 2019, the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported 9 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV) infection and 4 associated deaths.