Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.8 earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.
5.3 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic ridge.
5.1 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.
5.1 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.
5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.
5.0 earthquake hits offshore El Salvador.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Dorian is located about 145 mi…230 km se of Nantucket Massachusetts and about 410 mi…660 km sw of Halifax Nova Scotia with maximum sustained winds…85 mph…140 km/h. Present movement…ne or 50 degrees at 25 mph…41 km/h.
Hurricane Dorian briefly made landfall on the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Friday, hitting the beach-fringed barrier islands with powerful winds and battering waves days after reducing parts of the Bahamas to rubble. The storm made landfall at Cape Hatteras at about 9 a.m. (1300 GMT) with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 km per hour), according to the National Hurricane Center. That was far weaker than its slow, deadly tour through the Bahamas earlier in the week that caused at least 43 deaths, according to news media accounts late Friday, and likely many more. By late afternoon, Dorian was moving away from the mid-Atlantic states and headed towards Canada where it was expected to bring hurricane-force winds to parts of Nova Scotia by Saturday evening, the National Hurricane Center said.
Post Tropical Cyclone Gabrielle is located about 990 mi…1590 km wsw of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…nw or 310 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.
In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Juliette is located about 1090 mi…1755 km w of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.
In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 15w (Lingling), located approximately 84 nm west-northwest of Yongsan Ain, South Korea is tracking northward at 19 knots.
Tropical Storm Faxai, located approximately 479 nm south-southeast of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 19 knots.
Wildfires – Australia
Australian firefighters battled strong winds and fast-moving blazes on Saturday as they worked to contain out-of-control bushfires that have destroyed at least 21 homes across two states on the country’s east coast.
More than 100 fires were burning in the states of Queensland and New South Wales on Saturday, with the nation’s weather bureau forecasting little reprieve for firefighters due to dry conditions caused by drought and little rainfall over winter.
In the north-eastern state of Queensland, 51 fires were active on Saturday and 17 homes had been destroyed, with the risk posed by fires remaining high for several days despite temperatures cooling.
Yellow Fever – Nigeria
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has confirmed four cases of yellow fever in Bauchi State.
Ebola – DR Congo
The intensity of Ebola virus disease (EVD) transmission in the North Kivu, South Kivu, and Ituri provinces remains substantial, with 57 new cases reported since the last Update on 29 August.