Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits the Gansu-Qinghai border, China.

5.2 earthquake hits southern Alaska.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Humberto is located about 570 mi…920 km w of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h. Present movement…ene or 75 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Kiko is located about 1035 mi…1670 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…80 mph…130 km/h. Present movement…w or 265 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

NewsBytes:

India – Heavy rain has caused flash floods in Sirivella, Gospadu, Mahanandi, Nandyal, and Rudravaram mandals in Kurnool district in the early hours of Monday. While no deaths have been reported, the authorities expect significant crop and property damage.

Wildlife

Birds lose weight, migrate later after consuming insecticide

Birds that have ingested seeds treated with a common insecticide experience weight loss and delay their migrations — effects that could reduce their chances of surviving and reproducing, researchers found.

In a study of white-crowned sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys) in Canada, biologists documented the effects in birds that eat the equivalent of just a few seeds treated with the neonicotinoid pesticide imidacloprid — an amount they could be expected to consume in the wild from agricultural fields.

Researchers suspect these impacts could be related to a dramatic decline in some songbird populations.

Neonicotinoids are often applied as a seed coating to protect crops from harmful insects, but when the chemicals are exposed in the environment, studies have found they can affect pollinating insects as well as birds.

Researchers found that birds given a higher dose of the pesticide lost 6% of their body mass within six hours, causing the birds to stay an average of 3 ½ days longer than birds in a control group at the stopover site before resuming migration.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

A major fire on the NSW north coast is causing concern for emergency services amid fears some properties may have been lost. The fire in bushland around Drake has already burned through more than 60,000 hectares since it began almost two weeks ago. Overnight the threats to homes eased but firefighters are still bracing for damage reports.

Meanwhile, another fire burning about 15km east of Glen Innes in the Brother State Forest is still out of control. So far it has burned through 16,000 hectares. But the threat to homes has eased after crews acted to hold the fire to the western side of Old Grafton Road.

Disease

Measles – Dr Congo

The measles outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the largest in the world and continues to trend and spread geographically. Through September 1 this year, officials have reported 179,477 suspected measles cases including 3,559 deaths (CFR 2.0%). Cases have been reported from more than 90 percent health zones across the country.

Chikungunya – Ethiopia

In a follow-up on the chikungunya outbreak in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, health officials continues to see an increasing trend in cases since the end of July. During the week ending September 8, officials saw an additional 7,264 new suspected cases from nine urban kebeles, or neighborhoods in Dire Dawa City Administration.

Brain-eating Amoeba – Pakistan

The the second time in two days, Karachi officials report a fatality due to the brain-eating amoeba, Naegleria fowleri. The 14th case occurred in a 26-year-old man from Gulistan-e-Jauhar Block-27. He was was taken to the Aga Khan University Hospital [AKUH] last week after complaining of fever, vomiting and headache.

Yellow Fever – Nigeria

In a follow-up on the yellow fever outbreak in Bauchi state, Nigeria, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) now report that since the first confirmed case was reported on the 29th of August, 169 suspected and 15 laboratory confirmed cases by RT-PCR have been reported. Of this total, 23 people have died

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