Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
6.5 earthquake hits Seram, Indonesia.
5.8 earthquake hits western Turkey.
5.6 earthquake hits the Flores region, Indonesia.
5.4 earthquake hits Seram, Indonesia.
5.3 earthquake hits Catamarca, Argentina.
5.3 earthquake hits New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.
5.3 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic ridge.
5.3 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
5.2 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic ridge.
5.1 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Atlantic Ocean:Tropical Storm Karen is located about 475 mi…765 km s of Bermuda and about 520 mi…835 km nne of San Juan Puerto Rico with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…nne or 15 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.
Hurricane Lorenzo is located about 995 mi…1600 km w of the southernmost Cabo Verde islands with maximum sustained winds…100 mph…155 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 290 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.
England – Major London train stations were closed yesterday as a result of flooding, including Moorgate, St Pauls, Victoria and London Liverpool Street. Yesterday saw a month’s worth of rain dumped in some areas of the UK in as little as six hours, with bad weather expected to continue today. Commuters suffered evening rush hour misery as four central London stations were hit by flooding following huge downpours in the capital on Tuesday. Liverpool Street station saw the worst of the chaos, with the rain forcing numerous rail services to be delayed and cancelled. Meanwhile, Tube routes were also closed. Water at the station was said to be ankle deep in some parts of the concourse, with Network Rail adding: “An overflowing storm drain on the roof meant excess water came onto the tracks causing multiple track circuit and signal failures. Meanwhile, at Victoria station – the second busiest in the UK – trains on
the District and Circle lines were not stopping.
Walrus Attacks and Sinks Russian Navy Boat
While traversing frigid Arctic waters in the Franz Josef Land archipelago, a Russian Navy vessel met its match — a mighty mother walrus defending her calves. Battered by the tusked mammal’s attacks, the tugboat Altai sank into the sea. The boat’s crew of Navy service members and researchers made it safely ashore on a smaller vessel.
An asteroid came within “astronomical” inches after telescopes failed to detect the rock straight away. The near-miss came when a space rock hurtled just 0.19 lunar distances of the Earth – just inches in astronomical terms. NASA eventually detected the asteroid but only after it was revealed to be on a near-direct for the planet, which could have resulted in mass extinction.
The asteroid, called “2019 OK”, was reported to be the size of a football field, coming within an estimated 48,000 miles of Earth. NASA were only notified 24 hours in advance of the asteroids arrival. The space agency paid its thanks to a small telescope in Brazil that managed to detect the partially invisible asteroid.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis – Massachusetts, USA
Massachusetts health officials reported the 11th human Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus infection in a man in his 70s from Worcester County. In addition, the health department was notified by a hospital of a death from EEE of an Essex County resident, the 4th of the year.
Diptheria – Philippines
Philippines health officials are urging parents to ensure that their children receive all the necessary vaccinations on a timely basis. This call comes after the DOH reported an increase in diphtheria this year to date. From January 2019 – September 2019, there have been 167 cases and 40 deaths.
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
From 1 through 31 August 2019, the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported 6 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV) infection and one associated death.
Global Volcanic Activity – New Activity for the week of 18 September – 24 September 2019
No new volcanic activity was reported this week.