Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.4 earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

5.3 earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

5.1 earthquake hits Broken Ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits the eastern Sea of Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Volcano Islands off Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Lorenzo is located about 630 mi…1010 km sw of Flores in the western Azores with maximum sustained winds…100 mph…155 km/h. Present movement…ne or 40 degrees at 22 mph…35 km/h.

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression Narda is located about 70 mi…115 km nw of Los Mochis Mexico and about 120 mi…195 km se of Guaymas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…nw or 325 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon (td) 19w (Mitag), located approximately 156 nm south-southeast of Shanghai, China, is tracking northward at 15 knots.

NewsBytes:

India – More than 100 people have been killed over the last four days after a heavy spell of retreating monsoon rains flooded wide areas in northeast India’s Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Bihar states. Patna has received more than 200mm of rain since Friday, according to the weather department. Days of downpour left almost 80 percent of Patna localities, including hospitals and schools, flooded. Residents reported knee-deep water across the city.

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Wildfires

Russia puts out all wildfires

Russia has extinguished all wildfires in the country, which hit a total area of 10.337 million hectares, the Russian Aerial Forest Protection Service said Monday.

Wildfires – Amazon

Wildfires are still raging in the Amazon rainforest.

Twelve million hectares have burnt so far, three times more than last year. This means an area nearly the size of Greece.

Brazil paid the hardest price, but the flames are ravaging also some other of the nine countries the Amazon spans to. In Bolivia, 5,000 people are fighting the blaze, but it is still out of control.

It has been dubbed as the worst fires in living memory. Since January, 5 million hectares of forest and savanna were lost in Bolivia, two million just in the past two months. The flames are threatening 1,200 species. As a result, Amazon’s indigenous communities say this is an ‘environmental genocide’.

Disease

Eastern Equine Encephalitis – Michigan, USA

In a follow-up on the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) situation in Michigan, state health officials now report nine human EEE cases from six counties. Three deaths are among the nine cases.

Legionnaires Disease – North Caroline, USA

North Carolina state health officials were first notified about an increase in the number of Legionnaire’s disease cases in Buncombe and Henderson counties about one week ago. The investigation focused on people who attended the NC Mountain State Fair held Sept. 6–15 at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Fletcher, NC. To date, health officials have reported 83 Legionella cases (79 Legionnaires’ disease and 4 Pontiac fever), including one fatality.