Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.5 earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.
5.4 earthquake hits the Macquarie Islands.
5.4 earthquake hits east of North Island, New Zealand.
5.1 earthquake hits Samoa.
5.0 earthquake hits Seram, Indonesia.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Western Pacific Ocean: Super Typhoon 20w (Hagibis), located approximately 654 nm south of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking north-northwestward at 13 knots.
Wildfires – California
Fire crews across Northern California are responding to a number of wildfires that ignited amid critical weather conditions Wednesday, as well as a 4,400-acre blaze that has been burning near the entrance to Yosemite National Park since the weekend. Those conditions prompted Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to implement a massive public safety power shutoff, which blacked out about 513,000 customers between midnight and 4 a.m.
Measles – DR Congo
The world’s largest measles outbreak has hit a couple of grim milestones, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has reported 203,179 cases of measles from all 26 provinces of the country, including 4,096 deaths. UNICEF says children under the age of five represent 74 percent of the cases.
STD’s – USA
Infections in the United States from three sexually transmitted diseases hit a record high in 2018 — a high that threatens millions of Americans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
According to a 2018 STD Surveillance Report from the CDC, combined cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia reached an all-time high in the United States last year with more than 2.4 million cases.
Antibiotics can cure syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, but the diseases must be caught early and not left untreated. The CDC cautioned that many cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis continue to go undiagnosed and unreported.
Global Volcanic Activity – New Activity for the week of 2 October – 8 October 2019
Copahue | Central Chile-Argentina border : OVDAS-SERNAGEOMIN and ONEMI reported that during 2-7 October a webcam at Copahue recorded white and gray emissions rising as high as 300 m above the El Agrio Crater rim and drifting ENE, SE, and SSE. By 7 October the number and intensity of seismic events detected at Copahue had decreased to low levels. The volcano Alert Level was lowered to Yellow (second lowest level on a four-colour scale). ONEMI maintained the Yellow Alert (the middle level on a three-colour scale) for residents, and stated that the public should stay at least 1 km away from El Agrio Crater.
Ulawun | New Britain (Papua New Guinea) : RVO reported that the fissure eruption on Ulawun’s WSW flank had ceased by 4 October, producing only diffuse white-to-gray steam plumes with a blueish tinge from the main coalesced vent. Weak incandescence from the vent was visible at night on 5 October. The lava-flow rate slowed to 3-5 m a day, likely because it was no longer being fed. RSAM decreased to 1,000 units; regular small high-frequency events were recorded during 4-7 October. RVO recommended that the Alert Level be reduced to Stage 2.