Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.3 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.2 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits the Gulf of Alaska.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Subtropical Storm Melissa is located about 235 mi…375 km sse of Nantucket Massachusetts with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…ne or 55 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 20w (Hagibis), located approximately 121 nm southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 18 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Japan – One man died and more than a million in Japan were advised to evacuate as powerful typhoon Hagibis was set to make landfall late on Saturday, bringing with it the heaviest rain and winds in 60 years. Four people were injured, also in Chiba, as winds blew roofs off several houses.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

A wind-swept wildfire in California’s San Fernando Valley threatened several northern Los Angeles communities Friday, prompting authorities to order the evacuation of more than 1,600 homes, according to reports.

The so-called Saddleridge Brush Fire, which started in Sylmar north of downtown LA on Thursday night, spread from 60 acres to 1,600 acres (2.5 square miles) within hours.

Meanwhile, a separate fire sparked by burning trash dumped by a garbage truck destroyed dozens of homes in Riverside County and led to the evacuation of hundreds of people.

The Sandalwood fire erupted when a “trash truck dumped a load of burning trash that spread onto vegetation” about 2 p.m. Thursday in the community of Calimesa, about 70 miles east of LA, fire officials said.

The two conflagrations were among about 275 wildfires that have broken out across the state as hot, gusty winds signaled the start of its peak fire season.

Disease

Naegleria fowleri – Pakistan

Pakistani health officials reported Friday on an additional Naegleria fowleri, or “brain-eating amoeba” death in Karachi. The 19-year-old victim is is the 15th fatality this year.