Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the Anatahan region in the North Mariana Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Topical Storm Melissa is located about 370 mi…595 km s of Halifax Nova Scotia with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…ene or 65 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 20w (Hagibis), located approximately 113 nm south-southeast of Misawa, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 36 knots. The Typhoon has weakened and is dissipating, although heavy rainfall and strong winds will persist for some time.

In the Central Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Ema is located about 385 mi…620 km w of Lihue Hawaii and about 130 mi…210 km sse of French Frigate shoals with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…nw or 305 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

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Japan – The sky turned in deep purple colour in Japan surprising the locals, just before the arrival of Typhoon Hagibis. The typhoon touched down southwest of Tokyo on Saturday. An earthquake of magnitude 5.3 shook the area shortly before the same time as the typhoon was making landfall. The earthquake was felt across Tokyo and Chiba. Typhoon Hagibis has brought heavy rain and strong winds to the region and is expected to be Japan’s worst typhoon in six decades. Japan’s military scrambled Sunday to rescue people trapped by flooding after powerful Typhoon Hagibis ripped across the country, killing at least 11 people and leaving more than a dozen missing. The storm’s heavy rain triggered deadly landslides and caused rivers to burst their banks. By Sunday morning, the significantly weakened storm had moved back off land, but serious flooding was reported in central Japan’s Nagano, where a burst levee sent water from the Chikuma river gushing into residential neighbourhoods, flooding homes up to the second floor. Hagibis smashed into the main Japanese island of Honshu around 7:00 pm (1000 GMT) Saturday as one of the most violent typhoons in recent years, with wind gusts of up to 216 kilometres per hour (134 miles per hour). At the storm’s peak, more than seven million people were placed under non-compulsory evacuation orders, with tens of thousands heeding the call and moving into government shelters.

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Nigeria – An 11 year old boy died after being swept away in the flood water in the Alimosho area of Lagos. The heavy downpour has left many homes flooded and blocked the drainage in Lekki city in Lagos state.

Global Warming

North American Birds under Threat

Two-thirds of bird species in North America are at risk of extinction if global temperatures continue to rise, according to a new report from scientists at the Audubon Society. A total of 389 species, out of 604 studied, are expected to experience declines in their populations as a result of warmer temperatures, higher seas, loss of habitat, and extreme weather, all driven by climate change.

Among those birds most at-risk are the greater sage grouse, Baltimore oriole, common loon, and the wood thrush. The new study comes less than a month after research found the United States and Canada have lost 3 billion birds since 1970, equal to losing one out of every four birds.


Wildfires – California, USA

The wildfire raging out of control along the northern edge of Los Angeles since early Friday, has forced thousands of people from their homes as firefighters battled flames from the air and on the ground. The blaze erupted late Thursday along the northern tier of the San Fernando Valley as powerful Santa Ana winds swept Southern California, fanning several destructive blazes. The Los Angeles Fire Department said the fire had grown to more than 6 square miles (15.5 square kilometers) before dawn and an estimated 12,700 homes were under evacuation orders. The Fire Department said homes were destroyed but did not have an estimate. About 100,000 people in over 20,000 homes were ordered to evacuate.


Polio – Pakistan

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) reported three additional wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases during the past week in Pakistan. This brings the total in Pakistan to 72 in 2019 to date, the highest number is years.