Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.3 earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.
5.2 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.
5.1 earthquake hits the Prince Edward Islands.
5.0 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.
5.0 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.
5.0 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Atlantic Ocean: Topical Storm Melissa is located about 415 mi…670 km s of Cape Race Newfoundland with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…ene or 75 degrees at 20 mph…31 km/h.
In the Central Pacific Ocean: Post Tropical Cyclone Ema is located about 165 mi…260 km nw of French Frigate shoals and about 610 mi…980 km wnw of Lihue Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 345 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.
Japan – Japan sent tens of thousands of troops and rescue workers on Sunday to save stranded residents and fight floods caused by one of the worst typhoons to hit the country in recent history. At least 30 people were killed in the typhoon that left vast sections of towns under water. Another 15 were missing and 177 injured by Typhoon Hagibis, which paralysed Tokyo on Saturday and dumped record levels of rain around Japan. About 100,000 homes were left without power. Rescue efforts were hindered after more than 20 rivers in central and northeastern Japan burst their banks and dozens more overflowed although their banks were still in tact, flooding rivers could cause more damage. Some of the worst damage hit the central Japanese city of Nagano, where the Chikuma River inundated swaths of land and forced military helicopters to airlift people from homes.
Chesapeake Bay, Potomac, USA – Since Friday, numerous locations along the tidal Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay have endured coastal flooding, due to the departure of Tropical Storm Melissa and the coming hunter’s full moon. Water levels two to three feet above normal have washed over shorelines and adjacent roads in Old Town Alexandria, the District’s waterfront, Annapolis and Baltimore at around high tide.
Kenya – Mombasa residents have expressed fears of possible outbreak of water-borne diseases as heavy downpour continues pounding the region. The heavy rains that have been pounding the region since Friday afternoon last week have flooded most parts of the county, rendering most roads impassable. The most affected areas are Nyali, Kisauni, Kongowea, Kaa Chonjo and parts of the Mombasa central business district. These areas were on Sunday heavily flooded after long hours of rains that began on Saturday night. In Bamburi, various estates were flooded with water filling roads, making it difficult for residents move. Motorists had difficulties wading through the flooded tourist city.
African Swine Fever – China
China reported another outbreak of the African swine fever on Sunday in its northwestern province of Gansu, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said. The latest outbreak occurred in a breeding cooperative in a county in Gansu’s Dingxi City, with 265 of the 287 infected pigs dying.
China has reported such outbreaks in all its provinces on the mainland, as well as in Hong Kong and Hainan island in the south.