Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.6 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Depression Fifteen is located about 210 mi…335 km e of the Cabo Verde islands with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…nw or 325 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.


Japan – A massive search-and-rescue effort was underway Monday in central and northern Japan after powerful Typhoon Hagibis unleashed torrents of rain and strong winds during the weekend, killing dozens and spawning devastating flooding. The storm is being blamed for the deaths of at least 58 people, with at least 14 missing and some 200 others injured, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported. The flooding also impacted Japan’s famed bullet trains. East Japan Railway Company said that one-third of its bullet trains used on one line had been damaged by flooding.



Whales Using Bubble ‘Nets’ to Hunt

Some cetaceans use “nets” to catch their food. Like humpback whales. They’ll dive down and swim in a ring around their prey, blowing out bubbles as they go. That rising ring forms a column that traps fish, allowing other whales in the group to swim up from below, mouths agape, through the bubble cylinder to feast.

Space Events

Meteor over China

What appears to be a dazzling meteor lit up the sky over northeast China on Friday (Oct. 11), appearing as a brilliant fireball in surveillance video of the event.

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Leishmaniasis – Kenya

In an update on the leishmaniasis situation in Kenya, officials reported an additional 24 cases during the week ending Oct. 6. This brings the total cases reported in 2019 to 2,696, including 34 deaths.

Cholera – Sudan

From 28 August through 12 October 2019, a total of 278 suspected cholera cases, including 8 deaths (case fatality ratio: 2.88 %), have been reported from four localities in Blue Nile State. One hundred seventy two cases were female (62%), and 238 (93.1%) were over 5 years of age.