Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.1 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Western Pacific Ocean : Tropical storm 21w (Twenty-one), located approximately 586 nm east-northeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking northward at 03 knots.

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Syphilis – Japan

In 2017, Japan saw 5,534 syphilis cases, the first time that happened in more than 4 decades, Last year, the number of cases were even higher at 6,923. The last time Japan saw more than 6,000 syphilis cases was 48 years ago. Through Oct. 6 this year, the Japanese National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) have reported 5,111 cases, the third year in a row eclipsing the 5,000 mark.


Global Volcanic Activity – New Activity for the week of 9 October – 15 October 2019

Metis Shoal | Tonga Islands : According to news articles the Tonga Geological Services Office of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources stated that several observations indicating a possible eruption at Metis Shoal, also known as Lateiki, were reported during 13-15 October. Real Tonga pilots flying between Tongatapu and Vava’u observed the intermittent plumes rising to 4.6-5.2 km (15,000-17,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifting N on 15 October. Ash in the plumes was not identifiable according to the Wellington VAAC.