Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

Two 5.2 earthquakes hit Papua, Indonesia.

Two 5.1 earthquakes hit Papua, Indonesia.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit Papua, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean : Typhoon Bualoi (22w), located approximately 126 nm south-southeast of Iwo, is tracking northwestward at 11 knots.


Malaysia – Flash floods caused by continuous rainfall hit several areas in Kuala Lumpur affecting a number of major roads and causing some damages in the area.

Italy – Residents of Castelletto d’Orba, in Italy’s north-west, woke up to havoc and destruction on Tuesday (October 22) after heavy rains caused the Rio Albara, normally a tiny stream, to burst its banks and flood the small town. The flash floods occurred on Monday evening (October 21) and forced the town’s mayor to temporarily evacuate around 50 people. Elsewhere in the northern Piemonte region, the bad weather caused the death of one man as his car was washed away in a flood.

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Washington, USA – Flooded rivers are causing problems across parts of Western Washington, and waters are still rising as heavy rain struck the region overnight. The Tolt and Skykomish Rivers will reach moderate flood stage, and the Snohomish River is forecast to rise above flood stage Tuesday afternoon. In the town of Carnation, the water was making driving dangerous.


Elephants Die in Botswana

Officials with the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks say more than 100 elephants have died in recent months and anthrax is the likely culprit. According to a Reuters report, preliminary investigations suggest the elephants are dying from anthrax while some died from the effects of drought over the past two months.


Wildfires – California, USA

Flames raged along a ridge-line at the edge of an affluent beach-front neighborhood located between Santa Monica and Malibu about 18 miles (30 km) west of downtown Los Angeles. A mandatory evacuation was ordered for about 200 homes in the Pacific Palisades community, as ground teams and helicopters worked on putting out hot spots and carving a containment line around the fire zone’s perimeter.