Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the Samoa Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Fiji.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Post Tropical Cyclone Olga is located about 170 mi…275 km sse of Lake Charles Louisiana with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…ne or 40 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.

Tropical Storm Pablo is located about 260 mi…420 km sw of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…ese or 110 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 04a (Kyarr), located approximately 512 nm south-southeast of Karachi, Pakistan, is tracking westward at 08 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Britain, Wales – Forecasters have warned of widespread and dangerous flooding in south Wales as parts of the UK are hit by heavy rain and a plunge in temperatures this weekend. Weather warnings are in place for “heavy and persistent” rain stretching from the south-west of Britain, across the whole of Wales and through much of the Midlands, to northern England.

Japan – Torrential rain caused flooding and mudslides Friday in towns east of Tokyo, leaving one dead and two missing and expanding damage in areas still recovering from recent typhoons. Muddy waters spilled from several rivers in Chiba, southeast of Tokyo, where pedestrians waded through waist-deep floods. Mudslides crushed three houses in Midori district in Chiba, and one of three people who were buried underneath them died.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

California firefighters battled through the night to contain a fast-moving wildfire driven by high winds that was threatening to engulf thousands of buildings. Around 40 000 people were told to flee the Tick Fire, which was raging across 1,600 hectares just north of Los Angeles. The blaze broke out early on Thursday afternoon, burning several homes and structures and forcing the closure of a major highway and a number of roads, as some 500 firefighters backed by air tankers and helicopters battled the flames. There were no immediate reports of injury.

Wildfires – Mexico

Mexican authorities say three people have died in wind-whipped wildfires in the northwestern state of Baja California. Mexico’s civil defense agency said Friday that fires near Tecate, near Tijuana and between the coastal towns of Rosarito and Ensenada had forced 1,645 people to evacuate their homes. One of the fires closed the coastal highway north of Ensenada for several hours. Another, near Tecate, burned more than 35,000 acres (about 14,200 hectares).

Wildfires – Australia

Three fires on the NSW north coast, at Tuncurry, Darawank and Mount George, were at emergency levels but have since been downgraded to Watch and Act. Approximately 70 other fires are burning uncontrolled through the state. At least two properties have been lost in the fires.