Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

5.0 earthquake hits southern Iran.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 24w (Halong), located approximately 381 nm south of Miami Tori Shima, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 08 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 05a (Maha), located approximately 405 nm south-southeast of Karachi, Pakistan, is tracking northwestward at 06 knots.

NewsBytes:

Iran – Heavy rains caused chaos in Iran claiming the lives of two people and leaving one missing. Heavy rains and floods have affected provinces of Gorgan and Mazanderan.

Wales – Travel has been affected by heavy rain and strong winds across parts of Wales on Saturday. In south Wales, roads have been closed by floods and rail services were affected with trees on the line. A yellow warning for heavy rain covered 17 of Wales’ 22 counties.

Global Warming

North Sea Oil Expansion Plans

Ten oil companies are planning to invest £6.8 billion in six major new projects in the North Sea in breach of international targets to cut climate pollution, according to an expert analysis.

In the next three years big oil multinationals from the UK, the US, Canada, Norway, Japan and Korea want to start exploiting new oil and gas fields off Scotland. But the carbon emissions that would result would accelerate dangerous global warming, experts say.

The financial think tank, Carbon Tracker, also warns that the new North Sea projects would be “deeply loss-making”. Multi-million pound investments would risk becoming “stranded assets”, it says.

Campaigners are demanding a halt to new oil developments in the North Sea to prevent a “climate disaster”. But the offshore oil industry insists that continued investment is “fully compatible” with the UK government’s aim to reach “net zero” climate emissions by 2050.

Environment

Pollution – New Delhi

Air quality has dropped to its worst recorded level this year in New Delhi and nearby cities, with a thick haze hanging over the Indian capital. Delhi pollution has been described ‘like smoking 50 cigarettes a day’.

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Disease

African Swine Fever – Malaysia

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (MOH) reports being briefed on the issue of imported Canned Luncheon Meat products from China that have been detected with the DNA of African Swine Fever (ASF) virus in Sarawak. Consumers are advised to refrain from buying this product including online purchases, and not to provide the product or residue of this product as food to pigs. This is to reduce the risk of ASF contaminating pigs that eat animal food that has been contaminated with ASF virus.

Salmonella – USA

One person has died and eight others have been hospitalized as a result of a multi-state outbreak of salmonella linked to ground beef, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.