Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.6 earthquake hits Tonga.

6.2 earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.5 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.4 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.1 earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.1 earthquake hits Lake Baikal, Russia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Super Typhoon 24w (Halong), located approximately 427 nm northeast of Tinian, North Mariana Islands, is tracking northwestward at 08 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 05a (Maha), located approximately 354 nm south-southwest of Karachi, Pakistan, is tracking east-northeastward at 02 knots.

NewsBytes:

Italy – Storms pounded Italy over the weekend, causing flash floods and evacuations in the country’s northwest. Schools across the Liguria region were closed as the weather alert continued, with forecasts of heavy rain and strong winds.

Environment

Pollution – Oil Spill, Brazil

Brazil says a Greek ship carrying Venezuelan oil has caused an oil spill that blackened tropical beaches along 2,500 km of its coasts over the last two months. Oil slicks have been appearing for three months off the coast of northeast Brazil and fouling beaches along a 2 500km area of Brazil’s most celebrated shoreline. Crews and volunteers have cleaned up tons of oil on the beaches.

Officials say it not yet possible to quantify the environmental and economic damage from the oil slicks. The government on Friday named a Greek-flagged tanker as the prime suspect behind the oil slicks. The ship Bouboulina took on oil in Venezuela and was headed for Singapore.

Disease

Measles – DR Congo

Approximately 12,000 additional measles cases have been reported in the worlds largest outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the past two weeks. Through October 20, officials report 222,939 measles cases, up from 209,211 cases on Oct. 6. In addition, the measles fatalities have risen to 4,435.