Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

Two 5.1 earthquakes hit the Molucca Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore O’Higgins, Chile.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Raymond is located about 500 mi…805 km s of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 335 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Tropical Depression Twenty One-E is located about 535 mi…860 km s of Acapulco Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 26w (Fengshen), located approximately 185 nm east of Iwo To, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 17 knots.

Tropical depression 27w (Kalmaegi), located approximately 296 nm east-northeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking southwestward at 01 knot.

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NewsBytes:

India, Bangladesh – Update – Cyclone Bulbul has left a trail of death and destruction, claiming the lives of at least 32 people in India and Bangladesh. Cyclone Bulbul killed 10 people and affected at least 2.73 lakh families in different parts of the West Bengal, India causing the suspension of operation for 12 hours at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata. According to the Sate Disaster Management, at least 2,473 houses were destroyed and another 26,000 were partially damaged in the cyclone in the coastal districts along the Bay of Bengal. At least 22 people died in seven coastal districts of Bangladesh. Cyclone Bulbul made landfall between Sagar Islands of West Bengal and Khepupara in Bangladesh. More than 1.8 million people in the vulnerable Bangladeshi coastal districts were evacuated to 4,071 cyclone shelters.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Residents are ordered to evacuate town north of Sydney immediately as massive bushfire closes in – blanketing the city in a thick layer of smoke. An emergency warning has been issued for residents of Colo Heights, about 90 minutes north west of Sydney, to leave their homes immediately as an out-of-control bushfire approaches. An 85,000-hectare bushfire at Gospers Mountain in the Wollemi National Park has escalated under hot and windy conditions. The bushfire is spreading rapidly and spot fires are springing up ahead of the main blaze.

Smoke from Australia’s bushfires has spread to South America

Smoke particles from bushfires in Australia have reached South America, in a striking illustration of the intensity of the unprecedented blazes. Satellites show atmospheric pollution created by the fires across New South Wales and Queensland has travelled more than 10,000 kilometres to Chile and Argentina. Researchers at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) in Reading, UK, found a plume of carbon monoxide and aerosols trailing across the Pacific Ocean to South America.

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Disease

Polio – Pakistan

Pakistan reported an additional two wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases during the past week, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. This brings the total WPV1 cases in Pakistan to 82 this year and 102 total in endemic countries.