Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

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

5.1 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits the Babuyan Islands in the Philippines.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Post Tropical Cyclone Laura is located about 130 mi…210 km e of Louisville Kentucky and about 90 mi…150 km w of Charleston West Virginia with maximum sustained winds…25 mph…35 km/h. Present movement…e or 85 degrees at 28 mph…44 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 14e (Iselle), located approximately 804 nm south of San Diego, is tracking northward at 05 knots.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 10w (Maysak), located approximately 587 nm south of Kadena AFB, is tracking north-northwestward at 06 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Pakistan – As monsoon rainfall continues to cause chaos in Karachi and surrounding areas of Pakistan‘s south eastern Sindh Province, flash flooding in northern parts of the country has caused at least 19 fatalities since 26 August 2020. Flash flooding struck in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province late on 27 August, 2020. According to Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), 8 people died in flash floods in Upper Kohistan district, where 18 houses were destroyed. Flash flooding also destroyed 21 houses in Swat district, where 6 people died and 8 were injured. Flooding was also reported in Mansehra and Lower Kohistan districts. Two children died in Shangla district after heavy rainfall caused a landslide which buried a house. Meanwhile in Azad Jammu and Kashmir Region (AJK), 3 people died and 19 houses were damaged or destroyed after heavy rainfall in Sudhnoti district, 26 to 27 August.

Wildlife

Dolphins Die in Mauritius

At least 40 dolphins have mysteriously died in an area of Mauritius affected by an oil spill from a Japanese boat, officials and witnesses said on Friday.

Environmentalists have demanded an investigation into whether the dolphins were killed as a result of the spill from a Japanese ship, which was scuttled on Monday after running aground in July and leaking oil.

The death toll may rise: fishermen say they saw between 25 and 30 apparently dead dolphins floating in the lagoon on Friday morning, among scores of the animals that fishermen were trying to herd away from the pollution.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Colorado, USA

Pine Gulch – Although the Pine Gulch fire on Thursday night became the largest wildfire in Colorado’s recorded history at 139,006 — 217 square miles — containment increased to 77% with “highly successful” firefighting efforts.

Grizzly Creek – The Grizzly Creek fire on Friday grew by about 40 acres to 32,448 acres, and fire containment is at 71%, fire officials said Friday night. The fire, burning near Glenwood Springs, is almost 51 square miles.

Cameron Peak – The Cameron Peak fire grew minimally overnight Thursday and has now burned 22,971 acres, or nearly 36 square miles, according to fire officials. The fire is 0% contained, and no structures have been damaged.

Williams Fork fire – The Williams Fork fire outside Fraser expanded slightly overnight Thursday and is now burning 12,048 acres — 19 square miles — with 5% containment, fire officials said Friday.