Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.5 earthquake hits offshore Atacama, Chile.

5.7 earthquake hits Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia.

5.5 earthquake hits Kepulauan Taluad, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Depression Rene is located about 440 mi…710 km wnw of the Cabo Verde islands with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 285 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

Tropical Storm Paulette is located about 1440 mi…2315 km wnw of the Cabo Verde islands and about 1145 mi…1845 km e of the northern Leeward islands with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

NewsBytes:

China – Floods have stricken northeast China as typhoon-induced rainfall lashed the region, according to the Ministry of Water Resources on Tuesday. A total of 23 rivers have seen floods running above the warning level, among which five saw water levels breach the guaranteed level. There may be more floods as torrential rains are expected in parts of Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang over the next three days.

Global Warming

Deep channels link ocean to Antarctic glacier

Newly discovered deep seabed channels beneath Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica may be the pathway for warm ocean water to melt the underside of the ice. Data from two research missions, using aircraft and ship, are helping scientists to understand the contribution this huge and remote glacier is likely to make to future global sea level rise. Over the past 30 years, the overall rate of ice loss from Thwaites and its neighbouring glaciers has increased more than 5-fold. Already, ice draining from Thwaites into the Amundsen Sea accounts for about four percent of global sea-level rise. A run-away collapse of the glacier could lead to a significant increase in sea levels of around 65 cm (25 inches) and scientists want to find out how quickly this could happen.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Oregon, USA

The Oregon Department of Corrections on Tuesday evacuated an estimated 1,400 inmates from three state prisons in Marion County in response to wildfires threatening the region.

Gov. Kate Brown has declared a wildfire emergency in Oregon, where fire in the Santiam Canyon forced evacuations and wildfires elsewhere sent thick smoke across western Oregon, from Mount Hood to Lincoln County.

According to the governor, the Santiam fire, along with the Lionshead fire, have burned an estimated 200,000 acres so far.

Wildfires – California, USA

Parts of Yosemite National Park are under advisory for a possible evacuation as the massive Creek Fire rages to the south.

The wildfire has burned nearly 135,000 acres in California so far with zero containment as of Monday evening, leading to numerous evacuations in rural portions of Fresno and Madera counties, including several outdoor recreation areas. In some cases, those trapped by the encroaching blaze have been airlifted out by National Guard helicopters.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Plague – Colorado, USA

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is reporting the second case of human plague in the state this summer. The case, reported to the department on Sept. 3, is a resident from a rural county in Colorado.