Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.7 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.4 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 earthquake hits the Scotia Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Rene is located about 1345 mi…2165 km wnw of the Cabo Verde islands and about 1300 mi…2095 km ene of the northern Leeward islands with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…nw or 305 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

Tropical Storm Paulette is located about 645 mi…1040 km se of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…nw or 310 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

Tropical Depression Nineteen is located about 35 mi…55 km wsw of Miami Florida and about 75 mi…125 km ese of Naples Florida with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 12w (Twelve), located approximately 237 nm south-southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking north- northeastward at 06 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Ethiopia – Heavy rain and flooding continue in Ethiopia, with over 500,000 people affected and around 300,000 displaced since July. Unusually heavy Kiremt season (June to September) rainfall triggered flooding in the country from late July. In a report of 06 September, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said “heavy summer season (June-September) rains continue to cause flooding in many parts of the country. Some 500,000 people were so far affected, including some 300,000 displaced.” On 01 September the Awash River once again broke its banks, flooding areas in Amibara and Awash Fentale woredas of Afar region. The Government deployed a military helicopter to evacuate flood victims. Local reports said at least 5 people died.

Environment

Plastic Soils

New research finds that microplastic pollution is causing harm to the tiny creatures living in the ground. Writing in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society, scientists say the assault is occurring in soil-dwelling mites, larvae and other creatures that are crucial to the fertility of the land. They play an important role in recycling carbon and nitrogen, and they break down organic material.

Plots contaminated with microplastics saw a reduction of those creatures of between 15% and 62%, the scientists said.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Ebola – DR Congo

Since our last report on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Équateur Province in western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Sept. 6, an additional nine total EVD cases have been reported. This brings the outbreak total to 121 (115 confirmed and 6 probable cases). 53 people have recovered and 48 total deaths (including 42 confirmed and 6 probable) have been reported.