Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits the central east Pacific rise.

5.3 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.3 earthquake hits Lake Baykal, Russia.

5.1 earthquake hits northern Xinjiang, China.

5.0 earthquake hits Guam.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Beta is located about 10 mi…15 km ese of Victoria Texas and about 35 mi…55 km w of Palacios Texas with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…nw or 315 degrees at 3 mph…6 km/h.

Hurricane Teddy is located about 435 mi…695 km s of Halifax Nova Scotia with maximum sustained winds…100 mph…155 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 340 degrees at 28 mph…44 km/h.

Tropical Storm Paulette is located about 295 mi…470 km se of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…ene or 65 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 14w (Dolphin), located approximately 493 nm south-southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking northward at 08 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 17e (Lowell), located approximately 901 nm south of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 11 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Nigeria – Days of flooding from the overflowing Niger river has displaced over 50,000 people in the state of Kogi in central Nigeria. Local media report that at least 66 communities in the state have been affected and 1 person is thought to have died. Many victims have lost their livelihoods after crops and livestock were washed away.

Cambodia – Further flooding has struck in parts of Cambodia after heavy rainfall brought by Tropical Storm Noul. Disaster authorities report 11 people have died. Previously flooding had affected Preah Sihanouk province, where 2,000 people were affected and 1 fatality was reported.

Indonesia – Further flooding has struck in Indonesia, this time in West Java Province along with parts of the capital, Jakarta. Officials report 2 people have died and 20 have been injured. In West Java, heavy rainfall from 20 September caused the Cipeuncit River to break its banks flooding areas of Cicurug District in Sukabumi Regency on 21 September. Flooding was also reported in Parung Kuda and Cidahu Districts in the Regency. Meanwhile flooding from 21 September inundated roads across the capital, Jakarta. Flooding was reported in 49 locations in the city, with 104 people displaced. Some areas of the city recorded more than 200mm of rain in 24 hours to 22 September.

Mexico – At least 2 people have died after heavy rainfall caused flooding and landslides in the state of Oaxaca, southwestern Mexico. Flash floods, overflowing rivers and landslides have prompted authorities to declare a state of emergency in several municipalities in the Papaloapan Region.

India – Teams from India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been called on to rescue flood victims in the state of Karnataka. Flooding struck after heavy rainfall from 19 September, affecting the city of Udupi and the surrounding areas. Udupi recorded just under 450 mm of rain in 24 hours to 20 September 2020. Local media said several rivers broke their banks damaging at least 4 bridges.

South East Asia – At least 7 people have died after Tropical Storm Noul made its way across the countries of Vietnam, Laos and Thailand in South East Asia. Noul made landfall near the city of Da Nang in Vietnam on 18 September 2020. Disaster authorities in Vietnam reported storm-related fatalities in the provinces of Thua Thien Hue (04), Ha Tinh and Quang Tri. A further 112 people were injured. Ten houses were completely destroyed in Thua Thien Hue and 3 in Quang Tri. Thousands of other houses suffered damage, mostly as a result of strong winds. Around 50,000 people were evacuated from affected areas. The storm then headed inland, bringing strong winds and heavy rainfall to parts of Laos, where flooding was reported in Xekong and Champassak provinces. In Thailand officials said 1,932 households across 27 provinces were affected by the storm from 19 to 21 September. One fatality was reported in Ranong province after strong winds uprooted a tree.

Wildlife

Botswana Elephant Death Mystery Solved

GABORONE, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Toxins in water produced by cyanobacteria killed more than 300 elephants in Botswana this year, officials said on Monday, announcing the result of an investigation into the deaths which had baffled and alarmed conservationists.

Cyanobacteria are microscopic organisms common in water and sometimes found in soil. Not all produce toxins but scientists say toxic ones are occurring more frequently as climate change drives up global temperatures.

The number of dead elephants had risen to 330, from 281 reported in July, while other animals in the Okavango Panhandle region appeared unharmed.

In neighbouring Zimbabwe, about 25 elephant carcasses were found near the country’s biggest game park and authorities suspect they succumbed to a bacterial infection.

The animals were found with tusks intact, ruling out poaching and deliberate poisoning. Parks authorities believe the elephants could have ingested the bacteria while searching for food. The carcasses were found near water sources.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

A wildfire burning through a swath of Los Angeles County for more than two weeks remained virtually unchecked Monday as fire managers struggled to gather resources needed to douse the inferno.

The Bobcat Fire is one of scores of major fires burning across the West – including Oregon, where at least six people have been accused of igniting some of the blazes.

The Bobcat Fire had burned more than 165 square miles in and around the Angeles National Forest as of Monday night, destroying or damaging up to 85 structures including an iconic nature center. About 1,100 households, an estimated 4,000 people, have been forced to evacuate.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Ebola – DR Congo

Health officials recorded an additional Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) case in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Equateur province, bringing the total in the 11th Ebola outbreak in the country to 124 (118 confirmed and 6 probable). The death toll remains at 50 (44 confirmed and 6 probable).

Wild Poliovirus – Pakistan, Afghanistan

In Pakistan, two wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported; one each in Balochistan and Sindh province, bringing the total for 2020 to 70 to date.

In Afghanistan, two wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported; one each in Khost and Paktika provinces. There are now 46 WPV1 cases reported in 2020.