Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits south of Africa.

5.4 earthquake hits the Aegean Sea.

5.4 earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits eastern Honshu, Japan.

5.2 earthquake hits Guatemala.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical depression 15w (Kujira), located approximately 254 nm southeast of Minami Tori Shima, is tracking northwestward at 15 knots.

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Wildlife

Whale Stranding – Australia

Australian wildlife officials began disposing hundreds of dead pilot whales on Saturday, Sep. 26 after concluding there was no longer any hope of rescuing any more.

In Australia’s biggest whale beach, 470 whales were first spotted on a wide sandbank during an aerial reconnaissance in Tasmania on Sep. 21.

After days of difficult and dangerous rescue attempts, wildlife officials said they rescued 108 whales, with the rest now believed to have died.

Whales are very social marine mammals, and they typically travel together. The whales are believed to have gotten stuck and stranded together in the area, and were not able to get out.

The bodies of the dead whales are being separated into groups and enclosed with water booms to try keep them in one place- and isolated from sharks and other predators.

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Disease

COVID-19

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

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Naegleria fowleri – Texas, USA

Authorities with the City of Lake Jackson, Texas, in the Greater Houston metropolitan area issued a disaster declaration Saturday after the parasite, Naegleria fowleri, the brain-eating amoeba, was found in water samples during an investigation of a child that contracted the amoeba.