Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.4 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.9 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.4 earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands, Greece.

5.3 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.2 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 earthquake hits Southern California.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane 18e (Marie), located approximately 1086 nm south of San Diego, is tracking westward at 16 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Benin – Civil Protection in Benin reports that around 7,000 people have been displaced by flooding in the communes of Kandi, Karimama and Malanville in the Alibori Department of northeastern Benin. Six people have died as a direct result of flooding in the area, and a further 23 water-related deaths were reported, including boating accidents.

Bangladesh – Flooding has affected tens of thousands of people in northern Bangladesh after days of heavy rain. Among the worst hit areas is Rangpur district in Rangpur Division, where a record 433mm of rain fell in just 12 hours between 26 and 27 September 2020. According to local media, around 100,000 residents have been left marooned by floods in Rangpur district and in particular in Rangpur city after drainage systems were overwhelmed. Roads have been swamped with flood water up to 1 metre deep in some areas, causing traffic chaos.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Malaria – Chad

According to data from the National Committee for Epidemic Control (CTNLE), out of the 943,040 malaria tests conducted between 1 January and 13 September 2020, a total of 571,258 cases were confirmed (60.5 percent), with 1,280 deaths across the country.

Ebola – DR Congo

A new case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) was confirmed in the 11th outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on September 28 in the health zone of Makanza. This brings the EVD outbreak total to 125 (119 confirmed and 6 probable cases). The death toll remains at 50 (44 confirmed).

Monkeypox – DR Congo

From 1 January through 13 September 2020, a total of 4,594 suspected cases of monkeypox, including 171 deaths (case fatality ratio 3.7%), have been reported in 127 health zones from 17 out of 26 provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity – Ongoing Activity for the Week 23 September 2020 – 29 September 2020

Grimsvotn | Iceland : The Icelandic Meteorological Office raised the Aviation Colour Code for Grímsvötn to Yellow on 30 September, noting that activity had been increasing over time and was above background levels. The report stated that seismicity increased over the past month, cauldrons had deepened in several places around the caldera signifying increased geothermal activity, surface deformation surpassed the level prior to the 2011 eruption, and magmatic gases were present in emissions over the summer. Additionally, water levels in the subglacial lake were comparable to levels prior to floods in 2004 and 2010.

Sangay | Ecuador : IG issued a report with additional information about the large explosive event at Sangay on 20 September. The event began at 0440 and ended at 0610 and produced an ash plume that rose 15 km (49,200 ft) a.s.l., or about 9.7 km above the summit. The lower part of the plume was the most ash-rich and drifted W, causing significant ashfall in areas W (especially in the Cebadas parish, Guamote district). The gas-rich higher part of the plume drifted E. Parts of the plume also drifted S. Researchers visited several sites to measure ashfall and collect samples, allowing them to estimate the volume of the deposits at 1.5-3.4 million cubic meters, signifying a VEI 2 event.