Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.4 earthquake hits the Flores Sea.

5.2 earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits Catamarca, Argentina.

5.0 earthquake hits northwest of the Kuril Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Delta is located about 200 mi…325 km s of Cameron Louisiana with maximum sustained winds…120 mph…195 km/h. Present movement…n or 350 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 19e (Norbert), located approximately 1327 nm south-southeast of San Diego, is tracking northeastward at 01 knot.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon (ts) 16w (Chan-Hom), located approximately 413 nm southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 07 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Vietnam – Heavy rain and flooding continued into 08 October in central parts of Vietnam with more than 46 000 people affected and 14 000 evacuated. At least 5 people have now died and 8 are still missing. Previous reports on 08 October that flooding had struck central provinces, in particular Quang Tri province. Since then, disaster authorities reported over 13,000 people have been evacuated in Quang Tri. Around 1,000 others were evacuated in Thua Thien Hue, Da Nang and Quang Nam.

Global Warming

Iceless Winters

Warmer winters brought on by the deepening climate crisis are bringing more ice-free years to lakes around the Northern Hemisphere, according to a new study.

Researchers writing in the journal Geophysical Research Letters say that beyond the ecological changes this causes, communities around some of those lakes are suffering because they depend on frozen festivals and winter recreation. The lack of ice also makes the lakes more prone to toxic algal blooms, which could harm fish and make swimming more dangerous. “This isn’t just happening in one lake in the northern United States. It’s happening in thousands of lakes around the world,” said lead author Alessandro Filazzola.

Wildlife

Devils Return

A small number of Australia’s iconic Tasmanian devils have been transplanted to a forest near Sydney in a test project to repopulate the predators on the mainland.

The devils died out there more than 3,000 years ago after dingos were likely brought to Australia by prehistoric immigrants from Indonesia. And about 90% have been wiped out in their only remaining habitats on Tasmania by a deadly tumor cancer since the 1990s. The “rewilding” project of healthy devils by Aussie Ark is designed to ensure the survival of the species and help restore Australia’s ecological balance.

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Environment

Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 112 degrees Fahrenheit (44.4 degrees Celsius) in Poxoréo, Brazil.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 90.0 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 67.8 degrees Celsius) at Vostok, Antarctica.

Temperatures were tabulated from the more than 10,000 worldwide synoptic weather stations. The United Nations World Meteorological Organization sets the standards for weather observations, and provides a global telecommunications circuit for data distribution.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California

Glass Fire – This fire had burned 67,484 acres with 70% containment. At least 1,545 structures have been destroyed, including 645 homes. 3,480 structures are threatened.

Zogg Fire – This fire had burned 56,338 acres with 92% containment. At least four people have been killed. Two inmate firefighters were injured Friday. 204 structures have been destroyed, and 0 structures are threatened.

Creek Fire – This fire had burned 330,899 acres with 49% containment. 856 structures have been destroyed, though damage inspection is not complete. 119 structures are threatened.

North Complex – These fires had burned 318,929 acres and 88% contained. 15 people in Butte County have died and two first responders have been injured. At least 2,471 structures have been damaged or destroyed.

August Complex – These fires had burned 1,020,571 acres and were 65% contained. One firefighter has died on the August Complex. Two additional firefighters were involved in the accident. 11,310 structures are threatened and 21 structures have been destroyed.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Dengue Fever – Thailand

Thailand health officials have reported 61,662 total dengue fever cases to date in 2020 from all 77 provinces. To date, 41 deaths have been recorded. Mae Hong Son province in northern Thailand has reported the highest incidence by far with nearly 500 per 100,000 population.

COVID-19 Risks to Animals

Researchers say they have identified more than two dozen animals frequently in contact with humans that may be vulnerable to COVID-19 infection. The University College London study found that a protein in sheep, great apes and bonobos may be susceptible to becoming bound with the spike protein from COVID, allowing them to become infected as strongly as humans. Lead researcher Christine Orengo says those animals at risk include some endangered species, and that they all would have the potential to infect humans they later come in close contact with.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity – New Activity for the Week 30 September 2020 – 6 October 2020

Klyuchevskoy | Central Kamchatka (Russia) : Strombolian activity at Klyuchevskoy began at 1003 on 2 October prompting KVERT to raise the Aviation Color Code to Yellow (the second lowest level on a four-color scale). Explosions ejected ash 300-400 m above the volcano and produced gas-and-steam plumes with some ash that drifted down the E flank.