Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.7 earthquake hits the Alamagan region in the North Mariana Islands.

5.5 earthquake hits offshore Antofagasta, Chile.

5.3 earthquake hits Iceland.

5.2 earthquake hits south of Alaska.

5.1 earthquake hits south of Alaska.

5.1 earthquake hits the South Shetland Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the Sichuan-Gansu border, China.

5.0 earthquake hits Alaska.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Epsilon is located about 450 mi…725 km ese of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…85 mph…140 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 300 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 19w (Soudel), located approximately 174 nm northwest of Manila, Philippines, is tracking westward at 04 knots.

Tropical depression 20w (Twenty), located approximately 93 nm west of Iwo To, is tracking southwestward at 04 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Ireland – Local authorities in County Cork, south-western Ireland, reported extensive tidal flooding in coastal areas early on 20 October, 2020. Cork County Council said “storm surge coupled with spring tides have been the major contributory factors. A southerly wind direction and high wind speeds coinciding with high tides had the effect of increasing the tide significantly.” The towns of Bantry, Kinsale and Youghal were badly affected. However, areas of the city of Cork were among the worst hit.

Philippines – Disaster authorities in the Philippines report that more than 5,000 families on the island of Luzon in the north of the country have been affected by Tropical Storm “Saudel”, known in the Philippines as “Pepito”. The storm made landfall over Aurora Province then crossed the island of Luzon and continued west-northwest to the South China Sea.

Portugal – Civil Protection in Portugal have responded to over 1,300 calls for assistance after severe weather brought by Storm Barbara. Portugal saw strong winds and heavy rainfall from 19 October. The Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) reported at least 7 locations across the country recorded over 90 mm of rain in 24 hours to 20 October. As much as 150mm of rain fell in Portalegre during that period.

Greece – Heavy rain was reported in the islands of southern Greece from 20 October. Heraklion, capital of the island of Crete, recorded 138.1mm of rain in 24 hours to 21 October, while Karpathos in the Dodecanese islands recorded 244 mm.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

Glass Fire – This fire had burned 67,484 acres with 97% containment. At least 1,555 structures have been destroyed, including 653 homes. 1,217 structures are threatened.

Creek Fire – This fire had burned 352,339 acres with 61% containment. 856 structures have been destroyed, though damage inspection is not complete. 105 structures are threatened.

North Complex – These fires had burned 318,930 acres and 95% contained. 15 people in Butte County have died and two first responders have been injured. At least 2,455 structures have been damaged or destroyed.

August Complex – These fires had burned 1,032,264 acres and were 91% contained. One firefighter has died on the August Complex. Two additional firefighters were involved in the accident. 74 structures are threatened and 23 structures have been destroyed.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Plague – DR Congo

Ituri province, in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has notified an upsurge of plague cases in the health zone of Rethy. From 11 June to 9 August 2020, a total of 73 cases with 10 deaths.