Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 earthquake hits Tonga.

6.0 earthquake hits the Volcano Islands off Japan.

5.6 earthquake hits the South Shetland Islands.

5.4 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Depression Eta is located about 250 mi…405 km wsw of Grand Cayman with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…ene or 60 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 23w (Atsani), located approximately 191 nm southwest of Taipei, Taiwan, is tracking west-northwestward at 02 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Central America – Rain brought by the remnants of Hurricane Eta continues to caused destructive flooding and landslides in Central America, with dozens of people feared dead. Guatemala reported around 100 incidents of flooding and landslides as of 05 November, affecting 55,000 people and displacing 2,277. Flooding in Honduras has left dozens of villages cut off after bridges and roads were destroyed. One of the worst hit areas is San Pedro Sula, capital of Cortés Department, where hundreds of people were rescued from flooding. Honduras National Police reported 13 people had died in Honduras as a result of Hurricane Eta. Eta has left Nicaragua, several areas including the capital of Managua are still experiencing persistent rains. Over 30,000 people had evacuated their homes during the storm. Media in Nicaragua reported 2 people died in a mudslide in an artisanal mine. In Costa Rica, the government said authorities had received more than 600 reports of flooding and 304 landslides or collapses on roads. A total of 1,361 people woke up in 38 temporary shelters for safety. A red alert has been issued for the cantons of Golfito, Parrita and Quepos which are said to be among the worst hit. Two people are feared dead after a house was buried by a landslide in the Concepción de Agua Buena sector in Coto Brus. In Panama, The National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) said around 300 families have been displaced by flooding and landslides in the province of Chiriquí. At least 8 people were reported missing in the province. Over 40 people were rescued after being trapped by a landslide near Gualaca in Bocas del Toro Province. Around 55 homes were damaged by flooding in the province. Flooding also damaged 20 homes in the province of Veraguas and 4 in Coclé.

Spain – Torrential rain caused flash flooding in parts of southern Spain on 05 November 2020. Firefighters were called on to rescue 3 people from a flooded house in Ronda in Malaga province after the Guadalevín River broke its banks. Torrential rainfall in the municipality of Ardales caused flash flooding which damaged roads and blocked a road tunnel, leaving some areas isolated. Meanwhile in Teba a train derailed after heavy rain and flooding damaged tracks on the Algeciras-Madrid route. Over 40 passengers were on board. Four people, including the driver, were slightly injured. A school in Teba was also evacuated due to flooding.

Environment

Dirty Polluters Live On

Many of the world’s oldest and most-polluting vehicles are not winding up in scrapyards but are instead being “dumped” on the roadways of poor countries where they continue to spew high carbon emissions.

A report by the U.N. Environment Program (UNEP) says that from 2015 to 2018, about 14 million outdated cars were exported from Europe, Japan and the U.S., with most winding up in Africa, Latin America and Asia. One of the UNEP report authors says about 80% of those vehicles aren’t roadworthy and don’t meet European emission standards.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Unidentified Disease – Nigeria

An outbreak of an unidentified disease has claimed the lives of at least 57 people in the southeastern Nigerian state of Enugu. Before vomiting blood, the victims showed symptoms of diarrhea and convulsion. Initial samples from sick people returned negative for COVID-19, Lassa and yellow fever.