Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
6.1 earthquake hits the Sea of Japan.
5.1 earthquake hits Mendoza, Argentina.
5.1 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.
5.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu.
5.0 earthquake hits south of Fiji.
5.0 earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Sam is located about 455 mi…730 km e of the northern Leeward islands with maximum sustained winds…130 mph…215 km/h. Present movement…nw or 310 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.
In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 20w (Mindulle), located approximately 324 nm west of Iwo To, is tracking northward at 08 knots.
India – At least 20 people have lost their lives after Tropical Cyclone Gulab and its remnants brought severe weather and flooding to parts of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra states in India over the last few days. Tropical Cyclone Gulab made landfall between the coastal states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh on 26 September 2021. Gulab then weakened to a tropical depression as it moved westward and inland. 179,829 people have been affected by Gulab across 1,274 villages in Odisha. As of 28 September, 512 houses were damaged, with the worst damages reported in Koraput and Malkangiri districts. No fatalities were reported however. In Andhra Pradesh, 3,940 people were evacuated ahead of the storm. As of 28 September, a total of 392 villages were affected in the state, with 156 homes damaged. As of 29 September, the worst of the flooding in Maharashtra was in Aurangabad division, also referred to as Marathwada region, situated in the southern central part of state along the border with Telangana.
Whale Dies from Human-Caused Injuries
A dead humpback whale that recently washed up on a beach in Staten Island, New York, showed signs of human-caused injuries that may have contributed to its death, experts found.
An examination of the corpse revealed evidence of recent and serious injuries. Healing wounds around the humpback’s head and mouth resembled injuries caused by entanglement with fishing equipment, and lodged in the whale’s intestines was a large chunk of metal, which had damaged the animal’s digestive tract.
The death again highlights the detrimental effect of human interactions with wildlife.
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