Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits Reykjanes ridge.

5.7 earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits off the coast of El Salvador.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Tonga.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Reykjanes ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits north of Ascension Island.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Post Tropical Cyclone Ian is located about 30 mi…45 km s of Greensboro North Carolina with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 345 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 16e (Orlene), located approximately 1089 nm south-southeast of San Diego, is tracking northward at 04 knots.

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 20w (Roke), located approximately 362 nm east-southeast of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 19 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Vietnam and Thailand – Disaster authorities in South East Asia report that heavy rain from Tropical Cyclone Noru has caused severe flooding and landslides across parts of Vietnam and Thailand after previously causing widespread damage and flooding in the Philippines. Before the storm struck in Vietnam as many as 327,937 people had been pre-emptively evacuated. Heavy rain of 300 mm to over 400 mm fell in a 35 hour period late 26 to early 28 September in areas of Thua Thien Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam and Quang Ngai Provinces. Disaster authorities in Thailand said Storm Noru made landfall in Khong Chiam District of Ubon Ratchathani Province during the evening of 28 September 2022 with heavy rain and strong winds. The city of Ubon Ratchathani recorded 200.3 mm of rain in 24 hours to 28 September. 1 person died and 2 were injured due to wind damage in Phetchabun. More than five thousand households were affected by flooding.

Indonesia – At least 6 people died after heavy rain triggered a landslide in South Kalimantan Province in Indonesia on 26 September 2022. Heavy rain falling on unstable ground near the site of a gold mine led to a massive landslide in Buluh Kuning village, Sei Durian District of Kotabaru Regency, South Kalimantan Province, late on 26 September 2022.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Idaho, USA

Firefighters have stopped the active spread of several lightning caused wildfires spotted earlier this week between Sweet and Ola in Gem County. The fires are burning in grass and brush in areas ranging from 15 miles north of Emmett to 29 miles north of Emmett. The largest is the Border Fire, mapped at approximately 10 000 acres.

Disease

Dengue Fever – France

In a follow-up on the locally-acquired dengue fever cases in metropolitan France, Public Health France now reports 57 indigenous cases of dengue as of September 26, 2022.

Dengue Fever – Malaysia

The Malaysia Ministry of Health reports the number of dengue fever cases reported in 2022 to date have more than doubled the numbers seen during the same period in 2021. Through September 24, Malaysia has seen a cumulative 42,084 cases compared to 19,423 cases for the same period in 2021.

Ebola – Uganda

The Uganda Ministry of Health reported today an update on the Sudan Virus Disease (SVD) outbreak. They reported four new confirmed cases and one death, bringing the cumulative confirmed totals to 35 cases and seven deaths.

Malaria spike linked to amphibian die-off in Central America

Dozens of species of frogs, salamanders and other amphibians quietly disappeared from parts of Latin America in the 1980s and 2000s, with little notice from humans, outside of a small group of ecologists. Yet the amphibian decline had direct health consequences for people.

The study links an amphibian die-off in Costa Rica and Panama with a spike in malaria cases in the region. At the spike’s peak, up to 1 person per 1,000 annually contracted malaria that normally would not have had the amphibian die-off not occurred.

Stable ecosystems underpin all sorts of aspects of human well-being, including regulating processes important for disease prevention and health. If we allow massive ecosystem disruptions to happen, it can substantially impact human health in ways that are difficult to predict ahead of time and hard to control once they’re underway.

From the early 1980s to the mid-1990s, a deadly fungal pathogen called Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, or “Bd,” traveled across Costa Rica, devastating amphibian populations. This amphibian chytrid fungus continued its path eastward across Panama through the 2000s. Globally, the pathogen led to the extinction of at least 90 amphibian species, and to the decline of at least 500 additional species.

Shortly after the mass die-off of amphibians in Costa Rica and Panama, both countries experienced a spike in malaria cases.