Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.6 earthquake hits Kyushu, Japan.
5.5 earthquake hits the Dominican Republic.
5.4 earthquake hits the mid-Indian ridge.
5.3 earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.
5.2 earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.
5.2 earthquake hits Crete.
5.0 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.
5.0 earthquake hits the Bonin Islands, Japan.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane 16e (Orlene), located approximately 1012 nm southeast of San Diego, is tracking northward at 06 knots.
Florida, USA – Hundreds of people have been rescued from flooded homes following the passage of Hurricane Ian in Florida, USA. As many as 27 fatalities have been reported as search and rescue teams continue to look for those unaccounted for. Some ports, airports and rail services are still closed and roads have been closed in at least 70 locations. Around 1.6 million people are still without power and Boil Water Notices have been issued for 47 areas. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s tide monitoring gauge at Fort Myers showed tide levels surged to 7.22 feet (2.20 metres) MHHW (Mean Higher High Water) on 28 September. This is more than twice the previous record high of 3.36 feet (1.02 metres) set on 14 September 2001 during Tropical Hurricane Gabrielle.
Mauritania – Rift Valley fever and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever
In a follow-up on the human hemorrhagic fever situation (Rift Valley fever and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever) in Mauritania, the Ministère de la Santé Mauritanienne reported on September 29 a total of 30 positive cases of hemorrhagic fever broken down as follows: 28 human Rift Valley fever (RVF) cases and two Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) cases, out of 131 tests.
Ebola – Uganda
The Uganda Minister of Health announced today the first death in a doctor from Ebola. Ebola survivors have to wait for at least three months before having sex again unless they use condoms as one the preventive ways to curb spread of the disease, the Ministry of Health has advised.
Cholera – Global
Cholera is surging around the globe, the World Health Organization warns. Flareups of the deadly disease have been reported in 26 countries in the first nine months of this year. In comparison, fewer than 20 countries reported cholera outbreaks per year between 2017 and 2021. In addition to greater frequency, the WHO reports the outbreaks themselves are larger and more deadly. While poverty and conflict are major triggers of cholera, climate change is a growing threat.