Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits off the coast of Sinaloa, Mexico.

5.4 earthquake hits Macquarie Island.

5.3 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.2 earthquake hits Pakistan.

5.1 earthquake hits Myanmar.

5.0 earthquake hits Nevada, USA.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical depression 15w (Kujira), located approximately 232 nm north of Minami Tori Shima, is tracking north-northwestward at 16 knots.

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Vietnam – The Disaster Management Authority in Vietnam reports that 2 people have died and 7 others injured in northern provinces following heavy rains and landslides from 26 September 2020. Hanh Cu in Phu Tho recorded 338mm of rain in a 24 hour period to 27 September. Rain triggered a landslide causing a house to collapse in Ha Hoa District, Phu Tho, killing 2 people. Across the province, 7 people were reported injured and 3 bridges and roads at over 30 points were damaged or destroyed. As many as 61 houses were damaged in Phu Tho, while heavy rain in Lao Cai caused damage to 12 houses.

Pakistan – The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) says that ongoing monsoon flooding in Sindh Province in Pakistan has left 300,000 people in need of food assistance. As many as 136 people have died in rain- and flood-related incidents in the province so far this monsoon. A total of 77,343 houses have been destroyed and 137,178 homes damaged.

Myanmar – Disaster authorities in Myanmar report that almost 3,000 people have been displaced by recent flooding in parts of Kachin State. Flooding struck in areas around Hpakant Township, Mohnyin District in Kachin State from around 22 September 2020 after heavy rainfall and the overflow of a local creek. Flooding was over 3 metres deep in some places, blocking roads and damaging around 400 homes in the area. A total of 2,875 people from 410 households were temporarily displaced by the floods.

Nepal – Disaster authorities in Nepal report that heavy rain triggered flooding in southern central parts of the country from 24 September, leaving at least 4 people dead and 6 injured. The flooding comes just days after heavy rainfall caused deadly landslides in Syangja and Palpa districts.

South Sudan – he UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that an estimated 625,000 people have been affected by flooding in areas along the White Nile in South Sudan since July this year. According to OCHA, a total of 34 counties (out of 79) in the country have been affected. Among the worst affected are the states of Jonglei (230,000 people affected), Lakes (147,000) and Unity (83,000). The numbers and water levels are expected to rise in the coming months.

Ghana – Flash floods hit parts of Ashanti Region in southern Ghana following heavy rain from 24 September. Local media reported severe flooding in the region including the capital, Kumasi. Flooding caused damage to homes and infrastructure in several areas of the city including Kaase, Ahensan and Atonsu. One person, believed to be a young boy, died after being swept away by flood waters in the Asokwa neighbourhood of the city.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Nana is located about 150 mi…110 km nne of Guatemala city Guatemala with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…wsw or 255 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

Tropical Depression Omar is located about 310 mi…495 km nne of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/. Ppresent movement…e or 90 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 11w (Haishen), located approximately 646 nm east-southeast of Kadena AFB, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 08 knots.

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Pakistan – Further flash floods and heavy rain have affected parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in northern Pakistan. On 28 August FloodList reported that at least 16 people had died after flash flooding and landslides in Kohistan, Swat and Shangla districts from 26 to 28 August. On 03 September, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) reported a further 30 fatalities occurred in the period 31 August to 03 September. After days of heavy rainfall.

North Korea – Typhoon Maysak brought strong winds and heavy rain as it swept across the Korean Peninsula on 03 September. In South Korea, much of the damage from Maysak was caused by strong winds. Some coastal flooding was reported in Samcheok in Gangwon. Homes were damaged or destroyed in Gangwon, Jeju, South Gyeongsang Province and Busan, according to news agency Yonhap. One person died in Busan as a result of wind damage. Around 2,400 people were evacuated and power supply disrupted to almost 300,000 households. Flights and rail travel were suspended and nearly 100 roads closed. Heavy rain from Typhoon Maysak caused flooding in eastern parts of North Korea on 03 September according to state media.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Post Tropical Cyclone Laura is located about 130 mi…210 km e of Louisville Kentucky and about 90 mi…150 km w of Charleston West Virginia with maximum sustained winds…25 mph…35 km/h. Present movement…e or 85 degrees at 28 mph…44 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 14e (Iselle), located approximately 804 nm south of San Diego, is tracking northward at 05 knots.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 10w (Maysak), located approximately 587 nm south of Kadena AFB, is tracking north-northwestward at 06 knots.

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Pakistan – As monsoon rainfall continues to cause chaos in Karachi and surrounding areas of Pakistan‘s south eastern Sindh Province, flash flooding in northern parts of the country has caused at least 19 fatalities since 26 August 2020. Flash flooding struck in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province late on 27 August, 2020. According to Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), 8 people died in flash floods in Upper Kohistan district, where 18 houses were destroyed. Flash flooding also destroyed 21 houses in Swat district, where 6 people died and 8 were injured. Flooding was also reported in Mansehra and Lower Kohistan districts. Two children died in Shangla district after heavy rainfall caused a landslide which buried a house. Meanwhile in Azad Jammu and Kashmir Region (AJK), 3 people died and 19 houses were damaged or destroyed after heavy rainfall in Sudhnoti district, 26 to 27 August.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Laura is located about 315 mi…510 km sse of Lake Charles Louisiana and about 335 mi…540 km se of Galveston Texas with maximum sustained winds…110 mph…175 km/h. Present movement…nw or 310 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 13e (Thirteen), located approximately 1079 nm southeast of San Diego, is tracking north- northeastward at 04 knots.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon (ts) 09w (Bavi), located approximately 2176 nm northwest of Kunsan AFB, is tracking northward at 12 knots.

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Afghanistan – Afhanistan‘s National Disaster management Agency (ANDMA) reports flooding has affected eastern provinces of the country after heavy rainfall from 25 August 2020. At least 35 people have died in the floods.

Pakistan – Heavy monsoon rainfall has caused flooding and landslides in Sindh Province, Pakistan, including the provincial capital, Karachi. According the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) in a report of 25 August, heavy rainfall and ensuing flooding affected the districts of Mirpur Khas, Tharparkar, Karachi, Badin, Thatta, Hyderabad, Chhor and Tando Jam from 24 August 2020. Local media report around 300 were evacuated in Dadu and over 1,000 in Karachi district.

Kenya – At least 1,000 families have been displaced by flooding from Lake Turkana in northwestern Kenya. Meanwhile the Turkwel Dam is expected to overflow, with over 300,000 people facing evacuation. Recent water inflow into the lake has surged to unprecedented levels from 500m to 800m claiming the once dry beaches, hotels, homes, government offices and displacement of more than 1,000 households.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Depression Thirteen is located about 305 mi…490 km e of the northern Leeward islands with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 285 degrees at 21 mph…33 km/h.

Tropical Depression Fourteen is located about 30 mi…45 km nne of Cabo Gracias a Dios on Nic/Hon border and about 240 mi…385 km ese of Isla Roatan Honduras with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 290 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 12e (Genevieve), located approximately 575 nm south-southeast of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 09 knots.

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Vietnam -= Disaster authorities in Vietnam report that 7 people have died and 1 is still missing after heavy rainfall triggered flash floods and landslides. Some areas of Vietnam saw more than 300mm of rain in a period 16 to 19 August. Initial damage assessments suggest over 1,000 homes have been damaged, with more than 550 of them in Yen Bai.

Pakistan – Torrential rain and thunderstorms on 20 August caused damage and fatalities in Punjab Province, Pakistan. Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) reported that parts of the provincial capital Lahore recorded more than 200mm of rain in 24 hours on 20 August. Heavy rain was reported in other areas of the province, including the city of Hafizabad, which saw over 150 mm of rain during the same period. Several houses were completely destroyed, and roofs and walls of some buildings collapsed. At least 18 people have lost their lives in rain-related incidents.

India – Heavy monsoon rains have flooded parts of India’s capital New Delhi and its suburbs, throwing life out of gear for millions of people, as the death toll from the annual deluge across South Asia rose to nearly 1,300. In New Delhi’s suburb of Gurgaon, dubbed the Millenium City, roads, underpasses and residential areas were flooded on Wednesday forcing power cuts in several areas. Rafts were put into action to evacuate people in some areas. The monsoon is vital to the densely populated region, revitalising land and waterways amid scorching summers. But it also causes widespread death and destruction.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits Tanzania.

5.4 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits Pakistan.

5.3 earthquake hits the Unimak Islands, Alaska.

5.1 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.1 earthquake hits the Babuyan Islands in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits the Sea of Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits the eastern Xizang-India border.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane 09e (Elida), located approximately 780 nm south-southeast of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 12 knots.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm (ts) 05w (Jangmi), located approximately 139 nm northwest of Chinhae, South Korea, is tracking north-northwestward at 29 knots.

Tropical storm (ts) 06w (Six), located approximately 681 nm east of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking westward at 09 knots.

Typhoon 07w (Mekkhala), located approximately 216 nm west-southwest of Taipei, Taiwan, is tracking north-northwestward at 13 knots.

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Nigeria – The International Organization for Migration reported on 10 August that flooding has displaced almost 15,000 people in north west and north central Nigeria. Flooding affected the states of Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara between 03 and 09 August. Over 1,8000 shelters were damaged and almost 10,000 people affected in Katsina state. Two people died in Baure. In Kaduna, 2 fatalities were reported in Jema’A, where flooding damaged 36 shelters and affected over 3,300 people.

Panama – At least 11 people have lost their lives after heavy rainfall caused flooding in several province of Panama over the last few days. 11 members of the same family, including 9 children, died after their home was swept away by flash flooding.

Pakistan – In Balochistan, 8 people have died in floods in recent days, with many more reportedly missing. Over 140 homes have been completely destroyed. Meanwhile in Sindh Province, heavy rainfall from 06 August caused flooding in Karachi, Hyderabad, Shaheed Benazirabad, Sakrand, Tando Jam and Thatta. Severe flooding occurred in the west of the province from 08 August after flood water from Balochistan made its way downstream along the Nai Gaj river.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Douglas is locatedabout 460 mi…735 km wnw of Honolulu Hawaii and about 105 mi…170 km ese of French Frigate shoals with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 285 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

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Australia Severe weather including strong winds, heavy rainfall and damaging surf has been affecting parts of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia over the last 2 days. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said a coastal low that has spent the last few days tracking down from the north. “After hammering the Far North, then Central Coast, the Hunter and Sydney, now it’s Illawarra and far south feeling the impacts. This afternoon has seen rain and wind gusts of 113 km/h at Ulladulla and 96 at Kiama km/h.”

Pakistan – Heavy rainfall in Pakistan has caused severe flash flooding in the city of Karachi and triggered a deadly landslide in Punjab. Drainage systems were overwhelmed and several parts of the city and surrounding areas were flooded. Power lines were downed and buildings damaged or destroyed. Local media reported that at least 10 people had lost their lives as a result of either electrocution or structural collapse. Meanwhile in the province of Punjab, 3 young people died and one was injured after heavy rain triggered a landslide in Orakzai District on 27 July, according to NDMA.

India (Bihar) – Authorities in India report that major rivers are at severe flood stage in 19 locations in the state of Bihar in the north east of the country. Wide areas of the state are under water and Indian Air Force helicopters have been deployed to drop flood relief materials including food and fresh water to remote and cut off locations. According to reports of 25 July from Bihar’s Disaster Management Department, 960,000 people have now been affected by floods across 10 districts. The Department reported 10 fatalities as a result of flooding.

India (Assam) – Over 2.4 million people are currently affected by monsoon flooding in the state of Assam, north eastern India. Assam State Disaster Management Agency (ASDMA) reported flooding in 2,265 villages and localities in 23 of the state’s 33 districts.

Thailand – Monsoon rain has caused flooding and landslides in northern, central and eastern areas of the country over the last 10 days. Dozens of homes have been damaged, along with roads, bridges and dams. However, no injuries or fatalities were reported. The worst hit areas are Lampang Province and Pathum Thani province.

USA, Mexico – Hurricane Hanna made landfall in southern Texas as a Category 1 system on 25 July 2020. The storm weakened as it moved west but brought torrential rainfall to parts of northern Mexico where 2 people have died and 6 are missing. Mexico’s disaster management authority, Centro Nacional de Prevención de Desastres (CENAPRED) reported on 27 July that Hanna had caused considerable material damage, mainly in the states of Tamaulipas, Coahuila and Nuevo León.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Colombia – Wide areas of Colombia have seen heavy rainfall since the start of July. According to the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD), the rain has caused over 80 incidents of flooding or landslides in 19 departments of the country, with over 5,000 families affected. Hundreds of homes were damaged by flooding in Sibundoy and Mocoa municipalities of Putumayo Department on 04 July, 2020. Media report over 2,000 families were affected. Meanwhile in Antioquia, the departmental government reports that 4,575 people have been affected by heavy rains and winds and 39 homes have been destroyed. Three people died when a river broke its banks, sweeping away a house in Piedecuesta, Santander Department on 08 July. Meanwhile heavy rain on 11 July triggered a landslide in Santa Marta, Magdalena, causing a house to collapse and 2 fatalities.

Indonesia – Heavy rain continues to fall in parts of Indonesia, causing flooding and landslides across several provinces which have left at least 17 dead and over 40 missing since 11 July. The worst of the flooding is in North Luwu Regency in South Sulawesi Province, where at least 16 people have died.

South Korea – Two people died after torrential rain in South Korea triggered flash flooding on 13 July, 2020. Several locations recorded more than 200mm of rain in 24 hours. Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) reported 277 mm of rain in Sancheong in South Gyeongsang Province in 24 hours to 13 July, while Buan, North Jeolla Province recorded 228 mm and Geoje near Busan South Gyeongsa Province 210 mm.

Pakistan – Flash floods triggered by a glacial lake outburst flood destroyed homes and damaged buildings in the Lower Chitral district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The flooding occurred in the Golen valley of Lower Chitral district on 13 July, 2020. Power and water infrastructure was damaged and roads washed away.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Cristina is located about 380 mi…615 km ssw of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 290 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

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Bulgaria – Areas around Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, were hit by heavy rain, lightning strikes and strong winds during an overnight storm 06 to 07 July. Emergency services received 750 calls for assistance. One person was injured when a roof collapsed. Streets, metro stations, underpasses and buildings were all flooded. The Perlovska River broke its banks flooding roads in the city causing traffic problems and damaging vehicles. The Vladayska River also flooded ​​the districts of Orlandovtsi and Benkovski.

India – Authorities in India report extreme rainfall in Gujarat. India Met Department (IMD) figures show Devbhumi Dwarka District recorded 434 mm of rain on 05 July, with 292 mm falling between 18:00 and 20:00. Seven National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed in Valsad, Navsari, Surat, Porbandar, Dwarka, Rajkot and Kutch. Local media report one person has died in flooding from the Khokhaddadi river near Rajkot City, while another died after a lightning strike in Surendranagar District. Around 100 people have been evacuated in Devbhumi Dwarka District. Heavy rains wreaked havoc in Jamnagar, where the Vartu river has risen rapidly. Two people trapped by flood water had to be rescued by NDRF teams. Heavy rain triggered a landslide in Kaikamba (formerly known as Gurupura Kaikamba) a suburban town of Mangalore in Karnataka on 05 July. India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said 3 houses were badly damaged and 2 people died.

Pakistan – Stormy weather and heavy rain caused havoc in the city of Karachi, Pakistan 06 to 07 July. At least 6 people have died in rain-related incidents. Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) reported 43 mm of rain in Saddar, Karachi, on 07 July. PAF Faisal Base recorded 26mm of rain and Nazimabad 22mm. Local media reported 6 people died in 4 separate incidents after heavy rain caused buildings or walls to collapse.

Global Warming

Israel Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rise

Methane emanating from Israel’s natural gas infrastructure is increasing the country’s overall global-warming greenhouse gas emissions by some eight percent and is probably preventing the country from meeting its international obligations on climate change, according to a new report by the environmental advocacy organization Adam Teva V’Din.

The finding contradicts claims by Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz that the move to natural gas is helping Israel reach its targets for lowering warming gases.

Pakistan under Threat of Glacial Floods

With more than 7,000, Pakistan has more glaciers than anywhere except the polar regions. But climate change is “eating away Himalayan glaciers at a dramatic rate”, a study published in the journal Science Advances noted.

As glacier ice melts, it can collect in large glacial lakes, which are at risk of bursting their banks and creating deadly flash floods downstream. More than 3,000 of those lakes had formed as of 2018, with 33 of them considered hazardous and more than 7 million people at risk downstream.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 08p (Tino), located approximately 535 nm south-southeast of Niue, is tracking southeastward at 33 knots.

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Mozambique – Flooding in Cabo Delgado Province of Mozambique has claimed the lives of at least six people and left three others missing. Floodwater has affected Muidumbe, Nangade, Mueda and Palma e Mocímboa da Praia districts of northern Mozambique.

Indonesia – Flooding in the Samarinda area of Indonesia has caused the evacuation of people to nearby shelters and mosques. Floods triggered by heavy rainfall have submerged Samarinda City affecting at least 7,213 residents. No casualties have been reported.

Pakistan – At least 77 people have been killed and 94 others have been injured due to avalanches in northeast Pakistan. The avalanches were triggered by heavy snowfall in the Neelum Valley, in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 07s (Claudia), located approximately about 449 nm north-northwest of Learmonth, Australia. Claudia is moving southwestward at 12 knots.

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Pakistan, Afghanistan – Avalanches, flooding and harsh winter weather killed more than 130 people across Pakistan and Afghanistan in recent days, leaving others stranded by heavy snowfall, officials said on Tuesday. At least 93 people died and 76 were injured across Pakistan – with several still missing – while a further 39 were killed in Afghanistan, according to officials in both countries. Forecasts suggest more harsh weather is on the way.

Australia – Heavy rain, flash floods and severe thunderstorms have swept over Melbourne and rain is forecast to hit bushfire-affected parts of New South Wales and Victoria later this week. In just 30 minutes, 44mm of rain fell at Avalon on Wednesday afternoon, and wind gusts reached 110km/h as wild weather hit the state’s south and moved north.

Mississippi, USA – Flooding left roads in Mississippi underwater on Jan. 14. Authorities in Mississippi urged residents to evacuate in the northern part of the state Tuesday after heavy rains spawned a flash-flood emergency and put a dam at “imminent” risk of failing. A flash flood emergency was issued in Oktibbeha County, located in the east-central portion of the state. Oktibbeha County Lake Dam is in imminent danger of failing.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 earthquake hits Puerto Rico.

5.9 earthquake hits Pakistan.

5.5 earthquake hits Crete.

5.3 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.3 earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.