Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits off the west coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits the northern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the northern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Kamchatka, Russia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tajikistan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the northern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits the northern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

No current tropical storms.

Super Typhoon Haiyan is gone, but not before adding China to its list of ravaged nations in Asia. Haiyan made landfall on the northern Vietnam coast near the Chinese border as a Category 1 storm with 75 mph winds on Sunday, and spread torrential rains into southern China of up to 38 centimetres (15 inches) over some parts of Guangxi province, which caused up to $700 million in damage to agricultural, forestry, poultry and fishing industries there. Seven people were killed in China on hard-hit Hainan Island, with three others missing. In Vietnam, at least 13 people died and 81 were injured from the storm. In Taiwan, huge 26-foot waves from Haiyan swept 16 people out to sea on Sunday, killing 8 of them.

Before and After Images: Several hours before Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines on Nov. 7, DigitalGlobe activated FirstLook, an online service that provides satellite imagery of large scale disasters. Their satellites collected more than 7,300 square miles of imagery in the areas hardest hit by the typhoon.

The death toll from Friday’s typhoon may be lower than first thought. The number of 10,000 killed is said to be “too high” and the figure is more likely up to 2,500. But more than 11 million people are believed to have been affected and some 673,000 displaced.

The quest for clean water has become a life-or-death ordeal in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan’s massive storm surge and high winds devastated the country and quick action needs to be taken to prevent further disease and dehydration. International health officials rushed Tuesday to help the estimated 9.6 million people affected by the record storm that struck the region Saturday, wrecking the already-fragile water system and raising the risk of water-borne diseases such as dysentery, cholera and typhoid fever.


Vast Antarctic iceberg ‘could threaten shipping’

UK researchers have been awarded an emergency grant to track a vast iceberg in Antarctica that could enter shipping lanes.

Latest images show several kilometres of water between the iceberg, estimated to be about 700 sq km (270 sq miles), and the glacier that spawned the block.

The icy giant broke away from the Pine Island Glacier (PIG) in July.

in the last couple of days, it has begun to break away and now a kilometre or two of clear water has developed between it and the glacier.

It often takes a while for bergs from this area to get out of Pine Island Bay but once they do that they can either go eastwards along the coast or they can circle out into the main part of the Southern Ocean.

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Syphilis outbreak sparks concern in Oklahoma, USA

An outbreak of the sexually transmitted disease syphilis in Enid, Okla., has sparked concerns among public health officials and residents alike. There have been nearly double the amount of reported cases of syphilis this year compared to last year in the city.

In 2012, there were only 10 reported cases of the disease in Enid, but there have been 18 so far in the city.

Syphilis symptoms

Early syphilis infections can be difficult to track because the symptoms are minimal. Generally, early infections cause a small, painless sore in the affected area, which can be the genitals, mouth or anus. This sore is what allows the infection to spread during sexual contact. After this, patents often develop rashes on their hands and feet, which are usually painless. Some infected with the STD may also experience swelling of the lymph nodes.

In its early stages, syphilis is relatively easy to cure with antibiotics. If left untreated, the disease can wreak havoc on the central nervous system and potentially cause brain damage, among other complications. Lab tests done early can make sure that the disease is treated so that these potentially deadly effects can be avoided.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Etna (Sicily, Italy): Strombolian activity at New SE crater.

Marapi (Western Sumatra, Indonesia): A small eruption occurred this morning (9 am local time), producing an ash plume that rose about 350 m according to local news. Marapi has been showing increased activity since August 2011. VSI keeps the volcano at level 2 alert (out of 4) and recommends not to approach the summit within a radius of 3 km, as stronger eruptions could occur any time.