Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

5.5 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 Earthquake hits northern Colombia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the north Indian Ocean.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the North Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Irma is located about 320 mi…515 km E of the Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds…150 mph…240 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical depression 19w (Nineteen), located approximately 284 nm northeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking north-northwestward at 08 knots.

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Wildfires – California, USA

Wildfires forced thousands to flee their homes across the U.S. West during a sweltering, smoke-shrouded holiday weekend of record heat.

The fires Sunday caused evacuations in Glacier National Park in Montana and many other parts of the West; compelled crews to rescue about 140 hikers who had spent the night in the woods after fire broke out along the popular Columbia River Gorge Trail in Oregon; and led firefighters to step up efforts to protect a 2,700-year-old grove of giant sequoia encroached by flames near Yosemite National Park in California.

A sudden gusty series of rainstorms allowed Los Angeles, however, to cancel evacuation orders for a wildfire that the mayor called the largest in the city’s history and sent beach umbrellas and toy shovels bouncing down Southern California beaches late Sunday.

Fires burning up and down the Sierra Nevada and further to the northwest cast an eerie yellow and gray haze over much of California. Much of the state was under alerts because of poor air quality.

California authorities ordered evacuations for a small town Sunday in one of the wildfires, a blaze that has burned 9 square miles near Yosemite.


Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever – Uganda

Officials with the Uganda Ministry of Health have reported an outbreak of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in the central region of the country. Eight cases, including two deaths have been reported from Nakaseke and Kiboga Districts as of Aug. 28.

Brazil: Visceral leishmaniasis outbreak

In the state of Tocantinópolis in the Northern region of Brazil, officials are reporting an outbreak of visceral leishmaniasis, or kala-azar in the city of Tocantinópolis. According to a G1 report (computer translated), the city is on alert after reporting more than 400 cases in dogs and nine in humans since the beginning of the year.

Sydney, Australia – Hepatitis A

A hepatitis A outbreak has hit Sydney with 12 cases confirmed in the past five weeks. NSW Health has launched an investigation, saying 10 of the people contracted the disease in Australia. The average is two cases of locally acquired hepatitis A each year.

Bulgaria – Newcastle Disease

The Bulgarian Food Safety Agency has reported an outbreak of Newcastle disease in Kardzhali. The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification on Monday, 4 September.

The outbreak was initially observed on 1 September in backyard birds, and confirmed on the same date after a real-time PCR test was conducted at the National Reference Laboratory for avian influenza and Newcastle disease. According to the report, a total of 1370 birds were found susceptible, out of which 157 birds were affected and killed as a result. The remaining 1213 birds were killed and disposed of.