Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits the Andaman Islands, off India.

5.1 Earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Irma is located about 35 mi…55 km ESE of St. Martin and about 145 mi…235 km E of St. Croix with maximum sustained winds…185 mph…295 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

Tropical Storm Jose is located about 1255 mi…2020 km E of the lesser Antilles with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…W or 275 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Tropical Storm Katia is located about 105 mi…165 km E of Tampico Mexico with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…ESE or 110 degrees at 2 mph…4 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical depression 19w (Guchol), located approximately 277 nm south-southwest of Taipei, Taiwan, is tracking north-northwestward at 06 knots.

Newsbytes:

Uganda – The current rains experienced across the country have left many people in northern Uganda stranded. The rains have left many areas in Lira and Kole districts flooded rendering most roads impassable.

Caribbean – The most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history has made landfall in the Caribbean islands, as British tourists are evacuated from the region amid warnings the storm will be “potentially catastrophic”. The island of Barbuda was the first to bear the brunt of Hurricane Irma – a category five storm with winds of 185mph – early on Wednesday, churning along a path pointing to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before possibly hitting Florida over the weekend.

Texas – As southeast Texas and Louisiana cope with the devastation left behind by hurricane Harvey, scientists now say the event was so extreme, it caused Houston to drop by nearly an inch. According to earthquake scientist Chris Milliner, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the natural disaster pushed the ground beneath Houston down 2 centimeters as Earth’s crust flexed under the inordinate weight of the floodwater.

Disease

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

On 4 August 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of one additional laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China.

Bird Flu Spreads in Western Cape, South Africa

The Western Cape Agriculture Department says that fresh outbreaks of bird flu in the province are likely. A duck farm in the Joostenbergvlakte is the latest casualty. Tens of thousands of the animals died or had to culled recently, while 96 workers have lost their jobs.

Last week thousands of chickens were also killed due to bird flu which hit a commercial poultry farm in the Paardeberg region. Meanwhile, three ostrich farms in Heidelberg remain under quarantine after the deadly flu strain first emerged there.