Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 Earthquake hits Oaxaca, Mexico.

5.8 Earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.7 Earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.5 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.2 Earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina.

5.1 Earthquake hits Mindoro in the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Maria is located about 300 mi…485 km ENE of Great Abaco Island and about 475 mi…765 km SSE of Cape Hatteras North Carolina with maximum sustained winds…105 mph…165 km/h. Present movement…N or 350 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Hurricane Lee is located about 875 mi…1410 km E of Bermuda and about 1375 mi…2210 km WSW of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h. Present movement…SE or 140 degrees at 3 mph…6 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Storm Pilar is located about 35 mi…60 km SSW of Cabo Corrientes Mexico and about 115 mi…185 km SSE of Las Islas Marias Mexico with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 335 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical depression 22w (Twenty-two), located approximately 226 nm northeast of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking west-northwestward at 11 knots.


Puerto Rico – The Guajataca Dam in northwest Puerto Rico, built in the 1920’s has collapsed causing “extremely dangerous” flooding. More than 70 000 people are still being evacuated.


Wildfires – Washington, USA

Even after a week of much cooler temperatures and rain, Washington’s six large wildfires continue to burn. Here is an update from north to south.

Diamond Creek Fire 75% contained. It is about 11 miles northwest of Mazama and has covered almost 130,000 acres since it started in July.

Uno Peak Fire 20% contained. The Uno Peak fire has covered almost 9,000 acres since it started in August. The wildfire is located 15 miles northwest of Manson.

Jolly Mountain Fire 40% contained. This fire was started by a lightning strike in August and has covered almost 37,000 acres since then. The Jolly Mountain Fire is 6 miles northwest of Cle Elum.

Sawmill Creek Fire 99% contained. It burned more than 1,000 acres since it started in early September. The Sawmill Creek Fire is west of the Norse Peak wilderness and south of the Tacoma watershed.

Norse Peak Fire 80% contained. The Norse Peak Fire is 11 miles west of Cliffdell, and originated in August. Officials said lightning sparked the fire that has covered almost 66,000 acres.


Malaria ‘superbug’ spreads to Vietnam

A highly drug resistant malaria “superbug” from western Cambodia is now present in southern Vietnam, leading to alarming failure rates for dihydroartemisinin (DHA)-piperaquine — Vietnam’s national first-line malaria treatment, leading malaria scientists warn.

A single mutant strain of very drug resistant malaria has now spread from western Cambodia to north-eastern Thailand, southern Laos and into southern Vietnam and caused a large increase in treatment failure of patients with malaria. The spread of this dominant artemisinin drug resistant P falciparum C580Y mutant malaria parasite lineage across the entire Mekong Sub-region is a serious threat to malaria control and eradication efforts.