Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.0 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits Java, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Maria is located about 350 mi…560 km SSE of Cape Hatteras North Carolina with maximum sustained winds…80 mph…130 km/h. Present movement…N or 355 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

Hurricane Lee is located about 910 mi…1460 km E of Bermuda and about 1355 mi…2180 km WSW of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h. Present movement…stationary.

In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Storm Pilar is located about 50 mi…80 km NNW of Las Islas Marias Mexico and about 70 mi…115 km S of Mazatlan Mexico with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 340 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical depression 22w (Twenty-two), located approximately 56 nm east of Hanoi, Vietnam, is tracking northwestward at 15 knots.

Newsbytes:

Thailand – Ten southern provinces are battling severe floods triggered by heavy thundershowers. Among the 10 southern provinces, Satun took the biggest hit. Local authorities are evacuating residents in affected communities. According to the latest report, the floodwater was as high as 30 centimeters in the capital district. Sandbags have been stacked up to divert the water away from economic zones. Meanwhile, in Phichit province, the level of water in the Nan River running through the city’s center, Taphan Hin, and Bang Mun Nak districts has increased at an alarming rate. Local officers say if the water level increases another 40 centimeters, the situation will be critical. The provincial irrigation office has already issued a warning to people residing along the Nan River.

Malaysia – Heavy rain since last Thursday, in addition to the high-tide phenomenon, caused flooding in several districts in Kedah and Perlis. The floods in Kedah and Perlis are expected to improve from tomorrow with the end of the high-tide phenomenon. Although there was an increase in the number of flood victims at the relief centres, the flood situation in both the states was improving slowly.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Structures have been destroyed by an out-of-control bushfire southwest of Port Macquarie, the NSW Rural Fire Service says. The blaze, which was raging in the Innes View area, west of Comboyne, blackened about 950 hectares in hot and windy conditions on Sunday afternoon. Dozens of firefighters and water-bombing aircraft attempted to get the flames under control and warned residents they would see smoke and possibly embers.

At 5pm Sunday, there were nearly 100 grass or bushfires burning across NSW and 29 were not contained.

A bushfire alert in Victoria’s east has been downgraded but nearby residents need to remain vigilant about the out-of-control blaze, emergency officials say. Residents near the small East Gippsland town of Orbost had been told earlier on Monday to evacuate their homes as fire crews battled the fire east of the town. But fire conditions eased by 11am.

Disease

Philippines – Diarrhoea

An gastroenteritis outbreak in the municipality of Quezon in southern Palawan has prompted a declaration of a “state of emergency”. According to the municipal disaster risk reduction and management office (MDRRMO), at least 727 people suffering from acute diarrhea have been treated in the town’s only hospital since July.

Spain – Legionnaires Disease

A Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at a northern Spain resort has affected at least a dozen people and killed one this summer. The outbreak occurred at a resort in Lierganes, Cantabria, which prompted the closure of part of the facility.

Volcanos

Indonesia – Mount Agung

Nearly 50 000 people have evacuated their homes amid fears of an imminent volcanic eruption on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, disaster officials said on Monday.

Mount Agung, about 75 km from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been rumbling since August, threatening to erupt for the first time in more than 50 years. In 1963, more than 1 000 people died in the previous eruption.

Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency said Monday 48 540 people had fled, although the number was expected to rise because more than 60 000 people lived in the danger zone.