Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits the Sichuan-Gansu border region, China.

5.3 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Kamchatka.

5.2 Earthquake hits eastern Uzbekistan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North island, New Zealand.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Maria is located about 505 mi…815 km SSE of Cape Race Newfoundland with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…ENE or 70 degrees at 32 mph…52 km/h.

Post tropical Cyclone Lee is located about 745 mi…1195 km NNW of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…NE or 50 degrees at 51 mph…81 km/h.

Newsbytes:

Malaysia – Continuous heavy downpour brought flood to several villages in Penampang as water levels at the main Moyog river rose and spilled over into 13 low lying villages. Several schools were affected and hundred of families were forced to evacuate.

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Nature – Images

Interesting Images

Polar Bear Picnic

Hundreds of hungry polar bears were treated to a whale of a buffet last week when the carnivores descended on a whale carcass on the coast of Russia’s Wrangel Island.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

A trio of wildfires that threatened at least 100 homes on California’s Central Coast appeared to be easing Friday night. But some canyon houses remained at risk, officials said.

A half-dozen small fires that erupted along a road Friday afternoon merged into three blazes that burned 300 acres of thick manzanita, chaparral, grass and oak. Winds pushed the flames close to Lompoc neighborhoods, and about 900 people were told to evacuate.

Disease

Chikungunya – Italy

As of 26 September, 183 cases have been notified to the Lazio Region of Italy, which includes the coastal areas of Anzio and Latina as well as the city of Rome. Of the notified cases, 109 are confirmed and 74 additional cases are being investigated (all with an epidemiological link to the Lazio Region). Three more confirmed cases have also been notified from other areas with a travel history to Anzio.

Iran – Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever

In a follow-up on the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) outbreak in Iran since March, officials report the number of cases have surpassed 120 in the past six months from 13 different provinces. Of this total, eight deaths have been recorded since March.

Madascar – Plague

In an update on the plague situation in Madagascar, in the past five weeks 104 cases have been reported, with half (52) cases being pneumonic plague, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) update. Of the 104 cases, 20 were fatal for a case-fatality rate on more than 19 percent.

Bangladesh – Acute Watery Diahhroea, Cholera

Red Crescent mobile clinics in Cox’s Bazar are treating an increasing number of people with acute watery diarrhoea, raising concerns about a possible outbreak of disease among the estimated 480,000 people who have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state in recent weeks.

Red Crescent Society volunteers and staff have provided purified water to more than 30,000 people. They are also building latrines and showers to improve sanitation and safeguard the security and dignity of women and girls, but the needs outpace the delivery of services.

900 000 vaccines have been despatched to the affected areas.