Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits the Samoa Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Nias region, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Iran-Iraq border.

5.1 Earthquake hits the western Indian-Antarctic ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits off the coast of Chiapas, Mexico.

5.0 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kuril islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

Fiji – Low lying areas in and around the Central Division experienced flooding due to the continuous heavy rain affecting the region. Police have confirmed that Nausori town and areas around Suva and Nasinu are currently flooded. Settlements around Wainadoi had experienced flooding last night.

Vietnam – Seven dams and reservoirs in Quảng Nam and Thừa Thiên-Huế provinces have begun releasing water as the central region experiences torrential downpours. The tropical depression that made landfall in the south-central region over the weekend, together with a cold spell coming down from the north, have brought heavy rain to four localities in the mid-central region, including the provinces of Quảng Trị, Thừa Thiên-Huế and Quảng Nam, as well as Đà Nẵng City. The weather centre has issued alerts on potential flash floods, landslides and flooding in lowland areas in these localities.

Space Events

1st Interstellar Asteroid Is a Spinning Space Cigar

Astronomers using the Pan-STARRS1 telescope in Hawaii spotted a mysterious object dashing through our solar system on Oct. 19. Traveling at high speed and originating from interstellar space, this object was originally thought to be an ancient comet, but observations revealed it was, in fact, an asteroid from another star system.

Astronomers have determined that the mysterious object — which has been named ‘Oumuamua and given the official scientific designation 1I/2017 U1 — looped around the sun on Sept. 9 and made its closest pass by Earth on Oct. 14. ‘Oumuamua (whose name means “a messenger from afar arriving first” in Hawaiian) is now about 124 million miles (200 million kilometers) from Earth and is zooming away from us at about 85,700 mph (137,900 km/h) relative to the sun, NASA officials said.

They also found that it has a dark red color, similar to objects in the outer solar system, and confirmed that it is completely inert, without the faintest hint of dust around it. Oumuamua is thought to be at least 1,300 feet (400 m) long, rocky (with some metal perhaps mixed in), relatively dense and shaped like a cigar, researchers said. It likely acquired its ruddy hue after being bombarded by high-energy cosmic rays for the millions of years it’s been drifting through interstellar space.

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Disease

Madagascar – WHO plague update

WHO continues to support the Ministry of Public Health and other national authorities in Madagascar to monitor and respond to the outbreak of plague. From 6 to 17 November 2017, 216 cases of plague (1 confirmed, 20 probable and 195 suspect) were reported to WHO. From 1 August to 17 November 2017, a cumulative total of 2 267 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of plague, including 195 deaths (case fatality rate 9%), have been reported from 55 of 114 (48%) districts in Madagascar.