Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.4 earthquake hits near the coast of southern Peru.

5.1 earthquake hits Guatemala.

5.0 earthquake hits south-west of Africa.

5.0 earthquake hits the Izu Islands, Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Gl sst mm

In the Western Pacific: Tropical storm 02w (Two), located approximately 92 nm east-southeast of Koror, Palau, is tracking westward at 16 knots.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 09p (Gita), located approximately 122 nm south-southeast of Niue, is tracking southwestward at 07 knots.

Newsbytes:

Bolivia – Intense rains continue to fall across much of Bolivia. The rain and floods over the past nine days have left at least three people dead, including a minor. Six others have been reported as missing, according to Reuters, and at least 20 municipalities have been left in a state of disaster.

Wildlife

Scores of monkeys killed in Rio yellow fever panic

Fears of spreading yellow fever are behind the illegal killing of scores of monkeys in Rio de Janeiro, complicating efforts to fight the virus, authorities say.

Locals, mistakenly believing that the animals can spread yellow fever to humans, are blamed for the surge in killings.

Just this year, 238 monkeys have been found dead in Rio state, compared to 602 in all of 2017, said the city sanitation service, launching a campaign against the killings.

Of those, 69 percent showed signs of human aggression, mostly being beaten to death and some poisoned. Last year, the proportion found killed by humans was 40 percent.

The rest died of natural causes.

Monkey

Wildfires

Wildfires – USA

A wildfire is burning near the Dragoon Mountains southeast of Tucson. The fire started on on Saturday.

The Knob Hill Fire started on private land west of the Dragoon Mountains and has burned over the top toward the east side of the mountains into Coronado National Forest Land. The fire was human caused but is still under investigation.

The wildfire is estimated to have burned 2,000 acres, according to a Monday morning update from the incident command on Inciweb.

Disease

Guinea – Lassa Fever

The Guinea Ministry of Health reported Wednesday the first Lassa fever case/death in a resident in more than two decades.

Influenza – USA

A special education teacher in Texas is reportedly on life support after contracting both strains of influenza, as the worst flu season in years engulfs the United States.

The nationwide flu outbreak is shaping up to be the worst on record, and federal health officials say they can’t predict when the deadly epidemic will end.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a grim report on Friday, revealing that at least 63 children have died from influenza for the 2017-2018 season so far. Ten of them died in the past week alone.