Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits the south-west Indian Ridge.

5.5 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.3 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits the Volcano Islands off Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits northern Xinjiang, China.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Vicente is located about 90 mi…145 km sse of Puerto Angel Mexico and about 115 mi…185 km se of Puerto Escondido Mexico with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…wsw or 255 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Hurricane Willa is located about 240 mi…390 km sw of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…85 mph…140 km/h. Present movement…nw or 315 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.


Qatar – Qatar was hit by widespread flash flooding on Saturday as the desert state received almost a year’s worth of rainfall in one day. oads became impassable, air traffic was disrupted and homes were flooded, while shops and universities closed.

Israel – Heavy rain in the south of the country caused floods Saturday evening in Eilat and the Arava region. As a result, Eilat airport closed, and road 90 was blocked.

Trinidad – The rainfall that caused a historic level of flooding in parts of north and central Trinidad largely spared the south part of the island. Flash flooding inundated roads and homes.


Venezuela malaria situation grows worse

More than 650,000 cases of malaria have been reported in Venezuela nationwide so far this year – through October 15. Venezuela’s health crisis continues to abound and infectious diseases have been rising year after year to include measles, diphtheria and malaria.

Flesh-eating Bacteria Epidemic – Australia

A flesh-eating bacteria epidemic has worsened, and experts fear there could be up to 400 infections by January.

The record number of 277 cases of Buruli ulcer recorded last year in the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne, has already been surpassed in 2018, with 49 new cases diagnosed in the past four weeks alone.

Meanwhile in Queensland, a separate outbreak has seen five cases reported near Cairns, and mosquitoes found carrying the bacteria.