Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.3 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.3 earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

5.2 earthquake hits Vancouver Island, Canada.

5.2 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits northern Xinjiang, China.

5.0 earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression Vicente is located about 55 mi…90 km sse of Lazaro Cardenas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 330 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Hurricane Willa is located about 55 mi…85 km wsw of las Islas Marias Mexico and about 150 mi…245 km ssw of Mazatlan Mexico with maximum sustained winds…130 mph…215 km/h. Present movement…n or 5 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon (ts) 31w (Yutu), located approximately 269 nm north-northwest of Chuuk, is tracking west-northwestward at 10 knots.


Italy – A severe hailstorm hit Rome on Sunday evening, bringing a dramatic end to a long spell of hot weather and covering the streets of the Italian capital in hail and floodwaters. Drivers found themselves stranded in high waters, while the runoff poured into underground stations. The temperature around the city dropped by 10C during the storm. An area of low pressure moving south from northern Europe to Italy over the weekend brought disruption to most of the country, with other Italian cities – such as Milan and Palermo – experiencing floods as well.

Global Warming

Could ‘rewilding’ help to tackle climate change?

As little as 14,000 years ago, lions roamed across most of Earth’s continents, including Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Though it is not possible to tell what caused the lions to go extinct, evidence taken from fossils and ancient cave paintings suggests that human hunting could have played a role in their downfall.

Now, some researchers say that large animals, ranging from lions and elephants to giant tortoises and donkeys, should be reintroduced to areas where they once thrived.

It is argued that this type of conservation, which is known as “rewilding”, could help to restore ecosystems to what they could have looked like before major human interference.

A special issue published today by the Royal Society explores how rewilding could help to tackle climate change and its impacts, as well as how future warming could affect the success of rewilding schemes.


Hand, foot, and mouth disease outbreak at Johns Hopkins

The Maryland Department of Health has declared an outbreak of the viral infection, hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) on the Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus after scores of cases have been reported since September. The Wall Street Journal reports that 125 cases have been reported to date.

Hepatitis A – Florida, USA

Florida is the latest in a series of States to report an increase in Hepatitis A cases. As of Oct. 22, 58 cases have been reported in Pinellas County and more than 180 in Florida.