Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.3 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
5.1 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.
5.1 earthquake hits the Ionian Sea.
5.1 earthquake hits southern Peru.
5.0 earthquake hits offshore Guerrero, Mexico.
5.0 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Atlantic Ocean: Subtropical Storm Oscar is located about 1120 mi…1800 km ese of Bermuda and about 1200 mi…1930 km ne of the northern Leeward islands with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 300 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.
In the Western Pacific Ocean: Super Typhoon (ts) 31w (Yutu), located approximately 571 nm north-northwest ofYap, is tracking westward at 13 knots.
Russia – Update – Six people died in floods in southern Russia that also damaged regional infrastructure, including an oil pipeline, the authorities said on Friday (Sept 26), as emergency workers were struggling to provide food and water to the victims. Over 2,300 houses were flooded in the region. Flash floods frequently cause devastating damage in the area wedged between the Black Sea and the Caucasus mountain range as mountain rivers swell and destroy settlements below.
Wildfires – Greece
A wildfire has broken out and burned an area covered with pine trees on the Sithonia peninsula in northern Greece on Thursday, with strong winds hindering the efforts of the firefighters. The region of central Macedonia has now called a state of emergency for the village of Sarti. Police blocked off roads in the area as firefighters continued to battle with the blaze with the support of helicopters.
Wildfires – Australia
A bushfire that started October 11 in Western Australia 120km southeast of Broome burned 880,000 hectares, or 2,174,527 acres. Dry winds from variable directions and high temperatures made it very difficult to suppress. The remote location and a lack of water restricted the tactics to fighting fire with fire, constructing firelines with heavy equipment, and using aircraft.
When the wind direction changed last week, firefighters had to shut down the Great Northern Highway, National Route 1. In spite of the enormous size of the blaze in Western Australia there were no fatalities or damage to major structures.
Monkeypox – Nigeria – Update
Nigeria health officials reported an additional 10 suspected monkeypox cases during the past month, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The ten new suspected cases of monkeypox were reported from Ebonyi (4), Rivers (2), Bayelsa (4) states. A total of 86 cases have been reported in 2018.