Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits east of the South Sandwich Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits the Maug Islands in the North Mariana Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Sandwich islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 25w (Malou), located approximately 349 nm south-southwest of Iwo To, is tracking northeastward at 06 knots.

Tropical depression 26w (Twenty-six), located approximately 259 nm east-northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, has tracked west-northwestward at 08 knots.

NewsBytes:

Algeria and Tunisia – One person died after a vehicle was swept away by flood water in Baba Hassen commune in Algiers Province. A second victim is still missing. Some areas of Algiers city recorded more than 140 mm in 24 hours to 24 October. Floods also affected several regions of neighbouring Tunisia overnight from 23 to 24 October 2021. Two people died in Thala, Kasserine Governorate, after a car was washed away. A third victim died in similar circumstances in Borj Chakir, a locality near the city of Tunis. Civil Protection teams rescued several people from flood waters in Manouba and Béja governorates. Severe flooding was also reported in Bizerte Governorate.

Italy – Italy’s fire service Vigili del Fuoco reported that, as a result of the severe weather fire fighters carried out more than 400 interventions in Sicily Region, mostly in areas around Catania and Syracuse, and 180 interventions in Calabria, in particular in areas around Vibo Valentia. Two elderly people were missing after being swept away by floods in Scordia comune in the Metropolitan City of Catania in Sicily region. The body of one victim has since been found while search operations including helicopters are continuing. Four people were rescued from floods in Trapani.

Disease

Covid-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Ebola – DR Congo

One new confirmed Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) case in the health area of Butsili was reported on Oct. 22. This brings the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s 13th EVD outbreak totals to six confirmed cases, including three deaths.

Dengue Fever – Pakistan

Pakistan reported 463 new dengue fever cases today, of which, 365 cases were reported in the capital city of Lahore. This puts the dengue total over the 10,000 case mark (10,258) with nearly 70 percent of the total cases reported from Lahore. An additional two fatalities reported.

Anthrax – India

A suspected anthrax outbreak has sickened six people, killing one in Tukum village, Koraput district in Odisha state. According to officials, the members of a tribe of Tukum had organized a feast where they consumed the meat about 10 days ago.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits Ethiopia.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Java, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane 17e (Rick), located approximately 1249 nm southeast of San Diego, is tracking northward at 07 knots.

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 25w (Malou, located approximately 416 nm west of Agrihan, is tracking northward at 16 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Califonia, USA – A “bomb cyclone” in the Pacific is dumping extreme rain and several feet of snow on California. The wild weather follows a summer of extreme drought and wildfires, and it could bring flooding, mudslides and debris flow to the parched and wildfire-scarred Golden State. The term “bomb cyclone” refers to the rapid intensification process — “bombogenesis” — that forms it. Such storms occur when pressure in the central region of the storm descend by at least 24 millibars (an atmospheric pressure measurement) in 24 hours. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Sacramento issued numerous warnings on Sunday (Oct. 24) concerning extreme rainfall, flooding and debris flows. In some regions, rainfall may reach into the double digits in inches.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.4 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.1 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits the Canary Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane 17e (Rick), located approximately 1339 nm southeast of San Diego, is tracking northward at 02 knots.

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 25w (Twenty-five), located approximately 157 nm north of Ulithi, is tracking northwestward at 06 knots.

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Wildfires

Upwards of 10 000 Sequoia Trees to be Removed

The Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks announced Friday there are around 10,000 sequoia trees that will need to be removed from the area in California. The trees have been weakened either from age, drought, disease, wildfires or a combination of these factors.

The 10,000 trees are located along the Generals Highway and have the potential to fall on people, cars, other structures or cause hazardous conditions for emergency services, according to the statement.

Along with the sequoias near the highway, there are more trees in the backcountry that require removal. The park did not say how many trees in the backcountry were potentially hazardous.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.3 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits southwestern Siberia, Russia.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits Valparaiso, Chile.

5.0 earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 17e (Rick), located approximately 1428 nm southeast of San Diego, is tracking north-northwestward at 05 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Ivory Coast – At least 4 people have died and several were injured after heavy rain caused flooding and severe material damage in parts of the city of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) in West Africa. Heavy rain caused buildings to collapse as well as flooding and landslides in several parts of the city. Roads were blocked and vehicles left stranded in flood waters.

Wildlife

Humpback Whales Return

The population of humpback whales in the South Atlantic has made a sharp recovery in recent years, with an estimated 24,543 of the marine mammals feeding in sub-Antarctic waters each southern summer. More than that number were slaughtered by whalers there between 1900 and the 1950s.

The species was rarely seen in the three decades after whaling ended in the 1960s. But scientists say the whales are increasingly feeding in the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands during summertime. “Good news environmental stories have sadly become rare these days, so we are very pleased to confirm the recovery of the humpback whale population in the southwest Atlantic,” said lead researcher Mick Baines.

Wildfires

Syria Executes 24 People for Igniting Wildfires

Syria has executed 24 people after convicting them on terrorism charges for igniting last year’s devastating wildfires, leaving three people dead and burning thousands of hectares (acres) of forests, the Justice Ministry said Thursday.

The publicized executions of a large group of people is rare in war-torn Syria, where a decade-old conflict has left hundreds of thousands dead and displaced half the country’s population, including 5 million refugees outside the country.

Wildfires broke out in several Middle Eastern countries in October 2020 amid a heat wave that was unusual for that time of the year, leaving Syria particularly hard-hit.

Disease

Covid-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Diphtheria – Vietnam

The Vietnamese Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported today three people in Ky Son district were found positive for diphtheria bacteria in Huu Lap commune. Currently, the 3 patients are being treated at the Department of Tropical Diseases Hospital and are in good health.

Swine Flu – USA

Two human infections with novel influenza A viruses were reported. One infection with an influenza A(H1N1) variant (A(H1N1)v) virus was reported by North Dakota that occurred during the 2020-21 influenza season and one infection with an influenza (A(H3N2)v) virus was reported by Ohio that occurred during the 2021-22 influenza season. Both patients are <18.