Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.7 earthquake hits Samoa.

5.5 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits Alaska.

5.1 earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Sam is located about 255 mi…405 km e of Bermuda and about 1035 mi…1665 km ssw of Cape Race Newfoundland with maximum sustained winds…130 mph…215 km/h. Present movement…nne or 20 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.

Tropical Storm Victor is located about 850 mi…1370 km wsw of the Cabo Verde islands with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 300 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

In the Northern Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 03b (Shaheen-Gulab), located approximately 271 nm northeast of Masirah Island, is tracking west-northwestward at 09 knots.

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Indonesia – Seven people have died after heavy rain caused landslides and flooding in Pariaman Regency, West Sumatra Province, Indonesia. Severe weather including strong winds and heavy rain struck on 29 September 2021. An eight victim died as a result of wind damage. The heavy rain caused at least 9 landslides in the area, according to disaster officials, with the most severe reported in Lubuk Alung district. Seven people died, 5 were injured and 280 families were affected. Flooding also affected the area, with flood waters up 2 metres deep reported. A total of 338 houses were damaged, with 12 severely damaged or destroyed. Wide areas of crops and dozens of vehicles were also damaged.

Thailand – As of 30 September Thailand’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DDPM) reported flooding has affected 229,220 households across 6,827 villages in 193 districts of 31 provinces. A total of 7 fatalities have been reported, including 6 in Lopburi Province and 1 in Phetchabun Province where 1 person was reported missing. Chaiyaphum Province is one of the worst hit areas, with 71,379 household affected, while in Lopburi a total of 56,138 households were affected. The heavy rain from the storm caused numerous rivers to overflow.


American bumblebee could be officially declared endangered

The American bumblebee (Bombus pensylvanicus) population has plummeted by 89% over the past 20 years, and an “endangered species” listing could be imminent, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The agency will conduct a one-year review, after which the species could become protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which provides a legal framework for safeguarding imperiled species from extinction.