Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.8 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits Laos.

5.3 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 28w (Rai), located approximately 275 nm south-southwest of Hong Kong, is tracking northeastward at 13 knots.

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Philippines – The death toll from Typhoon Rai has surpassed 200 in the Philippines, with humanitarian workers reporting “complete carnage” in coastal areas where they said the storm had left homes, hospitals and schools “ripped to shreds”. Rai had displaced nearly 490 000 people in the Philippines before it moved toward the South China Sea over the weekend. It has also left widespread devastation in the provinces of Cebu, Leyte, and Surigao del Norte, including the popular Siargao surfing destination, and Dinagat Islands. Strong winds of of 195 km/h, with gusts of up to 270 km/h, caused catastrophic damage. 3,783 houses have suffered damaged and 171 have been completely destroyed, mostly in Western Visayas. Hundreds of cities or municipalities experienced power and communication outages. A total of 706,634 people have been affected across the regions.