Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits Reykjanes ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits Colombia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 17e (Paine), located approximately 992 nm south-southeast of San Diego, is tracking northwestward at 06 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Central African Republic – At least 11 people have died and thousands have lost their homes after weeks of flooding in Central African Republic (CAR). Flooding struck in areas of the capital Bangui in July 2022, where dozens of homes were damaged or destroyed. Local media reported in late September that high levels of the Oubangui river had resulted in flooding and damages in several districts of the city. By late September the UN reported flooding had affected 85,300 people, destroyed more than 2,600 houses and 18,500 hectares of crops, damaged numerous other infrastructures and displaced more than 6,000 people in 176 towns and villages across 12 of the country’s 17 prefectures.

Thailand – Heavy rain in northern, northeastern and central Thailand has worsened severe flooding in many parts of the country, as authorities ordered the release of water into already overflowing rivers from dams that were filled to capacity. Among the areas hit by flooding were Chiang Mai, a large city and tourist center in the north, and Sukhothai, an ancient capital and archaeological site that draws many visitors. The Department of The floods had impacted at least 45,000 households in 35 provinces.

Environment

Australia to set aside at least 30% of its land mass to protect endangered species

Australia will set aside at least 30% of its land mass for conservation in a bid to protect plants and animals in the island continent famed for species found nowhere else in the world. Australia has lost more mammal species than any other continent and has one of the worst rates of species decline among the world’s richest countries, a five-yearly environmental report card released in July by the government showed.

That report showed the number of species added to the list of threatened species or in a higher category of risk grew on average by 8% from the previous report in 2016.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Nebraska, USA

Showers and high humidity have slowed the spread of the Bovee Fire west of Halsey, Nebraska. More than 100 firefighters are on scene, including two Interagency Hotshot Crews, 10 engines, and a dozer. A mapping flight at 7:30 p.m. Sunday found that the fire had burned 7,780 acres. Officially, the Nebraska National Forest is still going with 15,000 acres, an estimate developed Sunday afternoon before it was mapped from an aircraft. The Bovee Fire has prompted an evacuation of the community of Halsey in central Nebraska.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Polio – Pakistan

A 10-month child from union council Ghulam Khan in North Waziristan has died after being confirmed with wild polio. This is the 20th case of will poliovirus recorded in Pakistan this year.

Ebola – Uganda

Uganda health authorities reported three additional confirmed Ebola (Sudan Virus Disease) cases on Saturday, bringing the total confirmed cases to 41. One additional confirmed death was also reported, bring this total to nine. In an effort to keep the disease from crossing the border into neighboring Kenya, motorists travelling to Kenya via Malaba border are required to undergo mandatory screening at the border.

Bird Flu

Netherlands – The Netherlands is to cull around 102,000 chickens on a farm in the northern city of Kiel-Windeweer after the detection of a highly infectious strain of bird flu, the government said on Tuesday.

Colorado, USA – On Thursday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis issued an Executive Order declaring a state of disaster emergency due to the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in Colorado. HPAI was first detected in wild birds in Colorado on March 24, 2022. The disease was detected in domestic poultry on April 8, 2022. As of September 21, 2022, HPAI has been confirmed in 17 Colorado counties, with cases occurring in wild, domestic, and commercial flocks.