Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Samoa Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits west of the Chile rise.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.


Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Gert is located about 450 nm … 725 km west of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds … 75 mph … 120 km/h. Present movement … north or 360 degree at 12 mph … 19 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 14w (Banyan), located approximately 478 nm east-northeast of Miami Tori Shima, is tracking northward at 13 knots.


Sierra Leone – At least 312 people were killed and more than 2 000 left homeless on Monday when heavy flooding and mudslides hit Sierra Leone’s capital of Freetown, leaving excavators to pull bodies from rubble and overwhelming the city’s morgues.


Wildfires – Portugal and Greece

Portuguese officials say 112 people have been evacuated from their homes in the central town of Vila de Rei as more than 3,700 firefighters continue to battle dozens of wildfires across the country. 45 people were slightly injured in the fires over the past two days. Firefighters were hoping to make the most of a slight drop in temperatures to make progress in extinguishing some 210 fires still active.

Authorities in Greece have declared a state of emergency on the island of Zakynthos where wildfires are burning for a fourth day. The Fire Service says that the blazes are burning on 12 fronts and not threatening homes or resorts on the island, which is popular with tourists.

A large wildfire north of Athens is threatening homes as it sweeps through pine forest for a second day, uncontained due to high winds. Fire Service officials, two planes and five helicopters are fighting the blaze at Varnava, 45 kilometers (28 miles) north of the Greek capital, while a main road in the area is closed to traffic to give fire trucks better access. The fire burned out of control for a second day Monday after damaging at least 20 homes the previous day and forcing the evacuation of holiday campsites used in the area for children’s vacations.


South Africa: Diphtheria outbreak in Western Cape

Officials with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa are reporting a diphtheria outbreak that has affected four people, including one fatality, according to a local media report today. The four cases were reported in Helderberg in the Western Cape.

Australia – Flu

Australia is in the grip of the worst flu outbreak on record and experts are urging people to have a flu vaccine now to prevent further spread of the disease. More than 70,000 cases of flu have been reported so far this year including a record breaking 30,000 cases last month.