Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

5.0 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Newsbytes:

India – A fresh wave of floods has hit Assam, submerging five districts and affecting over 78,000 people, an official said on Sunday. The north-eastern state, which has been recuperating after several rounds of floods this year, saw hundreds of acres of land submerged in the fresh wave. Around 16,000 animals have also been affected. Rains across the state and in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya have caused flooding in Assam’s Lakhimpur, South Salmara, Goalpara, Hojai and Karbi Anglong. Some 86 villages in seven revenue circles have been affected by the fresh wave of deluge with Goalpara on the Assam-Meghalaya border being the worst-hit, a report said.

Disease

Tularemia outbreak reported Armenia

An outbreak of the zoonotic bacterial infection, tularemia has been reported in Armenia. According to the report, at least 20 people in the village of Artsvaberd in Tavush province were affected by the outbreak.

Panama: ‘Pink eye’

The number of conjunctivitis, or “pinkeye” cases reported in Panama now stands at 74,661 through mid-September, according to the Panama Ministry of Health (computer translated). The areas where the most cases have been reported are Colón (7057), San Miguelito (14050), Panama Oeste (12313), and Panama Metro (17300).

Mers – Beware of Camels

Health and agriculture authorities around the world – particularly in the Arabian Gulf – must work together to detect and respond to outbreaks of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS), according to officials from the World Health Organization (WHO).

MERS, which has been traced back to dromedary camels to at least 1983, was first detected in humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

According to WHO statistics, at least 722 MERS-related deaths have taken place over the last five years from 2,801 confirmed cases – a mortality rate of approximately 35 percent.

Over 80 percent of MERS cases have been reported in Saudi Arabia, where the WHO says a “significant proportion” of recent cases are believed to have been caused by direct or indirect contact with infected camels. The disease is then often spread by travelers who have been unknowingly infected.