Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.6 Earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

6.3 Earthquake hits the Balleny Islands.

5.6 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Mid- Indian ridge.

5.3 Earthquake hits off the coast of Jalisco, Mexico.

5.3 Earthquake hits the South Indian Ocean.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the northern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Post Tropical Cyclone Nate is located about 20 miles…35 km…SW of Akron Ohio and about 85 miles…135 km…NE of Columbus Ohio with maximum sustained winds…20 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…NE or 045 degrees at 60 mph…97 km/h.

Tropical Depression Seventeen is located about 875 mi…1405 km WSW of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…n or 10 degrees at 3 mph…6 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 23w (twenty-three), located approximately 151 nm east-northeast of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking west-northwestward at 13 knots.

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Wildfires – Portugal

Eleven active wild fires are continuing to rage on in Portugal across six different fronts with high winds hampering efforts to contain them. Around 1500 firefighters, 200 military personnel and countless locals are desperately battling the blazes.

The fire in Pampilhosa da Serra is said to be the most serious and has left emergency services struggling to cope. Two villages in the Arganil municipality have been evacuated as a precaution and at least four people including three firefighters have been injured in Anadia.


Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

Between 31 August and 26 September 2017, the national IHR focal point of Saudi Arabia reported nine additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), including four deaths. In addition, four deaths from previously reported cases were reported.

Madagascar: Plague

The Madagascar Health Ministry reported over the weekend new plague counts for the country and it shows the number of cases have risen to 343, including 42 deaths as of Oct. 7.

Anthrax: Namibia

A suspected anthrax outbreak has killed some 107 hippopotami at a north-eastern Namibia game park, according to media reports. The outbreak at Bwabwata National Park in Namibia’s Zambezi region began one week ago when ten hippos died.