Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.3 Earthquake hits southern Peru.
5.3 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Babar, Indonesia.
5.2 Earthquake hits Jan Mayen Island.
5.1 Earthquake hits Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania.
5.1 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.
5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
Typhoon 25w (Lan), located approximately 293 nm south-southeast of Iwakuni, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 22 knots.
Tropical Depression 27w (Twenty-seven), located approximately 342 nm southeast of Anderson AFB, is tracking south-southeastward at 15 knots.
Malaysia – Thousands of people have been affected by floods in Sabah, with more than 2,000 people evacuated as of Saturday evening. The Kota Belud district, which is close to mountainous areas, is one of the worst hit, with rain continuously pouring in for almost a week.
Britain – Storm Brian has hit the UK and Ireland sparking flash floods amid fears gale-force winds and heavy rain could leave thousands without power. The storm struck the western coast of Ireland late on Friday – just days after Storm Ophelia left three people dead – causing flooding on the south-west coast. Flood preparations are underway across the UK and Ireland as winds of up to 80 mph hit parts of the Britain on Saturday. East Lancashire was also hit by floods after heavy rain and high winds.
Scientists Are Watching China’s Glaciers Disappear
Xinjiang, a land of mountains, forests and deserts, is four times the size of California and is home to 20,000 glaciers — nearly half of all the glaciers in China. Since the 1950s, all of Xinjiang’s glaciers have retreated by between 21 percent to 27 percent.
Scientists are the only people allowed here. The government has banned tourism on the glacier and shut down factories in the town below, laying off 7,000 workers to try to lessen the impact of pollution. But local sources of pollution account for just 30 percent of the damage to glaciers, says Li. The other 70 percent is caused by global carbon emissions that have warmed the entire planet.
At the rate global temperatures are rising, some 55 percent of all the glaciers in Xinjiang — nearly 11,000 — will be gone within 50 years.
The Tianshan No. 1 glacier below is melting fast, receding by at least 30 feet each year. Scientists warn that the glacier — the source of the Urumqi River, which more than 4 million people depend on — may soon disappear.
Madagascar – Plague
The large plague outbreak in Madagascar just keeps getting bigger as international health organizations remain very concerned. According to the latest numbers from the World Health Organization (WHO), between 1 August and 19 October 2017, a total of 1,297 cases (suspected, probable and confirmed) including 102 deaths (case fatality rate 7.9%) have been reported.