Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits Southern California.

5.4 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.3 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.3 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the North Indian Ocean/Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression (td) 04w (Four), located approximately 387 nm north of Andersen AFB, is tracking northwestward at 11 knots.

NewsBytes:

Alaska – An Alaska Railroad passenger train headed north was forced to turn around at Talkeetna Saturday morning, after extensive flooding along roughly three miles of nearby track caused by ice jams on the Susitna River.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Florida, USA

A total of 69,159 acres is under fire while only a combined 5% is contained in the Big Cypress National Preserve. Below are a list of fires burning and containment levels:

Buzzard Fire: 51,024 acres, 8% contained

Flamingo Fire: 9,794 acres, 5% contained

Curlew Fire: 8,339 acres, 15% contained

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

A wildfire, which started in the area south of Pinery Canyon, is burning in the Chiricahua Mountains 12 miles east of Douglas. As of 8:00 p.m. Saturday, officials said the fire had grown to 1200 acres.

Disease

Uganda: Cholera, Measles

The Uganda Ministry of Health is reporting is an active Cholera outbreak in parts of Kampala City. A total of 7 cases have been confirmed. Uganda is currently experiencing heavy rains which are likely to result in floods and contamination of water sources because of poor hygiene and sanitation, and high-water table in certain districts.

The Ministry of Health has announced an outbreak of measles in 26 districts across the country. The most affected districts as Amuru in northern Uganda, and Kamuli, Mbale, and Butebo in the east of the country.

England: Measles

In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in England, health officials have reported 440 laboratory confirmed measles cases in England since the beginning of the year. The increase in measles circulation is mainly associated with travel to and from Europe where there are large ongoing measles outbreaks, health officials note.

London has seen the most lab-confirmed cases with 164, followed by the South East (86), West Midlands (78), South West (42) and West Yorkshire (37). Young people and adults aged 15 and over who missed out on MMR vaccine when they were younger and some under-vaccinated communities have been particularly affected.

USA – Salmonella

A salmonella outbreak that led to a recall of nearly 207 million eggs has now sickened nearly three dozen people in states along the East Coast. Thirty-five people — up by 12 over the past few weeks — have been sickened by Salmonella braenderup, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week. The outbreak, which has been traced to a single egg producer, has resulted in 11 hospitalizations. No deaths have been reported.