Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.7 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.5 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.4 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.4 earthquake hits the Nias region, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits south of Tonga.

5.3 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.3 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Libertador O’Higgins, Chile.

5.0 earthquake hits the Lombok region, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Florence is located about 1060 mi…1705 km ene of the northern Leeward islands and about 1170 mi…1885 km ese of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…115 mph…185 km/h. Present movement…nw or 315 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical Depression Gordon is located about 115 mi…185 km nnw of Jackson Mississippi with maximum sustained winds…25 mph…35 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 287 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Olivia is located about 1080 mi…1735 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…105 mph…165 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 285 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Central Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Norman is located about 345 mi…555 km e of Hilo Hawaii and about 525 mi…850 km e of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…120 mph…195 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 295 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.


Mali – Floods in several parts of the country have affected more than 18,800 people, killed three and destroyed more than 3,200 houses. Herders have also lost around 1,800 heads of cattle. Since 7th of August 2018, Mali has been affected by heavy rainfall, which peaked between 17 to 19 August, causing floods across the country. These floods have caused great damage in localities of six out of the ten regions of the country. During the third week of August, heavy rainfall accumulations (>100mm) were received throughout several West African nations including Mali, after several previous weeks of heavy and above-average rainfall.

Japan – A major airport that was cut off when a huge typhoon smashed through its sole access road was being evacuated Wednesday, as Japan grappled with devastation caused by its most powerful storm in a quarter of a century. Boats and buses were ferrying stranded passengers from Kansai International Airport – one of the country’s busiest – after thousands of people were forced to spend the night in the partially flooded facility. At least ten people were killed, and hundreds more injured by Typhoon Jebi as it raked through the major manufacturing area around Osaka – Japan’s second city – wrecking infrastructure and destroying homes. Winds up to 216km/h ripped off roofs, overturned trucks and swept a 2 500-ton tanker into a bridge leading to the airport, the region’s main international gateway and a national transport hub. More than 1.2 million people had been advised to leave their homes as Jebi approached the Kansai area – Japan’s industrial heartland – although it was unclear how many had heeded the warnings. Around 16 000 people spent the night in shelters, local media said.


Tuberculosis – Nigeria

The World Health Organization (WHO) says at least 432 Nigerians die of tuberculosis daily in a country with second highest disease incidence rate in Africa. 47 Nigerians develop active TB per hour, which is why the country is ranked among the 14 high-burden countries for TB, TB/HIV and Multi-Drug Resistant TB (MDR-TB).

The epidemic in Nigeria is also fuelled by the large number of undetected TB cases (missing cases), which serve as a reservoir for continuous transmission of the disease. Each undetected TB case has potential of infecting between 10 and 15 people per annum.

Plane Quarantined at JFK After Numerous Passengers Become Sick with Unknown Illness

A plane arriving in New York from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, was quarantined after a number of passengers on board became sick, according to news reports. The plane, an Emirates airlines Airbus A380, landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport around 9 a.m. local time today (Sept. 5) and was met by the New York Port Authority police and officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

10 ill passengers have been taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and another eight passengers are being treated at the airport. Health officials were checking the rest of the passengers “one by one” for symptoms. A total of 521 passengers were on board the flight. Phillips also noted that some of the passengers had come from Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which is experiencing a flu outbreak.

Passengers Hospitalised After Suspected Cholera Case On Algeria-France Flight

French authorities evacuated 141 passengers and crew from a flight arriving in the French city of Perpignan from Algeria on Wednesday after a child on board was suspected of being infected with cholera, the fire brigade said.

The eight-year-old child was taken to hospital for checks after suffering bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea during the flight, a fire brigade official said.

A police source said the child’s mother and several passengers sitting near them were also hospitalised. The remaining passengers and crew were being kept on the tarmac before being transported to a decontamination facility for checks, the authorities said.

Ebola – DR Congo

Congo has recorded its first case of Ebola in the eastern trading hub of Butembo, a city of close to a million with strong trade links to neighbouring Uganda, the health ministry said on Wednesday. The current Ebola outbreak is believed to have killed 85 people since July and infected another 39. Most have been in villages but about 20 cases have been in Beni, a city of several hundred thousand people with close links to Uganda


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity – New Activity for the week of 29 August -2 September 2018

Krakatau | Indonesia : Based on satellite data, the Darwin VAAC reported that during 29-30 August and during 3-4 September ash plumes from Anak Krakatau rose to altitudes of 1.2-1.5 km (4,000-5,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted SW, W, NW, and N. The Alert Level remained at 2 (on a scale of 1-4); residents and visitors were warned not to approach the volcano within 2 km of the crater.

Manam | Papua New Guinea : RVO reported that during 26 August-3 September white plumes rose from Manam’s Main and Southern craters. Seismicity was at low levels.

Veniaminof | United States: Late on 2 September seismic activity at Veniaminof increased, indicative of unrest, prompting AVO to raise the Aviation colour Code to Yellow and the Volcano Alert Level to Advisory. The report noted no other signs of eruptive activity.