Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 earthquake hits the southwest Indian ridge.

5.2 earthquake hits the Sichuan-Gansu border, China.


Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Florence is located about 205 mi…325 km ese of Wilmington North Carolina and about 250 mi…405 km ese of Myrtle Beach South Carolina with maximum sustained winds…110 mph…175 km/h. Present movement…nw or 315 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

Hurricane Helene is located about 1215 mi…1955 km ssw of Lajes air base in the Azores and about 1170 mi…1885 km sw of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…75 mph…120 km/h. Present movement…n or 355 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

Tropical Storm Isaac is located about 105 mi…170 km e of Dominica and about 130 mi…205 km ese of Guadeloupe with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…w or 275 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.

Subtropical Storm Joyce is located about 945 mi…1520 km wsw of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…sw or 220 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Super Typhoon 26w (Mangkhut), located approximately 528 nm east of Manila, Philippines, is tracking westward at 11 knots.

Tropical Depression 27w (Barijat), located approximately 207 nm east of Hanoi, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 09 knots.

In the Central Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression Olivia is located about 160 mi…255 km ssw of Lihue Hawaii and about 195 mi…315 km wsw of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…wsw or 255 degrees at 18 mph…30 km/h.


East Coast, USA – The category four hurricane was 500 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina this morning, and is set to unleash torrential rain and high winds from Thursday to Saturday. Meteorologists are particularly concerned about the slow-moving nature of the hurricane, as this means areas will receive a concentrated burst of rain and wind. Parts of the Carolinas and the mid-Atlantic are likely to get 15 and 25 inches of rain by the end of the weekend. The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said wave heights of up to 83 feet were measured this morning to the northeast of the hurricane.


Cholera – Zimbabwe – Update

The Zimbabwean Ministry of Health and Child care has declared the ongoing cholera outbreak in the capital Harare a state of national emergency as the death toll rose to 20. Over 2,300 suspected cases have been reported in Harare since the outbreak was confirmed on September 1.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection – Republic of Korea

On 8 September 2018, the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) National Focal Point (NFP) of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of a laboratory-confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity – New Activity for the week of 5 September -11 September 2018

Etna | Sicily (Italy) : INGV reported that during 3-9 September activity at Etna was characterized by gas emissions at the summit craters, with periodic Strombolian activity from vents in Bocca Nuova, Northeast Crater (NEC), and New Southeast Crater (NSEC). A few Strombolian explosions at NSEC were recorded on 5 September; an explosion at 0536 generated an ash plume that produced local ashfall around the vent and in the Valle del Bove, and quickly dispersed. A similar but less intense event occurred earlier that day, at 0316. Similar Strombolian events continued during 6-9 September, at intervals of a few hours. Strombolian activity at the N vent (BN-1) in Bocca Nuova occurred at 3-5-minute intervals, ejecting incandescent material that fell within the crater confines. Gas emissions were sometimes punctuated with ash emissions. Intense degassing was characteristic of the second vent (BN-2). Strombolian activity occurred at NEC, and a few times explosions were accompanied by ash emissions.

Krakatau | Indonesia : Based on satellite data, the Darwin VAAC reported that on 8 September ash plumes from Anak Krakatau rose to altitudes of 4.9-5.5 km (16,000-18,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted W and NW. During 9-10 September ash plumes rose to 1.5 km (5,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted W. 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.

Veniaminof | United States : On 4 September low-level ash emissions (less than 3 km or 10,000 ft a.s.l.) from Veniaminof were evident in webcam images and confirmed by observers in Perryville (35 km S), prompting AVO to raise the Aviation colour Code to Orange and the Volcano Alert Level to Watch. Seismicity was elevated. During 4-6 September pulsating, low-altitude ash plumes were visible from a Perryville webcam and reported by a pilot, and a small thermal anomaly was visible in satellite data. On 7 September the thermal signal increased, suggesting lava fountaining at the summit. Webcam images the next day showed minor ash or steam near the summit cone. Ash deposits on the snowfield formed a “V” shape from the summit, extending to the SSW and SE. On 9 September a lava flow, about 800 m long, was identified on the S flank in satellite data. Witnesses aboard a ferry passing Veniaminof early the next morning noted lava fountaining and an active lava flow. Lava flows continued on 11 September, though were confined to the summit caldera.