Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

Two 5.6 earthquakes hit the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

5.5 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

5.3 earthquake hits southern Peru.

5.2 earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the Ryukyu islands off Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Florence is located about 35 mi…55 km w of Myrtle Beach South Carolina and about 45 mi…70 km sse of Florence South Carolina with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…80 km/h. Present movement…w or 260 degrees at 2 mph…4 km/h.

Tropical Storm Helene is located about 185 mi…300 km wsw of Flores in the Azores with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…nne or 25 degrees at 22 mph…35 km/h.

Remnants of Isaac are located about 260 mi…420 km ssw of Santo Domingo Dominican Republic and about 455 mi…730 km ese of Kingston Jamaica with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

Tropical Storm Joyce is located about 955 mi…1540 km wsw of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…e or 85 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 26w (Mangkhut), located approximately 246 nm north-northwest of Manila, Philippines, is tracking northwestward at 15 knots.

Tropical Depression 27w (Barijat), located approximately 84 nm east-northeast of Hanoi, Vietnam, is tracking west-northwestward at 09 knots.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 01s (One), located approximately 217 nm south- southwest of Diego Garcia, is tracking west-southwestward at 08 knots.

NewsBytes:

East Coast, USA – Hurricane Florence crashed into the Carolinas as a giant, slow-moving storm on Friday, threatening catastrophic flooding while leaving scores in need of rescue from rising waters and hundreds of thousands without power. The centre of the hurricane’s eye came ashore at about 0715 EDT near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina, with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said. North Carolina’s governor, Roy Cooper, said Florence was set to cover almost all of the state in several feet of water. Almost 20,000 people had taken refuge in 157 emergency shelters.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Utah, USA

A swift Utah wildfire fanned by high winds has more than doubled its size as it burns through dry terrain and forces evacuations of hundreds of homes, the U.S. Forest Service said Friday. The blaze south of Spanish Fork grew to 84 square miles (217 square kilometers) from 31 square miles (80 square kilometers) Thursday night when authorities ordered evacuations in three communities. Spanish Fork is about 50 minutes south of Salt Lake City.

Wildfires – California, USA

Crews continue to make progress fighting the Delta Fire burning in Shasta County, with the blaze 28 percent contained Friday at 60,018 acres, according to a 7 a.m. Cal Fire incident update.

Fire activity flared up along the freeway Thursday evening, forcing another temporary closure of a stretch of Interstate 5 and multiple ramps. At least 17 structures have been destroyed by the Delta Fire so far, according to the latest Cal Fire update. More than 3,200 personnel are assigned to the fire, including about 1,000 from the U.S. Forest Service.

Disease

Cholera – Zimbabwe – Update

Reports from Zimbabwe say the death toll from cholera has now risen to 28. Meanwhile, the authorities are reporting three cases of the disease in the second city of Bulawayo. Bulawayo will be the seventh province to be affected by this cholera outbreak, which began in Harare early this month.

China – Foot and Mouth Disease

China’s Ministry of Agriculture reported on Friday an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in a herd of cattle that was transported to the Xinjiang region from Gansu province. The local government in Xinjiang then culled 47 cattle following the outbreak.

African swine fever spreads to Belgium

An outbreak of African swine fever terrorising pig farmers in Europe has dramatically escalated with the confirmation that the deadly infectious disease has spread to Belgium.

The discovery of the highly contagious disease in two wild boars found dead near the town of Étalle, in Gaume, has sparked calls for a mass cull of that species to protect western Europe’s pork industry.

The Dutch and French authorities have been put on high alert while Belgium’s farming minister, René Collin, has ordered a ban on hunting until mid-October, along with restrictions on the movement of animals across a territory of 63,000 hectares in the south of the country. Walkers have been asked to stay on footpaths and 67 farms are being tested for signs of an outbreak.

African swine fever was last seen in Belgium in 1985, and led to the culling of 30,000 pigs. It causes haemorrhaging and is incurable in pigs, although it is not dangerous for humans. Discovery of the disease in Europe’s second-largest farm in Romania last month resulted in the culling of 140,000 animals.