Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands, Japan.

5.4 earthquake hits Western Australia.

5.4 earthquake hits of the Kuril Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands, Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits the Pacific – Antarctic Ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore Guerrero, Mexico.

5.0 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.


Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Depression Florence is located about 20 mi…35 km sw of Columbia South Carolina with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

Tropical Storm Helene is located about 270 mi…435 km n of Faial island in the central Azores with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…ne or 50 degrees at 25 mph…41 km/h.

Tropical Storm Joyce is located about 580 mi…930 km wsw of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…ene or 75 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 26w (Mangkhut), located approximately 54 nm southwest of Hong Kong, is tracking west-northwestward at 17 knots.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 01s (One), located approximately 425 nm southwest of Diego Garcia, is tracking west-southwestward at 12 knots.


East Coast, USA – At least 14 deaths from Florence have been confirmed with the worst flooding still expected to come. Swansboro, N.C. has now received more than 30 inches of rain; several other have received more than 20 inches. Florence is causing flash flooding and major river flooding over a “significant portion” of North and South Carolina. Life-threatening, catastrophic flash floods and prolonged significant river flooding are possible in portions of North Carolina, South Carolina and the southern to central Appalachias to western North Carolina to west-central Virginia and far-eastern West Virginia into early next week, the National Weather Service said. Landslides are also possible in the higher terrain of the southern and central Appalachias across western North Carolina into southwestern Virginia as Florence moves inland. Water levels along the North and South Carolina coasts are gradually receding as of Saturday night. Nearly 1 million homes and businesses lost power in North and South Carolina. A couple of tornadoes are still possible through Sunday in North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina, the NHC said.

Philippines – A super typhoon swirled towards Hong Kong and the Chinese coast on Sunday, gaining in strength over the South China Sea after hurtling through the Philippines, where it wreaked havoc that killed at least 25. Tropical cyclone Mangkhut is considered the strongest to hit the region this year, packing gale force winds of more than 200 kph, equivalent to a maximum Category 5 “intense hurricane” in the Atlantic. Philippine authorities said at least 25 people were killed, including a baby and a toddler, most of them in landslides in mountainous areas that left at least 13 missing. Mangkhut, the Thai name for Southeast Asia’s mangosteen fruit, was expected to skirt 100 km south of Hong Kong and veer west towards the coast of China’s southern Guangdong province, and the gaming centre of Macau. Hong Kong raised its highest No. 10 typhoon signal at mid-morning, as fierce waves pounded low-lying areas and strong winds rattled windows in many towering skyscrapers.


Cholera – Algeria

From 7 August to 6 September, 217 cases with cholera-like symptoms have been hospitalized, two of the patients died (CFR: 0.9%). Cases have been reported from seven provinces (Wilayas). Of these, 83 have been confirmed as Vibrio cholerae serogroup O1 Ogawa at the Institut Pasteur Algiers. More than half of the confirmed cases have been registered in Blida Province, followed by Algiers, Tipaza, Bouira, Médéa and Ain Defla.

A total of 21, including three private, water sources in the affected areas were tested for bacterial contamination, and 10 of these were deemed inappropriate for human consumption. One of the water sources tested positive for V. cholerae and was condemned for human consumption.

West Nile virus

European health officials reported an additional 150 human West Nile virus cases during the past week, bringing the total human cases to 948 this year. According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the number of cases are up three-fold compared to previous years.

Anthrax – Uganda and Turkey

Uganda – More than 1,000 animals have died following the outbreak of anthrax in Arua District. Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe laboratory analysis has confirmed the outbreak of the disease. 28 people were infected including two deaths.

Turkey – 

Turkey’s Diyarbakir Chamber of Medicine said a 10-year-old boy died from the eastern city of Bitlis reported as the first death due to anthrax. Some 130 people have been hospitalized due to suspicions of anthrax infection.

Anthrax outbreaks have hit Turkey due to 4,000 cattle imported from Brazil since greater Eid in August, with infected animals observed in Istanbul, the capital Ankara, as well as in several other cities.