Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.5 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.4 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.4 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.3 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.2 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits Crete.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Tonga.


Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Depression Florence is located about 125 mi…200 km wsw of Roanoke Virginia and about 145 mi…230 km wnw of Greensboro North Carolina with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…nne or 20 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Tropical Depression Joyce is located about 285 mi…460 km ssw of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…e or 90 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 01s (One), located approximately 592 nm northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking westward at 11 knots.


East Coast, USA – As the death toll from Florence grew to 15 and hundreds of people were pulled from flooded homes, North Carolina braced for catastrophic, widespread river flooding that could be the next stage of a mounting disaster. Weakened to a tropical depression early Sunday after blowing ashore as a hurricane with 90 mph winds on Friday, Florence was still spinning slowly atop the Carolinas as it pulled warm water from the ocean and hurled it onshore. About 740,000 homes and businesses remained without power in the Carolinas, and utilities said some could be out for weeks. Inland rivers swelled toward record levels, forecasters said, and thousands of people were ordered to evacuate for fear that the next few days could bring the most destructive round of flooding in North Carolina history.

Hong Kong, China – Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into mainland China late Sunday after leaving a trail of destruction in Hong Kong and Macau after killing at least 65 people in the northern Philippines. The world’s biggest storm this year felled trees and sent skyscrapers swaying in high-rise Hong Kong, injuring more than 200 people there before making landfall on the coast of Jiangmen city, in southern China’s Guangdong province. Provincial authorities said they evacuated a total of 2.37 million people and ordered tens of thousands of fishing boats back to port before the arrival of what Chinese media has dubbed the “King of Storms”. State-run China Central Television (CCTV) reported the typhoon had killed two people in Guangdong.


Measles – Brazil – Update

The Brazil Ministry of Health reported last week that as of September 10, there are 1,673 confirmed measles cases nationwide. In Amazonas, there are 1,326, and in Roraima, 301.

Another 7,812 remain under investigation. All are related to importation (the genotype of the virus (D8) that is circulating in the country is the same that circulates in Venezuela).

Cholera – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia confirmed one cholera infection and three other suspected cases in an area bordering Yemen, where an epidemic has killed more than 2,000 people.