Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 earthquake hits the south-west Indian Ridge.

5.2 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits south of Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hit eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits the Peru – Ecuador border.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Post Tropical Cyclone Florence is located about 105 mi…170 km wnw of New York City and about 100 mi…165 km nnw of Philadelphia Pennsylvania with maximum sustained winds…25 mph…35 km/h. Present movement…e or 100 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Tropical Depression Joyce is located about 355 mi…570 km s of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…sse or 165 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

NewsBytes:

East Coast, USA – Florence is expected to produce heavy to excessive rainfall through Tuesday. Portions of the northern Mid-Atlantic states and southern New England are expected to receive an additional 2 to 4 inches of rain…with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches possible. The storm is blamed for at least 32 deaths, say officials quoted by the Associated Press. Twenty-four of those were in North Carolina. Life-threatening floods are expected to continue all this week, according to the National Weather Service. In Virginia, one person was killed as a result of a tornado associated with Florence.

Nigeria – Rainy season flooding across Nigeria has killed more than 100 people, as water poured over the banks of the West African country’s two major rivers, and into numerous cities and towns. Over the weekend, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency reported that the Benue and Niger Rivers were close to reaching levels that in 2012 led to floods that killed more than 350 people and wiped out scores of homes, farms and other property.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Utah, USA – Update

A pair of wildfires in southern Utah County have moved about five miles northward in the Diamond Fork area. The Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires have burned 86,379 acres combined, according to an update from the U.S. Forest Service. Due to the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain Fires, Diamond Fork and Sheep Creek Canyons were under mandatory evacuations Sunday afternoon as the pair of fires jumped US-6.

Wildfires – Wyoming, USA

A wildfire burning along Wyoming’s southern border that was first reported Saturday consumed more than 1,800 acres in the following 24 hours. The blaze, known as the Ryan Fire, began across the state line in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness in Jackson County, Colorado. Winds had pushed it north by Sunday night into Carbon County, Wyoming, and the Medicine Bow National Forest. Authorities say they evacuated all known occupied camps and hunting areas before the fire spread north.

Another fire reported Saturday afternoon in Bridger-Teton National Forest has burned 3,000 acres.

Disease

Cholera – Zimbabwe – Update

In a follow-up on the cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, health officials are reporting a total of 3349 suspected cases (71 confirmed) including 32 deaths since the beginning of the outbreak on Sept. 1. This outbreak is evolving rapidly and affecting mainly Harare city (98% of all cases).

Dengue Fever – Thailand

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration health officials issued a dengue fever warning because of heavy and consistent rain in the capital city of more than 8 million. Some 6,000 people have been affected this year to date, including five deaths.

On Monday, Governor Aswin Khwanmuang said dengue hemorrhagic fever is spreading in Nong Chok, Huai Khwang, Bang Kapi and Klong Samwa districts. In addition, he ordered strict disease control measures, including fumigation to kill mosquito larvae.

Since the beginning of the year through Sept 10, Thailand has reported a total of 54,808 cases were reported from all 77 provinces, including 69 deaths.