Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 earthquake hits near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits the Carlsberg Ridge.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Post Tropical Cyclone Joyce is located about 525 mi…850 km s of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…ssw or 200 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

NewsBytes:

North Carolina, USA- Hurricane Florence may have moved on from North Carolina, but the effects from the deadly storm are still threatening the state. Florence unleashed up to 36 inches of rain in some areas, causing massive flooding. And while no more rain from the hurricane is expected, officials say the flooding is going to get worse before it gets better. One consequence is that the flooding breached hog lagoons – man-made pits that store animal waste. Due to excessive flooding, CNN reported that at least seven lagoons were overflowing with water and several more lagoons became flooded. Waste from the lagoons was spilling out into the storm water, exposing people to feces and bacteria like e.coli and salmonella, which can cause vomiting, gastrointestinal issues, kidney problems and skin infections, among other health issues. Flood waters could also be contaminated with coal ash, industrial waste created by coal burning power plants. In addition to animal waste, CBS reported that tens of thousands of gallons of untreated wastewater from a sanitary sewer flowed into a tributary of the Cape Fear river basin on Sunday for four hours.

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Disease

Plague – Madagascar

An outbreak of plague in Madagascar has killed two people, a health official said on Tuesday, marking the official start of the season when the disease is considered to be at its deadliest. Last year more than 200 people were killed before epidemics of bubonic and pneumonic plague were brought under control in November.

Foot and Mouth Disease – Sierra Leone

About 500 animals, including small ruminants like goats and ship, have died in an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease in Sierra Leone, report said Monday.The Ministry of Health says the highly contagious and infectious viral disease which affects animals spilled over from neighboring Guinea. It said three districts – Kono in the east and Kambia and Tonkolili in the north have been affected so far. All three districts share border with Guinea and Liberia.

Chikungunya – Sudan

The Sudan Federal Ministry of Health has reported more than 6,200 chikungunya cases in the current outbreak in Sudan’s northeastern state of Kassala. However, the health sector says the number of people affected is much higher than official numbers. Seven chikungunya related fatalities have been reported.