Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

5.4 earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.3 earthquake hit southern Iran.

5.3 earthquake hits offshore Antofagasta, Chile.

5.3 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

5.2 earthquake hits the Dominican Republic.

5.1 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits the western Indian-Antarctic ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.


Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Depression Eleven is located about 415 mi…670 km ene of the Windward islands with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…nw or 315 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

Tropical Storm Kirk is located about 465 mi…745 km ssw of the southernmost Cabo Verde islands with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 18 mph…30 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 28w (Trami), located approximately 660 nm southeast of Kedena AFB, Japan, is tracking west-northwestward at 09 knots.


Texas, USA – A record-setting rainfall drenched the Dallas-Fort Worth area throughout Friday night, flooding dozens of homes. The heaviest rain was in the southeast and eastern portions of Tarrant County, with a few pockets in the east getting as much as 8 inches of rain, said meteorologist Tom Bradshaw with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. Throughout the rest of the county, widespread rain dropped 3 to 5 inches of water. Heavy rainfall and flash flooding was also reported foreparts of Oklahoma.

East coast, USA – At least 44 people have died since hurricane Florence slammed the coast last week. While the rain has subsided, some rivers are still rising, and North and South Carolina officials warn the flooding danger is far from over.


Wildfires – Colorado-Wyoming, USA

Warm temperatures and dry conditions allowed a wildfire burning along the Colorado-Wyoming border to continue to spread, officials said Saturday. The Ryan Fire has burned at least 2,986 acres in Jackson County, Colorado and Carbon County, Wyoming. It is burning about 27 miles northwest of Walden. Containment remains at 0 percent.

Wildfires – Australia

An emergency warning has been issued for a bushfire raging in remote WA, with residents told it is now too late to leave. Those living in the suburb of Lakeside in Kununurra, at the eastern extremity of the Kimberley, close to the Northern Territory border, have been told to shelter in their homes.


Plague – Madagascar

In an update on the plague situation in Madagascar, the Ministry of Health is now reporting plague has affected eight districts in the country–Central Highlands, Ambalavao, Ambatofinandrahana, Ambositra, Ankazobe, Fandriana, Miarinarivo and Antisirabe. In these eight districts, 16 suspect cases have been reported in one month, including four fatalities.

West Nile Virus – USA

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) is reporting 11 human West Nile virus (WNV) cases since August, while the number of human West Nile virus (WNV) cases in Massachusetts has increased to 24 with the addition of ten additional cases reported Friday.