Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Leslie is located about 720 mi…1155 km ene of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…wsw or 240 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Rosa is located about 385 mi…625 km sw of Punta Eugenia Mexico and about 585 mi…940 km ssw of San Felipe Mexico with maximum sustained winds…85 mph…140 km/h. Present movement…n or 5 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical Storm Sergio is located about 485 mi…780 km s of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 28w (Trami), located approximately 131 nm south-southeast of Iwakuni, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 25 knots.

Typhoon 30w (Kong-Rey), located approximately 288 nm north-northwest of Ulithi, is tracking northwestward at 09 knots.

In the Central Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Walaka is located about 610 mi…980 km se of Johnston island about 725 mi…1165 km ssw of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

NewsBytes:

California, USA – The moisture from Hurricane Rosa could pose a risk of flash flooding to Baja California, eastern California, Las Vegas and Arizona as it approaches the coast late Sunday. The remnants of Rosa could bring as much as a year’s worth of rain to desert areas such as California’s Imperial Valley and Arizona’s Yuma County — both significant producers of vegetables for the nation.

Greece – Swirling winds and torrential rain brought flash floods to parts of Greece on Saturday as a rare type of storm known as a “Medicane” which can develop in certain conditions over the Mediterranean Sea hit the country. Ships were held at Greece’s main ports and traffic was disrupted in several areas as roads flooded due to the heavy rain. Gusting winds blew garbage bins off the streets of Athens and led to power cuts and falling trees across the country.

Nigeria – Floods in Edo State have killed at least 6 people with no fewer than 42 communities, 8,000 houses and 35,150 persons affected by the floods.

Global Warming

This Stretch of Water Is Losing Oxygen Faster Than Almost Anywhere Else in The Ocean

A new study links rapid deoxygenation in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to two powerful currents: the Gulf Stream and the Labrador Current.

The broad, biologically rich waterway in Eastern Canada which drains North America’s Great Lakes and is popular with fishing boats, whales, and tourists has lost oxygen faster than almost anywhere else in the global oceans.

The paper, which appears in Nature Climate Change, explains how large-scale climate change already is causing oxygen levels to drop in the deeper parts of this waterway.

The findings confirm a recent study showing that, as carbon dioxide levels rose over the past century due to human emissions, the Gulf Stream has shifted northward and the Labrador Current has weakened.

The new paper finds that this causes more of the Gulf Stream’s warm, salty, and oxygen-poor water to enter the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Oxygen declines have been seen to affect Atlantic wolffish, and also threaten Atlantic cod, snow crabs, and Greenland halibut that all live in the depths.

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Disease

Rabies – South Africa

In 2018 to date, South African health officials have reported 13 human rabies cases–seven cases were from KwaZulu-Natal Province and six from the Eastern Cape Province. In addition, two other cases from Eastern Cape could not be confirmed through laboratory testing, but are considered probable cases.

The rise in the number of human rabies cases is associated with the outbreak of rabies in dogs in the KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape Provinces.

Cholera – Zimbabwe

In a follow-up report on the cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, in 15 areas across the country a cumulative total of 6,643 suspected cholera cases (98 confirmed) and 48 related deaths (case fatality ratio 0.73 per cent) have been reported three weeks into the outbreak.