Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.8 earthquake hits Vancouver Island, Canada.

6.6 earthquake hits Vancouver Island, Canada.

6.5 earthquake hits Vancouver Island, Canada.

5.1 earthquake hits Ecuador.

5.1 earthquake hits Tobago, Trinidad-Tobago.

5.1 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Vicente is located about 195 mi…310 km s of Acapulco Mexico with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…w or 275 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

Hurricane Willa is located about 230 mi…375 km s of Las Islas Marias Mexico and about 175 mi…285 km ssw of Cabo Corrientes Mexico with maximum sustained winds…155 mph…250 km/h. Present movement…n or 360 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm (ts) 31w (Yutu), located approximately 638 nm east-southeast of Andersen AFB, Guam, is tracking northwestward at 12 knots.

NewsBytes:

Spain – A firefighter was found dead in the southern Spanish province of Malaga on Sunday, the fire service said, after heavy overnight rain swept through streets and forced hundreds of people from their homes. In the town of Campillos, cars were borne along the streets by the water and left in wrecked piles after the flood subsided. Almost 400 millimeters of rain fell in 24 hours in the town of Ardales – around 62 km (40 miles) from the main city of Malaga.

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India – A sudden cloudburst in Virudhunagar flooded various parts of the town, including Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation depot, on Saturday night. Within two hours, the town experienced 119 mm of rainfall. Some 20 employees, who were trapped as the depot was marooned with water for more than four feet, were rescued by Fire and Rescue Services personnel.

Wildlife

Two rhinos die in Chad after being relocated from SA

Two of six critically endangered black rhinos have died of unknown causes five months after being flown from South Africa to Chad in a pioneering project to re-introduce the animals, officials said Sunday.

Rhinos in Chad were wiped out by poaching nearly 50 years ago, and the six rhinos were intended to establish a new population in the country after intensive anti-poaching measures were put in place to protect them.

The rhinos in Chad had been roaming free in Zakouma National Park since late August after a gradual acclimatisation process that saw them first released into small enclosures.

The carcasses of the cow and bull were discovered on October 15. It is uncertain whether they were poached. The surviving four rhinos are being closely monitored, the statement said.

Disease

Leptospirosis – Philippines

The Pangasinan Provincial Health Office (PHO) is reporting a surge in leptospirosis cases. Through Sept. 24, the PHO has reported 372 cases and 47 fatalities. Males accounted for the bulk of the cases in the province.

African Swine Fever – China – Update

China, the world’s largest pork producer, has culled 200,000 pigs from its herds due to the outbreak of African Swine Fever. A Reuters report says Chinese health officials made the announcement last week. That number represents a small part of the 700 million pigs that China slaughters every year for food consumption. However, due to restrictions on transporting animals that are designed to help curb the spread of the disease have created tight pork supplies in parts of the country. Forty-one disease outbreaks have affected 27 different cities across the country.