Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.1 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 Depression Willa is located about 75 mi…120 km ene of Durango Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…ne or 55 degrees at 25 mph…41 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Super Typhoon (ts) 31w (Yutu), located approximately 109 nm southeast of Saipan, is tracking northwestward at 10 knots.

NewsBytes:

Thailand – Flooding hit several provinces in Thailand on Tuesday morning in the wake of heavy downpours. In Chiang Mai province, floodwater was more than 50 centimetres deep in front of Pratukom Market and the province’s college of dramatic arts, even though local officials were urgently pumping out water. In Krabi’s Khao Phanom province, several roads were also flooded.

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Global Warming

Climate change swelling Central American migration to US

Deepening climate change is swelling Central American migration to the United States, the region’s environment ministers and experts warned on Tuesday (Oct 23) as a caravan of mostly Honduran migrants trekked towards the US border in defiance of President Donald Trump.

Climate change had caused prolonged periods of drought and rain in the region, damaging or destroying the crops of poorer subsistence farmers who are often forced to leave with their families to search for new opportunities. Central America has had recurrent losses in agriculture, with populations increasingly faced with fewer opportunities for work and development.

Five Central American countries – Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic – are among the world’s 15 most vulnerable states in the face of extreme climate change events.

The impacts of climate change are part of the triggers of migration creating climate migrants.

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Disease

Dengue Fever – France

Six autochthonous dengue fever transmission cases have been reported in France since early September, according to Public Health France. An indigenous transmission center of the dengue virus has been identified in Saint Laurent du Var (Alpes-Maritimes) since 4 October 2018. As of 19/10/2018, 5 cases have been identified.