Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.4 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.4 earthquake hits the Azores.

5.1 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits the Bismarck Sea.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Humberto is located about 285 mi…455 km w of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…115 mph…185 km/h. Present movement…ene or 65 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

Tropical Depression Imelda is located about 25 mi…40 km nnw of Houston Texas and about 65 mi…100 km se of College Station Texas with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Pesent movement…n or 360 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

Tropical Storm Jerry is located about 1030 mi…1660 km e of the Leeward islands with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 285 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Kiko is located about 1130 mi…1815 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…wsw or 240 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

Tropical Storm Mario is coated about 635 mi…1025 km s of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…nw or 310 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

Tropical Storm Lorena is located about 160 mi…260 km ssw of Zihuatanejo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…nw or 305 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

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Global Warming

Researchers forecast more intensified global warming

The latest climate forecasts made by several French scientific bodies reveal a rather alarming situation: current forecasts are a little too optimistic in relation to the reality of global warming.

According to models from the Pierre-Simon Laplace Institute (IPSL) and France’s National Meteorological Research Centre, our planet, in the worst-case scenario, could warm up to 6 or even 7°C by 2100.

However, at best, the situation is also alarming. If the planet achieves carbon neutrality by 2060, which is far from certain, then global warming will reach 1.9°C, as opposed to less than 1.5°C.

In an intermediate scenario, where the planet would reach carbon neutrality by 2080, the increase would be 2.6°C.

In the scientific community, the 1.5°C target appears increasingly unattainable. And climatologists are now increasingly reluctant to mention a “business as usual” scenario, simply because it no longer exists.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Indonesia

Brazil has captured global attention over deliberately set fires that are burning the Amazon rainforest, often called the earth’s lungs. Now Indonesia is compounding the concern with blazes to clear forest on the other side of the world.

Hundreds of wildfires burned across Indonesian Borneo and Sumatra on Tuesday, producing thick clouds of smoke that disrupted air travel, forced schools to close and sickened many thousands of people. Poorly equipped firefighters were unable to bring them under control.

Officials said that about 80 percent of the fires were set intentionally to make room for palm plantations, a lucrative cash crop that has led to deforestation on much of Sumatra.

The slash-and-burn conflagrations, which tore through sensitive rainforests where dozens of endangered species live, immediately drew comparisons to the wildfires in the Amazon basin that have destroyed more than 2 million acres.

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Wildfires – Australia

Across NSW, the latest confirmed losses from the current spate of bushfires are:

. 26 homes destroyed, 13 damaged

. 6 facilities destroyed, 2 damaged

. 77 outbuildings destroyed, 50 damaged

Disease

Eastern Equine Encephalitis – Michigan, USA

In a follow-up on the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) situation in Michigan, state health officials are urging residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites as four additional cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) have been confirmed in Southwest Michigan – including two that were fatal. To date, seven confirmed human cases of EEE have been reported in Michigan with onset dates in July.

Bats – Australia

Queensland, Australia health officials are reminding people not to handle bats–dead or alive–after six Wide Bay people have required treatment after being scratched or bitten in the past 16 days. Officials say all bats are potential carriers of Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABLV) and any bite or scratch from a bat poses a risk of infection, which is why only trained and vaccinated professionals should handle them.

African Swine Fever – South Korea

South Korea is the latest country to confirm an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF). The outbreak of ASF in South Korea was announced by the agriculture minister on Tuesday. Around 4,000 pigs will be culled and the disease alert level has been raised to the maximum.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Humberto is located about 570 mi…920 km w of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h. Present movement…ene or 75 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Kiko is located about 1035 mi…1670 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…80 mph…130 km/h. Present movement…w or 265 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

NewsBytes:

India – Heavy rain has caused flash floods in Sirivella, Gospadu, Mahanandi, Nandyal, and Rudravaram mandals in Kurnool district in the early hours of Monday. While no deaths have been reported, the authorities expect significant crop and property damage.

Wildlife

Birds lose weight, migrate later after consuming insecticide

Birds that have ingested seeds treated with a common insecticide experience weight loss and delay their migrations — effects that could reduce their chances of surviving and reproducing, researchers found.

In a study of white-crowned sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys) in Canada, biologists documented the effects in birds that eat the equivalent of just a few seeds treated with the neonicotinoid pesticide imidacloprid — an amount they could be expected to consume in the wild from agricultural fields.

Researchers suspect these impacts could be related to a dramatic decline in some songbird populations.

Neonicotinoids are often applied as a seed coating to protect crops from harmful insects, but when the chemicals are exposed in the environment, studies have found they can affect pollinating insects as well as birds.

Researchers found that birds given a higher dose of the pesticide lost 6% of their body mass within six hours, causing the birds to stay an average of 3 ½ days longer than birds in a control group at the stopover site before resuming migration.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

A major fire on the NSW north coast is causing concern for emergency services amid fears some properties may have been lost. The fire in bushland around Drake has already burned through more than 60,000 hectares since it began almost two weeks ago. Overnight the threats to homes eased but firefighters are still bracing for damage reports.

Meanwhile, another fire burning about 15km east of Glen Innes in the Brother State Forest is still out of control. So far it has burned through 16,000 hectares. But the threat to homes has eased after crews acted to hold the fire to the western side of Old Grafton Road.

Disease

Measles – Dr Congo

The measles outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the largest in the world and continues to trend and spread geographically. Through September 1 this year, officials have reported 179,477 suspected measles cases including 3,559 deaths (CFR 2.0%). Cases have been reported from more than 90 percent health zones across the country.

Chikungunya – Ethiopia

In a follow-up on the chikungunya outbreak in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, health officials continues to see an increasing trend in cases since the end of July. During the week ending September 8, officials saw an additional 7,264 new suspected cases from nine urban kebeles, or neighborhoods in Dire Dawa City Administration.

Brain-eating Amoeba – Pakistan

The the second time in two days, Karachi officials report a fatality due to the brain-eating amoeba, Naegleria fowleri. The 14th case occurred in a 26-year-old man from Gulistan-e-Jauhar Block-27. He was was taken to the Aga Khan University Hospital [AKUH] last week after complaining of fever, vomiting and headache.

Yellow Fever – Nigeria

In a follow-up on the yellow fever outbreak in Bauchi state, Nigeria, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) now report that since the first confirmed case was reported on the 29th of August, 169 suspected and 15 laboratory confirmed cases by RT-PCR have been reported. Of this total, 23 people have died

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Humberto is located about 760 mi…1225 km w of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…85 mph…140 km/h. Present movement…ne or 50 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Kiko is located about 940 mi…1515 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…115 mph…185 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 17w (Peipah), located approximately 152 nm east-southeast of Iwo To, Japan, is tracking north-northwestward at 28 knots.

NewsBytes:

India – More than 350 students and 50 teachers have been stuck at a school in Chittorgarh in Rajasthan for the past 24 hours due to the floods in the city. The students have been stuck in the school as roads are reportedly blocked due to the heavy discharge of water from the Rana Pratap Dam.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Colorado, USA

A number of wildfires are burning near Denver, Colorado encompassing about 1 250 acres. Some evacuations have been ordered for a fire northwest of Fort Collins. Firefighters are containing the blazes.

Wildfires – Australia

Emergency warnings for bushfires burning near Darwin have been downgraded as fire crews battle to prevent the further spread of fire. Bushfires NT said between 50 and 60 properties were under threat due to the blaze burning at Fog Bay Road in Milne, and the fire was spotting ahead of the front.

Meanwhile firefighters continued to battle about 50 bushfires across Queensland on Sunday.

Crews from the states of Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and from New Zealand were helping fight blazes that have destroyed homes, businesses and an estimated 55,000 hectares (135, 908 acres) of land. The 10-day emergency has seen some 1,200 bushfires burning across the state, with more than 600 community warnings issued in the past two weeks. Officials have warned some fires could burn for months because the ground is bone-dry and there is no significant rain in sight.

Disease

Measles – Romania

In a follow-up on the measles situation in Romania, the Institutul Naţional de Sănătate Publică reported an additional 54 new confirmed cases in 9 counties and in Bucharest during the past week. In 2019 through Sept. 6, 2,614 cases, including five deaths have been reported, the most in the EU.

Polio – Global

The total number of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases on the globe has increased to 78 cases with the addition of five cases from Pakistan and Afghanistan during the past week.

Listeriosis – Spain

On 16 August 2019, Regional Health Authorities in Andalusia, Spain, reported an outbreak of listeriosis, caused by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes), associated with the consumption of a chilled roasted pork meat product manufactured in Spain by Magrudis Company Limited and sold under the brand name “La Mechá”. From 7 July through 13 September , a total of 222 confirmed cases linked to this outbreak have been reported in five regions of Spain.

Italy – Superbug NDM-1 outbreak reported in Tuscany

Health officials in Tuscany, Italy are reporting an outbreak of the antibiotic resistant superbug bacterium, New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase-1 (NDM-1) Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae in hospitals since November 2018. Between November 2018 and August 31, 2019 the NDM bacteria were isolated in the blood of 75 patients. Infections vary from being asymptomatic to potentially life-threatening or fatal. The level of risk depends on which part of the body is affected by the infection, and the general health of the patient.

African Swine Fever – Japan

Japanese officials have culled 753 pigs in Saitama Prefecture north of Tokyo after detecting an outbreak of swine fever. The cull, which took place on Saturday, was necessary after it was determined that pigs raised in the prefecture for shipment to central Japan were infected. Saitama also decided to halt shipments from two other pig farms in the area of the outbreak.

Dengue Fever – Nepal

Six people have died of dengue and over 5096 diagnosed positive across Nepal since the outbreak was declared in May. The first outbreak of the disease in the Himalayan nation occurred in 2006 when 5 cases were identified.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.4 earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits offshore Guatemala.

5.2 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantis ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.