Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.0 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

6.0 Earthquake hits Fiji.

6.0 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.4 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.3 Earthquake hits offshore Maule, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the South Indian Ocean.

5.0 Earthquake hits Seram, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tajikistan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits the Owen Fracture Zone.

5.3 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits Java, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits central Turkey.

Disease

Dengue Fever in Hawaii

Four more people were diagnosed with dengue fever on Hawaii’s Big Island today (Nov. 5), raising the number of locally transmitted cases to 19 people, according to the Hawaii State Department of Health.

Health officials say these “locally transmitted” cases are concerning because, although dengue has popped up sporadically in Hawaii before, in most previous cases, the disease was imported, meaning travellers brought it to the islands from elsewhere. In the new cases, people are contracting dengue from the bites of local mosquitoes.

Scarlet Fever Re-Emerges In Asia and Europe

Despite having been largely eliminated from countries for almost a century, outbreaks of the childhood disease known as scarlet fever (scarlatina) have been tracked in Europe and Asia in the past five years and is showing an increased resistance to antibiotic treatment.

Over the past five years there have been more than 5000 cases in Hong Kong (a 10-fold increase) and more than 100,000 cases in China. An outbreak in the UK has resulted in 12,000 cases since last year.

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), scarlet fever can affect individuals from different age groups, but the disease is mostly seen in children between 5 years old and 12 years old.

Disease

Cholera – Tanzania

The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) of the United Republic of Tanzania has notified WHO of new foci of cholera outbreaks in the country. As of 13 October, 13 regions have been affected, namely Dar es Salaam, Morogoro, Pwani, Kigoma, Kilimanjaro, Iringa, Dodoma, Geita, Mara, Singida, Shinyaga, Mwanza and Zanzibar. As of 19 October, the cumulative number of cases is 4,835 cases, including 68 deaths. The region of Dar es Salam accounts for 72% of all reported cases (3,460). Zanzibar has reported 140 cases.

Hand, foot and mouth disease outbreak – USA

An outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease has been reported at Princeton University, affecting 13 students, according to a University spokesman.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Hurricane Joaquin is located about 250 mi…400 km SW of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…120 mph…195 km/h. Present movement…NE or 40 degrees at 20 mph…31 km/h.

Tropical Storm Mujigae is located approximately 252 nm east of Hanoi, Vietnam, and is tracking northwestward at 13 knots.

Tropical storm 23w (Choi-Wan), located approximately 905 nm east-northeast of Andersen AFB, Guam, and is tracking west-northwestward at 18 knots.

Tropical Storm Oho is located about 405 mi…655 km SSE of South Point Hawaii and about 605 mi…970 km SSE of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…NE or 50 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

Tropical Depression Eight-C is located about 440 mi…710 km SSW of Johnston Island and about 1160 mi…1865 km SW of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…ESE or 110 degrees at 2 mph…4 km/h.

Invest 94E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

Invest 95E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

Invest 90L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for tropical development.

Invest 98C is an area of disturbed weather in the Central Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

NewsBytes:

France – At least 16 people died when storms caused severe flooding on the French Riviera. His office said in a statement that The victims were found dead in the towns of Cannes, Biot, Golfe-Juan and Mandelieu-la-Napoule in the southeast of the country, following severe weather Saturday night. Three people were still missing. Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said the dead included people trapped in a parking lot, a campsite and a retirement home. Helicopters were searching for victims Sunday and 27,000 homes had no electricity.

Thailand – Heavy floods have hit Bangkok on Saturday after heavy rains. 11 areas of the city were flooded according to local authorities.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits Pakistan.

5.3 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.3 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 Earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Kuril islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Liaoning, China.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Bulgaria

A state of emergency has been declared due to raging wildfire in the Harmanli municipality in southern Bulgaria on Thursday. The wildfire has affected Mladinovo, Dripchevo, Oryahovo and Izvorovo villages. Hundreds of firemen are working to control the blaze.

Wildfires – Calirofrnia

More than 500 firefighters and multiple helicopters and planes are battling the 6,900-acre Wragg Fire near Lake Berryessa in Napa County.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.4 Earthquake hits Barbados in the Windward Islands.

5.7 Earthquake hits offshore Maule, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits Barbados in the Windward Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of the Mariana Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

Environment

‘Antarctic Vortex’ Chills New Zealand and Australia

Southeastern Australia and much of New Zealand were chilled by the coldest midwinter Antarctic blast in five years as press reports warned of even more biting cold and snow ahead from the “Antarctic vortex.”

Snow fell at low elevations across many parts of Australia’s Victoria and New South Wales states, while icy conditions in New Zealand downed power lines and forced road closures.

But the shift in Southern Hemisphere weather patterns also brought Melbourne its wettest July day since 1990.

About 30 areas across New Zealand experienced either their lowest daily maximum temperature or lowest daily minimum temperature ever for July.

Snowfalls were welcomed by ski resort operators, even though some tourists had trouble navigating the icy conditions on the way to the slopes.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits east of the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.3 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.3 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits near the south coast of Papua, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the D’Entrecasteaux Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

Two 5.0 Earthquakes hit south of the Kermedec Islands.

Disease

Tanzania Cholera – Update

U.N. aid agencies report better sanitation and clean drinking water is containing a cholera epidemic among Burundian refugees in Tanzania, but there are fears that the deadly disease could spread to the local Tanzanian population.

The U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) reports measures to control cholera in western Tanzania’s Lake Tanganyika area appear to be working. More than 4,000 cases of cholera have been reported among newly arrived Burundian refugees there, and the disease has killed 30 people.

The epidemic peaked in early May with 915 cases, but has since subsided to around 100 cases per day. UNHCR says this is due to improved hygiene standards, increased supplies of safe drinking water, and close cooperation by Tanzanian health authorities.

More than 64,000 Burundian refugees have fled to Tanzania this month, trying to escape political turmoil and a failed military coup in Burundi. They are living in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions — a perfect breeding ground for cholera.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Two areas of disturbed weather have the potential for tropical development.

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NewsBytes:

Australia – People in the Pilbara are being told to prepare for the possibility of flooding, and to relocate equipment and livestock. Moderate to heavy rainfall is forecast until Wednesday for areas between Onslow and Bidyadanga, with possible falls of more than 90mm in some coastal areas.

Texas, USA – The National Weather Service in Fort Worth issued a flash flood watch for all of North Texas beginning this afternoon until Sunday evening.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Chile

The government of Chile on Friday requested international help to douse 63 wildfires that have already razed 4,981 hectares (12,310 acres).

Guillermo Maza, acting director of the National Emergencies Bureau, or Onemi, told reporters the government has requested assistance from neighboring Argentina to battle the fires.

Chile has also contacted Brazil to obtain additional help should it become necessary, the official said.

Sixteen of the 63 wildfires raging in four of Chile’s regions are expanding, according to Onemi.

The situation is most serious in the southern region of Bio Bio, where three active wildfires have burned more than 3,000 hectares (7,400 acres), though those blazes no longer threaten populated areas, Maza said.

Disease

Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak in China

China’s Jiangsu Province has reported a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.

Animals showing signs of the disease were first found on a farm in Dongtai township on Nov. 18. It was confirmed Tuesday by the National Foot-and-Mouth Disease Reference Laboratory that the animals had the O-type strain of the disease.

After authorities were alerted to the outbreak, the affected zone was sealed off and the affected pigs were culled and incinerated.

The ministry said that at the current time, the outbreak was under control.