Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.2 earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits North Island, New Zealand.

5.0 earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Dorian is located about 40 mi…70 km ne of Freeport Grand Bahama island andabout 110 mi…175 km ene of West Palm Beach Florida with maximum sustained winds…120 mph…195 km/h. Present movement…nw or 325 degrees at 1 mph…2 km/h.

Potential Tropical Cyclone Seven is located about 200 mi…320 km e of La Pesca Mexico and about 225 mi…360 km ene of Tampico Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…w or 260 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Juliette is located about 25 mi…40 km se of Clarion island Mexico and about 440 mi…710 km sw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…120 mph…195 km/h. Present movement…nw or 310 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 15w (Lingling), located approximately 396 nm south-southwest of Kadena AFB, Japan is tracking northward at 09 knots.

Tropical depression 14w (Fourteen), located approximately 1601 nm southeast of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking westward at 12 knots.

Tropical depression 16w (Kajiki), located approximately 21 nm north-northwest of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking east- northeastward at 09 knots.

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Central African Republic – The city of Paoua and Poumadji village experienced floods overnight from 19 to 20 August 2019. These floods caused significant material and human damage. One death and five injuries have been recorded. Nearly 295 houses were destroyed.

Caribbean – Hurricane Dorian, the most powerful hurricane to hit the Bahamas in recorded history, has slowed to a crawl and is pounding the island of Grand Bahama with catastrophic winds and torrential rainfall. The beast of a storm has weakened slightly and is currently packing maximum sustained winds of 155 mph ( 250 km/h). The devastating Category 4 storm has been slowly passing over the main island in the Bahamas, about 110 miles (180 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach, Florida, and is moving toward the west at a sluggish 1 mph (2 km/h).

Hurricane Dorian unleashed massive flooding across the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with so much wind and water that authorities urged people to find floatation devices and grab hammers to break out of their attics if necessary. At least five deaths were blamed on the storm. The fearsome Category 4 storm slowed almost to a standstill as it shredded roofs, hurled cars and forced even rescue crews to take shelter until the onslaught passed. A radio station received more than 2,000 distress messages, including reports of a 5-month-old baby stranded on a roof and a grandmother with six grandchildren who cut a hole in a roof to escape rising floodwaters.

Afghanistan – Flash floods in the central province of Parwan on Sunday evening left one dead and two others injured, local officials said. The flash floods happened in Tajikan area in Jabal Saraj district near the Salang Pass.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.8 earthquake hits the central mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.2 earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.1 earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Auckland Islands off New Zealand.

5.0 earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits the Batan Islands in the Philippines.

5.7 earthquake hits the Batan Islands in the Philippines.

5.4 earthquake hits the Batan Islands in the Philippines.

5.4 earthquake hits the Pacific Antarctic ridge.

5.3 earthquake hits the Batan Islands in the Philippines.

5.3 earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

5.2 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.2 earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Afghanistan – The most recent rain storms started on Thursday and have hit large areas of Afghanistan, including the capital, Kabul. Floods have swamped communities where people had already been displaced by winter flooding. At least 24 people have died and 11 have been injured as a result of the most recent floods. Heavy snowfall during the winter has added to the recent flooding. More than 100 people have died in the last few months.

Oklahoma, USA – Officials on Saturday warned some Tulsa residents to prepare to head to higher ground because old levees holding back the swollen Arkansas River are stressed and more rain is expected for the flood-weary region. The river was four feet above flood stage on Friday and was already causing flooding in parts of Oklahoma’s second-largest city, including in south Tulsa where the murky brown water had inundated low-lying neighborhoods. Levees were built in the 1940s and haven’t had to hold back this much water since 1986. Officials also said they don’t expect the river to recede in Tulsa until Wednesday at the earliest.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Afghanistan – Afghan officials say at least five more people have been killed and 17 are missing as a new wave of heavy rains and flooding swept across the country’s western Herat province. The country’s disaster ministry says heavy rains and flooding have hit 16 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces in the past 24 hours, and that the floods have also destroyed and damaged houses and swept away livestock. Heavy snowfall across Afghanistan this winter had cut off many areas. So far this year, more than 110 people have died as heavy rains and flooding swept away their homes.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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China – Eleven people were killed in a flash flood in Shenzhen on Thursday night after a construction company failed to respond properly to weather warnings, local government officials said. The victims were workers who were cleaning drainage systems in Luohu and Futian districts that were hit by a flash flood created by the downpour.

Afghanistan – After a year of severe drought, flash floods have killed at least 77 people and destroyed thousands of homes in Afghanistan. More than 42,000 people have been displaced by the floods since the start of 2019. In all, 163,000 people in 16 provinces need urgent help.

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Brazil – In the aftermath of the floods in Rio this week, firefighters dug through rubble Friday in search of survivors after two condemned buildings collapsed in Rio de Janeiro, killing at least three people, injuring 13 and leaving another 13 missing. The collapse of the four-story buildings undermines by the floodwaters underscored the shoddy infrastructure that plagues Latin America’s largest nation and put a spotlight on illegal militias that control large swaths of Rio, including the area where the buildings stood.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Afghanistan – Update – Flash floods have now killed at least 32 people in western Afghanistan, destroyed homes and swept through makeshift shelters that housed displaced families, a government official said on Saturday. Flooding caused by heavy rains started spreading on Thursday and left a trail of devastation across seven provinces. Another 12 people were missing and more than 700 houses were destroyed or severely damaged.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 17s (Haleh), located approximately 680 nm southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking south-southwestward at 12 knots.

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Afghanistan – Update – The death toll in the Afghan floods has risen to 59 with more than 15 300 people either homeless or affected by the floods. 143 people were injured and many are still missing.

Greece – Flooding in the town of Halkida on the island of Evia over the past few days has prompted residents to evacuate their homes and authorities to declare a state of emergency. According to local news reports, the floods wreaked havoc in the areas of Dokos, Aghia Eleousa and Liani Ammos, damaging dozens of homes, farmland and infrastructure, as well as scores of businesses whose stock and merchandise were destroyed.

Indonesia – Up to 143 neighborhood units (RT) were flooded after heavy rains lashed the capital on Tuesday, the Jakarta administration said. The floods occurred in 30 subdistricts in North and West Jakarta, with water levels reaching as high as 80 centimeters.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 17s (Haleh), located approximately 843 nm east-southeast of St Denis, Reunion, is tracking southwestward at 10 knots.

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Johannesburg, South Africa – Heavy rain and hail flooded several roads across Johannesburg on Tuesday night. Traffic around Johannesburg was gridlocked. Roads were also flooded in Jet Park, Boksburg. The M1 north leading towards Pretoria was also flooded. A number of homes in Soweto and Eldorado Park were damaged.

Afghanistan – Update – The Norwegian Refugee Council says more than 32 people have now died and thousands displaced as heavy rains and flooding swept away homes across Afghanistan. The NRC says hundreds of homes were destroyed and around 4,000 families are in need of assistance in southern Kandahar province alone. The flooding began Friday and subsided Monday. Relief efforts were ongoing Tuesday. Heavy snowfall across Afghanistan has raised fears of severe flooding this spring and so far this year nearly 50 people have already died from flooding. Even before the floods this week, 6.3 million people were thought to be in need of humanitarian assistance across Afghanistan. At least 25 people have died in flooding in neighbouring Pakistan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 17s (Haleh), located approximately 655 nm south of Diego Garcia, is tracking south-southwestward at 09 knots.

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Jordan – Amman – the Jordanian capital was hit the hardest by a weekend of torrential rains and floods across Jordan. At least 13 people are reported to have died in the floodwaters. According to previous civil defense statements, 28 citizens have drowned in rain-induced floods across the kingdom in the last four months.

Afghanistan – Flash floods have swept away dozens of homes and inundated handreds of acres of farmland in western Farah province, an official said on Sunday. Meanwhile, heavy snowfall has closed roads connecting districts to provincial capital in Afghanistan’s central-eastern province of Ghazni. Between 60 and 150 centimetres of snow has fallen in Ghazni, the provincial governor’s office said in a statement. Kabul was also a witness to heavy snowfall over the last couple of days. Meanwhile, flooding was also reported in southern Kandahar province following heavy rain.

Balochistan – On Saturday, it was reported that life is crippled in Balochistan amid torrential rainfall and snowfall in different areas of the province, particularly Chagai district. Security forces have been moved to assist the civil administration in rescue and relief operations for flood victims in various parts of Balochistan. Approximately 1,500 families have been rescued in Dureji, Lasbela, and Qillah Abdulla areas, while rations have been provided to 3,500 families in the rain-affected areas.