Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the South Indian Ocean:

Tropical cyclone 03s (Three), located approximately 130 nm north-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking westward at 17 knots.

Newsbytes:

Iran – Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency is reporting that flash floods triggered by heavy rains have killed six people and damaged some 1,700 houses in the country’s southeast. Most of the houses were built of mud bricks. Six villages have been evacuated due to the floods in Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan-and-Baluchestan as rescue operations continue in the area.

Indonesia – Heavy rains have poured down on Central Sulawesi for the last two days causing flooding in several areas and claiming one life in Buol regency on Friday with many houses damaged. Ten districts and 48 villages are affected by floods in the regency.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits Potosi, Bolivia.

5.4 Earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits southern Iran.

Iranian media has reported that a magnitude 5.3 earthquake hit a village in the country’s south, killing four people.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Cook Strait, New Zealand.

5.0 Earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits Costa Rica.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

Two 5.0 Earthquakes hit Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits eastern Iran.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits the southern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits the southern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits Alaska.

5.0 Earthquake hits northeastern Iran.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 19s (Fantala), located approximately 488 nm north-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, and is tracking westward at 10 knots.

NewsBytes:

Iran – Heavy rains in Iran’s western and southwestern provinces has resulted in flash floods that killed two people. Iran’s railway authority canceled all trains scheduled for Friday to and from the southern part of the country. Flash floods have washed away cars and blocked roads between several cities and villages in Lorestan and Khuzestan provinces.

Saudi Arabia – Eighteen people have been killed during heavy rains and floods over the past week in Saudi Arabia, the civil defence agency said on Thursday. In a statement, it said the toll covered much of the country, from Riyadh to Hail, Mecca, Medina, Al-Baha, Asir, Najran and Jazan. Another 27 people in Al-Baha were injured over three days because of accidents during heavy rains. Severe downpours have struck Saudi Arabia this week, including in the desert capital Riyadh where schools closed on Wednesday after floods caused traffic chaos during a storm.

Environment

Tehran Records 18th Day of Heavy Pollution

More than two weeks of heavy pollution led Iranian officials to ban all outdoor sport and impose new traffic restrictions on Wednesday as persistent cold weather exacerbated Tehran’s air quality problems.

In the worst concerted period of pollution for three years, primary schools and nurseries were closed and new car exclusion zones imposed in the capital.

Tehran’s air quality index averaged 159 on Wednesday, up two from the previous day, and more than three times the World Health Organization’s maximum advised level of between zero and 50. One area in northeastern Tehran peaked at 238.

The official IRNA news agency reported that it was the 18th straight day of dangerously bad air.

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Disease

Fearing unrest, Iranian regime hides deadly swine flu outbreak

The swine flu presently sweeping across Iran is a full fledged outbreak. It has already spread to many provinces in the country, including highly populated areas such as the capital city, Tehran. Yet despite its increasing severity, the Iranian regime has yet to take any credible step to fight the outbreak.

Fearing social unrest, the regime is publishing contradictory figures and false reports on the number of those afflicted, including a mounting death toll.

While, the regime’s leaders claim that just a few have been affected and that the disease is under control, the regime’s Ministry of Health is sending a contradictory message. The Ministry of Health alleges that following the outbreak in Kerman and Sistan-Baluchistan provinces, the deadly disease will spread to Kurdistan, Lorestan, Khuzestan, Chaharmahal Bakhtiari, Esfahan, Tehran, Semnan and Northern Khorassan provinces in the coming weeks.

The regime’s Ministry of Health announced after two weeks that the number of people who have died of the flu is 33.

There are also reports that several people lost their lives to swine flu in the city of Mehran in Ilam border province, but regime’s officials deny the existence and outbreak of the disease in Ilam and cities in border region.

The budget allocated to health and medical treatment or fundamental investments in public health in Iran ranks amongst the worst in the world while the figures of victims of diseases ranks among the highest globally.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.4 Earthquake hits Peru-Brazil border region.

5.6 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.4 Earthquake hits western Iran.

5.2 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the north coast of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

Lefkada Earthquake (Nov 17) Destroys Pristine Greek Beach – Before & After

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Typhoon Krovanh is located approximately 562 nm southeast of Misawa, Japan, and is tracking northeastward at 15 knots.

Tropical Storm Ida is located about 1300 mi…2090 km W of the Cape Verde Islands with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 295 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

Tropical Depression Five-C is located about 395 mi…635 km S of Lisianski Island and about 395 mi…635 km NW of Johnston Island with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…NNE or 15 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Invest 96L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for tropical development.

Invest 91E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

NewsBytes:

Iran – Flash floods triggered by heavy rains have killed 10 people in the capital, Tehran, and south of the country. At least eight people, including five members of the same family in Tehran, were still missing. Relief and rescue operations are underway. Authorities attribute the rising number of deadly flash floods to deforestation and improper construction near riverbeds.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical Storm Guillermo is located about 295 mi…475 km E of Hilo Hawaii and about 475 mi…765 km E of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 295 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

Typhoon 13w (Soudelor), located approximately 517 nm southeast of Kadena AB, is tracking west-northwestward at 12 knots.

Invest 95L remains an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for tropical development.

Invest 92E remains an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

NewsBytes:

Macedonia – Flash floods and mudslides in western Macedonia have claimed the lives of at least four people including a seven-year-old child. At least two dozen houses were damaged in Tetovo.

Iran – Unseasonable floods hit 16 provinces and 56 counties in the Islamic Republic of Iran in late July, leaving at least 23 people dead and 50 injured. The floods were triggered by torrential rains, and they caused great damage to the infrastructure of more than 140 villages.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Mid-Indian ridge.

5.2 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits northeastern Iran.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Mid-Indian ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 Earthquake hits Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.6 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.6 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.2 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the coast of northern Peru.