**Being decent is better than being right.**
LARGEST QUAKES so far today -
This morning -
5.6 NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
6.0 GULF OF CALIFORNIA
Yesterday, 10/7/14 -
5.0 PAGAN REG., N. MARIANA ISLANDS
6.1 YUNNAN, CHINA
5.2 OFF COAST OF TARAPACA, CHILE
5.4 TARAPACA, CHILE
5.7 MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
5.0 SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA
5.1 SOUTHWEST INDIAN RIDGE
5.1 NORTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
TROPICAL STORMS -
Current tropical storms - maps and details.
* In the Western Pacific Ocean -
Super typhoon 19w (Vongfong) is located approximately 510 nm south-southeast of Kadena Air Base.
*In the North Indian Ocean -
Tropical cyclone 03b (Hudhud) is located approximately 562 nm south of Chittagong, India. Forecast to make landfall along the East Coast of India.
Earth's most powerful tropical cyclone since 2013's devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan, Super Typhoon Vongfong, peaked in intensity Tuesday with top sustained winds of 180 mph, and has weakened slightly. Super Typhoon Vongfong is a Threat to Japan; Tropical Cyclone Hudhud Menaces India. Vongfong is Earth's fourth Category 5 storm of the year, and the second in the Western Pacific. (maps & more at link)
Quiet in the Atlantic - Our top three models for predicting tropical cyclone genesis show nothing developing over the next five days in the Atlantic, though we should watch an area of disturbed weather between the Bahamas and Bermuda that could develop early next week. If development does occur, Bermuda would likely be the only land area affected by the storm.
EXTREME HEAT & DROUGHT / WILDFIRES -
The pilot of an air tanker battling a wildfire in Yosemite National Park in California has died after the plane crashed into a canyon wall on Tuesday.
SPACE WEATHER -
Skywatchers awed by 'Blood Moon' - A total lunar eclipse has been visible in much of the Americas and East Asia, the second such event of the year.
HEALTH THREATS -
RECALLS & ALERTS:
The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola within the US, a man who contracted it in Liberia, has died in hospital in Dallas.
Five US airports to enhance screenings for Ebola - Travelers from West Africa arriving at five large airports in the U.S. will have their temperature taken and face questions about their health in an effort to prevent the spread of Ebola, federal officials said Wednesday.
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