Archive | November 1, 2020


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Depth: 6 km

Distances: 31 km SSE of Elche, Spain / pop: 230,000 / local time: 20:55:38.0 2020-11-01

10 km ENE of Torrevieja, Spain / pop: 101,000 / local time: 20:55:38.0 2020-11-01



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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 119 km NW of Split, Croatia / pop: 176,000 / local time: 14:15:42.4 2020-11-01

11 km NNW of Posedarje, Croatia / pop: 1,200 / local time: 14:15:42.4 2020-11-01


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Distances: 62 km S of Karabağlar, Turkey / pop: 458,000 / local time: 10:05:13.0 2020-11-01
14 km NNE of Mytilinioí, Greece / pop: 1,900 / local time: 09:05:13.0 2020-11-01


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Depth: 86 km

Distances: 334 km SE of Managua, Nicaragua / pop: 973,000 / local time: 23:01:09.8 2020-10-31

10 km N of San José, Costa Rica / pop: 335,000 / local time: 23:01:09.8 2020-10-31


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Depth: 189 km

Distances: 396 km SSE of Ambon, Indonesia / pop: 355,000 / local time: 12:43:20.6 2020-11-01

293 km NE of Lospalos, Timor Leste / pop: 17,100 / local time: 12:43:20.6 2020-11-01

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Super Typhoon Goni Now The Strongest Cyclone To Make Landfall Since 2013’s Haiyan


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Super Typhoon Goni made landfall with sustained winds of 195 mph in the eastern Phillippines early Sunday. This makes Goni the strongest typhoon to make landfall anywhere on earth since 2013’s Super Typhoon Haiyan, which also made landfall in the Philippines.

Goni is locally known as Rolly in the Philippines.

Catastrophic wind gusts are expected in a small area near the landfall area. Damage may be tornado-like.

Goni is expected to rapidly weaken as it moves through the Philippines but could bring typhoon-force winds to parts of the greater Manila metro area on Sunday. Flooding rain, storm surge and high seas are expected to batter the northern and central Philippines through the weekend. Mudslides are expected.

Then, Goni is expected to cross the South China Sea while continuing to weaken as it approaches southern Vietnam.

Only a few storms each year reach the equivalent strength of a super typhoon, those with winds of 160 mph or more. Even fewer have ever attained wind speeds as high as 195 mph.

Goni made landfall on the Philippines’ island of Catanduanes with an estimated pressure of 884 mb, which is among the top 15 most intense typhoons in the basin. This pressure would make Goni the second most intense cyclone in the Atlantic if it were in that basin, behind Hurricane Wilma.

This strength has only been tied or surpassed by a handful of storms.

Most recently, Hurricane Patricia in 2015 attained sustained winds of 215 mph off the southwest coast of Mexico.

These winds were directly measured by the Hurricane Hunters while Goni’s winds are so far only estimated by satellite measurements due to the lack of hurricane reconnaissance in the western Pacific Ocean.

Impressively, this extreme landfall intensity occurs in the same part of the same country where Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall at a similar intensity in 2013. Haiyan caused nearly $2 billion in damages and killed more than 6,300 people.

Nearly 800,000 people were evacuated ahead of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Comparatively, nearly one million people have evacuated ahead of Goni, which is expected to pass near the country’s most populated cities of Manila and Quezon City.

Manila’s airport also closed, according to their facebook page.

A persistent storm track has taken storm after storm through central Vietnam, and recently the Philippines has gotten involved.

Most recently, in the last week, Typhoon Molave took a very similar storm track across the central Philippines and then central Vietnam, but was considerably weaker in the Philippines.

Molave killed more than 50 people in the two countries, including 16 in the Philippines.

The devastation has been even more widespread in Vietnam, where tropical storms Linfa and Nangka, the remnants of two other tropical systems and Molave moved across the country in October alone.

More than 200 people have died, many of which died in flooding, in Vietnam during the month.

At least one location in central Vietnam received more than 125 inches of rainfall during the month of October.

Behind Goni, another system named Atsani is expected to near the Philippines’ northern island of Luzon by the middle of the week as a typhoon.

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A woman died of coronavirus on a Spirit Airlines plane. Her fellow passengers were never notified between Las Vegas and Dallas, USA


When Spirit Airlines learned that a Texas woman had died of covid-19 on one of its flights in July, the airline said it alerted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and received an acknowledgment from the agency.

But Spirit spokesman Erik Hofmeyer said it was never asked by health authorities to share passenger manifests to aid in tracking down people who might have been exposed.

State health officials in New Mexico, where the woman was declared dead after the Dallas-bound flight was diverted to Albuquerque, acknowledged they failed to investigate, as did the CDC.

The first the woman’s fellow passengers probably heard that her death was caused by the virus was in October, when The Washington Post and other news organizations were able to determine what flight the woman had been on, building on limited details about the case that were released by officials in Dallas County. By that time, it was far too late for the information to be useful in helping slow the potential spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, the CDC said it has no record of being contacted by Spirit.

Spirit did not respond to questions about how many passengers were on the flight.

The woman’s death was an extreme example of an in-flight coronavirus case, but it highlights the gaps in the nation’s efforts to protect citizens and improve the safety of air travel during the pandemic. The CDC and outside researchers both say limits on contact tracing and subsequent testing have made it hard to determine how air travel may be spreading the virus.

The federal government has largely been unwilling to set new rules for air travel, relying instead on recommendations and leadership from the industry. Only a few airlines offer preflight testing for the virus — mostly on select routes. The Department of Transportation recently rejected a petition from transportation unions to require masks on planes and public transportation.

Lisa Lee, an expert in infectious-disease epidemiology and ethics at Virginia Tech, said the government could be doing more.

“We’re still at the place where we have been since the beginning of this epidemic,” said Lee, a former CDC official. “Every airline and every airport has the responsibility to create their own covid-19 safety plan.”

“The primary tool we need is testing and very swift contact tracing,” Lee said.

The CDC typically coordinates with airlines and local officials to carry out contact tracing. But Caitlin Shockey, a CDC spokeswoman, said the agency has no record of a notification from Spirit or any indication that an investigation was launched.

Death investigators in New Mexico, where the woman was declared dead after the flight diverted to Albuquerque from Las Vegas, learned within two days that she had been positive for coronavirus and informed the local police and fire departments that responded to the scene, according to Dan Sosin, an epidemiologist at the state health department.

But Sosin said the health department itself received the test result directly from the lab, rather than from the Office of the Medical Investigator, and failed to conduct an investigation into the woman’s death. So it never learned that she had been on a plane and it didn’t initiate the tracing process with the CDC.

“The procedure we had should have picked it up,” Sosin said. “We’re reinforcing some of our written procedures about how this gets handled and revisiting with staff the importance of this follow up.”

The case illustrates how responsibility is shared between local, state and federal officials. Several federal agencies have a role in responding to the virus in the air travel system — including the Federal Aviation Administration, the CDC, the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection — a factor that has complicated the government’s response.

In a statement, the Department of Transportation said it expects passengers to follow public health guidelines and that it stands ready to help wherever it can, even while it stresses that it is not responsible for public health.

“We will continue to apply our aviation expertise to help lead efforts with other Federal agencies, with industry, and with our international partners to address public health risk in the air transportation system, both internationally and here in the United States,” the department said.

The woman who died, a 38-year-old who had asthma and was obese, according to her autopsy, was on her way home from Las Vegas to Dallas. She boarded Spirit Flight 208 at McCarran International Airport on the evening of July 24, a Friday.

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