Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 Earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the southeast Indian ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

Thailand – Floods persist in seven southern provinces, with more than 900,000 people affected by inundations that have resulted in 22 deaths over the past 15 days. The northeastern monsoon that began on Nov 25 has brought flooding to 11 southern provinces: Pattani, Yala, Songkhla, Phatthalung, Trang, Satun, Chumphon, Narathiwat, Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Surat Thani and Krabi.

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Wildlife

Starving Polar Bear’s Last Hours Captured in Heartbreaking Video

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A hard-to-watch video from Canada’s Baffin Islands shows an emaciated polar bear in what were likely the last few hours of its life. The video shows the bear staggering toward a trash can and searching in vain for something to eat. It ends with the bear resting on the ground, exhausted.

See video here.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California

The Thomas Fire in Ventura is the largest of Southern California’s volatile and intense blazes that started this week. It has grown to encompass 143,000 acres, destroying at least 439 homes and buildings. More than 190,000 people have evacuated from fire Zones. More than 5,000 firefighters doing their best to battle and contain the flames. This morning, six mammoth fires burning through more than 140,000 acres of land in southern California. The biggest concern for the nearly 6,000 firefighters battling that inferno, the blistering winds. These conditions combined with heat makes this an extremely threatening environment.

Disease

Diptheria – Bangladesh

According to a news release from the World Health Organization (WHO), diphtheria has been spreading among Rohingya refugees located in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. More than 110 suspected cases of diphtheria have already been reported in Bangladesh. A total of 6 individuals have died.

Marburg Virus – Uganda

Uganda said on Friday it had successfully contained an outbreak of the Marburg virus, a highly infectious haemorrhagic fever announced by officials on Oct. 19, which killed three people.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.5 Earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.

6.2 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.4 Earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

Vietnam – High tides have exceeded warning level three of six, submerging HCM City streets and causing terrible traffic congestion. The tides have flooded several streets and alleys since Wednesday. The city’s central area, moreover, experienced rising tides for the first time. Business activities were suspended and homes and assets were damaged. Hundreds of vehicles stalled due to flood water.

Thailand – Rising flood water forced Nakhon Si Thammarat airport in Pak Phun to temporarily close yesterday, while land transport in many areas of the South remain paralysed due to widespread flooding. Flat-bottomed boats loaded with relief bags and food supplies went to stranded communities in Moos 1, 4 and 5, with residents having gone without basic necessities for more than a week. Community roads were swallowed up by rising floods. Water levels in the district have continued to rise as a result of persistent torrential rain.

Environment

Global Cleansing Plan

Nations of the world have agreed to move toward a pollution-free planet, curbing contamination of the oceans, rivers, soil and air.

Every day, nine out of 10 people worldwide breathe in pollution that exceeds health guidelines, with 17,000 dying prematurely from it. Wildlife is also being poisoned.

Meeting at a U.N. Environment Assembly in Nairobi, members also called for a shift in how goods are produced and used, especially plastics that wind up in the world’s oceans.

But the non-binding declaration has no timetable and has not been signed onto by the United States.

Wildlife

Vaquita Rescue Failure

A desperate attempt to save the 30 surviving members of the world’s most endangered marine mammal species by capturing them and keeping them in human care has been abandoned. T

he plan to rescue the vaquitas by patrolling their small habitat in the Gulf of California with the help of dolphins trained by the U.S. Navy was halted soon after the first vaquita captured quickly showed signs of extreme stress and had to be released. A second died a few hours after being caught

. “This is a very, very serious setback,” said project scientist Barbara Taylor, of the U.S. agency NOAA. She said the vaquita’s only hope now is to curb the illegal net fishing that inadvertently ensnares them.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California

The owners of a California ranch in the path of one of the devastating wildfires in the region have returned home to a gruesome sight.

The charred remains of 29 horses were left behind by the Creek Fire, one of five that has led to the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people in Southern California. Their dark black bodies lay in their metal and concrete pens, left behind after their owners were forced to evacuate in the middle of the night as flames rushed towards the area.

The Skirball Fire burned 475 acres in the Bel Air area of Los Angeles and destroyed six structures. Twelve other structures were damaged.

The Thomas Fire in Ventura County scorched 115,000 acres on Thursday and destroyed 439 structures, fire officials said at a news conference.

KGTV flew over a mobile home park in San Diego County last night, where at least 19 structures were burning. Flames swept through rows of homes in the Rancho Monserate Country Club retirement community in Fallbrook.

The 2,500-acre Lilac Fire has destroyed at least 20 structures and damaged several others.

The wildfires can be seen clearly from space.

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Environment

Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 109 degrees Fahrenheit (42.8 degrees Celsius) in Vredendal, South Africa.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 62.0 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 52.2 degrees Celsius) at Oimyakon, Siberia.

Temperatures were tabulated from the more than 10,000 worldwide synoptic weather stations. The United Nations World Meteorological Organization sets the standards for weather observations, and provides a global telecommunications circuit for data distribution.