Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 earthquake hits the Iran-Iraq border region.

5.6 earthquake hits the Caribbean Sea.

5.6 earthquake hits the Taiwan Strait.

Two 5.2 earthquakes hit the Iran-Iraq border region.

5.1 earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits the Iran-Iraq border region.

5.0 earthquake hits northern Xinjiang, China.

5.0 earthquake hits off the west coast of South Island, New Zealand.


Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 34w (Man-Yi), located approximately 455 nm southwest of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 08 knots.


Iraq – Update – Dozens of people were killed and thousands more were displaced across Iraq over the past four days, as flash floods and torrential rainfall battered the semi-arid country. The Health ministry on Sunday raised the death toll from 17 to least 21 people killed, including women and children, over the past few days. At least 180 others were injured. The floods caused by heavy rainfall displaced tens of thousands of people, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Sunday. An estimated 10,000 people in Salah Eddin and 15,000 people in Ninewa are in need of assistance, including thousands of families living in IDP camps, OCHA said, adding that the Shirqat district in Salah al-Din, and Qayyarah Airstrip and Jeddah IDP camps in Ninewa, are among the worst affected. The floods have shed new light on the plight of areas battered by the war against ISIS and have made the issue of reconstruction more urgent in light of the devastation caused by this week’s storms.


145 whales die on remote New Zealand beach

Up to 145 pilot whales have died in a mass stranding on a remote part of a small New Zealand island, authorities said on Monday. The stranding was discovered by a hiker late Saturday on Stewart Island, 30 kilometres (19 miles) off the southern coast of the South Island.

Half of the whales were already dead and due to the condition of the remaining whales and the remote, difficult to access location, the decision was made to euthanise the remainder.

“Sadly, the likelihood of being able to successfully re-float the remaining whales was extremely low,” said Ren Leppens, the Department of Conservation’s operations manager on Stewart Island. “The remote location, lack of nearby personnel and the whales’ deteriorating condition meant the most humane thing to do was to euthanise.



Wildfires – Australia

Hundreds of Australians have evacuated their homes due to bushfires amid “unprecedented” weather conditions in the state of Queensland, officials say.

About 40 bushfires are burning across the state following a heatwave, said Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

The most serious blaze, 450km (280 miles) north of Brisbane, has destroyed at least two homes, damaged four others and prompted evacuation orders.

The conditions have been described as “highly unusual” for this time of year.

The largest bushfire is about 50km long and has burnt through approximately 11,000 hectares in the Deepwater National Park.


Schistosomiasis – Myanmar – Update

The Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports reported that of the nearly 1,000 suspect schistosomiasis cases tested in Rakhine State, 520 were Schistosoma mansoni IgG (Elisa) positive. In addition to Rakhine, some people with schistosomiasis were detected in Shwe Kyin of Bago region and Inn Lay of Shan state.

Fish Tapeworm – Chile

Officials in Puerto Octay, Lagos region, Chile are issuing a health alert after an outbreak of the tapeworm infection, diphyllobothriasis had been reported. According to local media, six cases in adults ages 30-60 have been confirmed positive for the parasite. They all noted being frequent consumers of raw fish, mostly as ceviche.

Congenital Syphilis – Arizona, USA

There is currently a statewide outbreak of syphilis in Arizona, a bacterial infection that is usually spread by sexual contact. Medical providers are seeing the largest increase of syphilis cases in women and newborns. A pregnant woman can pass syphilis to her unborn child, which is called congenital syphilis.

Congenital syphilis can lead to problems with the skin, eyes and brain, stillbirth or infant death. Up to 40 percent of untreated syphilitic pregnancies result in stillbirth or newborn death.

In a follow-up on a report in early October, Arizona state health officials report the number of congenital syphilis cases, or syphilis cases in babies has risen to 45 as of today. Of this total, eight baby deaths have been reported.

Lassa Fever – Nigeria

Nigerian health officials reported three additional confirmed Lassa fever cases during the week ending Nov. 18 in Edo and Ondo states. One death was reported among the cases. Since the beginning of the year, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has seen 562 confirmed and 17 probable cases and 161 deaths.