Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits the Revilla Gigedo Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits Fiji.

Two 5.2 earthquakes hit the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits the Mayotte region.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 34w (Man-Yi), located approximately 331 nm east-southeast of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 12 knots.

NewsBytes:

Niger – Floods destroyed more than 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of rice in Niger’s southeastern Diffa region, already beset by deadly attacks by Boko Haram jihadists, the local governor said. The rains destroyed nearly 17,400 homes and killed more than 33,000 heads of livestock.

Global Warming

Receding Malawi Lake Lays Bare Cost Of Climate Change

Just four months ago, the fishing harbour at Kachulu on the western shores of Lake Chilwa in Malawi was bustling with fishermen and traders haggling over the catch of the day.

Today hundreds of fishing boats sit marooned on cracked, dry mud as vultures fly above the shores of the once productive fishing zone 30 kilometres east of the southern African country’s old capital Zomba.

Chilwa, the country’s second largest lake after Malawi, is shallow and saline and particularly prone to seasonal variations in water level and was last so dry during a drought in 1991. It is home to two inhabited islands and also sustains nearly 200 waterbird species.

Records show the lake has dried completely several times in the last 100 years… according to published literature, it was a cycle of 20 to 25 years. But that rhythm has changed. From the 1990s, the frequency of the drying has increased and this is connected to the impacts of extreme weather events typical of climate change.

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Disease

Anthrax – Namibia

The Ministry of Health and Social Services in Namibia has reported a suspected anthrax outbreak in Opuwo District, Kunene Region, located in the far north-west part of the country.

As of 21 November 2018, a total of 52 suspected cases of anthrax were reported, manifesting either as the cutaneous or the gastrointestinal form of the disease.

About 138 community members reportedly consumed meat from dead goats and/or handled the carcasses, and were administered antibiotic prophylaxis. The veterinary division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry earlier reported that a total of 98 goats, donkeys and cattle died of an unknown cause in the Sesfontein settlement since August 2018.

Madagascar plague update

Madagascar health officials have reported 46 human plague cases since Aug. 1. Of this total, 14 have died. Bubonic plague accounts for 36 of the total cases, including five fatalities. The remaining 10 cases were pneumonic plague. Nine pneumonic plague cases died from their illness.