Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.6 earthquake hits the Sichuan-Guizhou border region, China.

5.6 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.5 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

Two 5.2 earthquakes hit Vanuatu.

5.1 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.1 earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.0 earthquake hits the Colombia-Ecuador border.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 06s (Kenanga), located approximately 1097 nm east of Diego Garcia, is tracking southwestward at 07 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 08b (Phetai), located approximately 330 nm south of Visakhaputnam, India, is tracking north-northwestward at 12 knots.

NewsBytes:

South Africa – A severe hailstorm hit the North West region of the Pilanesberg and surrounding areas, seriously damaging the Sun City Resort. The popular resort says the storm has caused substantial damage to buildings and vehicles in the area. Numerous hotel rooms and facilities were damaged or flooded, the two golf courses were closed for extensive repairs and day visitors were advised to return home.

Singapore – Heavy rain led to flash floods at Jalan Boon Lay (International Road) and Yuan Ching Road on Saturday.

Malaysia – More people were evacuated overnight after more heavy rains, raising to 163 the number of flood evacuees in Terengganu as at 8 am today, according to the Civil Defence Force (APM). Several areas were still experiencing rain and people in the low-lying places face the risk of floods at any time, according to local officials.

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Global Warming

Poland Conference Bring Paris Climate Deal to Life

Negotiators in Poland have finally secured agreement on a range of measures that will make the Paris climate pact operational in 2020. Delegates believe the new rules will ensure that countries keep their promises to cut carbon. The Katowice agreement aims to deliver the Paris goals of limiting global temperature rises to well below 2C.

Disease

Chagas Disease – Brazil

The Tocantins State Department of Health in Central Brazil is reporting 14 confirmed Chagas disease cases after a family consumes contaminated juice in Aparecida do Rio Negro. All the infected are from the same family and drank the juice of the bacaba, a type of palm tree from the Amazon.

Hepatitis A – Florida, USA

In a follow-up on the hepatitis A outbreak in Florida, state health officials reported 100 cases in the month of November. This brings the total this year to 413 in 30 counties. The central Florida region has the highest hepatitis A activity levels so far this year.

Measles – Madagascar

In a follow-up on the measles epidemic in Madagascar, the Ministry of Health reports that the number of measles cases in the current outbreak has topped 10,000. 10,294 cases have been reported from 44 districts in Madagascar in the past three months.

Anthrax – Kenya

Health officials in Igembe, Meru County have issued a warning to the public concerning consuming uninspected meat after four people died from anthrax in Nyambene.