Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 earthquake hits southeast of Easter Island.

5.4 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.4 earthquake hits the northern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 06s (Kenanga), located approximately 806 nm southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking south-southwestward at 04 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 07s (Cilida), located approximately 582 nm north-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking south-southwestward at 03 knots.

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Global Warming

Climate Change Threatening Kenya’s Smallholder Farm Crop Production

In sub-Saharan Africa, climate change is seen as a threat to food security because of the region’s dependence on rain-fed agriculture. In Kenya alone, the Ministry of Agriculture estimates that, in the past year, the adverse effects of climate change resulted in losses of more than 50 percent of the yield of major crops, with smallholder farmers bearing the greatest hardships.

Disease

Hepatitis A – Louisiana, USA

Joining several other states that have declared hepatitis A (HAV) outbreaks in the past several years, Louisiana announced yesterday that a hepatitis A outbreak has been declared. The Louisiana Department of Health reports that most of the recent cases have been reported in Morehouse Parish; however, cases have been reported in other parts of the state. As of December 14, 2018, Louisiana has 28 reported cases of HAV infection.

Yellow Fever – Netherlands

On 22 November 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) was informed by Dutch authorities of a laboratory-confirmed case of yellow fever. The patient visited Gambia shortly before showing symptoms of the disease.