Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
7.0 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.
5.9 earthquake hits the Philippines.
5.8 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.
5.3 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.
5.1 earthquake hits the Nias region, Indonesia.
5.0 earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Western Pacific: Tropical depression 35w (Thirty-five), located approximately 209 nm southeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 07 knots.
USA – Severe weather has flooded homes across Southeast Louisiana. Dozens of homes across Southeast Louisiana took on water overnight due to heavy rain. Heavy rains caused flooding across metro Atlanta. Most of the metro area and north Georgia will remain under a flash flood watch through early Saturday as Atlanta nears record rainfall. Heavy rain Friday felled trees, swelled rivers and flooded roads, closing streets and stranding several drivers who had to be rescued from the rising waters. Flooding from the heavy rain in the Tennessee Valley resulted in a number of road closures.
Florida, USA – Rare meteotsunami hits Florida, floods beaches. Scientists say Florida has been it hit by a rare meteotsunami that caused water levels to jump and sent beachgoers running from oncoming waves. Air pressure disturbances and quick-moving storms caused the meteotsunami. The phenomenon shouldn’t be confused with tsunamis, which are caused by earthquakes and other seismic activity. The wave heights, which were projected to be around 1.7 feet (0.5 meters), reached 5 feet (1.5 meters) before decreasing. Wind gusts spiked at 54 mph (87 kph) as a storm brought heavy rains and tornado warnings to the Naples area. The meteotsunami didn’t cause significant flooding inland.
Wildfires – Western Australia
A lightning strike on Boxing Day started a bushfire near the intersection of Pannawonica Road and North West Coastal Highway in Fortescue. It burned through 50,000 hectares of bush and closed down roads near the Pilbara town of Pannawonica. Temperatures on Friday reached 48 degrees after a scorching top of 49 degrees on Thursday. A total fire ban is in place for Western Australia.
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
From 31 October through 30 November 2018, the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) National Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported eight additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including two deaths.
Coral Disease Outbreak Hits Florida Reef
Florida’s coral reef has suffered an outbreak of stony coral tissue loss disease.
While coral disease outbreaks are a relatively regular occurrence, this one is somewhat different since it is very widespread and covers a large geographic area. Scientists think that the disease is caused by a bacteria that is transmitted via direct contact and water circulation. with transmission via contact being a key cause of the disease spreading. It is recommended that divers and snorkelers decontaminate their gear, which should help prevent the spread of the disease.