Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Papua New Guinea – More than 200 households have been affected due to flooding in Morobe province of west coast of Papua New Guinea. The Rumu river overflowed. Also damages have been reported to several houses and public buildings across Gabnaron and Zifasing villages.

Greece – Heavy rainfall flooded several houses and shops in Skopelos. Similarly, road damage and landslides have been reported in Zagora-Mouresi Municipality. Mudslides have obstructed the the road linking Zagora and Horefto.

Crete – Authorities in eastern Crete closed the Lasithi plain to traffic to prevent accidents Thursday after the area flooded following four days of intense rainfall. This is the fifth time this year the plain has flooded and that the intensity and duration of the storms, which started on Monday evening and stopped yesterday morning, were unprecedented for the season.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits offshore Antofagasta, Chile.

5.3 earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

Two 5.2 earthquakes hit south of Fiji.

5.2 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands, Greece.

5.0 earthquake hits southwest of Africa.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits the Bismarck Sea.

5.7 earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands, Greece.

5.2 earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits Romania.

5.1 earthquake hits northern Peru.

5.0 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.0 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.9 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.5 earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands, Greece.

5.4 earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits Tajikistan.

5.1 earthquake hits Cuba.

5.1 earthquake hits Guerrero, Mexico.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 29w (Kammuri), located approximately 215 nm southeast of Andersen AFB, is tracking west-northwestward at 20 knots.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 01p (Rita), located approximately 229 nm north-northeast of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking south-southwestward at 04 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Greece – Two people have been killed and hundreds of homes have been flooded following an overnight storm in Greece. Bodies of two tourists have been recovered near the port of Antirio, 250 kilometers (155 miles) west of Athens. The highway linking the Greek capital to the western port city of Patras has been closed following mudslides caused by heavy rainfall.

Djubouti – Since 21 November, Djibouti has experienced heavy rains which triggered flash floods across the country. In Djibouti city alone, initial estimates indicate that over 30,000-40,000 families (150,000-250,000 people) have been somewhat affected by the floods, and 9 people (7 children) have reportedly been killed. Reports indicate that between 21 and 24 November, almost 300mm of rain were recorded in Djibouti city alone, or over three times the annual average.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California

Local roads were closed and some evacuations were ordered Saturday as a Lassen County wildfire in Northern California grew to 1,500 acres. About three dozen engine crews were battling the Long Valley Fire on the California-Nevada border, which was burning through sagebrush lands overseen by the federal Bureau of Land Management. Aerial retardant drops were halted for the night. The fire has destroyed several outbuildings and one larger building and threatened 40 other structures, authorities said.

Elsewhere in Northern California, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported that the 600-acre Mountain Fire in Shasta County was 70% contained by Saturday night, authorities said. The fire, which started Thursday morning, destroyed 14 structures.

Wildfires – Greece

Hot, dry, windy weather has helped fuel dozens of wildfires across the country and the fire service has deployed almost 700 firefighters in the past 24 hours. The most serious fire, on the eastern island of Samos, is now under control, but authorities had to evacuate four hotels Saturday and house the guests in an indoor stadium overnight.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Greece

Hundreds of people have been forced to evacuate their homes after three huge wildfires devastated a Greek island. Water-dropping planes and helicopters have been deployed to the island of Evia, where a huge blaze is burning through a protected nature reserve.

Residents from four villages and a monastery have had to flee as firefighters battle the wildfires, which broke out at about 3am on Tuesday. More than 200 firefighters are working to control the infernos, with one member of the force being taken to hospital after suffering serious burns.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Greece

A wildfire which broke out on Elafonisos island in southern Greece on Saturday has prompted the evacuation of a hotel and camping as a precautionary measure, with no injuries reported. The blaze is burning mainly low vegetation, as firefighters’ efforts to contain it are hampered by strong winds.

The image is similar in Marathon municipality, some 42 kilometers northeast of Athens. According to preliminary information from the Fire Brigade, the flames are scorching a forested zone not very far away from the starting line of the Athens Classic Marathon race.

Wildfires – Australia

Firefighters are in position to protect homes on the NSW mid-north coast after a bushfire quickly burned hundreds of hectares. Strong south-easterly winds fanned the blaze over the Belmore River and Lotus Rd, east of Kempsey, and into the beachside Hat Head National Park. The out-of-control blaze had torched almost 400 hectares by 2.15pm.

A watch and act alert is also out for homes in the vicinity of Turners Flat, west of Kempsey, where a fire has burned through about 200 hectares.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.9 earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.7 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands, Greece.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Java, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits `Samar in the Philippines.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.3 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

6.6 earthquake hits Western Australia.

5.8 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.5 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

Two 5.3 earthquakes hit Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits Greece.

5.1 earthquake hits the Galapagos Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the Biak region, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the western Mediterranean Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Western Australia.