Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.5 Earthquake hits the southern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Philippines.

5.2 Earthquake hits Djibouti.

5.0 Earthquake hits western Turkey.

5.0 Earthquake hits Ascension Island.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits near the north coast of Colombia.

5.3 Earthquake hits central Alaska.

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

5.2 Earthquake hits the Sumbawa region, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Atacama, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the coast of western Turkey.

5.0 Earthquake hits South Island, New Zealand.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.3 Earthquake hits the southern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.2 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the coast of western Turkey.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits Colombia.

5.6 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.3 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.3 Earthquake hits near the coast of western Turkey.

5.3 Earthquake hits Uttaranchal, India.

5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the coast of western Turkey.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

Turkey – Heavy snowfall and rains along with cold weather across Turkey paralyzed ordinary life for people while precipitating deadly floods in the southern part of the country and suspending education at many schools in central and northern provinces due to snow. Two people were killed in the southern province of Mersin on Dec. 29 due to a flood that was caused by heavy rains in the region. With many trapped inside their vehicles, the municipality issued a warning statement calling on people to stay at home throughout the day if possible. While the rainfall affected life negatively in Mersin, heavy snowfall also halted life in central and northern Anatolia. Authorities in 21 provinces, mostly in central Turkey but also in northern Anatolia, said schools had been closed for the day due to heavy snow and icy conditions that were expected to follow.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Indian Ocean:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 04b (Four), located approximately 822 nm south-southwest of Calcutta, India, is tracking northwestward at 12 knots.

Newsbytes:

Spain – A woman was swept away during flash floods in a village 45 kilometres from the Catalan capital of Barcelona in Spain after her GPS device sent her driving across a riverbed through the village of Sant Llorenç d’Hortons.

Turkey – Unprecedented rainfall in some western towns led to small-scale floods on Monday and Tuesday while snowfall is forecast for central and northwestern Turkey on Wednesday. Balıkesir province was among the hardest-hit by flooding. A night of rainfall triggered floods in the town of Gömeç, where a bridge collapsed and flocks of sheep drowned; no other casualties were reported. Rivers breaching their banks threatened residences and shops in the small town. Ayvalık, a popular seaside town in the province, was also heavily inundated after downpours that started on Sunday increased in intensity late Monday. Schools in the town were closed Tuesday as rainfall accompanied with strong winds damaged buildings, felled trees and blocked access to several streets. Some residents were trapped in their houses for hours, long after downpours hit early Tuesday.

Canada – Crews in Thunder Bay, Ont., have remained busy as approximately 80 millimetres of rain fell across the city since Monday morning flooding parts of the city.

Saudi Arabia – At least seven people died and many others were injured or trapped by heavy rain and floods that swept various regions of the Kingdom, press reports said on Tuesday. The dead included three young Saudi men in Bisha, two others in Baha and two expatriates who were struck by a thunderbolt in Qunfudah. Torrential floods also destroyed a number of houses, blocked roads and overturned vehicles. The rain and floods in the last few days uncovered the ineffective drainage systems in many parts of the country. The rain inundated various parts of Qunfudah governorate and washed away large sections of the International Road linking Jeddah and Jazan.

Disease

Turkey – Foot and Mouth Disease

There have been 217 cases in a new foot-and-mouth disease outbreak since Sept. 29, Faruk Çelik, minister for food, agriculture and livestock said on Dec. 16.

Speaking at a press conference, Çelik said 117 of these outbreaks are under control while 100 others are still active.

An area of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) around the affected area has been quarantined, with livestock barred from both leaving and entering the area.

France reports new bird flu strain

France has detected the first cases of low pathogenic H5N3 bird flu and found more cases of highly infectious strains in an outbreak of the disease in the southwest of the country.

Three cases of H5N3 bird flu were found at three different farms in the southwest, the French agriculture ministry said in a report posted by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on Wednesday.

“There is no risk for human health and no impact on our management of the crisis,” a ministry official said.

France, the European Union’s largest agricultural producer, has been facing cases of bird flu since late last month involving three highly pathogenic strains – H5N1, H5N2 and H5N9.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits eastern Turkey.

5.2 Earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

5.1 Earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.1 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North island, New Zealand.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits the Owen Fracture Zone.

5.3 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits Java, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits central Turkey.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Turkey – Artvin, a northeastern province on the border with Georgia, was hit by floods and landslides on Wednesday evening and all day long on Thursday. Three people died in the landslides.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits the central east Pacific rise.

5.2 Earthquake hits western Turkey.

5.1 Earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits Kapulauan Batu, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical Storm Ida is located about 1155 mi…1855 km E of the northern Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…E or 90 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

Tropical Storm Dujuan is located approximately 541 nm south-southeast of Kadena AB, Japan and is tracking west-southwestward at 04 knots.

Invest 96C is an area of disturbed weather in the Central Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

Invest 92E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

NewsBytes:

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Turkey – A massive amount of rain late on Tuesday caused flash floods in Turkey’s tourist resort town of Bodrum, inundating the area with so much water that cars were floating in the streets. The three-hour downpour was so intense that flash floods quickly enveloped many streets in Bodrum, an Aegean resort town in Muğla province, causing significant physical damage as the tourist season comes to a close.

Malaysia – Several areas in Penang were inundated by flash floods and mudflow after more than five hours of rain since 4am yesterday morning.