Earthquakes

5.2 and 4.9 Earthquakes hit the Philippine Islands region.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Carlsberg ridge in the northern Indian Ocean.

5.0 Earthquake hits Irien Jaya, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

4.9 Earthquake hits near the coast of Chiapas, Mexico.

Wildfires

A bushfire is threatening homes in the Gold Coast hinterland, Australia with two helicopters waterbombing the area near Mt Tamborine. Bushfires also claw through the Pilbara region.

14 wildfires in 12 eastern Kentucky counties, USA are burning.

Fresh snow is helping crews fighting wildfires in the small town of Wetmore and in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA.

Disease

The outbreak of dengue fever on the Portuguese island of Madeira has tripled and now cases are being seen in other European countries linked to travel to the island.

Storms and Floods

Hurricane Sandy kills 29 people on its path through the Caribbean and now targets the US east coast. A tropical storm watch for both the South Carolina and North Carolina coasts has been issued. A hazardous weather outlook warning has been issued for Connecticut. Central Florida is also on alert.

The floods in Chad continue to take a severe humanitarian toll. The number of flood-affected people in Chad has risen to 700,000, up from 445,000 in September while aid agencies estimate the loss or damage of 255,720 hectares of cropland, 94,211 houses and 1,015 schools. Some 70,000 people have been displaced by the flooding.