Earthquakes

5.3 and 5.1 Earthquakes hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Kamchatka, Russia.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

4.9 Earthquake hits near the south coast of Honshu, Japan.

Environment

Vietnam is suffering increased levels of coastal soil erosion due to the increased frequency of typhoons and tropical cyclones hitting the country, as well as rising sea levels. Vietnam has been identified as one of the top five countries likely to be most affected by rising sea levels.

Numerous coastal mangrove forests have been wiped out, while coastal residents are being forced to move further inland every few years to escape the waves, using rocks and sandbags to protect their homes.

Vietnam coastal soil erosion

Disease

There are now 10 cases reported in the latest ebola virus outbreak in Uganda, including 5 deaths in Luweero and Kampala.

The outbreak of Marburg haemorrhagic fever in Uganda has claimed 9 lives in 4 districts in Uganda (Kabale, Ibanda, Mbarara, and Kampala). A total of 20 cases have been reported.

Wildfires

Several new wildfires broke out in east Tennessee, USA on Thanksgiving Day. Wildfires are burning along Interstate 75 in Campbell and Scott counties, north of Knoxville. Fires were also reported in Grainger County and near the Sevier County/Cocke County line.

Storms and Floods

More heavy downpours of rain expected in England over the weekend.

-A man died following torrential rain in Somerset. His vehicle submerged in flood water.

-Stormy weather also caused travel disruption across Somerset and Bristol.

-Train services between Taunton and Exeter were cancelled because of flooding.

-Houses below Upper Camden Place in Bath were evacuated because of landslide.

-Galashiels (Scottish Border) also suffers flash flooding.

-Severe weather warning amber alert has been issued for Somerset.

Somerset Flooding