5.6 Earthquake hits eastern Iran. 8 people were killed with at least 20 injured.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Philippine Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the west coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia.


Global warming opens new shipping lane through Arctic.

A tanker carrying Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has crossed the Arctic Ocean route for the first time. It shows how global warming has opened up new routes for commercial shipping. It represents a new lane between Europe and Asia a third shorter than through the Suez Canal. The tanker left Norway in November, sailed over the Arctic Ocean and the Bering straight and arrived in Southwestern Japan.




Wildfires in Queensland, Australia -More than 73 fire incidents recorded across Queensland, Australia. -People living in the Halliford and Lake Broadwater areas were evacuated. -Fire is expected to harm communities on the Darling Downs.


Yellow fever in Sudan – update

As of 4 December, a total of 732 suspected cases of yellow fever, including 165 deaths have been reported in 33 out of 64 localities in Darfur.

Storms and Floods

Typhoon Bopha

-325 dead with at least 379 still missing in Philippines typhoon Bopha.

-A total of 273 people died in and around the towns of New Bataan and Monkayo. 106 people were killed in other parts of the southern island of Mindanao and the central islands.

-About 178,000 people are living in the evacuation centers.

Snow storm in Stockholm, Sweden

-Several flights from the Scandinavian country’s main airport in Stockholm grounded because of the blizzard.

-Some 8 inches of snow fell on Stockholm overnight Wednesday.

Severe weather in Kauai, Hawaii

-Several Hawaiian fights in Lihue Airport cancelled due to bad weather.

-Almost three inches of rain has been recorded in Lihue within the last 24 hours.

New Zealand

Three people have been killed and at least seven injured after severe weather – including an apparent tornado – hit Auckland. 150 homes were damaged after the tornado ripped through an Auckland suburb.