6.3 Earthquake hits North Island, New Zealand. No initial reports of injuries.

5.6, 5.1, 5.0, 4 x 4.9, 2 x 4.8, 5 x 4.7 Aftershocks hit off the east coast of Honshu Japan in the wake of yesterday’s strong Earthquake.

5.6 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.3 Earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

5.1 and 5.0 Earthquake hits near the south coast of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.0 Earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tajikistan.


The extent of wildfires in Western Australia is highlighted by this satellite picture taken over a period of 13 nights and comprising a composite picture made up of permanent features such as city lights and temporary phenomena such as wildfires.

What is interesting however, is the extent of the wildfire threat affecting the area over a relatively short period.

Australia wildfires


Similarly the following picture shows a nationwide look at all of the fires (wild, prescribed & ag) in the USA in 2012. Color denotes intensity, with yellow being the most instense. As of November 30th, more than 9.1 million acres have burned in the U.S. this year. That’s the third highest total ever recorded.

US 2012 wildfires NIFC map

Storms and Floods

Snow storms in Xinjiang, China

-One killed and 28,000 affected by snowstorms in Xinjiang, China.

-The snowstorms also damaged more than 500 houses.

Snow storms also affect Europe

-More than 40 flights cancelled at Brussels airport of Belgium due to snow-storms and strong winds.

-Flights from Paris’s Charles De Gaulle and Roissy airports were delayed due to snow storms in Paris, France.

Tropical Cyclone Claudia forms in the Indian Ocean south-west of Diego Garcia.

Tornado hits Dolores, Soriano in Uruguay.