Earthquakes

6.0 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits offshore Guatemala.

5.0 Earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

4.9 Earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.

Wildfires

Wildfire in Valparaiso, Chile

-The Chilean National Emergency Office (Onemi) has issued a red alert in the Valparaíso region, due to a number of forest fires in Casablanca, Viña del Mar and Villa Alemana.

-Four fire brigades, two Dromader planes, a helicopter from Conaf, three fire departments, the Chilean police, local emergency staff, and one tanker truck are struggling to control the blaze.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Cyclone Evan

-As of 12:00 UTC, Tropical Cyclone Evan was located 495 nm northeast of Nadi, Fiji.

Flooding in Scotland

-Evacuations due to high tides and flooding in Aberdeenshire and from properties in the Roanheads area.

-Heavy storm also damaged fishing boats in Wick.

-Flood alerts and warnings have been issued in 126 areas across the UK.

Flash floods in Bali, Indonesia

-Heavy rainfall has caused flash floods in at least eight areas in Denpasar.

Flooding in Fiji

-Villagers in Vaturova have been evacuated after heavy rain flooded their village last night.

Typhoon Bopha‘s death toll has now reached 1,020. With nearly 850 people still missing, the toll is likely to rise further. The storm struck the Philippines on 4 December, with the southern island of Mindanao worst affected. Many of those still unaccounted for are fishermen who went to sea before the storm hit. The storm displaced hundreds of thousands of people and caused severe damage to property and infrastructure. A large relief operation continues. More than 27,000 people remain in evacuation centres, with many more sheltering at the homes of friends and family.