Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Anatahan region, North Mariana Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits south of Panama.

5.2 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Arunachal Pradesh, India.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Nias region, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits neat the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Indian Ocean Triple Junction.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

There are no active storms or areas of interest in the eastern Pacific or the Atlantic.

The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close on 30 November and was the least active season so far this century, and among the quietest on record since 1950.


Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update

On 27 November, 2013, the National IHR Focal Point of Qatar notified WHO that the Supreme Council for Health and the Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with the National Institute of Public Health and Environment (RIVM) of the Ministry of Health and the Erasmus Medical Centre in the Netherlands, have detected Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in a herd of camels in a barn linked to two confirmed human infections infections.

Space Events

Comet ISON Gets Roasted by Sun and Vanishes – Update

Call it a cosmic holiday miracle. The much-anticipated Comet ISON appeared to disintegrate during its Thanksgiving Day slingshot around the sun Thursday, but something — it seems — may have survived.

A NASA update released early Friday (Nov. 29) confirmed the sighting of what appears to be Comet ISON.

The question remains whether it is merely debris from the comet, or if some portion of the comet’s nucleus survived, but late-night analysis from scientists with NASA’s Comet ISON Observing Campaign suggest that there is at least a small nucleus intact.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Etna (Sicily, Italy): Although the paroxysmal phase of the eruption ended at night, tremor has remained elevated and strombolian explosions continue to occur from the summit vent of the NSEC.