Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of Africa.

5.0 Earthquake hits Easter Island.

Nature – Images

Interesting Images:

Rare Weather Event Fills Grand Canyon with Fog

Usually the Grand Canyon offers stunning views stretching for miles, deep into valleys etched by the Colorado River. But that vista has changed over the past few days, as a rare weather event has filled the canyon with fog, offering an even more stunning view than is typical.

The weather event is known as a temperature inversion, and it only happens every few years, according to the National Park Service.

Grand canyon fog 1

Storms and Floods

Italy

Storms and flooding in Italy have claimed the lives of at least two people and forced the evacuation of 1,700 people. Fatalities are from Pescara and Rome. Around 1,500 have been evacuated from Pescara and others 200 from Matera.

Disease

Yellow fever in Sudan

The Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) in Sudan has notified WHO of a yellow fever (YF) outbreak affecting twelve localities in West and South Kordofan states. The affected localities are Lagawa, Kailak, Muglad and Abyei localities in West Kordofan and Elreef Alshargi, Abu Gibaiha, Ghadir, Habila, Kadugli, Altadamon, Talodi and Aliri in South Kordofan.

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

On 1 December 2013 WHO was informed of an additional three laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the United Arab Emirates.

Official MERS Coronavirus tally is 163 cases and 70 deaths.

Newcastle Disease – Cyprus

The Cypriot veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of Newcastle disease at a poultry farm in Lefkosia.

Foot and mouth disease outbreak in Kenya

Four major livestock markets in Bomet County have been shut down due to an outbreak of foot and mouth disease.

As a quarantine measure to curb further spread of the deadly animal disease, Kapkwen, Chebunyo, Rongena and Ndanai markets in the county will be closed until the disease in under control.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Etna (Sicily, Italy): Yesterday’s eruption sent lava fountains several hundreds of meters into the air and spraying from several vents in different directions. The eruption is already ending with an abrupt drop of volcanic tremor and decreasing lava emission. Judging from the few webcam images with at least some visibility, it appears that the activity was more effusive (lava flows) than explosive (lava fountains) with the main phase being around 23:20 local time.

Shiveluch (Kamchatka): A series of larger dome collapse events took place today, producing large pyroclastic flows and an ash plume that rose to about 30,000 ft (10 km) altitude.

Nishino-shima (Volcano Islands, Japan): The new island continues to erupt and grow, increasing its chances of long-time survival by the day. The active vent on the islet continues to be in strombolian eruption and has by now built a new cone that is higher than the main island itself (which is 38 m). Lava flows have significantly enlarged the island to the SE where a plateau is being built. During the 10 days, it has more than doubled its surface