Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.7 Earthquake hits the North Pacific Ocean.
5.2 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.
5.2 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia.
5.1 Earthquake hits the Gulf of California.
5.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.
5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
Tropical cyclone 04s (Kate), forms in the eastern Indian Ocean and is tracking westward at 06 knots.
Indonesia – Floods in Indonesia’s Aceh province in the northern tip of Sumatra Island have displaced more than 120,966 people. The waters submerged by up to 400 cm high in the districts of North Aceh and East Aceh. Floods have mainly affected the provincial capital of Banda Aceh, the districts of Aceh Tamiang, South Aceh, Pidie, and Lhoksemawe.
Malaysia – The floods ravaging five states in Malaysia have displaced 90,250 people. It is the biggest number of flood evacuees in the nation’s history. The highest number of flood evacuees are in Kelantan (32,343), followed by Terengganu (28,991), Pahang (24,316), Perak (4,335) and Perlis (265). The 102 local and foreign tourists stranded at Mutiara Taman Negara Resort got relief when the Fire and Rescue Department arrived with much needed food supplies. Apart from Malaysians, the tourists were from Germany, France, Canada and the Czech Republic. The park witnessed its highest rainfall on Tuesday since 1971.
Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China
On 16 December 2014, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of 11 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus, including 5 deaths.
WHO continues to closely monitor the H7N9 situation and conduct risk assessment. So far, the overall risk associated with the H7N9 virus has not changed.
Measles in Bali
Tourists have been warned of a measles outbreak in Bali after two Australians return home to Perth with the disease.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity
Fogo (Cape Verde): Lava effusion continues from the vents, while explosive activity there has more or less ended. Lava is fed through tubes to active breakouts at different locations inside the Cha caldera. One area with active breakouts remains the former locations of Portela-Bangaeira villages, where by now almost all buildings have disappeared.
Kilauea (Hawai’i): The lava flow front that has been progressing towards the Pāhoa Marketplace, is currently stalled at approx. 600 m distance, to the relief of Pahoa. However, several breakouts are active in several areas behind the inactive front.