Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits Iceland.

5.1 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits western Xizang, China.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone 04s (Kate), located approximately 155 nm west of Cocos Island, Australia, and is tracking westward at 03 knots.

NewsBytes:

India – The north India cold wave has claimed 12 more lives in the 24 hours leading to Wednesday evening, taking the death toll due to the extreme winter to 92 since December 1. Dense fog disrupted train services in several parts of India on Thursday, leading to the delay of 115 trains in Delhi.

Sri Lanka – More than 650,000 people have now been displaced after days of heavy rains triggered massive floods and landslides in Sri Lanka. Six days of heavy rains have affected the Northern, North Central and Eastern provinces of the Asian country. Irrigation tanks and hydropower reservoirs in the northern and central parts of the country have become flooded as a result of the downpour. So far, only 80,000 displaced people have been provided with accommodation in makeshift camps set up by the government.

Global Warming

Siberia – Global Warming Time Bomb

Global warming could leave parts of Siberia exposed to a wave of underground explosions like those behind the recent unexplained giant craters phenomenon.

Scientists studying one of the massive holes on the Yamal Peninsula say there is growing evidence that rising temperatures is the main catalyst triggering the blasts.

They believe warming air is melting the thick permafrost, leading to the accumulation and release of volatile ‘fire ice’ gases which then explodes to create the giant funnels.

Overall temperatures in Yamal, in northwest Siberia, in the past 14 years alone have risen by at least two degrees Celsius.

Any continued increase – as is predicted by meteorologists – could create the ideal conditions for more craters to be formed across the icy region, and other parts of Siberia.

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Disease

Ebola – Update

The global death toll from Ebola has risen to 7,588 out of 19,497 confirmed cases recorded in the year-old epidemic raging in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

The virus is still spreading intensely in Sierra Leone, especially in the north and west, with 315 new confirmed cases reported in the former British colony in the week to December 21, it said. These included 115 cases in the capital Freetown.