Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone 04s (Kate), located approximately 155 nm west-southwest of Cocos Island, Australia, and is tracking southwestward at 01 knot.

Disease

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

Between 8 and 16 December 2014, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) notified WHO of 3 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death.

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.

Earthquakes

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.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone 04s (Kate), forms in the eastern Indian Ocean and is tracking westward at 06 knots.

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NewsBytes:

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.

Malaysia flood disaster picture

Disease

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.

Volcanos

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.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits west of MacQuarie Island.

5.3 Earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits west of MacQuarie Island.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Saipan region in the North Mariana Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits west of MacQuarie Island.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Mississippi, USA – Tornadoes in Mississippi, have claimed the lives of at least four people and injured 20 others. At least five tornadoes touched down across the southeast, including Mississippi, Georgia, and Louisiana.

Sri Lanka – Three people died and more than 60,000 had to be evacuated to safer locations due to floods and mudslides caused by heavy rains around Sri Lanka. Three days of heavy rain in 15 districts also injured two persons and destroyed 1,900 homes. Hospitals and government offices were inundated and some inmates of a prison were transferred to other facilities.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

Two 5.2 Earthquakes hit the Solomon Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Babar, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Scotland – Flash flooding caused significant problems and disruption to transport in parts of Scotland. Flood warnings have been put in place across the north and west of Britain as Scotland suffered a day of travel chaos and a significant rail signalling problem stopped trains running through Gatwick railway station in West Sussex. The Met Office issued alerts for parts of northern England and Scotland, with up to 80mm of rain expected in Yorkshire, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and parts of Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire over the next 24 hours.

Indonesia – Floods were still engulfing areas across the country on Sunday, killing two children in a village in North Sumatra. On Monday, floods engulfing thousands of homes in a number of regions in North Sumatra started to recede. Meanwhile, heavy rains have been pouring over the southern parts of Central Java for the past five days and floods are inevitable. The floods have hit a number of areas in Cilacap regency, Central Java, over the past four days. No casualties have been reported yet, but thousands of homes and tens of thousands of hectares of rice fields have been swamped. Hundreds of families have evacuated as the floods have further expanded following incessant rain.