Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.4 Earthquake hits Peru-Brazil border region.

5.6 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.4 Earthquake hits western Iran.

5.2 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the north coast of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

Lefkada Earthquake (Nov 17) Destroys Pristine Greek Beach – Before & After

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical Storm 27w (In-Fa), located approximately 296 nm southwest of Iwo To, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 09 knots.

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Hurricane Sandra is located about 500 mi…810 km SW of Cabo Corrientes Mexico and about 575 mi…925 km S of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…145 mph…230 km/h. Present movement…N or 350 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

NewsBytes:

Aceh, Indonesia – More than 7,000 people from 12 sub-districts in West Aceh, Aceh province, have been evacuated from flooded areas after heavy rains poured starting Tuesday morning. Several houses were destroyed after they fell into a river in Woyla district; and one community health centre fell to a river in Arongan Lambalek district. The worst affected area was West Woyla district, which was cut off from the rest of the district by the floods covering roads with up to 80cm of water.

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Saudi Arabia, Qatar – The Gulf states were hit by heavy rainfall which brought a year’s worth of rain in a letter of hours, bringing widespread disruption. In Qatar, an investigation was prompted after the heavy rains exposed poor construction in the oil-rich country set to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup when the $18bn airport started leaking.

Global Warming

2015 likely to be the warmest year ever recorded

This year is destined for the history books with 2015 likely to be the warmest on record. It is smashing regional records around the globe for the driest year, strongest tropical storms, warmest ocean temperatures and warmest five year period.

The figures published on Wednesday by the World Meteorological Organisation will provide a grim backdrop to the UN COP21 climate conference which gets underway in Paris next Monday.

The figures are based on data accumulated between January and October from measuring centres around the world. The numbers are so bad already that the organisation is fully confident 2015 will be warmer on average than any year before it.

Symbolic milestones are also being reached with this year’s average temperature likely to reach the one full degree above the pre-industrial era. It is probable that the 1 degree Celsius threshold will be crossed.

Temperature records are highlighted all through the report. Ocean surface temperatures are already ahead of the record high set in 2014.

It will be one of the warmest years on record over land. China is having its warmest year on record as is South America and Asia generally. Africa and Europe are having their second hottest.

The oceans have been absorbing more than 90 per cent of the energy that has accumulated in the climate system and this is reflected in risking sea temperature and sea levels.

The global average sea level in the first half of 2015 was the highest since satellite observations became available in 1993, the Organization said.

The heat penetrates deep into the ocean surface with record high temperatures in the top 700 metres and top 2,000 metres.

The human-induced warming is being accentuated this year as a periodic El Nino ocean warming event is underway in the Pacific Ocean. This continues to gain strength and will add to the overall heating for many months to come, the report said.

The year is littered with exceptional heatwaves as happened in India in May and June. Europe also experienced heatwaves , with July bringing a period of excessive heat from Denmark down to Morocco.

Some regions experienced exceptional rainfall such as the southern US, southeast Europe and parts of Africa.

Drought was a problem for other countries including Central America, the Caribbean, parts of central Europe and Russia.

The desiccated landscape that affected the western US brought with it record numbers of wildfires. There were 400 fires in Alaska during May and then 700 more in July. Washington State suffered its largest fire on record.

The number of tropical storms in the Atlantic and Pacific was around normal but the mix included the strongest hurricane on record, a category five storm with wind speeds of 320km/hr when it made landfall in Mexico in October.

The poles returned contrasting statistics with the Arctic showing considerably reduced ice cover through the year. Antarctica continues to add ice according to the data.

The report overtly linked rising greenhouse gas emissions with the warming climate. These gases reached new highs in the northern hemisphere during spring 2015.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Fourteen bushfires burning across southern Australia have killed two people, thousands of animals, and destroyed 16 homes, and authorities on Thursday said they feared the toll could rise.

The fires, which stretch across 210 kms (130 miles), broke out on Wednesday in heatwave conditions and quickly burnt across farmlands, forcing residents to flee and others to frantically try and save their homes and livestock.

Emergency workers said that 60 percent of the fires were now under control.

Disease

New Ebola Case in Liberia

The death of a 15-year-old boy from Ebola in Liberia — a country that has been declared free of the disease twice — raises the question of why cases are still popping up in the country, experts say.

The teenager, who died Tuesday (Nov. 24), tested positive for the disease last week. His brother and father are also infected, and more than 150 people with whom the boy may have come into contact are now being monitored.

Liberia was first declared Ebola-free in May, but then a new case was confirmed in July. The country was declared Ebola-free for the second time in September.

In order for a country to be declared Ebola-free, health officials typically wait 42 days since the last person was cured of the disease.

The handling of this most recent case may already have put many others at risk.