Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 Earthquake hits South Island, New Zealand.

Remote communities across the South Island have been left damaged, cut off and without power or telephone communication by yesterday’s early morning 7.8-magnitude earthquake. More than 400 aftershocks have hit the Island with major aftershocks of 6.2 and 5.8. At least two people were killed and a tsunami of up to 2 metres high forced residents to flee to higher elevations.

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6.2 Earthquake hits La Rioja, Argentina.

5.8 Earthquake hits South Island, New Zealand.

Two 5.6 Earthquakes hit South Island, New Zealand.

5.6 Earthquake hits South Island, New Zealand.

5.4 Earthquake hits South Island, New Zealand.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits South Island, New Zealand.

5.3 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

Five 5.2 Earthquakes hit the Cook Strait, New Zealand.

5.2 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits off the east coast of South island, New Zealand.

Two 5.2 Earthquakes hit South Island, New Zealand.

Three 5.1 Earthquakes hit the Cook Strait, New Zealand.

5.1 Earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina.

Two 5.1 Earthquakes hit South Island, New Zealand.

5.0 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

Two 5.0 Earthquakes hit the Cook Strait, New Zealand.

Three 5.0 Earthquakes hit South Island, New Zealand.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the East Pacific: Tropical Storm Tina is located about 250 mi…400 km W of Manzanillo Mexico and about 310 mi…505 km SSE of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 300 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h

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Global Warming

Trump seeking quickest way to quit Paris climate agreement

The president-elect wants to bypass the theoretical four-year procedure to exit the accord, according to a Reuters source. Donald Trump is looking at quick ways of withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement in defiance of widening international backing for the plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions, Reuters has reported.

Since the US president-elect was chosen, governments ranging from China to small island states have reaffirmed support for the 2015 Paris agreement at 200-nation climate talks running until 18 November in Marrakesh, Morocco.

But, according to Reuters, a source in the Trump transition team said the victorious Republican, who has called global warming a hoax, was considering ways to bypass a theoretical four-year procedure for leaving the accord.

Despite the threat of a US withdrawal, US secretary of state John Kerry said on Sunday that he would continue his efforts to implement the Paris agreement until Barack Obama leaves office on 20 January.

Wildfires

Wildfires – North Carolina, USA

Crews have been at work for at least a week now as 18 fires grew from 3,000 acres early last week to exceed 33,000 acres on Sunday afternoon.

An evacuation was ordered for part of Chimney Rock in Rutherford County near Lake Lure and mandatory evacuations were already issued in five other North Carolina counties.

The so-called Party Rock Fire near Lake Lure had its western edge move further downhill off Round Top Mountain early Sunday, which put the blaze at the wood line in some areas of Chimney Rock Village, officials said.

The Tellico Fire is now the largest blaze in the state, covering 9,965 acres in Macon and Swain counties. It is about 33 percent contained. On Sunday, fire officials merged the Ferebee and Tellico Fires together since they were only separated by “dozer line.”

Disease

Chagas disease in northern Brazil

Health officials in Pará state in northern Brazil are concerned about the number of Chagas disease cases seen this year as two fatalities were reported recently in the city of Barcarena.

Between January and September 2016, 127 cases of the disease were registered in Pará. The State Department of Public Health attributes much of the Chagas to the consumption of açaí contaminated by the vector of the parasite, the kissing bug.

New Bird Flu Outbreaks Reported in Germany, Switzerland, Austria

Germany, Switzerland and Austria reported new outbreaks of a severe strain of bird flu on Saturday in the latest in a series of cases across Europe.

The H5N8 virus has also been found in Hungary, Poland, the Netherlands, Denmark and Croatia.

In Germany, the state of Schleswig-Holstein reported one case of bird flu confirmed at a farm where 30,000 chickens would now be culled. The state’s agriculture ministry said an area of 3 square km (1.2 square miles) had been sealed off.

The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety confirmed a second outbreak at a chicken farm in its western Vorarlberg province close to the German and Swiss borders and said 4,000 would be culled. An Austrian poultry farm close to the chicken farm had tested positive for H5N8 on Friday.

Bird flu was also confirmed in dead birds along Lake Geneva in Switzerland on Saturday. Austria and Switzerland earlier this week took steps to prevent the spread of the virus to domestic poultry after discovering the disease in wild ducks around Lake Constance.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity 

Erta Ale (Danakil depression, Ethiopia): The lava lake in the volcano’s southern pit crater started again to overflow repeatedly since early November. Fresh lava flows have been covering significant parts of the caldera floor.