Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits the Moluccan Sea.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Owen Fracture Zone.

5.1 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

Lack of Tornadoes in USA – The trend of the low number of tornado reports this year in the U.S. has continued through late November. No tornadoes had developed in the U.S. this month through Nov. 21. In fact, the last tornado that occurred prior to that date was on Oct. 14, when two tornadoes were reported in Oregon. However, the streak came to an end on Nov. 22 when one tornado was reported nine miles west-northwest of Manhattan Airport in Riley County, Kansas. An airline pilot reported that a weak funnel contacted the ground for less than two miles, but there was no visible debris or damage. There were four more tornado reports Nov. 27 in southern Nebraska, all brief touchdowns, bringing November’s tornado count to five. Some damage was reported from a tornado near Red Cloud, Nebraska, according to the Storm Prediction Centre.

Disease

Zika virus: Texas reports 1st local transmission

The Texas Department of State Health Services and Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services today announced the first case of Zika virus disease likely transmitted by a mosquito in Texas. DSHS is supporting Cameron County’s response to the case and to the ongoing risk of Zika in the community.

Deer hit by disease outbreak in South Dakota, USA

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, a viral disease that killed more than 3,700 deer in 2012, has impacted the population this year, with more than 2,000 deer found dead in 23 counties. The heaviest losses have been in Brule, Aurora and Beadle counties. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks issued more deer licenses this year, but the animals may be hard to find.

Scurvy in Australia

Sydney hospitals are fighting an outbreak of long-forgotten scurvy. The disease is caused by not getting enough vitamin C from fruit and veg. Doctors found it when a patient’s wounds didn’t heal for seven months. More overweight diabetic patients with poor diets were diagnosed. Scurvy was common in 18th and 19th Century sailors at sea for months.