Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.4 Earthquake hits the western Indian-Antarctic ridge.

5.2 Earthquake hitsTonga.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the west coast of Colombia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Jujuy, Argentina.

5.0 Earthquake hits Puerto Rico.


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

Between 12 and 27 November 2016 the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported nine (9) additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) including one fatal case.

Klebsiella outbreak at South African hospital

Nine cases of Klebsiella were reported at Stanger Hospital at KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province in South Africa, resulting in the death of three newborns, according to health officials via a IOL report.

KZN Health spokesman Sam Mkhwanazi said, “The department is investigating whether the demise of three neonates out of the nine Klebsiella cases is directly linked to the bacterium as these were high-risk neonates.”

If the deaths are directly linked to the bacterium, it would be one of the deadliest outbreaks of Klebsiella since 2005, when 22 babies died at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Durban, the report notes.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.


Thailand, Update – Households and businesses in the South have been hit hard by flooding while all train services heading to the lower part of the region are suspended after tracks were damaged by floodwaters. At least 12 provinces in the South have been affected by flooding which began last Thursday. The provinces are Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun, with tens of thousands of residents affected. According to authorities, at least 11 people have been killed in the flooding.

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Mediterranean sharks and ray species at risk of extinction

Over half of the Mediterranean’s shark and ray species are at risk of extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said Monday, blaming over fishing for plummeting numbers.

Of the 72 known species of sharks and rays that exist in the Mediterranean, 39 face “an elevated risk of extinction”, the conservation group said in a report released in Spain.

Twenty species, 12 shark species and eight ray species, are “critically endangered”, or one step away from extinction, according to the report.

Species listed as “critically endangered” included the smooth hammerhead shark, the great white shark and the blue shark.

The Geneva-based IUCN said the conservation status of 11 species of sharks and rays in the Mediterranean had worsened since it issued its last assessment in 2007.

Over the past half-century 13 species of sharks and rays have become extinct in various spots of the Mediterranean due to over fishing, it added.

Local extinctions have been more prevalent in the waters of Spain, France and Italy as well as in northwest African countries and nations bordering the Adriatic Sea.

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