Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.9 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

The magnitude-7.9 quake struck 46 kilometres east of Taron in Papua New Guinea, the US Geological Survey said. The quake was deep, at 103 kilometres. Deeper earthquakes tend to cause less damage than shallow ones.

The USGS initially said the quake’s magnitude was 8.0, but later downgraded the strength.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was a threat of a tsunami in Papua New Guinea and nearby areas. A tsunami measuring less than 1 metre hit the coast of the island of New Ireland shortly after the earthquake. There were no immediate reports of damage from the tsunami or the quake, though officials were still working to contact people on the island, he said.

The quake knocked items off shelves and caused a blackout in the town of Kokopo in northeastern Papua New Guinea, Taranu said.

6.0 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

6.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.8 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.7 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.7 Earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.

5.6 Earthquake hits the Peru-Brazil border region.

5.5 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.4 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.4 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.3 Earthquake hits near the coast of Ecuador.

5.3 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

Two 5.2 Earthquakes hit Tonga.

Five 5.1 Earthquakes hit New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

Four 5.1 Earthquakes hit the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits southeast6 of the Loyalty Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Anatahan region in the Mariana Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the southwest Indian ridge.

Two 5.0 Earthquakes hit New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

Four 5.0 Earthquakes hit the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Chiapas, Mexico.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits eastern Kazakhstan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the southwest Indian ridge.

Nature – Images

Interesting Images

Mysterious ghost shark captured on camera for the first time. The pointy-nosed blue chimaera, or ghost shark, was filmed alive for the first time ever off the coasts of Hawaii and California. The deep-sea fish was previously known only from specimens caught in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. Dwelling in the depths of the ocean, its eyes are pale and seemingly dead. Where teeth should be, the ghost shark uses tooth plates instead to grind food. Their heads are lined with cryptic dots, like the remnant scars of ancient stitches. Male chimaeras have retractable sex organs — on their foreheads. The pointy-nosed blue chimaera was first discovered by researcher Dominique Didier Dagit in 2002, in the deep waters around Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia.

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Disease

Chikungunya in Karachi, Pakistan

A mosquito-borne disease has reared its head in Karachi, affecting hundreds of people in the Malir, Saudabad and Shah Faisal neighbourhoods of the city. World Health Organization (WHO) says it’s Chikungunya virus that can become epidemic in the country. More than a thousand cases have been reported in an area that normally sees 30 to 40 cases a year.

Bird Flu Spreads to England

The Department of Agriculture is advising poultry farmers to be vigilant after an outbreak of bird flu was confirmed in a turkey flock in England.

An outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N8 (bird flu) has been confirmed in a turkey flock near the coast in Lincolnshire, England. The H5N8 subtype of avian influenza has been responsible for a number of outbreaks of disease in both wild birds and poultry in several European countries since the end of October this year, the Department explained in a statement.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

Spain – Rain and strong winds continue to beset the Costa Blanca and has caused widespread chaos and destruction in addition to the previously reported deaths of two individuals. With reports of heavy flooding across most of the region, emergency services have been busy to ensure the safety of residents and have closed roads where they consider that the flooding is too dangerous to allow traffic to pass.

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Philippines – A farmer was killed while at least 1,600 families were affected on Saturday when floods hit 11 villages in eastern Samar following incessant rains. The weather bureau had reported that the downpour in the province dumped 300 mm of rain, which was equivalent to half a month of rain in December but was delivered in one day, resulting to heavy flooding.

Fiji – Residents of Korovou Town in Tailevu have been stranded due to heavy flooding. The area, has been without electricity since yesterday.