Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.
5.0 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.
Iran – Update
The powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake near the Iraq-Iran border has authorities now saying the quake killed 407 people in the country and injured 6,700.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Atlantic Ocean: Invest 96L remains an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.
Malaysia – Incessant heavy rain since 6.30 pm yesterday caused a landslide and flash floods in Miri today, according to the Miri Fire and Rescue Station. The worst-affected area was Kampung Lereng Bukit where a vacant house almost collapsed due to a landslide that occurred at about 7 am today and flash floods struck a village in Bekenu.
La Nina – La Nina, the cool flip side to El Nino, has returned, forecasters said Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said a weak La Nina has formed and is expected to stick around for several months. La Nina is a natural cooling of parts of the Pacific that alters weather patterns around the globe. La Nina typically brings drier conditions to the U.S. South and wetter weather to the Pacific Northwest and western Canada. Indonesia, the Philippines, northeastern South America and South Africa often see more rain during December, January and February in La Nina years. Last year’s La Nina was unusually brief, forming in November and gone by February. This one should hang around through at least March.
Global Carbon Pollution Rises
Global carbon pollution rose this year after three straight years when levels of the heat-trapping gas didn’t go up at all, scientists reported Monday.
Preliminary figures project that worldwide carbon dioxide emissions are up about 2 percent this year, according to an international team of scientists. Most of the increase came from China.
The report by the Global Carbon Project team dashed hopes that emissions from the burning of coal, oil and gas had peaked.
Estimates for 2017 put it at about 40.8 billion tons (37 billion metric tons). Sixty years ago, the world spewed only 9.2 billion tons (8.3 billion metric tons).
Southeast Michigan hepatitis A outbreak – Update
In a follow-up on the hepatitis A outbreak reported in southeastern Michigan, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) continues to see an elevated number of hepatitis A cases in the area. Since the beginning of the outbreak in August 2016 through Nov. 7, 2017, 495 cases have been recorded, including 19 deaths.
Nigeria – Yellow Fever – Update
Since the first case of yellow fever was reported in Ifelodun LGA in Kwara State, Nigeria in mid-September, the outbreak has expanded to a number of states, according to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC). A yellow fever (YF) outbreak is currently active in Nigeria with three states recording confirmed cases (Kwara, Kogi, and Zamfara). 15 cases have now been confirmed.
Disneyland Park Linked to Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreak
Disneyland park in California has been connected to an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease. The Legionnaire’s disease outbreak includes 12 people that were infected by the illness. Of these 12 people, nine had visited the Disneyland park in California. 10 of the 12 people were hospitalized after contracting the disease. The people infected by the disease were between the ages of 52 and 94.
Disneyland says that it was able to track the Legionnaire’s disease outbreak to two of its 18 cooling towers at the park. These towers were closed down and disinfected to clear them of the disease.