Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.5 earthquake hits the Lombok region, Indonesia.
5.5 earthquake hits Mozambique.
Two 5.4 earthquakes hit the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.
5.2 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
5.1 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.
5.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu.
5.0 earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.
5.0 earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 06s (Kenanga), located approximately 687 nm south-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking southwestward at 04 knots.
Tropical cyclone (tc) 07s (Cilida), located approximately 196 nm north-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking south-southeastward at 09 knots.
Giant ice-filled crater on Mars – An 82 kilometre-wide crater on Mars that may be topped with snow has been photographed by the ESA’s (European Space Agency) Mars Express.
The stunning untrodden snow scene comes as the mission prepares to celebrate 15-years since it entered the Red Planet’s orbit on Christmas Day. Korolev, as the crater is known, is thought to be 1.8 kilometres deep, filled with around 2,200 cubic kilometres of ice.
Cholera – Southern and Central Africa
Ongoing cholera outbreaks have been reported in Zimbabwe, Angola, Tanzania, Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Since the Zimbabwe outbreak, there have been four laboratory-confirmed cases of cholera in South Africa.
Over 10,000 cases were reported in Zimbabwe, claiming 59 lives.