Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.6 earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

5.1 earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Kepulauan Tanimmbar, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 15p (Oma), located approximately 286 nm west of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking south-southwestward at 04 knots.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 02w (Wutip), located approximately 742 nm southeast of Andersen AFB, Guam, is tracking westward at 10 knots.

NewsBytes:

Malaysia – A downpour that lasted for about two hours caused flash floods to hit several parts in the city centre in Johor Baru. The rain caused water levels to increase rapidly at major roads, resulting in traffic congestion.

El Nino Underway

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center issued an El Nino Advisory last week, indicating the climate pattern has taken effect. While sea surface temperatures are above average, current observations and climate models indicate that this El Nino will be weak, meaning we do not expect significant global impacts through the remainder of winter and into the spring.

Disease

Hepatitis A – Ohio, USA

The number of hepatitis A outbreak cases reported in the Columbus, Ohio/ Franklin County has reached a level which hasn’t been seen in a quarter century, according to Columbus Public Health. Health officials report 247 cases, with 77 percent of cases reported in Columbus. Statewide, the outbreak total in Ohio has risen to 1,746 cases, including more than 1,000 hospitalizations. Six deaths have been reported.

African Swine Fever – Asia

Vietnamese media report that the Vietnam Department of Animal Health announced Tuesday that eight African swine fever (ASF), or swine cholera outbreaks in the two northern provinces of Thai Binh and Hung Yen. ASF virus was discovered in Hung Yens Hung Yen city and Yen My district, and Thai Binhs Hung Ha district. Scores of pigs have been destroyed.

The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs reported the first African swine fever outbreak in Yinhai District, Beihai City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The outbreak resulted in the deaths of 924 pigs in two communities with 23,555 live pigs.