Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

No magnitude 5+ earthquakes have been reported so far today.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 03s (Ambali), located approximately 419 nm northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southwestward at 14 knots.

Tropical cyclone 02s (Belna), located approximately 713 nm north-northeast of Europa Island, is tracking south-southwestward at 08 knots.

NewsBytes:

Uganda – Twelve people have been swept to their deaths by floods in western Uganda, the Red Cross said on Saturday, as the East African country is battered by torrential rain.

San Francisco, USA – Flooding across the San Francisco led to traffic delays, flood damage and cancelled plans after the National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area issued a flood warning for San Francisco Saturday.

Global Warming

Oceans running out of oxygen as temperatures rise

Climate change and nutrient pollution are driving the oxygen from our oceans, and threatening many species of fish. That’s the conclusion of the biggest study of its kind, undertaken by conservation group IUCN.

While nutrient run-off has been known for decades, researchers say that climate change is making the lack of oxygen worse. Around 700 ocean sites are now suffering from low oxygen, compared with 45 in the 1960s. Researchers say the depletion is threatening species including tuna, marlin and sharks.

As more carbon dioxide is released enhancing the greenhouse effect, much of the heat is absorbed by the oceans. In turn, this warmer water can hold less oxygen.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

The massive Gospers Mountain “mega fire” raging near Sydney’s northwestern outskirts is going to take “many weeks” to put out, the NSW Rural Fire Service says.

Firefighters are concerned the Gospers blaze, which has merged with neighbouring fires, could start burning towards Gosford.

The total area burnt by these fires is around 335,000 hectares

Disease

Measles – Samoa

Samoa health officials are reporting in a measles update that the there has been 4,460 measles cases since the outbreak started, including more than 100 in the past day. To date, 65 measles related deaths have been recorded, with 2 fatalities in the last 24 hours.

Syphilis – Canada

Officials with Alberta Health Services have reported a dramatic increase in syphilis cases in recent years with Edmonton accounting for the majority. In 2019 health officials put that number at 1753 cases in just the first 11 months. This is the highest number of cases in the province since the 1940s.

Diphtheria – Greece

The Greece National Public Health Agency reported this week on a rare diphtheria fatality. The case is an eight-year-old child who died on Nov. 26 at the General Children’s Hospital of Athens.

Scarlet Fever – UK

Hundreds of cases of scarlet fever have been reported across England and Wales in recent weeks, with almost double the amount of new infections in one week than the numbers recorded six weeks ago as the ‘old world’ disease continues to make a frightening comeback across the UK. The condition that caused misery for Victorian-era children is making a comeback after it was all but eradicated in Britain thanks to a century of medical advances and improved hygiene.