Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits southwest of Africa.

5.7 earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

5.0 earthquake hits Reykjanes ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 02s (Belna), located approximately 349 nm northeast of Europa Island, is tracking southward at 09 knots.

NewsBytes:

South Africa – Flood warnings were issued across large parts of the country after heavy rains. Worst hit was Centurion near Pretoria. South Africa has been hit by massive power cuts as heavy rains flood power stations and disrupt coal-fired electricity generation. The state-owned utility Eskom said on Monday that it could only meet 80% of the country’s energy demand and called for a “concerted collective effort” after about a quarter of its generation capacity failed.

Lebanon – A rainstorm paralyzed parts of Lebanon’s capital Beirut on Monday, turning streets to small rivers, stranding motorists inside their vehicles and damaging homes in some areas.

Los Angeles, California, USA – Heavy rain Sunday flooded streets in North Hollywood and other parts of the region and led to at least one rescue from the Los Angeles River.

Space Events

Geminid Meteor Shower

Sky watchers can enjoy the Geminids Meteor Shower until 15 December. With the moon being full, it is however not the best year for one of the best meteor showers. The best time to watch will be 13 and 14 December.

Disease

Yellow Fever – Mali

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports being notified of three yellow fever cases in Mali, a landlocked country in West Africa. One death was also reported.

Measles – DR Congo

In a follow-up on the world’s largest measles outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) measles outbreak continues to grow and expand. Since the beginning of the year through Dec. 2, a total of 269,079 suspected measles cases, including 5,430 deaths.