Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.4 earthquake hits Crete.

5.2 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 02s (Belna), located approximately 185 nm southwest of Atannanarivo, Madagascar, is tracking southward at 06 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Congo –  At least 170,000 people in the Republic of the Congo (ROC) have been hit by heavy rains while another 140,000 have been impacted by river flooding in Ethiopia, a UN spokesman said on Tuesday.

 

Wildlife

Mice Brutally Attack and Devour Albatross Chicks

House mice that were introduced to Gough Island in the South Atlantic are attacking and killing both adult and baby albatross.

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Global Warming

Arctic Report Card 2019: Extreme Ice Loss, Dying Species as Global Warming Worsens

When dead salmon wash ashore along the coast of the Bering Sea, the problem is much bigger than dead fish. It’s a sign of deeper trouble cascading through the Arctic’s ecosystems.

It’s been happening more and more the last few years—fish, dead or dying, rolling in with the tide, said Mellisa Johnson, executive director of the Bering Sea Elders Group. “The seals, they don’t want to eat those types of fish. They know they’re unhealthy for consumption. So then they don’t have enough fat reserves to last them.”

As the Arctic warms roughly twice as fast as the rest of the planet, the effects are reverberating far beyond any single species. Massive systems—from the sea ice and permafrost to the jet stream—are beginning to behave in unexpected ways.

The changes are impacting species, fishing industries and local communities, including the people who have long called Bering Sea communities home. Indigenous hunters are working harder than ever to find the food they have long relied on, and they’re sometimes making macabre discoveries: sea birds dying en masse, nets filled with fish that have rarely been seen in those areas.

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Environment

Enormous Craters Blasted in Seafloor by Nuclear Bombs Mapped for the First Time

Today, all seems quiet in the remote Bikini Atoll, a chain of coral reef islands in the central Pacific. But more than 70 years ago, this region’s seafloor was rocked by powerful atomic bombs detonated by the U.S. Army.

For the first time, scientists have released remarkably detailed maps of this pockmarked seabed, revealing two truly massive craters. This new map shows that the seabed is still scarred by the 22 bombs detonated at Bikini Atoll between 1946 and 1958.

At the time of the tests, comedian Bob Hope joked grimly: “As soon as the war ended, we found the one spot on Earth that had been untouched by war and blew it to hell.”

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Disease

Plague – DR Congo

Health officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported an additional 12 human plague cases during the week ending Nov. 16, bringing the total to 50 bubonic plague cases this year in Ituri province.

Bird Flu – China

Taiwan health officials reported today on two human H9N2 avian influenza on Mainland China. The cases, from November 12th and 22nd, are the first reported in China this season.

Measles – Tonga

In a follow-up on the measles outbreak on Tonga, the number of measles cases in the outbreak has risen to 485 confirmed or suspected cases as of Dec. 9. No deaths have been recorded and currently no one is hospitalized.

Measles – Samoa

The measles outbreak in Samoa has grown to 4,898 cases since the outbreak started, with 83 recorded in the last 24 hours. To date, 71 measles related deaths have been recorded.

Bird Flu – UK

Cases of bird flu have been confirmed at a chicken farm in Suffolk, the government has said. All 27,000 birds at the commercial farm will be culled after a number were found to have the H5 type of avian flu, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said on Tuesday and a 1km restriction zone has been implemented to limit the risk of the disease spreading.