Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.3 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits North Island, New Zealand.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Kenya – The Masinga Dam, the largest man-made lake in East and Central Africa has spilled, raising fears that it may cause floods and destruction of property in surrounding villages. Water levels have risen in the dam due to heavy rains pounding the area.

Uganda – The ongoing heavy rain in Bugisu Sub-region has washed away nearly 20 bridges on several roads connecting the sub-region to various districts, leaving travellers stranded. The rivers that burst their banks due to the downpour include, Manafwa, Solokho, Tsutu, Namatala and Nabuyonga.

Wildlife

Innkeeper Worms Wash Up on California Beach

Thousands of unusual marine worms, called fat innkeeper worms — or “penis fish”— washed up on Drake’s Beach in California after a recent storm.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

An out-of-control bushfire has burnt through more than 11,000 hectares of land north of Perth with residents urged to leave while they still can.

In regional Victoria, a spate of grassfires razed farmland and destroyed a shed, with police investigating the blazes, which started in “quick succession”.

Disease

Measles – Samoa

Health officials in Samoa released the latest numbers on the measles outbreak in the country today. The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 5,080 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started. There were 85 recorded in the last 24 hours. There are currently 169 measles deaths reported.

African Swine Fever – Indonesia

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reported Thursday that Indonesia is the latest Asian country to report an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF). According to FAO: The Minister of Agriculture announced the confirmation of ASF outbreak in North Sumatra Province on 12 December 2019.