Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.5 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits Taiwan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical Storms.

NewsBytes:

New Zealand – Sightings of a tornado in East Waikato have been reported as a “wall of wind” hit the region, and monsoon-type rain has drenched the upper North Island. Very heavy showers are moving through Northland and Auckland with isolated downpours. Rain covered about 80 percent of the country this morning and continued for many regions, along with gales, into last evening. In the South Island, flooding has closed a number of arterial roads.

Indonesia – Heavy rain in west Sumatra and central Sulawesi have caused floods, resulting in fatalities and damage. According to the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB), 2 people died, 60 families have been displaced, 707 people affected and 57 houses damaged following flash floods in Sigi Regency (Central Sulawesi Province). 5,000 people have been displaced and 1,000 homes flooded in South Solok Regency (West Sumatra).

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Authorities in Australia have issued fresh warnings about the “mega blaze” burning near Sydney after it spread beyond containment lines and razed 20 houses. The fire, burning over about 400,000 hectares, has moved further into the Blue Mountains – a popular tourist area which lies west of the city. It is a blow to crews who are already battling over 100 fires and bracing for extreme temperatures this week.

Disease

Leishmaniasis – Kenya

Health officials continue to report cases of the parasitic disease, Leishmaniasis in Kenya. During the week ending December 8, officials saw 34 additional cases. This brings the Leishmaniasis outbreak tally this year to 2,822, including 34 deaths. Most cases of leishmaniasis have been reported from Mandera, Marsabit, Wajir and Garissa counties.

Measles – DR Congo

UN health officials reported nearly an additional 10,000 measles cases in week 48 this year, bringing the outbreak total to 280,677, the most cases reported in any single country this year.

Diphtheria – Sudan

Health officials in Sudan are reporting an outbreak of diphtheria that began in August. From that time to date, Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) Sudan has seen a total of 63 suspected diphtheria cases with 11 associated deaths.