Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
6.1 earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.
5.3 earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.
5.1 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic ridge.
5.0 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic ridge.
5.0 earthquake hits the Bismarck Sea.
5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
There are no current tropical Storms.
Spain – flooding hit the town of Reinosa in Cantabria and has been described by residents as the worst in history, with reports saying water levels rose because of heavy winds and rain. Roads in the town became raging torrents carrying away cars. Reinosa has 9,000 inhabitants and there are reports of blackouts. Residents have been evacuated with powerful waves flowing through doors and garages.
Washington, USA – A storm that has brought record rainfall to the Northwest has prompted flood warnings, disrupted train traffic, closed roads and caused some power outages. In Washington state flood warnings were posted Friday for the Skokomish, Newaukum Tolt, Chehalis and Snoqualmie rivers and flood watches were in effect for other rivers. The National Weather Service also issued a flood watch for much of Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington.
England – Flooding is causing travel disruption across the south east of England after heavy rain overnight. Major roads and numerous railway lines have been closed.
Wildfires – Australia
Australia is braced for another day of “catastrophic” fires on Saturday, with people urged to delay travel to holiday destinations, as soaring temperatures and strong winds led to further loss of life and homes on Friday.
The warnings come as Australian temperature records continued to tumble, with the country recording its three hottest days ever on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Nine people have now dies as a result of the fires.
Horses Culled on Turkish Island
Authorities have culled 81 horses on an island off Istanbul following an outbreak of a fatal equine disease, local officials said Thursday.
The local administrator’s office said the horses on Buyukada Island were slaughtered after being diagnosed with glanders disease, which also affects donkeys and mules.
A quarantine has been put into place, barring the entry and exit of animals on the island to prevent the disease from spreading, the office said.
Ebola – DR Congo
Eleven new confirmed cases were reported from 11 to 17 December in the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces.
Chikungunya – Brazil
Brazil has reported a dramatic increase in chikungunya cases in 2019 during the first 11 months of 2019. To date, 37,973 cases of chikungunya have been reported in the city. This compares to 9,545 cases reported during 2018, a nearly 300 percent increase.