Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.2 earthquake hits the Carlsberg ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits the Drake Passage.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 30w (Phanfone), located approximately 96 nm south of Yap, is tracking northwestward at 14 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Italy – Two people died as an adverse weather system battered the Italian peninsula on Saturday, causing floods, road collapses and landslides, rescue services and local media reported. The two fatalities were swept away by swollen rivers, one in Tuscany and one in the northern Friuli region.

Tanzania – The Tanzania Fire and Rescue Force on Saturday warned people against crossing over flooded rivers lest they were swept away by raging waters. The state-run force said in a statement that ongoing torrential rains across the country have flooded rivers, which made it difficult to establish whether bridges were still intact.

Global Warming

Dutch court rules people have a fundamental right to be protected from climate change

The highest court in the Netherlands ruled Friday that the nation’s government must cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by the end of next year. The landmark case marks the first time a country has been held responsible by its courts to take action against climate change.

“The lives, well-being and living circumstances of many people around the world, including in the Netherlands, are being threatened” by climate change, Presiding Judge Kees Streefkerk, said in the decision. “Those consequences are happening already.”

The government was attempting to appeal earlier rulings that it must cut emissions by at least 25% by the end of 2020 from 1990 levels. The Supreme Court upheld the rulings that humans have a fundamental right to be protected from the potentially catastrophic effects of climate change by their government, because “there is a serious risk that a dangerous climate change will occur that threatens the lives and well-being of many in the Netherlands.”

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Dramatic footage has emerged of homeowners’ desperate attempts to save their properties from ember fires today, with as many as 20 homes now feared destroyed.

Soaring temperatures into the mid-40s and strong winds have made bushfires erratic and difficult to control. Authorities have warned main highways, including the Princes Highway and Hume Highway, may be closed and motorists will be asked to turn around if they try to enter dangerous areas. People have been told to delay any travel plans..

A ‘mega-blaze’ has taken hold in Lithgow, two hours west of Sydney, with flames moving just metres from homes. Multiple homes are now destroyed and one resident is unaccounted for.

Disease

Measles – Turkey

The number of measles cases have risen across the globe and in Turkey, cases have nearly quadrupled since 2018. Confirmed cases of measles have increased from 716 in 2018 to 2719 in the first 11 months of 2019. Of the 2700 cases, 1800 are in children under five years of age.