Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits the Bonin Islands off Japan.

5.2 earthquake hits southwest of Africa.

5.1 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 04p (Sarai), located approximately 439 nm west-southwest of Niue, is tracking east-southeastward at 12 knots.

Tropical cyclone 05s (Calvinia), located approximately 90 nm east-southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southwestward at 05 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Indonesia – Five people went missing as flash floods destroyed houses in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province on Sunday. The natural disaster swept away nine houses, seriously damaging 17 others and several bridges and destroying horticultural plantations as well as triggering landslides in the district.

Rwanda – At least 12 people have died and others displaced following a downpour on Christmas night in Rwanda, the government has confirmed. The torrential rain destroyed 113 houses and 49 hectares of crops across the country. The downpour also caused traffic chaos in the capital Kigali as roads were submerged in floodwaters.

Iran – Eight months after the devastating flood that destroyed more than 25 of Iran’s provinces, Khuzestan Province has once again been flooded and completely paralyzed. As a result of the three-hour rainfall, the city’s streets were flooded with water and sewage, and many homes in Ahvaz were flooded, offices and schools were closed too, and this was the beginning of another catastrophe for the people of this province. The traffic in the city completely collapsed. The power of the city was cut off for many hours.

Khuzestan flood

Minnesota, USA – The city of Duluth closed some streets and parking lots near Lake Superior and the harbor for several hours Sunday due to flooding. East winds that gusted in excess of 60 mph on Sunday morning are kicking up big waves on the lake.

Disease

Rabies – Yemen

Stray dogs roaming the streets of the Yemeni capital of Sana’a have caused a terror and huge public health problem. Medical sources confirmed that the number of “rabies” infections in the capital, Sana’a, is estimated at thousands, including hundreds of deaths.

Measles – Argentina

In a follow-up report on the measles outbreak in Argentina, the Ministry of Health is now reporting 88 confirmed cases of measles, of which 86 are local 2 and were detected in Spain with two weeks left in 2019. This is the highest incidence of Measles in Argentina in 20 years.

Dengue Fever – Malaysia

Malaysian health authorities have reported a record season for dengue fever in 2019. According to officials data, 130,101 dengue cases were reported through December 28 this year, with 174 deaths.