Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits off the east coast of Kamchatka.

5.0 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 05s (Calvinia), located approximately 343 nm south-southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southeastward at 16 knots.

NewsBytes:

Indonesia – Massive floods marked the first day of 2020 in Greater Jakarta on Wednesday after heavy rains pounded the the capital and its peripheral areas since New Year’s Eve. The rain that has soaked the capital city since Tuesday has caused floods in housing areas, at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta and disrupted train networks.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Australia’s bushfire crisis has claimed at least three more lives, authorities confirmed on Tuesday, as dozens of fires tore through several towns on the east coast and forced thousands of people to take shelter on beaches. In Victoria, where more than 200,000ha has burned in the state’s east, at least four people were unaccounted for. The armed forces stand ready to evacuate those sheltering on the state’s beaches if needed. Eleven people have been confirmed dead across all states in this year’s bushfire season so far.

Disease

Measles – DR Congo

The world’s largest measles outbreak reached 299,586 cases through Dec 15 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The number of measles-related fatalities have risen to 5,877, or 2 percent of the total cases.

Rift Valley Fever – Uganda

A second fatal human Rift Valley fever (RVF) case in recent weeks was reported in Uganda. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the second confirmed case of Rift Valley fever was reported from Ntoroko district, Uganda.