Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.8 earthquake hits Oaxaca, Mexico.
5.1 earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.
5.1 earthquake hits the Volcano Islands off Japan.
5.1 earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.
5.0 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
There are no current tropical storms.
Israel – A man and a woman were killed in the basement level of a residential building in the south of Tel Aviv on Saturday, after becoming trapped in a flooded elevator during heavy storms. The two apparently drowned. Parts of central Israel saw record rainfall, with massive downpours flooding streets and swelling rivers. According to Ynet, 71 millimeters (almost 3 inches) of rain fell in Tel Aviv over the course of a two-hour period. The heavy rain fall caused extensive flooding.
Wildfires – Australia
Bushfires burned dangerously out of control on Australia’s east coast on Saturday, fanned by high temperatures and strong winds that had firefighters battling to save lives and property, as a change in wind conditions merged several large fire fronts. By late evening, Victoria had 14 fires rated at emergency or evacuate warning levels, and New South Wales had 11 rated emergency, with more than 150 others burning across the states. New fires had started, and others had broken containment lines.
Dengue Fever – Singapore
Singapore’s National Environmental Agency (NEA) has reported 15,999 dengue fever cases through Dec. 28, 2019, making this the highest dengue tally in three years. In addition, at least 20 dengue-related fatalities have been reported.
African Swine Fever – Bulgaria
Bulgarian veterinary authorities say they will cull 24,000 additional pigs amid signs of an outbreak of African Swine Fever at a pig farm in the northeast of the country. The report on January 3 represents a continuation of an outbreak that was first detected at six breeding farms in the summer and led to the culling of more than 130,000 pigs in August 2019.