Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits off the coast of Sinaloa, Mexico.

5.4 earthquake hits Macquarie Island.

5.3 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.2 earthquake hits Pakistan.

5.1 earthquake hits Myanmar.

5.0 earthquake hits Nevada, USA.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Fraser Island – A dangerous bushfire on Fraser Island is “within a couple of kilometres” of popular camping spot Cathedrals on Fraser, according to emergency responders. Holiday makers and residents were told to leave the area earlier this afternoon as the bushfire that has been burning for a month approached.

Queensland – A large bushfire has broken out between Rockhampton and Mackay. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews are currently on scene at the blaze near Pint Pot Mountain, at St Lawrence. QFES said while the fire was posing no threat to property at the present time.

Wildfires – California

The recent snow in the higher elevations has been very beneficial to slowing a pair of wildfires in Yosemite National Park. Containment is now estimated at 90-percent on both the 6,900 acre Blue Jay Fire and 2,000-plus acre Wolf Fire. Both were ignited over the summer by lightning, and are situated at elevations of about 9,000 feet.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Theta is located about 540 mi…875 km se of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…e or 90 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

Tropical Storm Iota is located about 340 mi…545 km sse of Kingston Jamaica and about 570 mi…920 km e of Cabo Gracias a Dios on nic/hon border with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…wsw or 245 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 25w (Vamco), located approximately 111 nm east of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 11 knots.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 01s (Alicia), located approximately 366 nm east-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking southwestward at 16 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Indonesia – Flooding affected different parts of Indonesia after heavy rainfall during a period 08 to 11 November 2020. Three people were injured, 485 affected and 97 buildings damaged after severe weather including heavy rain, floods and strong winds struck Sumbawa Regency in West Nusa Tenggara Province on 09 November. Strong winds also affected Bondowoso Regency. Elsewhere in the province, flooding struck West Sumbawa and West Lombok regencies on 11 November, affecting 504 people and damaging 102 homes. Meanwhile flooding in the provinces of Jambi, West Sumatra and Riau on Sumatra Island has affected almost 3,000 people. On 08 November, flooding in the city of Sungai Penuh in Jambi province damaged 150 homes and affected 1250 people. On 09 November the Batang Pangian and Batang Gringging Rivers broke their banks flooding parts of South Solok Regency, West Sumatra Province. Around 114 homes were damaged and 850 people affected. Also on Sumatra Island, local media reported that floods hit Indragiri Hulu Regency in Riau after heavy rain caused the Batang Cenaku River to break its banks on 10 November. Around 400 homes were flooded in total, some of them severely, forcing at least 200 families to evacuate.

North Carolina, USA – Severe flash flooding was reported across North Carolina, in particular in Alexander, Wake and Iredell Counties and areas of Charlotte. At least 3 people died and 31 were rescued after a flash floods swept through a camping ground near the South Yadkin River in Alexander County. Three other people are thought to be still missing. In a separate incident, 1 person died in Alexander County when flood waters destroyed a bridge.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Rift Valley Fever – Mauretania

The Ministry of Health (MoH) notified WHO that between 13 September and 1 October 2020, eight cases of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) including seven deaths were confirmed in animal breeders. Between 4 September to 7 November 2020, a total of 214 people were sampled and their samples have been sent to the INRSP for laboratory testing with a total of 75 testing positive for RVF. Thus far a total of 25 deaths have been reported from this outbreak.