Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.7 earthquake hits the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

5.5 earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.2 earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.1 earthquake hits the Volcano islands off Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Bonin Islands off Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Brazil – Two dams broke Sunday in northeastern Brazil, threatening worse flooding in a rain-drenched region that has already seen thousands forced to flee their homes. The city governments of Jussiape and Itambe posted warnings on social media urging people to seek safety. “A dam with a high volume of water has broken and a strong flash flood is expected to affect the municipality of Itambe in a few moments. All residents should evacuate from the banks of the river Verruga urgently,” said the city message posted on Instagram. The Bahia state government’s press office said heavy rains have caused floods that have killed 18 people and affected at least 50 cities since early November. It said more than 16.000 people are homeless, 19,500 displaced and two people missing as a result of the flooding.

Wildlife

Dead giraffes in Kenya show effects of a year-long drought

A photo of six dead giraffes in Kenya highlights the devastating impact of a prolonged, harsh drought.

The images show six dead giraffes, their emaciated bodies intertwined, at the Sabuli Wildlife Conservancy in Northeastern Kenya. Thet died due to malnutrition caused by a lack of vegetative growth and water due to the drought.

According to the photographer, photojournalist Ed Ram, the giraffes were trying to reach a nearby reservoir desperate for water — but it had dried up.

The drought since December 2020, has killed off crops, wild animals, and livestock. An estimated 2.4 million Kenyans are unable to access food as a result.

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Disease

Covid-19

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Lassa fever – Nigeria

Ten additional confirmed Lassa fever cases were reported during the week ending December 19, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). This brings the total confirmed cases in 2021 to 454 with two weeks remaining.