Disease

Legionnaires’ Disease in Calgary, Canada

As the number of people hospitalized by an outbreak of legionnaires’ disease in southwest Calgary has risen to eight, public health officials remain puzzled over the source of the potentially deadly infection.

Transportation

Passenger Aircraft Crash in Moscow

A passenger airliner ran off the runway at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport on Saturday, breaking apart and catching fire. 12 people were aboard the Tu-204 (a twin-engine medium-range jet with a capacity of 210 passengers) and all were rescued but two were in serious condition. Details on the crash were not immediately clear. Initial reports said the plane crashed while attempting to land, but later reports said it had crashed while taking off. Light snow was falling in Moscow at the time. Pictures indicated that the plane’s nose, including the cockpit area, appeared sheared off.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Cyclone Mitchell

-TC Mitchell was located 330 nm northwest of Learmonth, Australia.

-Heavy rainfall and coastal flooding is expected in the Pilbara region.

Tropical Cyclone Freda

-TC Freda was located 690 nm northwest of Noumea, New Caledonia.

-Cyclone Freda caused flooding in Solomon Islands. Makira is reported to be hardest hit with rising rivers flooding some areas.

Tropical storm Wukong in Philippines

-The death toll from Tropical Storm Wukong (local name Quinta) in the central Philippines has risen to 11. Three people are still missing.

-Flood displaced more than 28,000 people.

-A state of disaster has been declared in nine towns in Iloilo and Aklan provinces.

Landslide in Marakwet, Kenya

-At least 10 people among them three children are reported to be killed in landslides in Elgeyo Marakwet County of Kenya.

-Heavy rainfall caused mudslides in the area. Rescue efforts are still continuing despite ongoing rain in the affected areas.

Sri Lanka Floods

-Nearly 400,000 Sri lankans are still affected by floods, 40 are confirmed dead and 7 are still missing in Southern, Central, North Central, Uva, Sabaragamuwa, Eastern, Northern and North Western Provinces.

Earthquakes

5.2 Earthquake hits the southern mid-atlantic ridge.

Two 5.1 Earthquakes hit the Kermedec Islands off New Zealand.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Samoa Islands.

Volcanos

Global Volcanic Activity:

Lokon volcano in North Sulawesi has had another explosion yesterday (27th) at 16:50 local time. The ash plume appears to be of considerable height, although Darwin VAAC has not (yet) published a warning.

The eruption of Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador continues at fluctuating, but generally reduced intensity compared to the previous week, but there are still occasional weak to moderate explosions and near constant steam and ash emissions that produce a column rising up to about 2 km above the crater. The current seismic signal shows a moderately strong tremor present.

Ash emissions continue at Nicaragua’s San Cristobal volcano. So far, the size of explosions has been small with ash columns of 500-800 m and only light ash fall has occurred in areas mainly to the west and southwest. However, evacuations of people within a 3 km radius around the volcano have started as a precaution. About 1500 farmers living on the slopes of the San Cristobal volcano have refused to leave, despite being ordered to evacuate.

The number of emissions from Popocatépetl volcano in Mexico has dropped again to only about 1-2 per hour, but the type activity, small puffs of steam, gas and sometimes ash, remains essentially unchanged.

Copahue volcano in Chile produced new ash emissions on 27 Dec. Ash clouds at 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude extending about 50 km NE along with strong SO2 emissions were visible on satellite data.

Another small earthquake swarm (smaller than the one end of Oct) has started last night at Mammoth Mountain west in California, west of the Long Valley caldera. Many small quakes have been occurring in an area5 km SW of the mountain at depths around 20 km.

Storms and Floods

Flooding in Baghdad, Iraq

-Four killed in worst flooding in 30 years in Baghdad.

-Several hospitals in the city including Fatima al-Zahra hospital in Sadr City was also flooded.

-Government has declared national holiday today.

-Following Iraqi Meteorological Organization, about 6.75 centimeters (2.56 inches) of rain fell in Baghdad on Wednesday.

Flooding across Malaysia

-Floods triggered by torrential rains in Malaysia killed two people.

-More than 20,000 people are currently living in evacuation centers. -Recent flood in Malaysia is expected to be worst since 1971!

-Floods have affected Terengganu, Kelantan and Pahang area of Malaysia.

-More rain on the Malaysian east coast is forecast over the coming days.

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Flooding in Asheville area, United states

-Huge storm caused heavy rainfall and flooding in Asheville area of North Carolina.

-Thousands of residents in Buncombe County and Henderson County are still without power.

-Several roads across the area are also closed because of snow and ice.

Tornadoes across Southern United States

-Death toll from several tornadoes from Texas to Alabama has risen to six.

-More than 243,000 homes and businesses are still without power.

-Another blizzard warning is issued from northeastern Arkansas to Cleveland, Ohio, where almost 14 inches of snow is expected to fall by Thursday.

USA Winter Snowstorms

-A powerful winter storm responsible for wind, snow, tornadoes and a flurry of traffic accidents battered the U.S. Northeast on Thursday, canceling hundreds of airline flights but also reviving what had been a snowless ski season.

-The storm dumped a foot (30 cm) of snow on parts of the United States with the heaviest snow falling across northern New York and into New England, the National Weather Service reported.

-The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings for parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and New England and coastal flood advisories from New York’s Long Island to southern Maine.

-Airlines canceled nearly 700 flights on Thursday after 1,500 U.S. flights were canceled on Wednesday.

Earthquakes

5.3 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.3 Earthquake hits Bio Bio, Chile.

5.3 Earthquake hits the northern Atlantic Ocean.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Ascension Island region.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Maule, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Nias region, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

Wildlife

New Shark Refuge

Sharks now have new refuges totaling 2.5 million square miles in French Polynesia and the Cook Islands where they are safe from fishermen. Up to a third of all shark species face some threat of extinction, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

They are slaughtered around the world for their fins, which are prized in Chinese culture and used to make soup.

Sharks are often caught, their fins sawed off and then discarded still alive only to tumble uncontrollably in the water until they die.

The new refuges established this month are in addition to several others that have recently begun to provide protection for sharks.

Venezuela and the European Union have banned the practice of cutting off shark fins and discarding the body at sea in their territorial waters.

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Volcanos

Global Volcanic Activity:

Stromboli volcano has greeted us again with a Christmas present – since the evening of 23 Dec, a lava flow has been issueing, at least intermittently, from the eastern crater area and spreading over the upper part of the Sciara del Fuoco. Activity at the volcano has been elevated since some time.

Etna volcano instead has been rather quiet over the past weeks, but occasional ash emissions from the New SE crater have been observed recently.

Some earthquakes in slightly elevated numbers have reappeared at Santorini volcano. For now, this might mean nothing much unusual, but it is a volcano to be closely watched for obvious reasons.

The number of emissions from Popocatépetl volcano in Mexico has risen again to about 3 per hour, and some of them are moderate in size and produced small ash plumes. Glow from the growing dome inside the crater remains bright at night and a constant emission of steam and gas drifting eastwards is visible, and the latest satellite image shows a significant content of SO2 in the plume.

New ash emissions started at Nicaragua’s San Cristobal volcano earlier today, following an impressive increase in seismic activity.

No new explosions have been observed from Pacaya volcano in Guatemala. The only activity at the surface is degassing. Some tremor and volcanic quakes are visible, suggesting new eruptions could occur any time.

Activity at Fuego volcano has remained dominantly effusive. The lava flow on the southern slope has increased its length to 500 m on 24 Dec morning. Mild strombolian activity with infrequent (a few per day) small explosions have continued at the volcano.

Explosive activity has picked up at Santiaguito with a few moderately strong emissions heard and observed during 24-25 Dec. The lava flows from the dome have remained active as well.

Over the past days, Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador has calmed down compared to the previous week. However, the eruption is far from over. Glow at the summit indicates fresh magma continues to rise, and there is still a constant steam and ash column rising about 2 km, along with sporadic weak to moderate explosions.

Ash emissions of low intensity continue as well from time to time at Ecuador’s other currently active volcano, Reventador .

The alert level of Copahue volcano in Chile was lowered to orange. Seismicity has remained low and only a few weak emissions were recorded recently. A warning of possible lahars remains in effect for the municipality of Alto Biobío.

The eruption at Plosky Tolbachik volcano in Kamchatka has started to decrease over the past days and it looks as if it might be approaching an end in a near future. However, tremor is still high and some lava flows are still active with reduced output. The thermal anomalies have started to become smaller and also confirm the flash flood of lava to the east reported earlier caused by a spectacular cone collapse on 23 Dec.

After taking a break during 23-25 Dec, Sakurajima volcano in Japan has been quite productive today with at least 3 explosions so far today, including a moderately large one with ash rising to 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude.

In Indonesia, Lokon volcano in North Sulawesi and Paluweh north off Flores remain the most active volcanoes of the country. Lokon continues produce a large steam plume and near-daily ash explosions, sometimes strong ones with ash falls occurring several km away. Paluweh’s new lava dome continues to grow, and has likely produced pyroclastic flows to the S and SE, along with ash plumes rising up to 8-9,000 ft (2.4-2.7 km) altitude.

A SO2 plume is visible from Bagana volcano on Bougainville island in Papua New Guinea today, suggesting that the volcano is erupting as well.

Storms and Floods

Five people have died and three are missing after tropical storm Wukong hit the central Philippines.

Heavy monsoon rainfall has caused flooding across Thailand. The floods have displaced tens of thousands of people.

Earthquakes

5.4 Earthquake hits the Izu Islands, off Japan.

5.3 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Black Sea, offshore Georgia.

5.2 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits Pakistan.

4.9 Earthquake hits Taiwan.

Environment

USA at Night

This image of the United States of America at night is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite.

 

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Transportation

At least two people have been killed and another 11 injured after a plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Burma.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storm Wukong hits the Philippines

-The eye of the storm Wukong hit on Samar island on Wednesday.

-Flood and landslide warnings are issued across the central and southern Philippines.

-The Philippines is hit by about 20 major storms or typhoons each year.

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Flood in Malaysia

-More than 10,8000 people displaced due to flood in the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. Recent floods have affected Terengganu, Kelantan and Pahang areas of Malaysia.

-The Kelantan River at the Guillemard Bridge in Tanah Merah, Golok River in Jenob, Tanah Merah and in Rantau Panjang are running above the danger level.

-A total 52 flood relief centres were now open all over Terengganu.

-Flood in Kuantan is expected to be worst since 1971.

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Winter Storm in USA brings White Christmas – and Tornadoes

-A major winter storm system swept through the southern United States on Tuesday, bringing widespread snowfalls across the Midwest, spawning tornadoes in several states and killing two people in weather-related road accidents.

-A tornado struck Mobile, Alabama, home to about 200,000 people, at about 5 p.m. local time (2300 GMT). There were reports of damage to trees and widespread power outages, along with some structural damage, but no injuries or fatalities.

-Tornadoes also touched down in Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana, flattening houses and causing some injuries, according to the NWS.

Cold wave in Mahottari, Nepal

-Cold wave in Mahottari district of Nepal killed one person.

-People of Dhanusha, Mahottari and other eastern Terai districts of Nepal has been badly affected due to low temperature.

-So far 7 people have died due to bitter cold wave in the district this month.

Heat wave in Buenos Aires, Argentina

-A heat wave was hitting Buenos Aires province on Christmas Eve (34.4 degrees)

-The National Meteorological Service has issued an alert for heavy rain and hail for today.

Earthquakes

5.2 Earthquake hits south-west of Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Talaud Islands, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits west of MacQuarrie Island.

5.0 Earthquake hits the southern mid-atlantic ridge.