Earthquakes

6.4 Earthquake hits Vanuatu. No immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

5.1 Earthquake hits off the coast of Central America.

4.8 Earthquake hits Sichuan, China.

Environment

International interest seems to be rapidly cooling on global warming. Past meetings in places such as Copenhagen and Cancun have received worldwide attention as participants have gathered to hammer out new emissions restrictions in hopes of limiting global warming. But the Doha gathering has garnered much less notice.

Transportation

30 people die when aircraft crashes at Brazzaville airport, Congo (Braxxaville).

At least seven people were feared dead after part of a highway tunnel collapsed Sunday in eastern Japan, trapping them in their vehicles and starting a fire that filled the tunnel with thick, black smoke.

Storms and Floods

Typhoon Bopha is predicted to make landfall in Eastern Visayas or Northeastern Mindanao in the Philippines on Monday.

Landslide in Pakistan

-Five killed in recent Pakistan landslide. A landslide killed three Pakistani soldiers and two others in mountainous Jammu and Kashmir (Kel region).

-Eight soldiers and 10 civilians are still missing in landslide disaster.

-Heavy snow caused avalanche in Azad Kashmir near the de facto border with India.

-Rescue operations are hampered by continued bad weather in Kashmir.

Huge storm in Ballarat, Australia

-Storm in Ballarat (Victoria) damaged five houses.

-Most of the homes in Ballarat, Geelong, Warrnambool, Colac and Ararat lost the power.

-More than 120,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the state.

Flooding in Greece

-Heavy rainfall caused flooding in Greece.

-Three tornadoes hit the island of Zakynthos (Ionian Sea), Greece. Tornado caused damage in the region of Katakolon and Ancient Olympia.

-Floods in Xanthi, Northern Greece disrupted the train services too.

-People of Athens were also affected by recent flooding.

Heavy storm in Santa Cruz County, USA

-Heavy storm caused rainfall, flooding and power outage across Santa Cruz.

-Fallen trees and downed wires closed Highway 9 between Upper and Lower Glen Arbor Road.

Heavy rainfall collapsed a wall at the Pompeii archeological site in Campani, Italy.

Volcanos

Tolbachik volcano eruption – Kamchatka (Russia) -Lavas from the Kamchatka Russia volcano Plosky Tolbachik have destroyed two nearby scientific camps. -Scientific bases were 10 kilometers away from the Plosky Tolbachik volcano. -Schools and kindergartens have cancelled all classes in nearby Kozyrevsk village. -Tolbachik volcano is throwing clouds of ash to the height of 3,000 meters with the potential for ash explosions up to 10 km.

Disease

Chinese health officials ordered approximately 2,500 pigs to be culled over fears of a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak. Forty-three pigs were initially infected and died from the illness at a large pig farm near Dalian City in Lianing Province, China.

Earthquakes

5.5 Earthquake hits Fiji/Tonga region.

5.5 Earthquake hits offshore Guatemala.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Near Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

Environment

Greenland and Antarctica have lost four trillion tonnes of ice in 20 years.

A new, definitive study of satellite data has found that polar ice sheets are now melting three times faster than they did in the 1990s.

The amount of ice lost from Greenland and Antarctica is enough to raise world sea levels by almost one millimetre a year. Since 1992, it has added more than 1cm to global sea levels – contributing around a fifth of the total rise. About two thirds of the ice loss was from Greenland and the remainder from Antarctica, said scientists.

 

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The new survey is said to be the most accurate assessment to date, ending 20 years of uncertainty. It confirms that, with the exception of East Antarctica, both land masses are losing ice. But big differences in the pace of change were seen at each pole.

The new research concludes that Antarctica is melting, but points to the smaller ice sheet in Greenland, which covers most of the island, as the bigger and more pressing issue. Its melt rate has grown from about 55 billion tons a year in the 1990s to almost 290 billion tons a year recently, according to the study.

The vast polar ice sheets lock up unimaginable amounts of water. The Antarctic ice sheet contains 30 million cubic kilometres of ice and holds around 90% of all the fresh water on the surface of the Earth.

If the whole Antarctic ice sheet melted, sea levels would rise by more than 60 metres. The Greenland ice sheet is much smaller, but would add seven metres to sea levels if it all melted away.

Volcanos

Guatemala is on alert as the Santiaguito volcano dumps plumes of smoke and ash over nearby communities, coating cars and houses in grey dust. Residents of nearby communities woke on Wednesday morning to find a thin layer of ash coating their cars, streets and homes. White columns of smoke reached up to 5km (3.1 miles) into the sky.

Disease

In an update for the outbreak of ebola in Uganda, the Ministry of Health in Uganda reported 7 cases (6 confirmed, 1 probable) with Ebola haemorrhagic fever in Luweero and Kampala districts. Of these cases, 4 died.

Storms and Floods

Tropical storm Bopha is forecast to strike the Philippines as a typhoon on 4 December. It is likely to make landfall over the Visayas or Mindanao.

Moscow, Russia is blanketed by a record-breaking snowfall. A large, early snowstorm raging in Moscow disrupted flights and created havoc on the roads on Thursday.

Renewed flooding of the Niger river threatens Niger’s capital Niamey and parts of the west of the country,

Landslide in Norte de Santander, Colombia

-Ten missing and 50 others are trapped in a huge landslide in the northeastern Colombian province of Norte de Santander.

-Heavy rainfall caused avalanche in the hamlet of Teorama.

-Search efforts are currently suspended due to poor visibility. The landslide disaster area can only be reached by air.

Flooding in Carrara, Italy

-Around 28 people evacuated due to flooding in the city of Carrara.

-The rail line between the cities of Pisa and Genoa, and the Aurelia highway near Carrara temporary closed.

-Heavy snowfall reported in Colle della Maddalena and Colle del Tenda passes in the mountains between Italy and France.

Flooding in Portland, Jamaica

-Three houses in Bybrook and one in Lamy destroyed by flooding in the parish of Portland.

Earthquakes

6.0 Earthquake hits near the northern coast of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.5 Earthquake hits near the coast of northern Peru.

5.4 and 5.0 Earthquakes hit Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits northern Algeria.

5.0 Earthquake hits north-east of Taiwan.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Chile-Argentina border region.

Environment

The Great Lakes, the world’s biggest freshwater system, are shrinking because of drought and rising temperatures, a trend that accelerated with this year’s almost snowless winter and scorching summer. Water levels have fallen to near-record lows on Lakes Michigan and Huron, while Erie, Ontario and Superior are below their historical averages. The decline is causing heavy economic losses, with cargo freighters forced to lighten their loads, marinas too shallow for pleasure boats and weeds sprouting on exposed bottomlands, chasing away swimmers and sunbathers.

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Victoria in Australia has sweltered on its hottest november day in more than a century, with the heatwave triggering numerous small grass fires in the state. Mildura recorded a high of 45.4ºC at 3.18pm (AEDT) on Thursday, taking it over the record of 45ºC set in the city in November 1905.

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Sea levels are rising 60 percent faster than U.N. projections, threatening low-lying areas from Miami to the Maldives, a study submitted during the U.N. talks in Qatar on combating climate change said on Wednesday.

The study said sea levels had been rising by 3.2 mm (0.1 inch) a year according to satellite data, which was 60 percent faster than the 2mm annual rise projected by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) over that period.

In the last century, seas rose by about 17 cm.

The latest best estimate for sea level rise was between 50 cm and a metre this century, possibly more if greenhouse gas emissions surged. Higher temperatures would melt more ice on land and expand the water in the oceans.

That would leave low-lying regions – from Pacific island states and Bangladesh to Tokyo and New York – facing a greater risk of storm surges, erosion and, in a worst case scenario, complete swamping by flood waters.