Earthquakes

5.5 Earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

5.5 Earthquake hits the central east pacific rise.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Philippine Islands region.

4.9 Earthquake hits off the coast of southern Chile.

Volcanos

Global Volcanic Activity:

Only 1% of ejected material from the November 21 eruption of Tongariro, New Zealand was fresh magma.

A possible ash plume from Lokon volcano in Indonesia was reported on 26 November. The eruption was reported to have occured at around 03:00 in the morning (local time?). No ash was detected in satellite imagery.

A Magnitude 4.2 earthquake was detected at Loihi volcano in Hawaii.

Manam volcano (Papua New Guinea) produced pyroclastic flows. The MTSAT reported a thick plume from Manam on 26 October.

An ash plume from Paluweh, Indonesia drifted 60 KM WNW on 26 November.

On 25 November, a white plume from the crater of Fuego, Guatemala drifted W. A lava flow continued to effuse from Fuego’s crater, blocks that detached from the main lava flow front created avalanches. Two small explosions produced ash plumes that rose to a height of 3 KM and drifted 7 KM west.

Environment

The week’s hottest temperature was 114.8 degrees Fahrenheit (46.0 degrees Celsius) at Dampier, Western Australia.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 53.9 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 47.7 degrees Celsius) at Russia’s Vostok Antarctic research station.

Storms and Floods

Flooding across England and Wales

-One killed and two others injured in recent disasters in Exeter City Centre. Flooding in Somerset, England also killed one person two days ago.

-More than 800 homes flooded by storms in England and Wales.

-Several flood warnings were issued by the Environment Agency in Lostwithiel, Helston, Polperro and Perranporth area.

-Because of a landslip at Honiton and flooding near Axminster in Devon, today trains between Exeter St Davids and Yeovil Junction were cancelled.

-Following Malmesbury Mayor Ray Sanderson, the flooding in Malmesbury is the worst that he has seen in a lifetime in the town.

-Around 271 flood alerts and more than 220 flood warnings remained in place across England and Wales.

-Heavy rainfall is expected to continue in the north of England and Scotland.

-The landslide reported off Church Lane in Old Sodbury, near Bristol. Six homes were evacuated.

-The Met Office today issued a yellow weather warning for Greater Manchester.

Flooding in Ratnapura and Kamburupitiya, Sri Lanka

-The number of people killed in flooding in Ratnapura and Kamburupitiya area of Sri Lanka has risen to 5.

-Flood affected Sri Lankan districts: Anuradapura, Badulla, Moneragala, Ratnapura Hambantota and Galle and Matara.

-The Hambantota district was reported to be worst affected area. More than 300 families are affected by recent floods. More than 25 houses were damaged in Suriyawewa in the Hambantota district.

-Flood displaced more than 190 families in Moneragala.

Earthquakes

5.3 Earthquake hits Moro Gulf, Mindanao in the Philippines.

4.9 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands region.

4.9 Earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

4.9 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

Cluster of 54+ moderate Earthquakes hit the Dodecanese Islands in Greece.

Volcanos

For the first time in 2012, KÄ«lauea lava flows have entered the Pacific Ocean, adding slivers of new land to Hawai’i Island.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Cyclone Boldwin forms southeast of Diego Garcia in the central Indian Ocean. No threat to land.

Flash floods affect 17,823 people in 48 villages in 11 towns in Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental, Mindanao in the Philippines.

Torrential rains caused flooding in 16 urban villages in 5 sub-districts in East Jakarta, Indonesia.

Tornado touched down in the Darling Downs in western Queenland, Australia.

Queensland tornado

Earthquakes

5.3 and 5.1 Earthquakes hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Kamchatka, Russia.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

4.9 Earthquake hits near the south coast of Honshu, Japan.

Environment

Vietnam is suffering increased levels of coastal soil erosion due to the increased frequency of typhoons and tropical cyclones hitting the country, as well as rising sea levels. Vietnam has been identified as one of the top five countries likely to be most affected by rising sea levels.

Numerous coastal mangrove forests have been wiped out, while coastal residents are being forced to move further inland every few years to escape the waves, using rocks and sandbags to protect their homes.

Vietnam coastal soil erosion

Disease

There are now 10 cases reported in the latest ebola virus outbreak in Uganda, including 5 deaths in Luweero and Kampala.

The outbreak of Marburg haemorrhagic fever in Uganda has claimed 9 lives in 4 districts in Uganda (Kabale, Ibanda, Mbarara, and Kampala). A total of 20 cases have been reported.

Wildfires

Several new wildfires broke out in east Tennessee, USA on Thanksgiving Day. Wildfires are burning along Interstate 75 in Campbell and Scott counties, north of Knoxville. Fires were also reported in Grainger County and near the Sevier County/Cocke County line.

Storms and Floods

More heavy downpours of rain expected in England over the weekend.

-A man died following torrential rain in Somerset. His vehicle submerged in flood water.

-Stormy weather also caused travel disruption across Somerset and Bristol.

-Train services between Taunton and Exeter were cancelled because of flooding.

-Houses below Upper Camden Place in Bath were evacuated because of landslide.

-Galashiels (Scottish Border) also suffers flash flooding.

-Severe weather warning amber alert has been issued for Somerset.

Somerset Flooding

Earthquakes

5.8 Earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.

5.2 Earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits Luzon in the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits south-east of the Loyalty Islands.

Environment

Law enforcement and wildlife officials along the northern Gulf of Mexico are trying to track down who has been shooting, stabbing and mutilating dolphins there. At least four dolphins have been found savaged to death this month in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, USA.

injured dolphins