Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Iran-Iraq border.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

Space Events

Geminid Meteor Shower

This display of celestial fireworks is due to reach its peak during the long, dark hours from Wednesday night (Dec. 13) into early Thursday morning (Dec. 14).

Most meteor showers are strongest just before the first light of dawn, because that’s when your side of the Earth faces forward in the planet’s rush along its orbit, so your side plows through meteor debris streams head-on.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California

A massive California wildfire that has already destroyed nearly 800 structures scorched another 56,000 acres on Sunday, making it the fifth largest such blaze in recorded state history, as it ran toward the picturesque coastal city of Santa Barbara. Some 5,000 residents remained under evacuation orders in the two communities, near Santa Barbara and about 100 miles (160 km) northwest of Los Angeles. Some 15,000 homes were considered threatened.

The Thomas Fire, the worst of six major blazes in Southern California in the last week and already the fifth largest in the state since 1932, has blackened 230,000 acres (570,000 hectares), more than the area of New York City. It has destroyed 790 houses, outbuildings and other structures and left 90,000 homes and businesses without power.

The fires burning across Southern California have forced the evacuation of more 200,000 people and destroyed some 1,000 structures.

Disease

Anthrax – Kenya

Four people from the town of Nyeri have been hospitalized with suspected anthrax after consuming tainted meat.

Indonesia – Diptheria

Indonesian health officials have reported a substantial increase in diphtheria cases in 2017, calling it an “extraordinary event”. 593 diphtheria cases have been reported from 95 cities in 20 provinces of the country, including 32 fatalities.