Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits eastern Iran.

5.5 Earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.5 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

Storms and Floods

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Indonesia – Jakarta was struck by heavy rain and strong winds starting from noon on Monday, peaking at around 2 p.m. It continued to drizzle throughout the capital until about 5 p.m. Flood waters of up to 1 meter in height were reported on Jl. Adityawarman in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta. Vehicles were unable to pass the roads. The heavy rainfall and strong winds toppled trees and flooding made it impossible for buses and cars to pass through several areas.

Wildlife

Scientists urge endangered listing for cheetahs

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A comprehensive assessment of cheetah populations in southern Africa supported by the National Geographic Society reveals the dire state of one of the planet’s most iconic big cats. In a study published today in the open-access journal PeerJ, researchers present evidence that low cheetah population estimates in southern Africa and population decline support a call to list the cheetah as “Endangered” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

The findings show that free-ranging cheetahs were present across approximately 789,700 square kilometers in Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe between 2010 and 2016.

he study estimates only 3,577 adult cheetahs exist in this extensive area, which is larger than France, and a majority (55 percent) of individuals are found within only two habitats. This estimate is 11 percent lower than the IUCN’s current assessment, supporting the call for the uplisting of cheetahs from “Vulnerable” to “Endangered.”

Bee Disease Outbreak in New Zealand

Hawke’s Bay beekeepers have been warned to be vigilant after 66 cases of American Foulbrood disease have been confirmed over the past three months. This outbreak affects many thousands of hives and potentially threatens the viability of pollination in the area.

AFB is caused by the bacteria Paenibacillus larvae, which infects food fed to bee larvae while they develop in hive cells. The larvae are transmitted into the gut of developing bees, killing them just before they are fully grown. The disease can spread quickly through the exchange of equipment and movement of infected combs, and any hive found with it must be burned.

Disease

H1N1 influenza – Ghana

In late November, an outbreak of influenza A H1N1 was reported Kumasi Academy Senior High School in Kumasi City, Ashanti Region in central Ghana. At that time, 13 cases of severe acute respiratory illness was reported.

Since that time, the Ghana Ministry of Health has reported 77 cases with four deaths (case fatality rate 5.2%). The majority of the cases, 66%, were males and over 95% of the cases are teenagers. Thus far, the disease is still localized in the school as no cases have been reported among community members.

Cholera – Kenya

From 1 January though 29 November 2017, a total of 3967 laboratory-confirmed and probable cases including 76 deaths (case fatality rate = 1.9%) were reported by the Ministry of Health to WHO.

Cholera – Zambia

On 6 October 2017, the Minister of Health declared an outbreak of cholera in the Zambian capital, Lusaka. From 28 September through 7 December 2017, 547 cases including 15 deaths (case fatality rate = 1.8%), have been reported since the beginning of the outbreak. The initial outbreak period was from 28 September through 20 October. From 21 October through 4 November 2017 there were less than five cases reported each week. However, from 5 November 2017 an increase in the number of cases was observed with a total of 136 cases reported in the week beginning 26 November.