Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.2 Earthquake hits eastern Xizang-India border region.

5.0 Earthquake hits the west Chile rise.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical Storm 32w (Kai-Tak) is located approximately 388 nm east-southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and is tracking southwestward at 09 knots.

Newsbytes:

Malaysia – Incessant rain that started late Tuesday (Dec 19) night and continued into the early hours of Wednesday saw seawater overflowing into a number of coastal villages in northern Sarawak. Flash floods also hit inland settlements located along rivers as well as residential areas in Miri and Limbang. Strong waves also saw a number of boats at fishing villages in Kuala Baram being dragged far inland. In Limbang, at least seven villages and longhouses were hit by flash floods. The Fire And Department there reported that dozens of families had to move out temporarily from their homes to higher ground due to the sudden floods.

Disease

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

Between 31 October and 8 December 2017, the National IHR Focal Point of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reported 18 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including five deaths. Additionally, two deaths from a previously reported case were reported to WHO.

Nigeria monkeypox: Update

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported the first death due to monkeypox in the current outbreak. According to officials, the patient was a confirmed case with a “background immune-compromised condition”. In addition, five additional confirmed cases and two probable cases have been reported since the last update, bringing the total confirmed cases to 61.