Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits the Mid-Indian ridge.

5.3 Earthquake hits north of the Solomon Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Guerrero, Mexico.

5.0 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical Depression 33w (Tembin), located approximately 198 nm southwest of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and is tracking westward at 05 knots.

Newsbytes:

Vietnam – Authorities in Vietnam prepared to move a million people from low-lying areas along the south coast on Monday as a tropical storm Tembin approached after it battered the Philippines with floods and landslides that killed more than 230 people.

New Zealand – Parts of Wellington have been hit by flooding as the summer dry spell breaks in a dramatic fashion. On Tuesday morning, more rain fell in the Capital in one hour than in the past 48 days.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Iran

While winter is not normally thought of as wildfire season, a number of small wildfires have swept across several locations in its first week. At least three incidents have been reported this week following the huge blaze in the drought-stricken Meiqan Wetland located in Markazi Province on Dec. 22, which was linked to human activity. On Sunday, fire broke out in Abr Forest in Shahroud, Semnan Province and Bandar-e Gaz in Golestan Province saw flames erupted in the county’s woodlands in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Wildfires – California

On Christmas Doay 1,500 firefighters and crew members worked around the clock to douse hot spots, maintain containment lines and mop up parts of the more than 280,000 acres charred by the massive Thomas Fire. Since it ignited Dec. 4, the fire has destroyed more than a thousand structures, spread from Santa Paula to Ventura and wrapped around Ojai before pushing toward Santa Barbara and inland forests. The fire is mostly contained now and is not expected to grow further.

Disease

Malaria – Angola

Health officials in Uíge Province in northwestern Angola have reported 275,000 malaria cases for the first 11 months of 2017. In addition, 700 malaria-related deaths were recorded, primarily in children.

Listeriosis – South Africa

In a follow-up on the Listeriosis outbreak in South Africa, since the beginning of the year through Dec. 21, a total of 658 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been reported to National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD). In addition, the number of fatalities has risen to 61. Most cases have been reported from Gauteng Province (62%, 408/658).

Hepatitis E – Namibia

Officials with the Namibian Ministry of Health are reporting an hepatitis E outbreak in the capital city of Windhoek. 27 Cases have been reported with one death. The majority of hepatitis E cases during the current outbreak have reported in informal settlements where water and sanitation are compromised.