Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits Crete.

5.1 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

Earthquake – Albania

The 6.4 magnitude quake struck in the Adriatic Sea just before 4 a.m., 34 kilometres northwest of Tirana, Albania’s capital, has killed at least 21 people and injured more than 600, according to the government. There are reports of severe damage to infrastructure, and hundreds of buildings have collapsed or partially collapsed in Thumane and Durres, with people still thought to be trapped inside.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 29w (Kammuri), located approximately 169 nm northeast of Yap, is tracking west-southwestward at 06 knots.


DR Congo – Forty-one people died in the DR Congo capital Kinshasa after torrential overnight rains, with some swept away by landslides. Three of the city’s 26 districts were especially hit. A bridge connecting the districts of Lemba and Ngaba collapsed, and another was destroyed in the district of Kisenso. In Lemba, a gigantic hole appeared, about 10 meters (30 feet) deep and 20 meters (70 feet) across, where a road had been swept away. More than 300 homes have been flooded. There are many houses which have been destroyed.

Niger – 70,000 people have been affected by floods that have ruined homes and food reserves in Niger. The disaster has claimed over 40 lives and destroyed nearly 5,500 houses. Hitting during the country’s lean season, it has ruined livelihoods and precious food reserves.


Bison Beneficial to USA Grasslands

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Bison aren’t simply grazing as they move across the meadows of Yellowstone National Park. They are engineering the environment, manipulating the forage on the landscape and changing the way spring green-up occurs, researchers recently found, essentially rolling back spring as the migrate through the high country.

Their presence makes for longer, greener plant life in the spring, they found, and more nutritious grasses.

When bison head to the high country in the summer, researchers found, they graze so intensively that the grasses revert to an earlier stage of growth, essentially returning springtime conditions.

They found that areas where bison grazed heavily were more productive than areas where they kept bison out. Even NASA satellites can detect the difference between areas that are lightly grazed and heavily grazed.

Baby Pangolin Rescued

A rescued young Sunda pangolin takes his first tentative steps after being released back into the wild in Thailand. The Critically Endangered animal was being illegally kept in cramped conditions and constant darkness by a poacher, before being saved by local park rangers.

Believed to have been snatched at night by poachers searching for pangolins to sell, experts think he kept alive as the meat and scales of live pangolins reach a higher price on the black market than those of dead animals.

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Wildfires – Australia

More thunderstorms have rolled in across NSW bringing with them lightning strikes and the concerns they may have sparked more bushfires. Aircraft on Monday were kept busy searching for new bushfires from lightning strikes during thunderstorms at the weekend as firefighters continuing to battle dozens of blazes across the state.

More than 80 fires were burning at 7pm on Monday, 50 of them uncontained. More than 1300 firefighters remain in the field across NSW.

Wildfires – California

A new wildfire has been blazing near Santa Barbara ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Cave Fire quickly burned through 4,367 acres since it started Monday afternoon—and it remains 10% contained as of Tuesday evening, according to Cal Fire. Approximately 600 firefighters have been assigned and evacuation orders have been issued for more than 2,280 residents, while still other areas are under evacuation warning.


Measles – Samoa

In an update on the measles outbreak in Samoa, the Samoan government reported an additional 249 cases in the last 24 hours. This brings the outbreak total to 2,686 measles cases to date. An additional measles related death was reported, bringing the death tally to 33.

Measles – Global

Many countries around the world are experiencing measles outbreaks. As of 5 November 2019, there have been 440,263 confirmed cases reported to WHO through official monthly reporting by 187 Member States in 2019.