Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.6 earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.
5.5 earthquake hits Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia.
5.5 earthquake hits west of Macquarie Islands.
5.1 earthquake hits Alaska.
5.1 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.
5.1 earthquake hits eastern Honshu, Japan.
5.1 earthquake hits south of the Sandwich Islands.
5.0 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.
5.0 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.
5.0 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 03p (Ruby), located approximately 648 nm northwest of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking south- southeastward at 11 knots.
USA – Dozens of devastating tornadoes roared through six US states overnight, leaving more than 80 people dead and dozens missing Saturday in what President Joe Biden said was likely to be “one of the largest” storm outbreaks in American history. More than 70 people are believed to have been killed in Kentucky alone, many of them workers at a candle factory, while at least six died in an Amazon warehouse in Illinois where they were on the night shift processing orders ahead of Christmas. The western Kentucky town of Mayfield was reduced to “matchsticks”. The small town of 10,000 people was described as “ground zero” by officials, and appeared post-apocalyptic: city blocks leveled; historic homes and buildings beaten down to their slabs; tree trunks stripped of their branches; cars overturned in fields.
Wildfires – Australia
Firefighters are battling to contain a bushfire raging in Margaret River in Western Australia’s south-west with hopes milder weather conditions will help them bring the blaze under control. The fire in Leeuwin-Naturaliste national park has burned through 5,200 hectares, including karri trees, since it started on Wednesday morning in Boranup, WA.
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