Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits Chiapas, Mexico.

5.2 earthquake hits Mindoro in the Philippines.

5.2 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits south of Africa.

5.1 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 28w (Twenty-eight), located approximately 310 nm southeast of Yap, is tracking west-northwestward at 09 knots.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 03p (Ruby), located approximately 374 nm northwest of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking southeastward at 15 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Spain – At least 2 people have died after heavy rain caused floods and landslides in the Navarre region of northern Spain. Parts of northern Spain have seen heavy rainfall since late November 2021, when floods prompted rescues in Asturias and Cantabria and later the Basque Region. Further heavy rain accompanied by the thawing of snow at higher altitudes fell from around 09 December 2021, triggering floods in the Navarre (also Navarra) region. On 09 December the region’s government activated the pre-emergency level due to the threat of floods from rising rivers including the Ebro, Ega, Bidasoa and Arga. As of 10 December, the government reported that the swollen Bidasoa river caused flooding in Elizondo, Baztan and Sunbilla and that some riverside communities along the Arga river were also affected, including the Pamplona neighbourhoods of Rochapea, San Jorge and Txantrea, and the towns of Huarte, Villava and Burlata. Dozens of people were evacuated from a care home in the municipality of Aranzadi in Pamplona, after the Arga broke its banks on 10 December. By 11 December the swollen Ebro river had caused flooding in Tudela. Flooded roads left many communities isolated.

Disease

Covid-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Monkeypox – DR Congo

On Thursday, December 09, 2021, health authorities declared a monkeypox outbreak in the Maniema province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A total of 24 deaths linked to this epidemic have been recorded in the Tundu health zone in Kibombo territory in the southern part of Maniema.