Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.5 earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia.

5.5 earthquake hits northern Qinghai, China.

5.4 earthquake hits southern Greece.

5.3 earthquake hits the Prince Edward Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits the Andaman Islands off India.

5.1 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the Mid-Indian ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 28w (Rai), located approximately 184 nm southeast of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking northwestward at 11 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Malaysia – Torrential rains in Malaysia have caused flooding that has driven more than 11,000 people from their homes, closed dozens of roads and disrupted shipping, authorities said on Saturday.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Kansas, USA

The Kansas Forest Service said Thursday that 11 large fires burned nearly 400,000 acres this week in the state which is entering its dry season while the extreme western part is impacted by drought. The agency reported that the largest fire, dubbed for now the “Four Counties Fire” which is in portions of four counties between Codell and Russell, burned approximately 365,000 acres.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Cholera – DR Congo

In total, 37 cases of cholera have been recorded since December 13, 2021 in the health zone of Uvira in South Kivu province. One death has been reported.

Lassa fever – Nigeria

On Dec. 8, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was notified of the death of two persons from Lassa fever. The first case was a pregnant woman who presented in a health facility in Nasarawa State and the other, a medical doctor involved in the treatment of the patient that later sought medical assistance.