Archive | November 2020


Subject to change

Depth: 2 km

Distances: 128 km NW of Bukhara, Uzbekistan / pop: 247,000 / local time: 18:58:25.2 2020-11-30

55 km NNW of Gazli, Uzbekistan / pop: 11,400 / local time: 18:58:25.2 2020-11-30


Subject to change

Depth: 2 km

Distances: 60 km N of Homs, Syria / pop: 775,000 / local time: 15:47:04.1 2020-11-30

18 km NE of Ḩamāh, Syria / pop: 460,000 / local time: 15:47:04.1 2020-11-30


Subject to change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 94 km ESE of Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti / pop: 229,000 / local time: 06:12:41.1 2020-11-30

22 km SE of Duvergé, Dominican Republic / pop: 13,400 / local time: 07:12:41.1 2020-11-30


Subject to change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 377 km N of Nuku‘alofa, Tonga / pop: 22,400 / local time: 12:56:54.5 2020-11-30

128 km NW of Neiafu, Tonga / pop: 4,300 / local time: 12:56:54.5 2020-11-30

Global view


Subject to change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 108 km N of San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina / pop: 305,000 / local time: 13:40:44.8 2020-11-29

40 km E of Humahuaca, Argentina / pop: 11,300 / local time: 13:40:44.8 2020-11-29


Subject to change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 217 km W of Bandar Abbas, Iran / pop: 352,000 / local time: 07:54:28.1 2020-11-29

31 km S of Gerāsh, Iran / pop: 25,300 / local time: 07:54:28.1 2020-11-29


Subject to change

Depth: 15 km

Distances: 33 km NW of Brest, France / pop: 144,000 / local time: 02:11:42.8 2020-11-29

15 km W of Plouguerneau, France / pop: 5,800 / local time: 02:11:42.8 2020-11-29

At least 10,000 turkeys to be slaughtered as bird flu confirmed on UK farm in North Yorkshire

Bird Flu

More than 10,000 turkeys will be culled at a site in North Yorkshire following an outbreak of bird flu.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced the cull on Sunday adding that it should not have an impact on supplies of turkey over Christmas.

The discovery of the H5N8 strain of the avian flu was made at a turkey fattening site near Northallerton was made on Saturday.

Defra released a statement confirming the news.

It reads: “Avian influenza of the H5N8 strain was confirmed at a turkey fattening premises near Northallerton on Saturday November 28.

“All 10,500 birds at the farm will be humanely culled to limit the spread of the disease.

“A 3km and 10km temporary control zone has been put in place around the infected site to limit the risk of the disease spreading.”

The statement added there is not anticipated to be any impact on the supplies of turkeys or other birds over Christmas.

The news comes after around 13,500 birds were culled earlier this month after an avian flu outbreak was confirmed at a commercial farm in Helsby, near Frodsham in Cheshire.

Public Health England and local health protection teams, who were involved, said the human risk of infection is very low for the general population, and low for those immediate contacts on site.

A Food Standards Agency spokesperson said: “Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, remain safe to eat.”

Clinical signs that poultry keepers should look for in their birds include a swollen head, discolouration of neck and throat, loss of appetite, respiratory distress, diarrhoea and fewer eggs laid – although clinical signs vary between species of bird.

H5N8 avian influenza is currently circulating in wild birds and poultry in Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East, causing clinical signs in affected birds.

This led to the risk level being raised to medium for the incursion into the UK through the movement of wild birds.

These viruses are in no way connected to the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus which is not carried in poultry.

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Spectacular Eruption at Lewotolo Volcano in Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia

The powerful eruption from Lewotolo volcano this morning (image: PVMBG)

The activity of the volcano continues at high levels. As we mentioned in the last update, the renewed activity began on 27 November characterized by continuing ash emissions.

A powerful vulcanic explosion occurred at 09:45 local time this morning that produced a dense dark ash plume, which rose approx. 13,123 ft (4,000 m) above the summit.

Soon after the eruption, moderately strong ash rain of lapilli set in, covering all surfaces as local people informed on social media.

The warning bulletin states that ballistic impacts of volcanic bombs and pyroclastic flows and lahars could affect an area of about 2 km distance from the main crater.

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