Archive | November 29, 2020

Update 29th November 2020 @ 22:45 hrs UTC: Coronavirus Confirmed Cases and Deaths by Country, Territory, or Conveyance. Subject To Change







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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


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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


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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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Heatwave smashes temperature records in Sydney, Australia

Record High Temperatures

Australia’s east has sweltered through a record-breaking heatwave expected to linger through today.

A number of regions saw their hottest ever November day with Smithville in New South Wales’ north-west breaking records with a maximum temperature of 46.9 degrees.

Sydney smashed the record for highest minimum Spring temperature only dropping to 26.3 overnight.

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Heavy rains cause flooding, landslide in Northern Luzon, Philippines

Severe Flood Warning

Heavy rains from the tail-end of a frontal system caused flooding and a landslide in Northern Luzon, according to a report on 24 Oras News Alert on Saturday.

In San Mateo, Isabela, 50 families had their houses flooded after the irrigation canal nearby overflowed its banks.

Meanwhile, a rescue van from Cagayan got stranded in mud and was hit by rocks after a landslide occurred in Mt. Province.

Authorities have already conducted clearing operations in the area.

About 40 families on Saturday were evacuated from a barangay in Tuguegarao after the city in Cagayan experienced flooding anew resulting from incessant rains brought by the tail-end of a cold front.

PAGASA said the tail-end of a frontal system will bring rains over the eastern side of Northern Luzon on Saturday.

The National Irrigation Administration-Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA-MRIIS) on Saturday morning warned residents in Northern Luzon of possible flooding as it announced it is discharging almost 800 cubic meters per second (cms) of water.

Residents of upper, middle and lower Cagayan were warned of possible flooding due to the release of water from Magat Dam.

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Two major landslides in Tobago over 24 hours

Craig Hall on Thursday.

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Heavy rainfall has caused two major landslides across Eastern Tobago in the last 24 hours. Officials from the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) responded to a landslide in Moriah, known as Big River, on Wednesday.

Another large landslide in Craig Hill occurred on Thursday, rendering the roadway impassable.

TEMA director, Allan Stewart, told Guardian Media that as of late Thursday evening, the roadway at Craig Hall was only open to single-lane traffic with his team on site.

He also asked that people using the Windward roads to be especially mindful as the area is susceptible to landslides, and the soil is saturated due to persistent rainfall.

Radar estimates indicate up to 50 millimetres of rainfall has fallen across the eastern half of Tobago over the last 18 hours.

With additional rains anticipated, there is an elevated risk of landslides and street or flash flooding in the area.

This rainfall is due to a low-level trough affecting T&T, which has produced flooding across Penal, Debe, Barrackpore, Manzanilla, and Diego Martin in Trinidad.

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Zimbabwe struggles to save trapped miners as flood halts rescue

Mining Accident Alert

Hope is fading by the day for 40 informal gold miners trapped in a collapsed mine in Zimbabwe for more than 48 hours ago after rescue operations were stalled due to flooding.

The disused mine collapsed late on Wednesday in Bindura town, about 70km (43 miles) north of the capital, Harare, after uncontrolled blasting by informal miners keen on making quick cash in the economically troubled southern African country.

Wellington Takavarasha, the head of Zimbabwe Miners Federation, which represents small scale miners in the country, told Al Jazeera the mine was still flooded, but held out hope for the trapped miners.

“Nothing much has changed on the ground. We are currently dewatering the mine because it is flooded so that rescue operations can resume. The ground is too wet right now and that makes rescue operations dangerous,” he said.

“This is an underground mine so I think the miners could have sought safety in any one of the tunnels. But the mine is flooded.”

Takavarasha said the miners were working at the Ran Gold Mine when a shaft gave in. He said illegal miners use explosives to access rich gold belts.

He added that the number of those trapped underground could be higher because informal miners do not keep a tally of people operating in the mines they occupy.

So far, only six miners have been rescued from the debris and are recovering at a hospital.

Just last week, 10 illegal gold miners were buried alive at Premier Estate, located in the eastern part of the country, when the owners of the mine commenced reclamation – a process of restoring mined land to a natural or economically usable state.

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