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December 2019 Current Events: Disaster News

Updated December 8, 2019 | Infoplease Staff

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news events you need to know so far for December 2019:

  1. Winter Storm in Eastern America
  2. Volcano Erupts in New Zealand
  3. Winter Weather Alerts Affect Millions
  4. Australia Fires Rage On
  5. Wildfires in Chile
  6. Typhoon Phanfone Hits Philippines
  7. Australia Fire Worsens

Winter Storm in Eastern America

Colorado Fires

On December 3, a winter storm hit Boston and New York. The snow is expected to be about 12 inches; however, snow isn’t the only problem. Authorities warn of icy road conditions and slush. (CNN)

Photo Source: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire via AP

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Volcano Erupts in New Zealand

NZ Volcano

On December 9, a volcano on New Zealand’s White Island erupted, spewing hot ash and steam near a group of tourists. Eight people are missing and presumed dead. Five people have already been confirmed dead. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Mark Baker

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Winter Weather Alerts Affect Millions

Winter Weather

On December 15, over 35 million people were affected by a winter weather advisory from Colorado to West Virginia. Snow, freezing rain, and heavy winds have caused many travel disruptions. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

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Australia Fires Rage On

Australia Wildfires

On December 21, wildfires spread across three Australian states. So far, one person has died and another is missing. Officials say the fires are becoming worse. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Rick Rycroft

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Wildfires in Chile

Chile Fire

On December 24, a wildfire spread through towns in Chile, destroying at least 200 homes. Weather and winds the next day made the fire worse as firefighters attempted to contain the blaze. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Fernando Llano

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Typhoon Phanfone Hits Philippines

Philippines Typhoon

On December 25, Typhoon Phanfone hit areas of the Philippines, killing at least 16 people. The typhoon also destroyed various homes and tourist destinations. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Leo Solinap

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Australia Fire Worsens

Australia Wildfire

On December 31, the death toll from the wildfires in Australia rose to eight people, with two still missing. Over 200 homes have been ravaged by the fire. Not much progress has been made, but many major roads have reopened. (BBC)

Photo Source: Twitter@NSWRFS via AP

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