7.4 Earthquake hits off the Pacific coast of Guatemala killing at least 48 people in two states as it triggered huge landslides, collapsed roads and sent terrified villagers streaming into the streets. One hundred people are missing and hundreds more have been injured. Tsunami alert issued for Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama and Mexico.

5.0, 5.0, 4.9, 4.9, 4.8 Aftershocks hit off the coast of Guatemala.

6.2 Earthquake hits Vancouver Island, Canada.

5.6 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 Earthquake hits the South Indian Ocean.

4.9 Earthquake hits near the coast of central Chile.

Storms and Floods

Winter storm Athena hits New York and New Jersey where residents have been warned to evacuate their homes for the second time. 650 000 buildings remain without power one week after Hurricane Sandy struck, killing 106 people. 1 200 flights have been cancelled as Athena bring heavy snowfalls to already flooded areas. Utility companies are warning of further power outages. [This is the first ‘named’ winter storm since the Weather Channel decided to start naming powerful winter storms the same way tropical summer storms are named.]

New Jersey coast


Landslide in Zamfara, Nigeria kills 9. The tragedy occurred when miners were digging up gold at the water-logged informal mining sites in the area.


Death toll in the yellow fever outbreak in the Darfur region in Sudan rises to 67, while 77 cases of measles have also been reported.