Earthquakes

7.7 Earthquake hits southeastern Alaska. Tsunami alert issued. A small tsunami has been observed at Port Alexander, Alaska.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

5.1 and 4.7 Aftershocks hit southeastern Alaska.

5.1 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 Earthquake hits the mid-Indian ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

4.9 Earthquake hits off the coast of central Chile.

4.9 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

4.9 Earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

Wildlife

U.S. officials shift shipping lanes off California to reduce chance of collisions with slow-moving whales.

Whales

 

 

 

 

 

Express train kills herd of wild elephants in southeastern India. 

Elephants

Wildfires

Tasmanian wildfires

The wildfires on the Tasman Peninsula, east of Hobart, have claimed least 80 properties and left thousands of people isolated overnight. Almost 30% of properties in the town of Dunalley were destroyed. A major highway has been re-opened as interstate crews get set to fly in to help the fire-fighting effort.

Tasmanian Fires

Drought

Drought in Brazil

Brazil’s Northeast is suffering its worst drought in decades, threatening hydro-power supplies in an area prone to blackouts and potentially slowing economic growth in one of the country’s emerging agricultural frontiers.

Storms and Floods

Flooding in Ampara, Sri Lanka

Heavy rainfall caused flooding throughout the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka.

Thousands of acres of paddy are also affected due to rains in the Ampara district.

Cyclone also damaged thirty one houses in the Polonnaruwa District. Around 15 houses in Medirigiriya, Nagahapura,Senarathpura MInippuragama. and another 15 houses in Lankapura, Kaduriwela East, Batathuna village and one house in Palugasdamana were damaged.

Residents of Peragirigama, Kataragama in Lanka experienced yellow rain!

Tropical Cyclone Dumile has moved away from La Reunion Island and Mauritius.

Tropical Storm Sonamu

As of 12:00 TS Sonamu was located 350 nm east-southeast of Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam.

Tropical storm Sonamu is forecast to strike Malaysia on 8 January.

Snowstorm in Akita, Japan

Eight climbers rescued and two are still missing in snowstorm on Mount Chokai on the border of Akita and Yamagata prefectures.