Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands, Japan.

5.2 and 5.1 Earthquakes hit the southern east Pacific rise.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

Drought

Drought in Thailand

Emergency disaster zones has been declared due to drought in 26 provinces of Thailand.

Drought is Killing Trees Across US Midwest

Hundreds of thousands of trees died in the historic drought of 2012, and many more will succumb in the next few years, according to a report from Purdue University, Indiana.

Indiana’s white cedar and Florida cypress trees began dying in late summer, the report says, and Alberta and Colorado blue spruce are succumbing now.

About 301 million trees died in rural Texas during the 2010 – 2011 drought.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Reventador (Ecuador): Activity remains at high levels. IG reports strong tremor and explosion signals. The current webcam image shows only a steam plume rising from the summit, but it is unclear if the lava flow seen on 22 Jan is still active.

Tungurahua (Ecuador): A new phase of activity could be in the making. In its latest special bulletin, IG reports an increase of earthquakes, steaming and some minor ash emissions that have taken place during the past days. The remaining parameters monitored by the Geophysical Institute have not shown significant variations. However, the increased seismicity associated with the surface activity indicate a potential change in the volcano’s behaviour, and an increase in activity in the coming days or hours is possible. Based on past episodes of activity, such a change into a new eruptive phase could occur both progressively and suddenly.

Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala): Explosive activity continues to resume. 2 explosions occurred today at 5:45 and 6:03 am local time and produced ash plumes rising about 800 m. INSIVUMEH reports that such explosions occur at a rate of approximately 2 per hour.

Fuego (Guatemala): There have been no explosions or ash emissions during the past 24 hours. AActivity remains low although the lava flow towards the Taniluya canyon is still active, 600 m long today. Incandescent blocks rolling from its front reach the edge of the vegetation.

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): Activity continued to increase. No less than 137 emissions, twice as many as during the previous day, were counted during 25-26 Jan. A large SO2 plume is drifting from the volcano.

Karangetang (Siau Island, Sangihe Islands, Indonesia): A thermal hot spot is visible at the summit and suggests that some activity continues.

Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): A stronger than usual explosion produced an ash plume spotted on satellite data at 7,000 ft (2.1) km altitude today (VAAC Darwin).

Rabaul (Tavurvur) (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): A weakly enriched SO2 plume is visible at Rabaul today. Weak eruptive activity at Tavurvur probably continues.

Etna (Sicily, Italy): The volcano, now beautifully covered in snow, has gradually quieted (for now) after the recent short episodes of activity from Bocca Nuova and New SE crater.

The eruption at Tolbachik in Kamchatka continues with little changes, as well as activity at the other active volcanoes there.

Tanaga (Aleutian Islands): Seismic activity is low. Some small local earthquakes including some aftershocks from the 21 Jan 5.1 quake are still occurring.

Katmai (Alaska Peninsula, USA): Seismic activity has increased. Pulses of small earthquake swarms are visible at the recent seismograms.

Cleveland (Aleutian Islands, Alaska): Satellite images continue to show elevated surface temperatures at the summit of Cleveland, but there has not been any other activity reported. (AVO)

Storms and Floods

Flooding in Queensland, Australia

-Floods in Queensland have killed four people. Two others are still missing.

-An emergency evacuation warning was issued in Bundaberg, north of Brisbane, Australia.

-Floods destroyed at least 40 houses in Bundaberg.

-A statewide catastrophe has been declared.

-Bundaberg faces a monster flood powerful enough to knock over houses as Brisbane endures its second major flood in two years. Government expecting major flood damage in Bundaberg with the Burnett River running at 40 knots – so fast that rescue by boat will be very difficult and the force of the water is such that houses could be completely washed away. The Burnett River is expected to peak above 9.15m during late Tuesday or early Wednesday. “These are record floods. We are in uncharted territories.”

-Queensland’s telecommunications blackout is now STATE-WIDE with loss of phone, mobiles, internet and Triple Zero access from Coolangatta to the Cape. Telstra’s fibre optic cables have been cut by floods causing IT systems to crash and wreaking havoc on airports, banks and shops in a meltdown likely to take days to fix. The number of lives lost in the deluge from ex-tropical cyclone Oswald has continued to rise, with the death toll standing at three people and hundreds of homes are under water.

-Yesterday at least five tornadoes hit Queensland coastal towns. Tornadoes in Bundaberg district destroyed around 150 homes.

-Australia weather bureau has predicted heavy rain and destructive winds for Brisbane of up to 125km/h until Monday

Queensland floods 2013 photo natural disasters

Landslides in Indonesia

-Landslide in Indonesia has killed 16 and injured 6 others.

-Two different landslides in western Indonesia were caused due to heavy rainfall. The first disaster occurred in Agam district of West Sumatra and the second in Kerinci district of Jambi.

-The landslide destroyed 20 houses in Nagari Sungai Batang village in Agam district of Indonesia.

-Rescuers are still searching body of 9 Indonesians in the natural disaster area.

-Landslide in Jayapura, Indonesia killed two people yesterday. Four others were injured.

-Landslides and flash floods are common natural disasters in Indonesia due to deforestation, logging and bad building practices.

Indonesia landslides picture natural disasters

Flash floods in Zimbabwe

-Heavy rainfall caused flash floods in Beitbridge District of Zimbabwe.

-Floods destroyed more then 12 houses in Mawale village. Floods have also affected Tshasvingo, Tshitulipasi and Chikwalakwala areas of Zimbabwe.