Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.2 Earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

No Current Tropical Storms

NewsBytes:

France & Italy – Major floods in the French Riviera have left at least two people dead and thousands more are stranded with no access to roads or electricity. Up to 8 inches of rain fell over the past 3 days in parts of southeastern France, causing flash flooding and sending several rivers over their banks.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated in northern Italy after heavy rains flooded homes and swept away at least two people. The regions around Bologna, Genoa and Florence have experienced widespread flooding, with the city of Modena, in the Emilia-Romagna region, particularly affected.

Disease

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – update

The National Health and Family Planning Commission of China notified WHO of 16 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.

Bird Flu in South Korea

South Korea says migratory birds were the likely cause of the country’s first outbreak of bird flu in three years, and stepped up quarantine measures at domestic poultry farms to stop the spread of the disease.

A quarantine vehicle sprayed disinfectant on Daedong Lake in South Jeolla Province, South Korea, Jan. 19 after the discovery of dead migratory birds in a reservoir in North Jeolla Province.

Tests showed the remains of 100 dead migratory wild ducks in a local reservoir contained H5N8 avian influenza virus, the same strain found at poultry farms in North Jeolla Province near the reservoir, the agriculture ministry said in a statement.

“The wild migratory birds were presumably the very likely source of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus that had affected the duck farms in Gochang and Buan [in North Jeolla Province,]” about 300 kilometres (187 miles) and 280 kilometres southwest of Seoul respectively, the ministry said in its statement.

Since the outbreak was reported last week, Korean authorities have culled more than 90,000 ducks at six poultry farms–two farms that had poultry that tested positive for avian influenza, and another four nearby.

Another slaughter was underway at a third duck farm in Buan, which reported a suspected case of bird flu, authorities said Monday.

Drought

Drought Continues To Kill Livestock In Parts Of South Africa

Hundreds of livestock are continuing to die in the drought-stricken South African provinces of North West and Northern Cape.

Government aid to affected farmers seems to be inadequate and farmers in Western Cape Province are rushing feed through to as many farms in the two provinces as possible. Western Cape farmers experienced good harvests in the last couple of years and are willing to assist the North West and Northern Cape provinces.