Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.9 Earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.
5.5 Earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.
5.3 Earthquake hits the Flores Sea.
5.0 Earthquake hits offshore El Salvador.
5.0 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.
5.0 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Babar, Indonesia.
No Current Tropical Storms
A state of emergency has been declared following a major snow storm in the New York City metropolitan area.
Philippines – The low-pressure (LPA) area ‘Agaton’ that caused massive floods in most parts of Visayas and Mindanao for more than a week dissipated Wednesday morning, the government weather bureau said. More than 800 houses were destroyed and close to 900,000 people were affected by the flooding and landslides triggered by the incessant rains brought by ‘Agaton’.
Record Year for Rhino Poaching
The number of rhinos illegally slaughtered in South Africa in 2013 reached an all-time high, with an average of three rhinos killed each day, according to new figures released this month by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs.
Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – update
On 20 January 2014, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China notified WHO of five additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus, including two deaths.