Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

No current tropical storms.

Queensland ‘s third cyclone in a week comes – and goes – but could come back again. Ex-tropical cyclone Fletcher formed in the Gulf of Carpentaria and crossed the southern Gulf of Carpentaria coast between Karumba and Gilbert River Mouth late on Monday. It was then downgraded to a tropical low, and heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is likely in the Gulf Country district, mainly in near coastal parts over the next couple of days.


United Kingdom – Several coastal towns in south-west England have been hit by fresh flooding, disrupting business and severing road and rail links. There had been “a severe amount of coastal damage” and the Environment Agency warned of extreme danger on the Cornish coast. On the Somerset Levels, thousands of hectares of land remain under water.

Heavy snow in northern Iran has left around 480,000 homes without power and some towns and villages cut off. The winter storms were the worst in 50 years, with two metres of snow falling in some areas since the weekend.

Extreme Weather In Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan – At least 15 people have been killed after heavy snow blanketed parts of Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. At least 10 deaths were blamed on the bad weather, including avalanches, over the past several days in Afghanistan. The severe weather had affected northern provinces bordering Tajikistan, where numerous flights have also been canceled at the international airport in Dushanbe, the capital. Airports in two major cities in Tajikistan’s south, Kulob and Qurghon-Teppa, have been completely shut down. In some parts of Tajikistan, up to 80 centimeters of snow reportedly fell in just a few hours. Tajik kindergartens, schools, and universities have been closed until February 10. In neighboring Kyrgyzstan, meanwhile, avalanches killed five people. The airport in the southern city of Jalal-Abad has been closed.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia.


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

The National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China has notified WHO of nine additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus, including one death.


Forest Wildfires – China

China Forest Fire Management issues red alert. Numerous extensive forest fires are blazing in the southern areas of the country.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Nishino-shima (Volcano Islands): The eruption on the now merged Nishino-Shima and Niishima islands continues. A hot spot is visible on current MODIS data.

Hopefully, new imagery will be available from the Japanese Coast guard soon.

Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): The eruption of the volcano continues with little changes. During the past 2 days (see video below), there have been a number of smaller and occasional medium-sized explosions/dome collapse events that produced pyroclastic flows that reach up to 2-3 km length (at 13:50 yesterday and 07:50 this morning (local times).

Tungurahua (Ecuador): (3 Feb) Activity at the volcano continues at similar levels as yesterday with intermittent small to moderately large explosions, producing ash plumes of up to 4 km height.

Activity remains elevated. The volcano emits a constant ash and steam column rising up to 4-5 km, and has strong individual explosions with loud detonations like cannon-shots.

Depending on the wind direction, ash falls, in parts heavy, have been occurring in particular in the sectors north of the volcano and reached as far as the capital Quito.

Barren Island (Indian Ocean): Intermittent eruptive activity continues on the small remote island next to the Andaman island group. A small steam and ash plume and a thermal hot spot can be seen on today’s and yesterday’s satellite images.

Without (the rare) direct observations (usually by Indian navy), it is impossible to know exactly what type of activity is going on at the moment. It could be intermittent strombolian-type explosions, and/or lava flows or even the formation of a small temporary lava lake.