Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits Guam.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the northern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits Guam.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the South Indian Ocean:

Tropical cyclone Edilson is located approximately 219 nm northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius.

Tropical cyclone Edna is located approximately 89 nm west of Noumea, New Caledonia.

Cyclone Fletcher a fizzled but could reform off Queensland, Australia. The second cyclone in four days has crossed the Queensland coast – and again it’s been a fizzer. Cyclone Fletcher made landfall as a category one storm between Karumba and the Gilbert River Mouth in the Gulf of Carpentaria about 7.30pm on Monday. Since downgraded to a tropical low, it is bringing rain to the gulf country, including some localised flooding in communities such as Kowanyama, north of Karumba. A cyclone warning remained current for coastal and island communities from the Northern Territory-Queensland border to the Gilbert River Mouth, and for Mornington Island. Fletcher is expected to head out over water again, where it could reform into a cyclone.


Northern Ireland – Gale force winds of up to 80mph are expected to sweep Northern Ireland as the latest deep area of low pressure moves in from the Atlantic. Severe weather warnings of high winds and heavy rain have been issued for today and tomorrow and forecasters warn that a combination of large waves and high tides could cause flooding in coastal areas.


First Death from New H10N8 Bird Flu Reported

An elderly woman in China is the first person known to have died from a strain of bird flu called H10N8, according to a new report of the case.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update

On 28 January 2014, the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia announced an additional laboratory-confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.

Foot-and-mouth disease breaks out in eastern Mongolia

An outbreak of highly infectious foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Sukhbaatar province in eastern Mongolia has been confirmed by the Mongolian State Central Veterinary Laboratory, local media reported.

Currently, 86 head of cattle of 15 herder families were infected with FMD and 82 of them were culled. Symptoms of FMD were observed in three sites, head of the district’s veterinary department said.