Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.7 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Argentina Update – At least a dozen people have died in Argentina after intense rains caused dangerous floods in the central region. The civil defence agency of Cordoba said 10 people died in the central farming province after two weeks of frequent storms, the heaviest rainfall in half a century. Two other deaths were reported in Santiago del Estero, a province directly north of Cordoba where more than 3,300 people have been evacuated.

Peru – Mudslides destroyed buildings in Lima after rivers burst their banks, local media reported. Six houses collapsed and 96 were seriously damaged after strong rains caused flooding in the capital’s eastern Chaclacayo and Luriganco-Chosica districts. The downpour came as major landslides impacted three other regions, as the heavy rain in the country’s wet season took its toll. The country’ territory mixes mountains and jungle terrain, frequently leaving inhabitants cut off in remote locations in periods of bad weather. Many homes built out of adobe, a combination of straw and mud, are left unprepared.

Albania flood

Disease

Chikungunya Disease in South America

While some countries in the Caribbeans have seen their chikungunya situation get under control, in fact Dominica declared their outbreak over earlier this week, some areas of South America are reporting an increase in cases of the mosquito borne viral disease.

During the past week, Colombia saw an increase of 7,848 cases bringing the country’s total to more than 185,000 suspected and confirmed cases, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), by far the most on the continent. Colombia has also reported three chikungunya related fatalities.

Other South American countries seeing an increase in confirmed chikungunya cases include Bolivia (+45), Ecuador (+147) and Paraguay (+130).

In addition, Mexico also reported an increase in confirmed chikungunya cases during the past week, rising by 114 cases to 355.

In the United States in 2015, as of February 24, a total of 43 chikungunya virus disease cases have been reported to CDC ArboNET from 8 U.S. states so far this year.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Soputan (North Sulawesi, Indonesia): A new explosive eruptive phase occurred this morning, producing an ash plume that rose 4.5 km from the volcano’s summit and pyroclastic flows that traveled 2.5 km.

Colima (Western Mexico): A selection of night-time photos of eruptions observed from the west and north of Colima volcano during 22-28 Feb.