Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.8 Earthquake hits the Pagan region in the North Mariana Islands.
5.4 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.
5.2 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.
5.1 Earthquake hits Atacama, Chile.
5.1 Earthquake hits Tonga.
5.0 Earthquake hits near the north coast of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.
5.0 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.
5.0 Earthquake hits the southern Pacific Ocean.
A 4.7 magnitude earthquake in the eastern Chinese city of Fuyang has damaged more than 10,000 homes and killed at least two people, according to authorities. The quake struck in the Anhui province city on Saturday afternoon, and 13 people also were injured. Damage to more than 4,000 of the homes was serious and 155 collapsed.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
Tropical cyclone Pam is located approximately 2646 nm southeast of Noumea, New Caledonia and is tracking southeastward at 31 knots.
At least eight people are dead in the wake of powerful Tropical Cyclone Pam, which is now tracking toward northern New Zealand. Pam reached its peak intensity on Friday, local time, with maximum sustained winds of nearly 270 kph (167 mph), the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane or a super typhoon.
Tropical cyclone Nathan is located approximately 276 nm northeast of Cairns, Australia and is tracking eastward at 05 knots.
Tropical storm 03w (Bavi), located approximately 78 nm south-southeast of Saipan, and is tracking westward at 20 knots.
USA – Warmer temperatures are raising the fear of flooding in parts of Ohio, with the Ohio River expected to crest nearly six feet over flood stage Sunday as melting snow and ice swells the waterway.
Wildfires in Chile
An emergency has been declared following a forest fire in Chile forcing thousands of people to flee their homes. Some 4,500 people have been evacuated from Valparaiso and neighbouring Vina del Mar.
One woman died of cardio-respiratory causes and at least three firefighters have been taken to hospital with injuries.
About 220 hectares have so far burned in the hills above Valparaiso.