Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.8 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.3 Earthquake hits Nepal.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Nepal-India border.

Two 5.1 Earthquakes hit Nepal.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of Africa.

Two 5.0 Earthquakes hit Nepal.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical storm 07w (Dolphin), located approximately 643 nm east-southeast of Andersen AFB, is tracking westward at 10 knots.

NewsBytes:

Kenya – At least ten people were killed and seven injured during Monday night’s heavy rains in Nairobi.

Disease

Dengue Fever in Brazil

About 750,000 cases of the mosquito-borne virus have been confirmed this year in this country of 200 million people, leading to waits of four hours or longer at some hospitals.

The disease, which causes fever and joint pain, has killed 229 people so far this year – up 45 percent from the same period in 2014.

Health Minister Arthur Chioro has blamed the outbreak in part on a severe drought in Brazil’s southeast, an area including Sao Paulo where dengue has been most prevalent. Many people stored water in buckets for fear their taps would run dry, creating a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Wildfires

Wildfires Spread in Siberia

The area of wildfires in Buryatia (south-eastern Siberia) grew dramatically over the past three days off from 60 to 689 hectares, the local forestry authority said on Tuesday.

“We have registered 33 seats of fire in 15 districts,” the authority’s press secretary Alexandra Yegorova said, adding the fires had been caused by negligence of local people.

“Presently, 471 people are extinguishing the fires, including smokejumpers,” she said. “We are using 75 specialised vehicles, 21 tractors and three bulldozers.”

From the beginning of the fire season in the republic, the authority has registered 444 fires covering an area exceeding 26,000 hectares

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Etna (Sicily, Italy): Strombolian activity began again today at the New SE crater. Accompanied by rising tremor, this activity is increasing at the moment.

The current pattern is very similar to many past episodes which often culminated in violent explosive (lava fountaining) and effusive (lava flow) paroxysms and could very well build up to a new one, maybe similar to the previous one during 1-2 Feb this year.