Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
6.8 Earthquake hits Manipur, India.
Initial reports indicate that at least 8 people have died in the earthquake with more than 100 others injured. An unknown number of buildings collapsed and rail services were suspended in affected areas.
5.1 Earthquake hits northern Xinjiang, China.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
Tropical cyclone 06p (Ula), is located approximately 256 nm south of Suva, Fiji, and is tracking southwestward at 04 knots.
Scotland – The warnings, which mean flooding is expected, are mostly for the Tayside, Angus, and Dundee areas, as well as Aberdeen and Ballater in Aberdeenshire. The rain is less intense but more prolonged than during Storm Frank.
Quadrantids meteor shower
A little-known meteor shower is adorning the early January skies with bright explosions of light and colour that can last longer than the average celestial streaks.
The Quadrantids meteor shower reached its peak overnight Sunday going into Monday, but there’s a good chance that skywatchers will be able to catch a good show, astronomers say. They’ll be most visible after midnight Monday in areas with limited manmade light.
Foot and Mouth Disease in Punjab, India.
An outbreak of the highly infectious foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) has been declared in many villages of the Faridkkot area which could plunge the agriculture and dairy industry into a deeper crisis. While there are reports of casualties among cows due to the disease in some villages in the last two days, the extent of the outbreak remains unclear.
The Department of Animal Husbandry does not have enough vaccine to inoculate all cattle in the area. A further difficulty is the unwillingness of local farmers to come forward top have their cattle vaccinated.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity
Momotombo (Nicaragua): A strong explosion occurred this morning at 04:22 local time at the volcano, covering much of the summit cone with incandescent ejecta. The lava flow effusion and continuous strombolian activity had stopped in early December, followed by only high-temperature degassing, sporadic minor explosions and the growth of what might have been a small lava dome. A more intense phase of activity seems to have started yesterday. Early on 2 January, small ash emissions occurred, followed by more, still weak explosions in the early afternoon of yesterday. The strong explosion this morning might have involved a small pyroclastic flow on the NE side of the volcano, reaching about 1.5-2 km length. Whether or not this activity is sign of a new batch of magma arriving at the vent, and leading up to more intense activity to come, or result of more superficial processes, e.g. surface pressure released beneath the recently emplaced lava occupying the summit is unclear.