Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.0 Earthquake hits Kamchatka, Russia.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.1 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.1 Earthquake hits Kamchatka, Russia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the coast of northern California.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone 09s (Stan), located approximately 97 nm north of Port Hedland, Australia, is tracking south-southeastward at 04 knots.

Stan is expected to become a category three cyclone when it makes landfall near Port Hedland late on Saturday morning.

NewsBytes:

British Columbia, Canada – An avalanche near McBride, British Columbia in Canada has claimed the lives of five people on Friday. Two others were injured.

Scotland = Heavy rain, extremely high winds, blizzards and floods are forecast to batter the north-east today and over the rest of the weekend as Storm Gertrude moves over northern Britain.

Disease

Zika virus infection – United States of America – United States Virgin Islands

On 25 January 2016, the National IHR Focal Point for the United States of America notified PAHO/WHO of the first laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika virus infection in St. Croix, one of the three main islands in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI).

Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus – Lao People’s Democratic Republic

On 17 January 2016, the National IHR Focal Point (NFP) of Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) notified WHO of 2 additional cases of vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (VDPV1). Both cases are from Longsane district, Xaisomboun Province.

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

On 24 January 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of Thailand notified WHO of 1 laboratory-confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. This is the country’s second case of MERS-CoV infection (see DON published on 10 July 2015).

Bird Flu in Nigeria

Avian Influenza, popularly referred to as bird flu, is now in 18 states in Nigeria and has affected over 2.5 million chickens and is spreading fast.

By the last count, as of yesterday (Thursday), not less than 2.5 million chickens have been infected and over 700 farms have been affected nationwide. From one incidence in one state and moving to two states, it has increased and by now it is in not less than 18 states – according to local health authorities.

Newcastle Disease in the Philippines

The confirmation of an outbreak of the contagious and fatal Newcastle disease (ND) virus in Tarlac has spurred the Department of Agriculture (DA) to urge poultry stakeholders and fighting cock aficionados not to transport their animals to other regions.

Meningitis Outbreak in Ghana

Health authorities in central Ghana have denied that there is a meningitis outbreak in the country’s Ashanti region.

The Ashanti regional health directorate claimed that they were only nine people who had tested positive after critical tests were done, according to Citi News.

Reports, however, indicate that at least 32 people have died in the west African country since the outbreak of the disease four weeks ago.

According to Ghana web, more than 100 cases of Pneumococcal Meningitis have been reported in the country’s southern region of Brong-Ahafo region.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Shiveluch (Kamchatka): Activity at the volcano seems to be increasing again. Constant glow and incandescent rockfalls at the active lava dome are visible on webcam imagery. Based on satellite data, an eruption (explosion or pyroclastic flow) was reported this morning to have produced an ash plume that rose to 24,000 ft (7.3 km) altitude and drifted west.

Colima (Western Mexico): Intermittent explosions of varying size continue, producing ash plumes that rise 1-3 km above the volcano.

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): The volcano’s lava dome has filled the inner crater, CENAPRED observed during an overflight on 27 January. The high level of the dome explains the relatively strong glow visible at night. According to CENAPRED, it is likely that small to moderate explosions in the coming days will destroy the dome again (as happened numerous times in the past during the current eruptive cycle of Popo). During the past few days, activity has been at average to low levels with 2-5 small explosions that generated ash plumes dispersing into easterly directions.