Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

Two 5.2 Earthquakes hit the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits Timor, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

Two 5.0 Earthquakes hit the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits southwestern Sakha, Russia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

India – At least 10 soldiers have been missing after an avalanche struck the Siachen Glacier in Jammu and Kashmir, India. The avalanche occurred near the de facto border with Pakistan.

Thailand – The northeasterly monsoon is expected to bring rainstorm and heavy seas in the Gulf of Thailand from Feb 5-9, 2016 forcing the disaster prevention and mitigation teams to be on alert in nine southern provinces. Waves in the Gulf of Thailand have been forecast at 2-3 metres high.

Disease

Sexually Transmitted Zika Case Confirmed in Texas

A person in Dallas appears to have spread the Zika virus to another person through sex, Texas health officials said.

Officials at Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) said that a person in the area was infected with the Zika virus after having sexual contact with another person who had returned from Venezuela, where the virus is spreading, and was ill. The case was confirmed by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the DCHHS said.

“Now that we know Zika virus can be transmitted through sex, this increases our awareness campaign in educating the public about protecting themselves and others,” Zachary Thompson, the DCHHS director, said in a statement. Thompson noted that abstinence or condoms are the best prevention methods against sexually transmitted diseases.