Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.8 earthquake hits Acre, Brazil.

5.8 earthquake hits the Volcano Islands off Japan.

5.7 earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits northern Alaska.

5.1 earthquake hits Tonga,

5.1 earthquake hits the Philippine Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical Storm 36w (Pabuk), located approximately 245 nm east-southeast of Port Blair, Andaman, is tracking westward at 08 knots.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 08p (Penny), located approximately 499 nm east of Cairns, Australia, is tracking westward at 05 knots.

Tropical cyclone 09p (Mona), located approximately 194 nm south-southeast of Suva, Fiji, is tracking southeastward at 12 knots.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical depression 01w (One), located approximately 182 nm east-southeast of Majuro, is tracking northwestward at 08 knots.


Thailand – Floods and blackouts caused by Tropical Storm Pabuk left nearly 30,000 people in evacuation shelters across southern Thailand Saturday, as relieved tourists stranded on islands further north were spared the worst and began to plot routes home. Pabuk, a once in three-decade weather system, packed winds of up to 75 kilometres (45 miles) an hour and brought heavy rains and storm surges as it lashed the entire south of the kingdom on Friday, downing power cables and causing widespread flooding.


Wildfires – Australia

The Gell river fire, west of the Tasmanian capital, has now burned through almost 15,000 hectares of bush but no longer posed an immediate risk to properties, the Tasmania Fire Service said. But residents were warned of a risk of embers from the blaze, burning about 20km northwest of the communities.

The bushfire at Rosedale, in Gippsland suspected to be deliberately lit, ripped through more than 10,000 hectares of scrub and forest before it was brought under control about 2.30am Saturday.

Wildfires – Chile

Dozens of wildfires tore through central Chile destroying scores of homes. Local media reported there were 44 wildfires active on Thursday with at least eight more still burning in the Valparaiso region alone. Valparaiso is a coastal area about 100km northwest of Chile’s capital, Santiago.

Perhaps the hardest hit municipality was Limache, where the mayor said some 60 homes were destroyed.

The O’Higgins region south of Valparaiso was also hard hit. In total, local media reported more than 2,600 hectares have burned.


Syphilis – Japan

In a follow-up on the syphilis outbreak in Japan in 2018, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo has reported an additional 600 cases in the past four weeks. The annual tally has risen from 6,096 to 6,661 from Epi week 46 to 50.

Ebola – DR Congo – Update

During the reporting period (27 December 2018 – 2 January 2019), 16 newly confirmed cases were reported from Beni (two), Butembo (five), Katwa (three), Komanda (one), Mabalako (one), and Oicha (four) health zones (Figure 1). As of 2 January 2019, there have been a total of 609 EVD cases1 (561 confirmed and 48 probable, Figure 2), including 370 deaths and 208 people having recovered.