Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.4 earthquake hits Chiapas, Mexico.

6.0 earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.7 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.5 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.4 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.4 earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.3 earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits northern Xinjiang, China.

5.0 earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Jan Mayan Island.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Midwest USA – Tens of millions of Americans braved Arctic-like temperatures on Thursday as low as minus 56 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 49 Celsius) that paralysed the US Midwest and were blamed for at least 25 deaths. Warmer-than-normal weather was on the way, but that offered little comfort to vulnerable populations such as the homeless and elderly enduring cold that caused frostbite in minutes and made being outside potentially deadly, the most severe cases risked having fingers and toes amputated.

Queensland, Australia – Queensland authorities have said the state’s north was entering “unprecedented territory” as more monsoon rains battered the city of Townsville, setting record flood levels and destroying homes. As the natural disaster entered its four day, the state emergency service confirmed on Saturday that 80 people had been rescued. It was too early to quantify the damage to homes, although some media reports said at least 50 homes had been affected so far. The worst of the conditions were expected over the next two days.

Cold Wave – Algeria

On 11 January, Algeria was hit by a cold wave with heavy snow and rainfalls which further intensified on 13 January. Severe weather conditions were reported to have affected 25 out of 48 governorates of Algeria. Extreme weather has resulted in widespread chaos, leaving 8 people dead, 25 people wounded, damage to powerlines and other key infrastructure, more than 151 roads becoming unpassable due to snow and floods, and to the loss of shelter and livelihoods in more than 300 villages and communes across the country.

Disease

Rift Valley Fever – Mayotte

In the Indian Ocean, between Madagascar and the coast of Mozambique sits the archipelago of Mayotte, a Department of France. Health officials have reported (computer translated) an increase in autochthonous Rift Valley fever (RVF) cases in the past six weeks. Since the first human case was detected on Dec. 11, 2018, health officials have reported 19 human cases.

Hepatitis A – Kentucky, USA

The largest hepatitis A outbreak in the nation continues to get larger as Kentucky health officials reported the updated outbreak case this past week. With the 79 cases reported during the fourth week on 2019, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) now puts the outbreak total at 3,919, since August 2017.

Chikungunya – Malayasia

The Selangor State Health Department reported yesterday that as of January 31, 2019, 14 patients with symptoms of Chikungunya have been detected.