Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits Luzon in the Philippines.

5.4 earthquake hits southwestern Kashmir.

5.0 earthquake hits Ecuador.

5.0 earthquake hits Azerbaijan.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit Halmahera, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 12s (Funani), located approximately 432 nm east-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking south-southeastward at 07 knots.

Tropical cyclone 13s (Gelena), located approximately 516 nm north-northwest of St. Denis, Reunion, is tracking northwestward at 04 knots.

NewsBytes:

Queensland, Australia – Two bodies were discovered in Australia’s flood-ravaged northeast on Tuesday as continuing heavy rain prompted authorities to warn of further flash flooding in the hours ahead. Hundreds of cattle are believed to be dead or stranded in north-west Queensland as heartbroken graziers go from a drought to a flooding crisis.

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New York, USA – Melting snow has caused several million gallons of municipal sewage to spill into the Hudson River from Troy and Albany. The melting is expected to continue for the rest of the week around the capital region and beyond. Ice jams are a focus in western New York, where a flood watch has been issued through Wednesday night.

Wildfires

Wildfires – New Zealand

As firefighters battle a blaze in the Nelson-Tasman region which has seen about 170 homes evacuated and a state of emergency declared, another fire broke out on Rabbit Island, across from Nelson Airport. Plumes of smoke had been rising from the island, directly north of Appleby and Wakefield, where evacuees have gathered. Residents had been asked to evacuate the area and Rough Island immediately. Residents of nearby Eves Valley and surrounding areas have been told to leave their homes.

Wildfires – Chile

A state of emergency has been declared in the southern regions of La Araucanía, Biobío and Los Ríos, as a result of the forest fires that are devastating those areas. More than 8,000 hectares of forests and pastures have already been burned by flames, dozens of homes have been destroyed and hundreds of people evacuated, according to reports.

Chile faces a complicated and unusual situation, because in the normally hot north, the so-called altiplanic winter has caused flooding and flooding of numerous rivers, resulting in three deaths and a girl missing. In contrast, in the south of the territory, usually cold even in the summer, high temperatures have set historical records.

Disease

Mad Cow Disease – Poland

The Poland Ministry of Agriculture notified the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) of a case of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or “Mad cow disease” among cattle on a Mirsk, Dolnoslaskie farm in southwestern Poland. The atypical strain of the disease was uncovered on January 24 during a routine screening.

Chikungunya – Thailand

In a follow-up on the chikungunya outbreak in southern Thailand, health officials recorded an additional 424 cases during the past week, bringing the total to 1,499 from 17 provinces since the beginning of the year.