Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits south of Java, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 15p (Oma), located approximately 257 nm west-northwest of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking south-southwestward at 06 knots.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 02w (Two), located approximately 970 nm southeast of Andersen AFB, Guam, is tracking westward at 13 knots.

NewsBytes:

Papua New Guinea – Two people were buried alive in a landslide as heavy rain caused havoc in Madang last week. People living along the Finisterer mountain range have been the victim of landslides. Hundreds were stranded along the Madang-Usino highway when a section of the road was damaged by flooding.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

The official number of homes destroyed by bushfires in the Australian State of New South Wales (NSW) last week has risen to 32, the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) said on Tuesday.

A further 21 homes were damaged and 119 outbuildings were scorched by three main blazes which tore across 74,000 hectares of bushland surrounding the towns of Tingha and Tabulam in the state’s north.

Wildfires – Spain

Arsonists are suspected to be behind a wave of wildfires which have hit the region of Cantabria in the north of Spain. The Cantabrian regional authority reports that round 32 different forest fires were active in 20 municipalities in the region.

Since Thursday 194 wildfires have been reported in the region with 50 active at nightfall on Sunday, although authorities hope that the arrival of daylight will allow the use of two aircraft and three helicopters to return to the battle against the flames.

Disease

Cholera – Uganda

In a follow-up on the cholera outbreak in Kampala, Uganda, health officials reported an update on the cholera outbreak that was declared in the Kampala area in early January. As of Feb. 10, 53 cholera cases, including three fatalities ave been reported across Kampala City and two other districts, Wakiso and Luwero.

Africa: Measles in Madagascar, Chikungunya in the Republic of Congo

In some important infectious disease news out of Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) updated the world on the measles outbreak in Madagascar. To date, officials have reported 66,000 cases since the outbreak began last September. In addition, at least 922 measles-related fatalities have been reported among children and young adults.

In the Republic of Congo, a Chikungunya epidemic declaration has been issued in the Kouilou and Pool regions, with at least 1043 validated cases. Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne viral disease that is transmitted from human to human by the bites of infected female mosquitoes.