Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.5 earthquake hits northeastern Iran.
Two 5.2 earthquakes hit the Kermedec Islands.
5.2 earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.
5.1 earthquake hits southwest of Africa.
5.1 earthquake hits the Near Islands in the Aleutian Islands.
5.1 earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.
5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.
5.0 earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
There are no current tropical storms.
Tonga – Tropical Cyclone Sarai caused minor damage on Tonga’s main island, Tongatapu, with flooding in areas with poor drainage and damages to the trees.
Indonesia – The severe flooding in Indonesia’s capital as residents celebrated the new year has now killed at least 21 people, displaced tens of thousands and forced an airport to close, the country’s disaster management agency said Thursday. Monsoon rains and rising rivers submerged at least 169 neighborhoods and caused landslides in the Bogor and Depok districts on Jakarta’s outskirts.
Wildfires – Australia
Thousands of tourists have been given less than 48 hours to evacuate fire-ravaged coastal communities as Australia braces for a weekend heatwave expected to fan deadly bushfires.
Catastrophic blazes ripped through the country’s south-east on New Year’s Eve, killing at least eight people and stranding holidaymakers. The New South Wales (NSW) Rural Fire Service on Thursday morning declared a “tourist leave zone” stretching about 200 kilometres (125 miles) from the popular holiday spot of Bateman’s Bay along the picturesque coast to neighbouring Victoria state, where people are also being urged to flee.
A major operation to reach thousands of people stranded in fire-ravaged seaside towns was under way in Australia on Wednesday after deadly bushfires ripped through popular tourist spots and rural areas leaving at least eight people dead. Navy ships and military aircraft were deployed alongside emergency crews to provide humanitarian relief and assess the damage from the deadliest spate of blazes yet in a months-long bushfire crisis.
Monkeypox – DR Congo
According to the World Health Organization, DRC saw 5,060 cumulative monkeypox cases through Dec. 8 last year, including 103 fatalities–a 2 percent CFR. This includes 56 cases and one death reported the week of Dec. 8.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity
Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): The activity of the volcano has been fluctuating between high and medium levels. It is characterized by strombolian explosions from multiple vents in the crater terrace with averages of 22 events per hour during the past day. Tremor and degassing values are at stable, medium levels. A visitor to the island during the past week and on 26 observed a short-lived small viscous lava flow in the upper Sciara del Fuoco: after a stronger explosion from the western vent, two effusive vents opened in the outer flank of the crater and continuously fed a viscous lava flow, which reached about 50 m length and generated abundant incandescent rockfalls on the steep slope.
Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): (31 Dec) Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 24000 ft (7300 m) altitude or flight level 240.
Reventador (Ecuador): (1 Jan) Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 15000 ft (4600 m) altitude or flight level 150
Sabancaya (Peru): Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Buenos Aires warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 27000 ft (8200 m) altitude or flight level 270.
Etna volcano (Italy): Activity at the volcano has increased during the past 24 hours. Mild to moderate strombolian activity resumed at the New SE crater’s summit vent and has been intensifying. The activity at the New SE crater began yesterday at about 16:00 UTC (17:00 local time), ejecting plenty of incandescent lava bombs onto the outer flanks of the cone. At the same time, the mild strombolian activity from vents inside the Bocca Nuova and Voragine summit craters continues at similar intensity as during the previous weeks. An intracrater lava flow produced by this activity was seen active on some photos published on social media. Tremor has increased a bit, but shows no significant variations at the time of this update.
Dukono (Halmahera): Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Darwin warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 7000 ft (2100 m) altitude or flight level 070 .