Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

5.3 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 08p (Tino), located approximately 294 nm west-southwest of Niue, is tracking southeastward at 16 knots.

NewsBytes:

Australia – Parts of Australia’s east coast were hit by severe storms on Saturday, dousing some of the bushfires that have devastated the region for months but causing road closures and flash flooding. Despite the heavy rain, authorities were still battling nearly 100 blazes – part of the bushfires that have killed 29 people since September, destroyed more than 2,500 homes and scorched an area nearly one-third the size of Germany. Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, three of the states most hit by drought and bushfires, are now dealing with rain bucketing down in several areas.

Zambia – Heavy rainfall in recent days has led to riverine and flash floods in Zambia, mainly in the Southern Province, with Gwembe and Siavonga Districts hardest-hit. The flooding has destroyed crops, including maize, especially in Munyumbwe area in Gwembe District, according to the Government’s Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU). Some bridges have been submerged in the same area, hampering access.

Wildlife

Radioactive Habitat

Wildlife is thriving in the most contaminated areas around Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, which suffered meltdowns following a devastating 2011 offshore quake and subsequent tsunami.

Photos from automatic cameras set up by the University of Georgia showed that more than 20 species are flourishing in various areas of the irradiated landscape.

They found almost three times as many species such as wild boar, hares, macaques, pheasants and fox living there than in the slightly contaminated areas where people are able to live.

The research does not address the health and welfare of the animals in the presence of such radiation.

Disease

Nipah Virus – Pakistan

After reporting 24 human rabies deaths in 2019, the third rabies case has been reported in Karachi in January to date. The third and latest case is a 35-year-old woman from Thatta who was received a dog bite two months ago.