Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Costa Rica.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Indonesia – Nine people have been killed after a flash flood destroyed a bridge in Kaur regency in Bengkulu, Indonesia. Kaur Disaster Mitigation Agency estimated around 30 people on the bridge when it collapsed. One person is still missing.

Spain – Powerful storm Gloria caused strong winds and heavy snowfall in Spain claiming the lives of four people. Fatalities have been reported in Asturias, Gandia, Avila and Moixent. The Spanish meteorological agency has placed 33 of its 55 provinces on high alert.

Disease

Novel Coronavirus – China

China warned Wednesday that a SARS-like virus could mutate and spread as the death toll rose to nine and the number of cases reached 445 across the country. Authorities announced measures to contain the disease as hundreds of millions of people travel across the country for this week’s Lunar New Year holiday, including disinfection and ventilation at airports, train stations and shopping centres.

Health officials are reporting the first confirmed novel coronavirus case in Macao. This is the ninth case reported outside China.

Federal health officials reported today of the first confirmed case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the United States in the state of Washington. The patient, age 35, recently returned from Wuhan, China.

On 20 January 2020, National IHR Focal Point (NFP) for Republic of Korea reported the first case of novel coronavirus in the Republic of Korea. The case is a 35-year-old female, Chinese national, residing in Wuhan.