Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

5.0 earthquake hits eastern Sichuan, China.

5.0 earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 08s (Danilo), located approximately 468 nm south-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking east-southeastward at 15 knots.

Tropical cyclone 09p (Imogen), located approximately 283 nm west of Cairns, Australia, is tracking east-southeastward at 11 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Papua New Guinea – At least 15 people are feared dead after a landslide in a remote area of Central Province, Papua New Guinea on 28 December 2020. He said the landslide buried the homes set up in an alluvial gold mining camp in Goilala District. As of 31 December, 8 bodies had been recovered. The search for those still missing is continuing, although the recovery effort has been hampered by heavy rains, which are thought to have triggered the landslide.

Philippines – The Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported flooding in central areas of the country from 01 January 2021 following heavy rain brought by the tail end of a frontal system. Two fatalities were reported in Bicol Region, where 3 people were also reported missing. One person died in floods in Negros Occidental Province of Western Visayas region. In Bicol, 1 person died and 3 were missing after floods in Camarines Sur. Another fatality was reported in Sorsogon. As of 02 January, 106 incidents of flooding had been reported across Bicol, along with 24 landslides. Meanwhile in Western Visayas region, PNA said at least one person died and almost 15,000 families were affected by flash floods caused by heavy rains in four localities in northern Negros Occidental from 01 January 2021.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Brazil

The number of wildfires in Brazil increased 12.7% last year to a decade-high, according to official figures likely to add to pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro’s government over the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.

There were a total of 222,798 wildfires across Brazil in 2020, the highest number since 2010, according to the Brazilian space agency, INPE. That included more than 103,000 fires in the Brazilian Amazon, an annual increase of nearly 16%, said INPE, which uses satellite images to track fires and deforestation.

It also included more than 22,000 fires in Brazil’s share of the Pantanal, the world’s largest wetlands, which were devastated last year by an annual increase of more than 120%.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Puffer Fish Poisoning – Philippines

Officials in the Tabango municipality in northern Leyte in the Philippines are reporting at least three deaths due to puffer fish poisoning, or butete as it is known in the province. In addition to the fatalities, four others were also hospitalized with the food poisoning.

Bird Flu – Japan

Japan reports another wave of bird flu outbreak, this time in the prefecture of Gifu, as state officials have reported it coming from a chicken farm in the city of Minokamo. Polymerase chain reaction tests conducted later detected an H5 subtype virus from all samples collected from chickens at the farm. More than 68,000 chickens at the Minokamo chicken farm are needed to be culled, as local authorities are putting a 3-kilometer radius around the farm to observe the outbreak. Farms within the area are told not to move their poultry and its eggs.

Bird Flu – Denmark

Local authorities in the municipality of Vibord in Denmark have decided to cull nearly 9,000 poultry after a farm in the Lovel village found that it is dealing with a strain of bird flu.

Diarrhoea – Philippines

Occidental province in the Mindanao part of the Philippines has recorded a diarrhea outbreak in Barangay Butuan in the Municipality of Jose Abad Santos, Mayor Jason John Joyce reported. The outbreak has left 1 dead and 33 others hospitalized in the town’s district hospital.