Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Timor, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 08s (Danilo), located approximately 623 nm south-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking west-soutwestward at 06 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Bolivia – A short period of torrential rain and hail during the afternoon of 04 January 2021 caused flash flooding in parts of the city of Sucre in Chuquisaca Department, Bolivia. Authorities report that at least 4 people died, 6 are missing and 7 were injured as a result of the severe weather. The intense rain and hail also caused considerable material damage to vehicles and buildings. Several stalls of traders from the Mercado Campesino were swept away.

Indonesia – A total of 760 houses in nine villages of Cerme sub district and Gresik district of Indonesia’s East Java province had been submerged by floods, the National Disaster Management Agency said on Tuesday. The floods occurred because waters of the Lamong River were overflowing following previous heavy rains with high intensity since 9:20 am local time (on Tuesday).

Global Warming

Tree line on Mt. Fuji reaches new heights

The tree line near the halfway point of 3,776-meter Mount Fuji, considered the uppermost limit where such plants can thrive, has steadily climbed over the past four decades and global warming offers the best explanation, researchers say.

A joint study by Niigata and Shizuoka universities also found that Japanese larch trees, known for their stunted posture as if to hug the wind-swept terrain, stand more upright these days. The only possible explanation appears to be the shift in global warming.

The latest findings show that the upper end of a Japanese larch forest, which defines the timberline, had moved 30 or so meters upward along the slope from 40 years earlier, and the number of trees in the area had also increased.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

A fire that has been raging since Saturday is threatening the lives and homes of residents in the Gingin and Dandaragan areas north of Perth after the blaze escaped containment lines.

A bushfire emergency warning has been issued for parts of the two northerly shires after the fire picked up speed and jumped fire lines last night. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has issued an urgent alert to residents of Ocean Farms Estate, telling them to leave now.