Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits Greece.

5.0 earthquake hits the Babuyan Islands in the Philippines.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

Malaysia – Almost 2,000 people have evacuated their homes in Malaysia’s Sabah state after flooding struck on 11 January, 2021. The districts of Beaufort (24 displaced), Kota Marudu (710), Kudat (975) and Pitas (47) have all been affected. Levels of the Padas River in Beaufort stood at 9.09 metres as of 12 January, above the danger mark of 8.7 metres. The city of Sandakan recorded 122.6mm of rain in 24 hours to 11 January.

Southeastern Europe – Severe weather including heavy rain and snow has affected areas of South Eastern Europe over the last few days, with flooding reported in parts of Albania, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece. Heavy rainfall in Bulgaria over the last few days increased river levels in Sofia and Pernik Provinces in western Bulgaria. In Montenegro heavy rain damaged buildings in Ulcinj, while in Greece, Civil Protection and the Fire Service responded to incidents of flooding in Ioannina, Arta and Pramata in north-western Greece.

Wildlife

Fences hinder migratory wildlife in Western US

Each year, thousands of migratory mule deer and pronghorn antelope journey northwest from their winter homes in the Green River Basin, a grassland valley in western Wyoming, to their summer homes in the mountainous landscape near Grand Teton National Park.

But to reach their destination, these ungulates must successfully navigate the more than 6,000 kilometers (3,728 miles) of fencing that crisscrosses the region. That’s enough distance to span nearly twice the length of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fences don’t always pose an insurmountable barrier to wildlife, and different species find different ways to get around them. Mule deer are willing to jump over fences that are low enough. Pronghorn antelope, however, are reluctant to jump over fences and instead must seek out areas where they can move underneath.

Each year, mule deer encountered fences an average of 119 times, Xu found. Pronghorn antelope encountered fences at more than twice that rate, about 248 times per year. About 40% of these fence encounters resulted in a change in the animals’ behavior.