Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
6.5 earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina.
5.6 earthquake hits Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia.
5.4 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.
5.2 earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina.
5.0 earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 10s (Joshua), located approximately 1029 nm southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking west-southwestward at 11 knots.
Tropical cyclone (tc) 12s (Eloise), located approximately 358 nm northeast of Antananarivo, Madagascar, is tracking southwestward at 04 knots.
Bolivia – Heavy rain has caused flooding in several parts of Bolivia over the last few days, in particular in the departments of Cochabamba and La Paz. Flooding came after heavy rain caused rivers to overflow, including the Taquiña River. Damage was reported to homes, infrastructure and crops. Some families have evacuated their homes, mostly in Villa Tunari. One person died in floods in Cercado. Meanwhile heavy rain also caused the Mapiri and Tipuani rivers to break their banks on 18 January, flooding the town of Guanay in Larecaja province in northern La Paz Department.
Paraguay – araguay’s National Emergency Secretariat (SEN) reports it is distributing humanitarian supplies to around 4,000 families affected by flash floods in the Municipality of Concepción. Flash floods struck in around 7 districts of the city from 16 January, 2021. As of 18 January, around 1,000 families remained displaced as of 18 January. Almost 230 mm of rain fell in the city on 17 January 2021. Levels of the Paraguay River jumped from around 1.6 metres on 17 January to 2.28 metres the following day.
The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:
Typhoid – Fiji
The Fiji Ministry of Health is reporting at least 10 cases of typhoid fever on the island of Vanua Levu. According to the Minister for Health, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, the cases were reported in the provinces of Cakaudrove and Macuata.
African Swine Fever – Philippines
Agriculture officials in Leyte province in the Visayas region of the Philippines are reporting Africa swine fever (ASF) in several barangays (villages). Blood samples taken from hogs in Abuyog tested positive for ASF, the first case reported in the Eastern Visayas.