Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.7 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.4 earthquake hits eastern Sichuan, China.

5.2 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 earthquake hits offshore Guatemala.

5.0 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 12s (Eloise), located approximately 363 nm west-northwest of Europa Island, is tracking west-southwestward at 09 knots.

Tropical cyclone 13s (Thirteen), located approximately 1089 nm west-southwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking south-southwestward at 04 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Indonesia – Authorities in Indonesia say the country has seen 185 disasters since the start of the year, including earthquakes, tornadoes, landslides and floods. According to the National Disaster Management Agency, BNPB, hydrometeorological disasters dominate the list, with 127 flood events and 30 landslides recorded in several regions of the country during the period 01 to 21 January 2021. At least 166 people have died in the disasters, including 91 in earthquakes, 41 in landslides and 34 as a result of floods. The worst of the recent flooding occurred in South Kalimantan, where at least 15 people died. Flooding in Banjarmasin City, capital of the province, has affected over 100,000 people.

Burundi – The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that flooding in Bujumbura province of Burundi has forced thousands of people from their homes. Heavy rainfall from 08 January caused the Rusizi river to flood and Lake Tanganyika to rise, inundating areas of the Rukaramu and Gatumba zones in Mutimbuzi commune of Bujumbura province. OCHA said that “structural factors such as the saturated water table, siltation of the bed of the Rusizi river and the weakness of the artisanal dikes have accentuated the extent of the flooding.”

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Dengue Fever – 2020

Brazil was the country with the most dengue fever cases in 2020, hitting a total of 1,418,296 cases, more than half the cases seen in the Americas last year (2,245,733). Following Brazil last year was Paraguay (223,082), Vietnam (121,398 during the first 11 months), Mexico (120,239) and Malaysia with more than 88,000.

Foot and Mount Disease – Namibia

Nambia’s Ministry of Agriculture has reported another outbreak of highly contagious foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). This comes after an outbreak in October of 2020. The unfortunate and continued presence of FMD outbreaks in Namibia is a serious concern. While the latest outbreak occurred in the buffer zone and north of the cordon fence, this is the second occurrence of FMD in a matter of months.