Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 earthquake hits the Syria-Iraq border.

5.1 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits southern Alaska.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 13s (Thirteen), located approximately 1450 nm east-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking westward at 06 knots.

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Brazil – Further heavy rain has triggered flooding and landslides in the city of Florianópolis and areas of Santa Catarina state, Brazil. Civil Defence of Santa Catarina (DCSC) said almost 40mm of rain fell in Florianópolis in a 1 hour period around midday on 24 January. Roads were blocked by flood waters or landslide debris in several parts of the city. Around 35 houses were damaged. Two people died when a landslide in the Saco Grande neighbourhood caused a wall of a house to collapse.

Southern Africa – Disaster authorities report that 6 people have died in Mozambique after Tropical Cyclone Eloise made landfall in Sofala Province early on 23 January 2021. Eloise caused severe flooding in parts of Sofala Province, but also affected Zambezia, Inhambane and Manica provinces as the storm made its way west. Flooding caused severe damage to thousands of homes and over 8,000 people have been displaced, mostly in Sofala Province. INGD estimated that a total of 136,755 hectares of farmland has been flooded in affected areas. In Zimbabwe, heavy rains caused flooding, mudslides and destruction of infrastructure in Manicaland, Mashonaland East and Central, Matabeleland South and Masvingo provinces. Three people died after being swept away by flood waters in Chipinge, Manicaland Province. In South Africa, SA Weather Service said heavy rain affected parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, with some flooding reported in Venda in the far north of Limpopo.

Global Warming

Global Temperature Chart

Global warming led to 2020 and 2016 being around 1.2 degrees Celsius hotter than the average temperature during the 19th century.

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Global warming forces Bangladeshi tribals to migrate

Global warming has dried up water resources in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in southeastern Bangladesh, forcing thousands of Indigenous tribal people out of their traditional settlements. Rainfall has become very erratic making it impossible to successfully grow traditional crops. Even centuries old waterfalls have dried up.

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