Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.4 earthquake hits southeast of Easter Island.

5.9 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.6 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

Two 5.4 earthquakes hit southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

Two 5.3 earthquakes hit southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Fiji.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 17p (Lucas), located approximately 57 nm east-northeast of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking southward at 13 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 18s (Eighteen), located approximately 97 nm south of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking westward at 01 knot.

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Newsbytes:

France – A period of heavy rainfall in France has caused rivers to rise and prompted authorities to issue flood warnings for 18 departments in the north and south west of the country. More than half a month’s worth of rain fell in parts of France in 24 hours from 31 January to 01 February. On 01 February a Red level warning was issued for the Maronne river in Argentat, Corrèze department. On 02 February the Maronne river at Basteyroux, Argentat-sur-Dordogne, reached 3.31 metres. Around 150 people were evacuated. Flooding and storm debris has blocked roads in several south-western departments. As of 02 February, 48 roads were closed in Landes Department. Severe flooding affected La Réole commune in the Gironde department, where levels of the Garonne river jumped to over 8 metres. One person died in flood waters of the Sambre river in Berlaimont, Nord Department on 01 February. Media also reported minor flooding along the banks of the Seine in Paris.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

An out-of-control wildfire burning northeast of the Australian west coast city of Perth has destroyed at least 59 homes and was threatening more Tuesday, with many residents across the region told it is too late to leave.

The 7,000-hectare (17,000-acre) blaze, which has a 80-kilometer (50-mile) perimeter, began on Monday and raged through the night near the town of Wooroloo, with the shires of Mundaring, Chittering, Northam, and the city of Swan affected.