Storms and Floods

Tropical Cyclone Rusty

TC Rusty has intensified to a Category 1 storm, it has an eye spanning 20 nautical miles, and is expected to unleash a significant storm surge in northern Western Australia. Authorities are warning residents in low lying areas to evacuate with a threat of flooding, high winds and a coastal tide.

Floods – New South Wales, Australia

The Pacific Highway remains cut between Kempsey and Clybucca, and again near Grafton, as floodwaters take time to subside on the New South Wales north and mid-north coast.

Across the state more that 22,000 people remain cut off by floodwaters, 10,000 of those are in the Macleay Shire

While the towns in this region have mostly been spared, large swathes or agricultural land is under water and herds of livestock are crowded on to small islands.

Eight river systems along the coast are in flood but all are steady or falling.

In the 1950s, major flooding in the region saw many farmers walk off their properties and never return. Authorities hope the same thing will not happen to this generation of farmers.

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New Flooding in Mozambique

Flooding in Mozambique has now displaced more than 238,000 people.

Zambezi and Limpopo rivers have burst their banks and caused more flooding.

More than 186,000 people are currently living in evacuation centres.

Heavy Hail in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Quarter-size hailstones have been reported in New Orleans, Louisiana. No reports of significant damage.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits eastern Honshu, Japan.

5.6 Earthquake hits off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan.

5.4 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits south of Alaska.

5.2 Earthquake hits western Xizang, China.

5.2 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

Wildlife

Floods Spark Manta Ray Feeding Frenzy

Queensland researchers have spotted an unusually large group of manta rays in a feeding frenzy near Lady Elliot Island.

Up to 150 manta rays were feeding in the area last month, the most ever recorded. The phenomenon was a result of recent flooding in Bundaberg, with excess levels of water sending a surge of nutrients into the ocean, leading to a spike in plankton.

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Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

White Island (New Zealand): Strong continuous volcanic tremor has returned and is now higher than ever, mixed with earthquakes. No unusual activity is visible at the surface.

Sangay (Ecuador): VAAC Washington reports pilot observations of ash emissions to 25,000 ft (7.5 km) altitude on 22 February. Since the volcano is very remote and one of Ecuador’s most active, it is fair to assume that it might be in a state of elevated activity.

Heard (Australia, Southern Indian Ocean): A MODIS hot spot was visible yesterday at the summit of the volcano, despite the usual dense cloud cover. This indicates that some sort of activity likely continues.

Etna (Sicily, Italy): (23 Feb) The 5th paroxysm of the New SE crater is occurring. Tall lava fountains are erupting from the fissure vent of the New SE crater. This time, the eruption is much bigger than the previous ones. Judging from webcam images, lava fountains might be reaching one km in height.

Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia): (24 Feb) A small magmatric intrusion earlier today produced an earthquake swarm and increased SO2 degassing.

Storms and Floods

Rains and Thundershowers in Uttar Pradesh, India

Rains and thundershowers in Uttar Pradesh have killed two people.

Two people each from Jalaun and Etah districts died after lightning hit them.

Avalanche warning has been issued in Kashmir.

Tropical Cyclone Rusty

Tropical Cyclone Rusty forms northwest of Port Hedland, Australia.

A blue alert is issued for Broome, Whim Creek, Port Hedland and Wallal.

Heavy rainfall is forecast in eastern Pilbara and western Kimberley.

Heavy Snowfall in Finland

An avalanche warning is issued for western Lapland, Finland.

Avalanche in Croatia

One Croatian climber died, three of his colleagues were rescued after an avalanche in the mountains on the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.

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Storms Destroy Homes As Floods Swamp NSW – Australia

A big clean-up is underway after gale force winds wrecked houses, cut power and felled trees across parts of Sydney and the NSW south coast.

In the state’s north around 20,000 people remain isolated by floodwaters but conditions are easing as swollen rivers disgorge their extra loads into the sea.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits central Peru.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits East Timor.

5.1 Earthquake hits East Timor.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

Global Warming

Hot January 2013

January 2013 was the globe’s 9th warmest January since records began in 1880, said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Cyclone Haruna

TC Haruna has now killed 10 people in Madagascar.

The cyclone destroyed around 70 percent of the southwestern city of Morombe.

This tropical disturbance is forecast to bring more rain in southern Madagascar in the coming two days.

Unusual Landslide in Spain

Heavy rains in recent weeks have caused a major landslide in Subiza, Spain that has devastated rural roads, farms and caused serious damage to two electrical towers that are at serious risk of falling.

The landslide is located on the southeast slope of Mount of Forgiveness, towards Bells, and therefore did not affect any house in the small town of Basin, of about 190 inhabitants. The dimensions of the land mass, which dragged stones and vegetation as a result of heavy rainfall, are calculated at 800 meters long and 700 wide.

Winter Storm hits Europe

Central Europe has been swept by a powerful cyclone.

Snow caused chaos on roads in Austria, with the situation particularly grave in the east. Heavy trucks cannot cope with the icy slopes; traffic jams stretch for many kilometers. Every hour new accidents are recorded at police stations. Local officials urge drivers to put chains on the wheels.

Cold weather and snow have also descended upon Croatia: frosts have hit resorts on the Adriatic coast, the seafronts and yachts are covered with snow and ice. Local services are toiling around the clock clearing streets. According to weather forecasts, the cyclone has no intention of letting up on the Balkans.

EF-1 tornado with estimated winds of 104 mph tore a damage path 4.5 miles long across parts of Sabine County, Texas, USA just after 1 p.m Friday.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.8 Earthquake hits East Timor.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits southern Peru.

5.3 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

5.2 Earthquake hits southern Peru.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Indian Ocean Triple Junction.

Wildlife

Woman’s loyalty to her Horse.

A horse lover spent 3 hours holding its head above the tide after it got stuck in the mud on a beach in Australia. A horse gets stuck up to his neck in mud on a beach as the tide rises. The 500kg horse, named Astro, was freed with the help of a tractor and harness at Avalon Beach in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

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Environment

Cold in Ontario, Canada.

Stunning image of frozen trees on the shore of Lake Ontario. Captured by photographer Timothy Corbin.

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Disease

TB in Los Angeles, California, USA

Los Angeles County health officials have asked for federal assistance to analyze and contain an outbreak of tuberculosis within the city’s homeless population.

The Los Angeles Times reported that health workers have identified about 4,650 people who were probably exposed to a persistent outbreak of the contagious disease on downtown Los Angeles’ skid row.

The newspaper said that county officials have identified 78 cases of a unique strain of the contagious disease, including 11 deaths. Sixty of those cases were homeless individuals living in the skid row area.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands): A swarm of earthquakes occurred over the the past days in an area a few km south of the island at about 10 km depth.

Tangkubanparahu (West Java): VSI raised the alert level yesterday from “normal” to “alert” (2 on a scale of 1-4, “Waspada). The decision was based on an increase in tremor and the discovery of fine ash deposits on tourist facilities located at the edge of Kawah Ratu. It is recommended to prohibit access to Kawah Ratu, the historically active crater, and a major local tourist attraction.

White Island (New Zealand): Minor ash venting occurred at White Island at approximately 11:30 am and 1:30 pm today. GNS Science volcanologists are monitoring the activity and further information will be released as soon as it is available. The tremor has dropped sharply.

Colima (Western Mexico): Explosions and accompanying rockfall signals are stronger and more frequent today.