Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 07s (Ana), located approximately 361 nm west-northwest of Antananarivo, Madagascar, is tracking westward at 12 knots.

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Australia – Entire towns in the state’s Far North are cut off after record-breaking rain. The SES has been flat out responding to hundreds of calls for help, as the heavens opened, destroying roads and inundating homes.

Pakistan – Disaster authorities in Pakistan report that heavy rain has caused damage to homes and triggered landslides in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Province from 20 January 2022. At least 8 people have lost their lives as a result. Heavy rain caused damage to homes and buildings across several districts during the following days, while heavy snowfall was reported in higher elevations. Three people, including 2 children, died in building collapses in Charsadda, Dera Ismail Khan and Hangu districts. Rain damage was also reported in the districts of Peshawar, Khyber, Buner, Tank, Karak and Swat. Around 20 homes have been severely damaged and 12 people injured.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Dengue Fever – Paraguay.

More than 300 dengue fever cases have been reported weekly in Paraguay in 2022 so far. To date, Paraguay has reported 630 total cases. Fifty-eight percent of cases have been reported in Central department and in Asunción.

Lassa fever – Nigeria

For the second week in a row, Nigerian health officials reported 48 confirmed Lassa fever cases in the country, bringing to total confirmed cases to 96 through January 16.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5/3 earthquake hits northern Qinghai, China.

5.3 earthquake hits the west Chile rise.

5.1 earthquake hits the Philippine Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 earthquake hits Ascension Island.

5.0 earthquake hits the Philippine Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Peru – The Peruvian town of Machu Picchu, located near the world-renowned archeological site, has seen hundreds of tourists evacuated due to severe flooding that caused a mudslide. No damage to the Incan citadel has been reported.

Wildlife

Can nonhuman animals drive other animals to extinction?

Imagine looking up at a sky so full of birds, they block out light from the sun. Passenger pigeons (Ectopistes migratorius) used to fly in flocks of hundreds of millions, maybe even billions, of birds that took hours to pass overhead. Then, we started shooting them.

Humans began commercially hunting passenger pigeons in the 19th century, and by 1914, they were extinct, according to Audubon magazine. These birds are a prime example of how quickly and efficiently humans can wipe out even the most common species. But is it just us, or can nonhuman animals drive other animals to extinction?

Sort of, but humans are usually involved. Some animals are capable of interspecies decimation if humans put them in the wrong place and they become invasive — species that cause ecological or economic damage to their non-native environment.

For example, Burmese pythons (Python bivittatus) from Asia are gobbling up anything that moves in the Florida Everglades. The domestic cat is another example. “They have contributed to the extinction of dozens of species of bird,” he said — the Stephens Island wren (Traversia lyalli) in New Zealand, which went extinct in 1895, is one example. Cats are the leading direct human cause of bird mortality in the U.S. and Canada, according to the American Bird Conservancy. In other words, American birds are under greater threat from pet cats than from guns.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

Firefighters on Saturday were battling a wildfire that broke out in the rugged mountains along Big Sur, forcing hundreds of residents on this precarious stretch of the California coast to evacuate and authorities to shut its main roadway.

The fire started Friday night in a steep canyon and quickly spread toward the sea, fanned by strong winds up to 50 mph. The blaze burned at least 2.3 square miles of brush and redwood trees.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.5 earthquake hits Shikoku, Japan.

6.2 earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

6.1 earthquake hits Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia.

5.6 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.2 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the Gulf of California.

Environment

Pollution

Smog and smoke clouds that now frequently plague California and other parts of the West are making breathing more dangerous for residents of the region, according to a new study.

Researcher Deepti Singh of Washington State University, Vancouver and colleagues found that exposure to ground-level ozone and the fine-particle pollution from more frequent wildfires has increased by 25 million “person days” from 2001 to 2020.

Short-term effects from the pollution include breathing difficulties and worsening heart and lung diseases, such as asthma. Exposure to both types of pollution at the same time compounds the health risks, and long-term exposure can have even far more serious consequences. The study found that in August 2020, 86% of the western U.S. was blanketed by extreme amounts of both.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

One firefighter working on the Coles Fire in South Australia has been killed and another hospitalized in a falling tree incident, the state’s Country Fire Service announced on Friday. The Coles Fire, first reported January 19, has burned 3,835 ha (9,476 a) about 28 km (17 miles) west-northwest of Coonawarra in southeast South Australia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits southern Alaska.

5.3 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.3 earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits Guam.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the Myanmar-India border.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore Oaxaca, Mexico.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Iran – More severe flooding has affected parts of southern Iran over the last few days, with around 1,200 homes damaged and thousands of people displaced in Kerman Province. Flooding has affected 300 villages in 11 counties of Kerman Province since around 18 January. IRCS teams have supported over 12,000 people affected by the floods, and provided emergency shelter to 1,050 households. Roads have been blocked, hindering access to some affected areas. Furthermore, severe weather conditions until late 19 January, including heavy rain, fog and wind, made it impossible to carry out relief and rescue efforts by air.

Zambia – An estimated 15,000 people from 3,500 households have been affected by flooding in Southern Province in Zambia over the last few days. As of 17 January 2022, flooding had affected wide areas of Namwala District, Southern Province, which is situated close to the Kafue River. Flooding has inundated land and homes and disrupted the lives of at least 3,000 households. Flooding was also reported in Choma district of Southern Province, close to Lake Kariba and the border with Zimbabwe. Around 500 families are thought to be affected and 110 households displaced. Flooding has cut road access in parts of both districts, making it impossible for some affected families to relocate.