Earthquakes

5.8 Earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Andaman Islands off India.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Virgin Islands region.

5.0 Earthquake hits Fiji.

Disease

Mexico Reports Bird Flu Outbreaks At Two Egg Farms

Mexico reported outbreaks of highly pathogenic bird flu virus at two egg farms and that these had been resolved after the culling of nearly 300,000 birds.

A total of 740 poultry have died from the virus which emerged in the two egg farms located in the central state of Aguascalientes.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): Activity continues to be elevated. Last night, the eastern lava over flow was weakly active at the outer flank of the NE cone. Strong glow over the summit, despite partially dense cloud cover, indicates that the magma column inside is high and ready to produce more lava flows. Etna volcano: Weak strombolian activity and a small intra-crater lava flow inside Bocca Nuova’s eastern pit could be seen on a webcam image this night. Tremor remains elevated.

Plosky Tolbachik volcano in Kamchatka continues to erupt fluid lava flows with no signs of the eruption ending soon. Slow effusive activity and a thermal anomaly visible on satellite images continue also at nearby Bezymianny although Tolbachik’s seismic signal obscures the one from Bezymianny. Weak intermittent explosive activity continues at Karymsky (Kamchatka). Kliuchevskoi (Kamchatka) continues to have strombolian activity in its summit crater. Shiveluch (Kamchatka): effusive and explosive activity from the growing dome continue at moderate levels. Kizimen (Kamchatka): An explosion this morning produced an ash plume rising to more than 17,000 ft (5.2 km) altitude. Gorely (Kamchatka): Moderate seismic activity continues to be registered and moderate gas-steam activity was observing on January 05-06 and 08

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): the rate of emissions remains low at about 1 per hour. At 01:22 on 10 Jan, a stronger explosion occurred throwing incandescent fragments to a distance of 1 km from the crater.

In Guatemala, Fuego volcano continues with low-level strombolian activity and the slow effusion of a lava flow on the upper SW flank, currently about 600 m long. Santiaguito has been more active recently, with 4 lava flows from the lava dome and some stronger explosions with ash plumes rising up to about 800 m and occasional small pyroclastic flows.

San Cristobal (Nicaragua): The volcano continues to show a high level of internal unrest with periods of intensified volcanic tremor within a background of continuous low-level tremor. Masaya (Nicaragua): The volcano continues to have an elevated level of volcanic tremor.

San Miguel (El Salvador): Phases of continuous volcanic tremor appear at the volcano with the addition of some small earthquakes.

Nevado del Ruiz in Colombia had a brief ash emission on 9 Jan. Galeras (Colombia) continues to have intermittent weak ash emissions and elevated seismic activity. Nevado del Huila (Colombia): Steaming and weak seismic unrest continue with little changes over the past months. Cerro Machin, Sotará and Cumbal continue to show weakly elevated seismic activity, but there have not been any signs of surface activity.

Reventador (Ecuador): Seismicity continues to be elevated including some tremor pulses and occasional explosion signals. Tungurahua (Ecuador): Over the past week, the volcano has continued to calmed down a lot, but remains active. IG reports weak ash emissions and light ash fall in Choglontus and El Manzano on 10 Jan. Seismic activity is characterized by weak volcanic tremor pulses and some few volcanic earthquakes.

Kilauea (Hawai’i): Some earthquakes have occurred on the eastern rift zone. Lava flows remain active on the coastal flat and there are 2 weak ocean entries.

Erta Ale (Ethiopia): People on a recent expedition to Erta Ale reported that the lava lake was quite active and only about 10 m below the rim of the pit crater. Intermittent lava flows from an active hornito in the south pit crater have continued to fill its crater floor.

Ambrym (Vanuatu): A SO2 plume is hovering over Ambrym today, indicating that the lava lakes are still active.

White Island (New Zealand): Weak tremor remains present at White Island. Two shallow earthquakes of magnitudes 2.6 and 2.5 occurred earlier today at 5 and 6 km depth under the southern part of the volcano. Tongariro (New Zealand): Some local earthquakes are visible at the recent seismic recording.

Sakurajima (Japan): The volcano continues to produce small to moderate explosions at relatively high frequency of 3-4 per day. Ash plumes have been in the range of 6-9,000 ft (1.8-2.7 km).

Wildfires

Wildfire in Viña del Mar, Chile

A wildfire burned 150 hectares of the botanical garden in Viña del Mar region of Chile.

The National Emergency Office of the Interior Ministry (Onemi), together with Conaf have issued a red alert for the city of Viña del Mar.

Wildfire also burned nearly 150 hectares of meadows and brushes.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Cyclone Narelle

Tropical Cyclone Narelle (which is now a Category 4) is estimated to be 505 kilometres north of Exmouth and 505 kilometres northwest of Karratha and moving southwest at 12 kilometres per hour.

A Cyclone WARNING continues for coastal areas from Roebourne to Coral Bay, including Karratha, Dampier, Onslow and Exmouth.

A Cyclone WATCH continues for coastal areas from Coral Bay to Carnarvon.

Cold wave in Nepal

Cold wave in Nepal has killed so far 60 people this winter season.

Most of the victims are from the Terai districts of Nepal. Seven people died of cold in Bara and Rautahat districts yesterday night (Thursday).

Six were killed in Kailali and Kanchanpur districts and two others were killed in Jhapa yesterday only.

Strong winds also destroyed 13 houses at Khunde in Ward No. 4 and 5 of Khumjung VDC in Solukhumbu (gateway to Mount Everest).

Injured people are having treatment in local Khunde Hospital.

Avalanche in Kazbegi mountain, Georgia

Three Russian climbers reported to be killed in an avalanche disaster in Kazbegi mountains in Georgia.

A child who came along with the group was rescued and sent to hospital with frostbite.

Tornado in Batam, Indonesia

Tornado in Riau Islands city of Batam injured 200 people.

Tornado seriously injured a 10-year-old boy.

Tornado in Batam also destroyed two mosques, a government office and a gas station.

Flooding in South Island, New Zealand

Heavy rainfall caused flooding and closed roads in the South Island of New Zealand.

State Highways 94 from Lumsden to Te Anau and State Highway 73 from Cass to Arthurs Pass were closed because of flooding, washouts and slips.

Heavy storm also caused damage in Fiordland.

Flooding in Mindanao, Philippines

Flooding caused by a low pressure area (LPA) affected 3,000 people in Mindanao.

The flood affected persons are from Davao and Soccsksargen.

Butuan City is currently on Flood Alert Level 1 after a rise of two meters above sea level in Agusan river.

Tornado in Kaikoura, New Zealand

A tornado in Beach Rd, Kaikoura damaged several houses.

Twister cut power to around 250 Kaikoura homes.

China Landslide

A landslide has swept through a village in the steep, snow-dusted mountains of southern China, burying dozens of people and killing at least 16.

The landslide smothered 16 homes shortly after 8 am local time on Friday in Zhaojiagou village, and hours later more than 40 people were missing. The village is located in Zhenxiong county.

Severe weather across Mississippi and Louisiana

A statewide emergency was declared after storms rolled across Louisiana.

At least three tornadoes touched down in Louisiana Thursday morning: one near New Iberia, another in Breaux Bridge and a third near Plaquemine.

An industrial plant south of Plaquemine was damaged by a tornado.

Several mudslides reported at Natchez streets.

Floods affected Gentry High School in Indianola. Students were shifted when the classroom flooded.

There was also localized street flooding in parts of Vicksburg. Two people were rescued.

Downed trees were reported along the Natchez Trace and Mississippi Highway 547 near Port Gibson.