Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits Madagascar.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Jujuy, Argentina.

5.0 Earthquake hits northern Italy – no reports of injuries.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Britain., Papua New Guinea.

Drought

Heatwave – South Africa

Several parts of South Africa are currently experiencing an intense heatwave. Temperatures were between 35 to 40 degrees in the Free State, the Northern Cape, North West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Gauteng.

Wildfires

Forest fire in Mongar District of Bhutan

-About 200 acres of Chirpine forest burnt in Bhutan forest fire. -Some 30 fire fighters are struggling to control the fire.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Lokon-Empung (North Sulawesi, Indonesia): Following the moderately large explosion yesterday, small ash emissions continue from the crater, as seen on this webcam image today.

Ambrym (Vanuatu): A large SO2 plume is seen on NOAA satellite data today, indicating that fresh lava continues to arrive inside the lava lakes of the caldera vents.

White Island (New Zealand): New Zealand scientist undertook a gas measurements flight and found values of CO2 and SO2 emissions at similar levels as in December. Observations during the flight revealed that the mud geysering in the main crater lake is still vigorous Tremor and seismic activity also remain high and eruptions could occur with no or little warning.

Agrigan (Mariana Islands, USA): In a satellite image from January 22, NOAA’s Washington Volcanic Ash Advisory Center spotted a possible volcanic plume from Agrigan volcano, located on the next volcanic island north of Pagan (Mariana Isl). Neither USGS nor NOAA have received confirmation of a volcanic source for this anomaly and it is likely the cloud was weather-related.

San Cristobal (Nicaragua): Volcanic earthquakes and low-level volcanic tremor continue at fluctuating levels within the volcano.

San Miguel (El Salvador): Volcanic tremor and earthquake numbers increased slightly yesterday, but dropped again today.

Reventador (Ecuador): IG reported lava flows descending from the summit area and continuous emissions creating a 2 km tall plume yesterday (24 Jan). Several hot spots are visible on MODIS images. Today, the seismic signal alternates between periods of strong tremor with quieter phases, suggesting that activity has been occurring in pulses.

Copahue (Chile/Argentina border): Intense internal (seismic) unrest continues. Sernageomin reported 25 volcano-tectonic and 106 long period events as well as episodes of tremor during 19 hours between 22-23 Jan. An explosion signal was recorded at 23:55 local time (22 Jan) that corresponded to a brief increase of the height of the gas plume to 1500 m above the crater. No ash emissions or incandescence, or other signs of surface activity other than a moderate slow increase in degassing have so far been observed.

Storms and Floods

Mine mudslides in Pueblo Nuevo, Ecuador

-At least 12 killed and 20 others injured in Ecuador mudslides. Heavy rain in a gold-mining community in southern Ecuador caused mudslide.

-Mudslide happened after six hours of torrential downpours.

-Mudslides have destroyed houses and blocked roads in Pueblo Nuevo. Natural disaster area can only be reached by helicopter.

-Around 200 soldiers and policemen are working in rescue operations.

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A heavy hailstorm has hit parts of southern Asir province, Saudi Arabia.

Tornadoes in central Queensland, Australia

-At least five tornadoes hit Queensland coastal towns, injuring 17 people.

-Burnett Heads and nearby Bargara have been declared as natural disaster areas.

-Tornadoes in Bundaberg district destroyed around 150 homes.

-About 2 000 people have been ordered to evacuate in Gladstone.

-Flood warnings have also been issued for the Calliope, Boyne, Baffle and Kolan Rivers.

-Australian weather bureau has predicted heavy rain and destructive winds for Brisbane of up to 125km/h until Monday

Flooding across Mozambique

-At least 36 people have been reported to be killed in recent Mozambique floods.

-A total of 26 persons have died in Gaza alone.

-Floods caused by torrential rains in South Africa and Zimbabwe that swelled the Limpopo river has displaced nearly 67,995 Mozambicans.

-Floods have damaged several bridges, roads and schools in capital Maputo.

-Some days ago, Mozambique officials had evacuated 55,000 people from flood disaster zone.

-Mozambican and South African military helicopters and boats have rescued 12,000 families.

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Tropical Cyclone Garry

-As of 09:00 UTC, TC Garry was located 470 nm west-southwest of bora bora.

-A storm warning has been cancelled and a gale warning has been issued Cook Islands.

Landslide in Jayapura, Indonesia

-Heavy rains killed two in Lampung, Indonesia. One person died in a landslide disaster in Jayapura, Papua, 4 other injured.