Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits south of Tonga.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Russia-Xinjiang border region.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.


USA – A second winter storm has blasted Chicago with heavy snow and strong winds that created near-whiteout blizzard conditions, bringing the city its fifth heaviest snow on record – 19.3″. More than 18″ of snow plastered Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan, with a storm-maximum snowfall amount of 20″ observed in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In Southeast Michigan, the 16.7″ the storm dumped on Detroit was the city’s third heaviest snowfall on record. The storm then moved on to Ohio, hitting Cleveland with 4.7″. The biggest totals during the remainder of the storm’s trek are expected in snow-weary Massachusetts, with snow amounts near 12″ expected in Boston. That city received 24.4″ of snow from last week’s blizzard; several locations in Central Massachusetts near Worcester received 36″ of snow, and are expecting another 12″ from this storm.

Turkey – At least eight people have been killed by a storm caused by a strong southwesterly wind known in Turkey as lodos. The storm hit the Marmara, Aegean, Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea regions of the country. The huge storm also caused flooding in province of Edirne close to the border with Greece. The storm destroyed the roofs of more than 300 buildings and around 100 vehicles were damaged in Bursa province. Turkish Airlines said it had canceled more than 100 flights due to the adverse weather.

Philippines – A landslide in Zambo Norte, Philippines has claimed the lives of two persons, including a nine year old child. The landslide occurred in Roxas town in Zamboanga del Norte Monday morning.


Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

Between 14 and 22 January 2015, the IHR National Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (SAU) notified WHO of 9 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 4 deaths. Cases are listed by date of reporting, with the most recent case listed first.