Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.7 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.
5.7 earthquake hits Nepal.
5.4 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.
5.3 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.
5.2 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.
5.1 earthquake hits Malta.
5.1 earthquake hits Manipur, India.
5.0 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 08s (Cheneso), located approximately 176 nm northeast of Europa island, is tracking west-northwestward at 10 knots.
Philippines – Severe weather is continuing to affect wide areas of the Philippines, where the country’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reports that 38 people have lost their lives in floods and landslides since the start of January 2023. A combination of Low-Pressure Areas, the Northeast Monsoon and Shear Line storms triggered as many as 1,252 flood incidents and 101 landslides from 01 January to 21 January. Almost 2 million people have now been impacted by the severe weather across 51 provinces in 14 of the country’s 17 regions. Over 1,200 houses have been damaged and 548 destroyed.
German Village Demolished to make way for Coal Mine
Lützerath is a village on the edge of the Garzweiler open pit mine in the Rhenish lignite mining region in Germany. The village is to make way for the expansion of the open pit coal mine, and the residents have already been relocated.
Climate protesters, who had occupied the town for more than two years, housed in old buildings, clashed with police this week, but their efforts have been in vain as they were removed by police. The energy crisis in Europe, largely due to the war in the Ukraine, have helped motivate the German Government to proceed with the plans for the expansion of the coal mine.
Floods leave river polluted in Bosnia
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the downpours have left an iconic river choked with rubbish.
The Drina river, revered by rafters for its emerald colour and the stunning route it cuts through the mountains, has been polluted with waste from riverside landfills. Plastic bottles, rusty barrels, old tyres and even the odd fridge freezer covered the width of the river outside the town of Visegrád. The waste has accumulated behind a barrier built by a Bosnian hydroelectric plant a few kilometres upstream.
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