Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
6.1 earthquake hits Santiago del Estero, Argentina.
5.5 earthquake hits Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia.
5.3 earthquake hits the central Mediterranean Sea.
5.1 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.
5.1 earthquake hits north of Halmahera, Indonesia.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 08s (Cheneso), located approximately 201 nm northeast of Europa island, is tracking eastward at 1 knot.
Indonesia – Disaster authorities in Indonesia report severe flooding and landslides in areas of Sumatra island which began after heavy rainfall on 21 January 2023. As of 24 January, almost 100,000 people and 15,000 homes have been affected. Three fatalities were reported. Areas in Aceh Province in the far north of Sumatra Island were severely impacted, with flooding reported in several regencies. Flooding and landslides also struck in Deli Serdang in North Sumatra Province and in Padang Pariaman Regency in West Sumatra Province where 2 people died and 5 were injured.
Malaysia – The number of flood victims in Johor continued to rise to 2,912 people as of midnight in contrast with 1,703 people recorded at 8pm with Mersing being the latest district to be affected by the disaster. Four rivers in Johor have breached the danger level with an upward trend. At least five main roads were closed to traffic.
Huge Iceberg Breaks of Antarctica
A vast iceberg equivalent to the size of Greater London has broken off the Antarctic ice shelf. The huge iceberg – which measures more than 1,550 square kilometres – broke away from the 150 metre thick Brunt Ice Shelf on Sunday.
The good news is that the split is a natural process known as ‘calving,’ and is not linked to climate change. The new berg is the second iceberg to break off in two years, as a massive crack called ‘Chasm-1’ extends through the Brunt ice shelf.