Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

5.0 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits Mindanao, Philippines,

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the southwestern Ryukyu Islands, Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 08s (Cheneso), located approximately 881 nm southeast of Europa island, is tracking southeastward at 21 knots. This is the final warning for this system.

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Zambia – Wide areas of Southern and Central Provinces in Zambia are underwater after long-term rainfall caused rivers to overflow. Disaster authorities in Zambia have described it as a “catastrophic situation”. Authorities report widespread damage to homes, farmland and livestock. Many communities are isolated leaving them without access to healthcare and education. Furthermore, sanitation facilities have been completely submerged, exposing the population to a high risk of waterborne diseases. Heavy rains and flash floods have caused damage to homes and livelihoods in the country since mid-January.

Indonesia – At least five people died after flash floods swept through areas of Manado City in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, on 27 January 2023. Disaster authorities in the country reported heavy rain and the overflow of the Tondano watershed inundated around 400 homes. Flood waters were up to 3 metres deep in some areas. A total of 1,021 people were displaced. One person died in the floods and a bridge was severely damaged. Furthermore heavy rain in the area caused multiple landslides in the area, severely damaging over 50 houses and public buildings. Disaster authorities reported 4 people lost their lives as a result.


Lassa fever – Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) reported an additional 77 confirmed Lassa fever cases the week ending January 15, bringing the cumulative confirmed cases to 105 in 2023 to date.

Dengue Fever – Bolivia

Health officials in Bolivia reported 228 new dengue fever cases Saturday, bringing the cumulative total for the year to 1,856.

Trichinosis – Argentina

The Ministry of Health of the province of Santa Fe, issued an alert to a recent outbreak of trichinosis in various locations in the territory. So far, 26 suspected and 8 confirmed cases of this parasitic disease have been registered. At the same time, the provincial health officials asked the population to avoid sausage foods.

Nipah Virus – Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Zahid Maleque, announced that Nipah virus cases in the country have risen to eight, including five fatalities, according to a local media report. This is more than the three cases that were reported in all 0f 2022.