Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits southern Alaska.

5.3 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.3 earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits Guam.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the Myanmar-India border.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore Oaxaca, Mexico.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tonga (Tsunami) – All the homes on one of Tonga’s small outer islands have been destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption and tsunami, with three people so far confirmed dead, the government said on Tuesday in its first update since the disaster struck. Every home on Mango island, where around 50 people live, had been destroyed, only two houses remained on Fonoifua, and Namuka island had suffered extensive damage. Tsunami waves reaching up to 15 metres hit the Ha’apia island group, where Mango is located, and the west coast of Tonga’s main island, Tongatapu. A thick layer of ash blankets all the islands. The archipelago’s main airport, Fua’amotu International Airport, was not damaged but the ash is preventing full operations, hampering international relief efforts.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Madagascar – Disaster authorities in Madagascar report at least 10 people have lost their lives after heavy rainfall caused floods and landslides in Analamanga Region, including the capital Antananarivo. Heavy rain struck during the night of 17 January 2022. Antananarivo recorded over 75mm of rain in 24 hours to 18 January 2022. Water authorities issued red alert warnings due to high levels of the Sisaony river, which jumped 68 cm in half an hour to reach 2.09 metres at the Andramasina station. Levels of the Ikopa and Mamba rivers are also high.

Uruguay – Residents evacuated their homes and cars were swept along city streets in Montevideo, capital of Uruguay, after torrential rain caused flash floods on 17 January 2022. The flooding was the result of “an extraordinary meteorological event” with between 90 and 150 mm of rain falling in just 1 hour early on 17 January. The city’s average monthly rainfall for January is 92 mm. The heavy rain was accompanied by strong winds which downed trees and power lines, leaving 20,000 without electricity across the region. Traffic and public transport were severely disrupted.

South Africa – Heavy rainfall has caused severe flooding in parts of Ladysmith and other areas in KwaZulu-Natal, forcing businesses and schools to close, while trapping people in homes submerged in water.

Lightning Strike Burst

The massive underwater Hunga Tonga volcano that erupted near Tonga in the South Pacific on January 14 triggered almost 7 hours of lightning as well as a tsunami. A ground-based lightning detection system recorded nearly 400,000 strikes with 200,000 occurring in a one-hour period. For comparison, a severe lightning bust in northern California might have hundreds or a few thousand strikes. The ash cloud reached at least 60,000 feet with some reports saying the initial plume reached 100,000 feet, three times the altitude of commercial airliners.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.7 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.5 earthquake hits Oaxaca, Mexico.

5.5 earthquake hits the Aegean Sea.

5.2 earthquake hits Java, Indonesia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.4 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.3 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits eastern Iran.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5,0 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore El Salvador.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Tsunami – Tonga

A tsunami triggered by the explosive eruption of the underwater Tonga volcano in the Pacific Ocean slammed the shoreline of the Pacific nation Saturday (Jan. 15), sending residents rushing for higher ground, according to news reports. A 4-foot-tall (1.2 meters) tsunami reportedly hit Tonga’s capital of Nuku’alofa, which is about 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of the underwater volcano. There have been no reports of injuries, because communication with the nation went down after the eruption. Local officials said the powerful underwater eruption had a radius of 161.5 miles (260 km), and sent ash, steam and gas more than 12 miles (20 km) into the air. Tsunami warnings were issued Saturday for the entire US West Coast after a massive volcanic eruption across the Pacific Ocean in Tonga, with tsunami waves triggering low-level flooding in Hawaii.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.7 earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

6.5 earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.7 earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.5 earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits northern Qinghai, China.

5.1 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.4 earthquake hits Cyprus.

5.3 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.3 earthquake hits the Nias region, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits the northern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.2 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.8 earthquake hits Greece.

5.5 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.4 earthquake hits south of Tonga.

5.4 earthquake hits Tucuman. Argentina.

5.3 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

6.0 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.1 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Guam.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits northwestern Kashmir.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.8 earthquake hits the southwestern Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

5.3 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.1 earthquake hits the mid-Indian ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.5 earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia.

5.5 earthquake hits northern Qinghai, China.

5.4 earthquake hits southern Greece.

5.3 earthquake hits the Prince Edward Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits the Andaman Islands off India.

5.1 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the Mid-Indian ridge.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 earthquake hits north of Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits Simeulue, Indonesia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.6 earthquake hits Easter Island.

5.5 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.5 earthquake hits near the south coast of western Honshu, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits northern Colombia.

5.0 earthquake hits near the south coast of Honshu, Japan.