Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.3 Earthquake hits the Pagan region in the North Mariana Islands.
5.2 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.
5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Antofagasta, Chile.
5.0 Earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.
5.0 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
Tropical cyclone (tc) 07p (Niko), located approximately 151 nm north of Papeete, Tahiti, is tracking south-southeastward at 07 knots.
Southern Africa – The number of people affected by severe flooding in southern Africa continues to rise, and more rain is predicted. Malawi has reported 50 deaths and 153 missing, Mozambique 84 fatalities and Madagascar – which has been battered by Tropical Storm Chedza. The overall number of people affected in these countries stands at 638,000 in Malawi (121,000 of whom have been displaced from their homes), 90,000 in Mozambique and 100,000 in Madagascar.
Lightning illuminates the centre of Cyclone Bansi, giving us a look into the eye of the storm:
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 6 and 9 January 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) notified WHO of 5 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity
Karymsky (Kamchatka): More explosions have occurred at the volcano. Tokyo VAAC reported ash plumes to 7-12,000 ft (2.1-3.6 km) elevation drifting SE.
Zhupanovsky (Kamchatka, Russia): Mild ash emissions are visible on latest satellite images. Today’s clear weather over Kamchatka allowed MODIS satellites to take a shot with all 4 currently active volcanoes: Zhupanovsky, Karymsky (ash emissions from explosions), Klyuchevskoy (lava flow and ash plumes), and Shiveluch north of the latter, also with ash emissions.
Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands): Intermittent, probably strombolian activity persists at the On-take crater. JMA reported a small explosion from the volcano yesterday, but bad weather conditions don’t allow clear webcam images.
Bagana (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea): A volcanic ash plume to estimated 12,000 ft extending 20 nautical miles to the NE was detected by Darwin VAAC this morning.
Soputan (North Sulawesi, Indonesia): The eruption of the volcano continues. The new lava flow seems to have descended almost to the base of the summit cone, accompanied by abundant glowing rockfalls. Intermittent explosions, although decreasing in intensity during the past 2 days, still produce ash emissions that reach 3-4 km altitude. The volcano remains at level 3 (out of 4, “Siaga”) and the Aviation Color Code at Red. So far, the impact of the eruption has been limited to light ash fall in some nearby villages, mainly Silian and Lobu. No evacuations have been ordered.
Dukono (Halmahera): Abundant ash emissions occur from the volcano. A plume stretching 50 km to the SW was seen on MTSAT imagery by Darwin VAAC this morning.