Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 Earthquake hits San Luis, Argentina.

There were no immediate reports of damages or casualties.

5.9 Earthquake hits the Admiralty Islands, Papua New Guinea.

5.6 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.6 Earthquake hits the southern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Pribilof Islands, Alaska.

5.3 Earthquake hits south of Panama.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.2 Earthquake hits northern Peru.

5.1 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the west coast of northern Sumatra.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone 10p (Ola), is located approximately 245 nm west-southwest of Noumea, New Caledonia, and is tracking south-southwestward at 10 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 09s (Eunice), is located approximately 945 nm southwest of Cocos Island and is tracking east-southeastward at 29 knots.

NewsBytes:

Greece – Flash floods caused by heavy rains have hit northwestern Greece and southern Albania, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of villagers Sunday and destroying a famous 18th-century stone bridge. No casualties were reported in either country.

Disease

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – Canada

On 27 January 2015, the IHR National Focal Point of Canada notified WHO of 1 laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus. On January 30, 2015 a second individual, travelling to China with the index case, was laboratory confirmed to also have influenza A(H7N9) infection.

The two individuals flew from Hong Kong, SAR China to British Columbia, Canada after travelling together through China. During their travels, they were exposed to live poultry, although they had no direct contact with poultry.

Ebola Not the Only Dangerous Virus in African Wild

Scientists studying the source of the somewhat waning West Africa Ebola outbreak say they have found 16 other animal-borne viruses that threaten to infect the human population.

Presenting their findings at a conference in London on tackling infectious disease, researchers from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in South Africa said they were unsure how serious a threat the newly identified viruses pose.

It’s believed the current outbreak started when a child became infected after coming in contact with a bat or its droppings, or snacking on one.

Eating the meat of monkeys, bats and other wild animals, known as bush meat, is thought to be a way people can become infected.

Africans have supplemented their diet with bush meat for thousands of years, making efforts to end the practice virtually impossible.

Health officials have recently begun to provide information on how to safely prepare and cook bush meat to prevent infection.

Nigel Lightfoot of the London-based Centre on Global Health Security told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that the animals should be prepared well-done, “so it’s monkey stew, not monkey tartare.”

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

The Western Australian town of Northcliffe is now indefensible and authorities are urging people to leave immediately as a wind change forces an out of control bushfire towards the town.

The fire, started by lightning on Friday in the Shannon National Park, is burning out of control and threatening properties in subdivisions on the outskirts of the town of about 280 people, in the state’s south.

A watch and act has also been issued for a blaze at Lower Hotham, near Boddington, that has been burning since Saturday. About 2,000 hectares have been burnt and 70 firefighters are at the scene, along with helitankers. The fire, also sparked by lightning, is moving fast in a southerly direction and has broken containment lines.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Etna (Sicily, Italy): More details start to emerge about the new eruptive phase. Strombolian activity from the SE crater accompanies important lava effusion, feeding an impressive lava flow. The lava flow has been taking a path to the SW, passing the 2002 cones on their western side and descending already to approx. 2000 m or less altitude, a few km west of the provincial road to La Sapienza.

Shiveluch (Kamchatka): A powerful explosion occurred this morning, at 02:08 local time, at the volcano. It seems a large-volume pyroclastic flow of several km length and an ash plume rising to approx. 33,000 ft (10 km) altitude were generated. The eruption occurred from the same area of the active lava dome as the ones during the past weeks, i.e. from the north side of the dome’s cone near the 1964 caldera wall.