Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits north of Ascension Island.

5.2 Earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 11s (Fundi), located approximately 840 nm south of Antananarivo, Madagascar, and is tracking southward at 25 knots.

Tropical Storm (TS) 02w (Higos), located approximately 658 nm east of Andersen AFB, Guam and is tracking northwestward at 04 knots.

NewsBytes:

Queensland, Australia – Flash floods hit North Queensland. Residents in Far North Queensland are being urged to keep clear of flooded rivers after a weekend of torrential rain. Up to 450mm has fallen between Cairns and Tully. Residents say it’s the worst flooding they’ve seen in nearly 50 years.

Disease

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

On 4 February 2015, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of 83 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus. Onset dates ranged from 20 December 2014 to 27 January 2015.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Shiveluch (Kamchatka): A possibly strong eruption seems to have occurred this morning. An ash plume to 30,000 ft (10 km) altitude was reported by Tokyo VAAC. Webcam images are cloudy.

Soputan (North Sulawesi, Indonesia): Activity remains elevated. An explosion produced an ash plume to 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude this morning.

Fuego (Guatemala): A new paroxysm, a drastically stronger phase of activity, began at the volcano yesterday, characterized by increased strombolian-type explosions, effusion of lava flows and moderate to large pyroclastic flows that traveled to the southeastern side threatening the road between Antigua and Escuintla. According to the observatory of INSIVUMEH, the surge in lava effusion produced two lava flows of 2000 m length from the summit towards the Trinidad and El Jute drainages, causing forest fires. Several pyroclastic flows were generated by partial collapses of the lava masses from the upper slopes and traveled several kilometres.