Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.7 Earthquake hits Colombia.
5.6 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.
5.3 Earthquake hits Fiji.
5.3 Earthquake hits near the coast of western Turkey.
5.3 Earthquake hits Uttaranchal, India.
5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.
5.1 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.
5.1 Earthquake hits near the coast of western Turkey.
5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone “Carlos” (04S) is situated over the islands of Mauritius and Reunion. Maximum wind gusts of 98 km/h. Carlos is moving south-southwestward at 10 km/h. The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre said that Tropical Cyclone Carlos will peak at 80 knots (92 mph/148 kph) in on Feb. 9 as it begins curving to the southeast away from southeastern Madagascar in over the open ocean.
Sydney, Australia – A sudden storm hit the city and surrounding suburbs on Tuesday leaving thousands of homes without power, more than a dozen people trapped in their cars in floodwaters, and others stuck due to closed roads. Light rail lines were suspended, flights were delayed and murder trials were interrupted when the Supreme Court building in the CBD was evacuated as water streamed down internal stairs. Almost half the average rainfall for February hit Sydney on Tuesday. There are fears a home may completely collapse following wild weather in Sydney today, which also prompted the evacuation of 100 people from an apartment block.
Ancient Earthworks Resembling Stonehenge Discovered In Amazon Rainforest
Ancient indigenous people built hundreds of large and mysterious earthworks in the Amazon rainforest more than 2,000 years ago.
Researchers have discovered over 450 earthworks in the western Brazilian Amazon after flying drones over the area. The large geometrical geoglyphs in Acre, a state in northwestern Brazil within the Amazon rainforest, were built by indigenous people more than 2,000 years ago before the arrival of the Europeans.
Geoglyphs are large designs produced on the ground and are often formed by rocks or similarly durable elements of the landscape such as trees, gravel, earth, and stones.
The geoglyphs were hidden by trees for most of their history, but deforestation has eventually helped reveal their presence. The discovery provided evidence how the ancient people lived in the region prior to the arrival of European people.
Study researcher Jennifer Watling, from the University of Sao Paolo’s Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography, said that the fact the sites were hidden beneath mature rainforest for centuries challenges the notion that the Amazonian forests are pristine ecosystems.
Zika Virus – Philippines – Update
As of February 2, 2017, a total of 57 Zika cases were reported in the country. There were 38 (67%) females and 19 (33%) males. Age ranged from 7 years-59 years (median 32 years). Seven of the females were pregnant. There were no deaths.
Zika Virus – Mexico
Mexico registered the first case of microcephaly linked to the Zika virus in a baby who died shortly after birth, according the the Ministry of Health Friday. However, the Health Secretariat noted that it does not rule out that other children may be born with this disease.