Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits north of Ascension Island.

5.0 Earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

Wildfires

Wildfires – South Africa

Authorities say wildfires raging in South Africa’s wine region have destroyed part of one of the country’s oldest estates, while some slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain burned. Firefighters worked through the night to try to contain 106 blazes in the area. No one has been killed.

Low rainfall, dry vegetation and strong winds create prime conditions for fires in the region in summer.

Farm manager Don Tooth says around 40 percent of the Vergelegen wine farm that was established by Dutch settlers in the 1700s has been destroyed by fire.

Fires also burned on the slopes of Table Mountain above the exclusive beach enclave of Llandudno.

Wildfires – Argentina

Firefighters in Argentina said Thursday they were bringing under control three wildfires that have devastated nearly a million hectares (2.5 million acres) of the country’s famous pampas, or plains.

Driven by strong winds, high summer temperatures and drought, the fires sent huge swathes of farm and pasture land up in smoke in the central provinces of La Pampa and Buenos Aires, two of agricultural powerhouse Argentina’s most productive regions.

The wind grew even stronger Thursday, leaving firefighters struggling to extinguish the fires and stop them from spreading to populated areas.

No lives were in danger from the fires. No human deaths or evacuations have been reported. The blazes killed wild animals and livestock and cut off several roads. The biggest fire was about 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of the village of La Adela, population 4,000.

It was started by a lightning strike on New Year’s weekend and is 10 kilometres across, according to firefighters.

Wildfires – India

More than 100 fires have broken out and doused in Chennai since December at sites where trees felled by Cyclone Vardah have been dumped. More than 40 000 tonnes of windfall trees have been dumped throughout 78 parks, open spaces and playgrounds.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the western Pacific:

Typhoon 30w (Nock-Ten), located approximately Located approximately 296 nm west of Manila, Philippines and it is forecast to move west-southwestward at 05 knots.

Nock-Ten continues to barely hang onto Category 1-equivalent typhoon status and is pretty much done with the Philippines, heading into the South China Sea, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre.

Newsbytes:

Argentina – At least 650 people have been evacuated from their homes and two are missing amid flooding in eastern and central Argentina. The weekend’s flooding is affecting areas in the provinces of Santa Fe, Cordoba and Buenos Aires. In Santa Fe, the two most critical situations are in the towns of Maria Teresa and Alvarez.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.4 Earthquake hits the western Indian-Antarctic ridge.

5.2 Earthquake hitsTonga.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the west coast of Colombia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Jujuy, Argentina.

5.0 Earthquake hits Puerto Rico.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits the Bismarck Sea.

5.3 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 Earthquake hits Santiago del Estero, Argentina.

5.1 Earthquake hits west of Macquarie Island.

5.0 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits Oklahoma, USA.

5.0 Earthquake hits Catamarca, Argentina.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Sea of Okhotsk.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits south go the Kermedec Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits the Volcano Islands off Japan.

5.7 Earthquake hits Jujuy, Argentina.

5.0 Earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.

Earthquake Cluster hits California, USA

A cluster of moderate earthquakes rocked Northern California on Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. About 9:55 p.m. Wednesday, a magnitude 4.5 earthquake was reported about 20 miles east of Janesville, near the Nevada border. Within minutes, two more magnitude 4.4 quakes were reported around the same area in Lassen County. The epicenters were about 45 miles north of Reno and 10 miles south of Honey Lake. Early Thursday morning, a magnitude 3.4 earthquake was reported 19 miles from Janesville.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 Earthquake hits off the coast of Aisen, Chile.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.

5.2 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Valparaiso, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tonga.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits the southern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.2 Earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the coast of Ecuador.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the southern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits eastern Honshu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits Guerrero, Mexico.

5.0 Earthquake hits Jujuy. Argentina.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Australia – Port Lincoln is experiencing severe flooding after being hit by the remnants of Cyclone Stan more than 3,200km away. The city located on the Eyre Peninsula in the Australian experienced strong rainfall after ex-Cyclone Stan crossed the South Australian border last night. The rain has hampered drivers and businesses with reports that there was 50mm of rain recorded at 9am with an additional 20mm recorded at lunchtime.

Atlantic Ocean – Global Weather Oscillations says the 2016 – 2017 Atlantic hurricane season will be the strongest in over 4 years. GWO has issued the most accurate predictions of any organization over the past 7 years, and says – unlike the past three hurricane seasons that were dominated by hostile atmospheric conditions that subdued hurricane activity since 2013, and during the 2015 El Niño season – The next few years will be in a “Climate Pulse Hurricane Enhancement Cycle” that will provide very favourable conditions for development of tropical storms and hurricanes.

Argentina – An invasion of poisonous snakes washed downriver in recent floods forced authorities to close beaches to summer holidaymakers in northern Argentina, officials said Monday. Floodwaters in the Rio Plata and Rio Parana carried a species of water lily and with it countless crawling, slithering creatures, south to beaches at the mouths of those rivers near Buenos Aires.

United Kingdom – Village suffers ‘biblical’ non stop rain for 81 DAYS and even the livestock are ‘depressed’. Rain has fallen every day in the Welsh village of Eglwyswrw since October 26 and residents, farmers and their animals are all fed up.

Australia – Darling Downs residents have been warned to brace for a massive storm and ‘super cell’ expected to reach the region tomorrow, bringing with it damaging weather conditions. Higgins Storm Chasers have issued a warning with a surface and upper trough bringing large hail, up to 8cm in diameter, damaging winds over 90 km/hr, heavy rain with flash flooding and frequent lightning. The system will peak on Friday as a very potent storm set up.

USA – Winter storm in Midwest; tornadoes punch Deep South – Heavy snow and high winds continued to sweep across much of the Midwest with near-blizzard force on Tuesday, causing highway closures in Nebraska and flight cancellations in Colorado. Nasty weather also hammered the South, with tornado warnings issued in Mississippi and Alabama. At least two tornadoes hit Mississippi.

Ethiopia – ‘Fish Rain’ in Dire Dawa. Unusual fish-rain occurred on Sunday at 11; 30 pm in Dire Dawa City Eastern part of Ethiopia for a few minutes both in rural and urban areas. This typically happens when a cyclone offshore sucks up water from the ocean along with fish and deposits the moisture as rain over land.