Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 Earthquake hits the Azu Islands off Japan.

5.5 Earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Sunda Strait, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 Earthquake hits Oaxaca, Mexico.

5.8 Earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.7 Earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.5 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.2 Earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina.

5.1 Earthquake hits Mindoro in the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.4 Earthquake hits offshore Oaxaca, Mexico.

5.4 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.4 Earthquake hits near the south coast of Papua, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquakes hit offshore Oaxaca, Mexico.

5.2 Earthquake hits Jujuy, Argentina.

5.1 Earthquake hits southern Idaho, USA.

Two 5.0 Earthquakes hit offshore Oaxaca, Mexico.

Mexico – The death toll from the 8.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Mexico continues to rise. The majority of the deaths were in Oaxaca state, where homes and buildings collapsed. Oaxaca’s governor said Saturday that 71 people had died in his state. Mexico’s interior ministry has also reported 15 deaths in the state of Chiapas and four in the state of Tabasco. A tsunami was confirmed in Mexico, with one wave coming in at 5.8 feet (1.75 meter), according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Tsunami warnings were issued as far away as New Zealand and Vanuatu.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits near the coast of southern Peru.

5.5 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.3 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Catamarca, Argentina.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits La Rioja, Argentina.

5.3 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.2 Earthquake hits Crete.

5.2 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits the southern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 Earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Flores region, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.7 Earthquake hits offshore Guatemala.

5.6 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.

5.1 Earthquake hits Iceland.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Rat islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of the Mariana Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the coast of western turkey.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits central Peru.

5.2 Earthquake hits off the coast of Guerrero, Mexico.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.

5.1 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands, Greece.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.3 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits Catamarca, Argentina.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits southeast of Easter Island.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

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.