Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits Catamarca, Argentina.

5.5 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 earthquake hits the Andaman Islands off India.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.3 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits southern Peru.

5.1 earthquake hits the Gulf of Aden.

5.1 earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina.

5.0 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.5 earthquake hits Samar in the Philippines.

6.0 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.4 earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.4 earthquake hits Guerrero, Mexico.

5.2 earthquake hits Vancouver Island, Canada.

5.2 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 earthquake hits Luzon in the Philippines.

5.4 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits Maule, Chile.

5.0 earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.

5.0 earthquake hits the Sumbawa region, Indonesia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.7 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.4 earthquake hits Santiago del Estero, Argentina.

5.4 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.4 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.5 earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.4 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.4 earthquake hits the Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Santa Cruz, Argentina.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore El Salvador.

5.0 earthquake hits New Britain,Papua New Guinea.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.0 earthquake hits southern Peru.

5.8 earthquake hits the Macquarie Island region.

5.5 earthquake hits Santiago del Estero, Argentina.

5.4 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.3 earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits the MacQuarie Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits Jujuy, Argentina.

5.0 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.4 earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.5 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.4 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Batan Islands in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits Jujuy, Argentina.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 11s (Riley), located approximately 475 nm west-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking west-southwestward at 11 knots.

NewsBytes:

Argentina; Summary – In early 2019, heavy rain caused flooding in the provinces of Chaco, Corrientes, Santiago del Estero, Tucumán, Santa Fe and Entre Ríos. At the national level, 4 people have died, more than a third of the impacted provinces’ population had to be evacuated and 30,041 people are reported to have been affected by the rainfall that began in the early morning hours of 8 January 2019 and lasted through 18 January 2019. On 23 January 2019, the Argentine government declared a hydro-meteorological emergency for the province of Chaco.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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NewsBytes:

Bolivia – At least 10 thousand hectares of banana plantations were flooded in the Cochabamba tropic, causing millions in losses to the community and producers. More than 7 500 families were affected by the floods.

Argentina – Intense rainfall in Northeast Argentina has caused devastating floods, amplifying the economic burdens of the country’s record inflation. About 3,500 people have evacuated the region, and millions of hectares of crops have been sent underwater. The flooded region, which extends into Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil, has received about five times more rain than expected since the beginning of the year. Some areas received a whole year’s worth of rainfall in the first 15 days of the calendar year. 2.4 million hectares of soybeans are flooded. The greatest losses come from the Pampa Húmeda region, one of the main food producers in the world. Other crops like corn and cotton, along with livestock have been wiped out across the Northeast. Just last year, Argentina was plagued with severe drought, the worst that had hit the country in half a century. This drought crushed the country’s agricultural sector and strained the country’s economy. It’s blamed in part for the current run on Argentine currency.

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California, USA – Heavy rain, snow and wind pummeled much of California Thursday, causing at least five deaths, leaving thousands without power and forcing wildfire victims threatened by floods to flee their homes. Southern California authorities concerned with rising streams and excessive runoff ordered evacuations in parts of Malibu and other areas scarred by wildfires. Malibu schools canceled classes. In harder hit Northern California, authorities warned of imminent floods and debris flows in the wildfire-ravished city of Paradise and the surrounding region denuded of protective trees and vegetation, telling residents to prepare to flee their homes on a moment’s notice.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Malaysia – Various roads leading to shops, housing areas and oil palm estates in Sandakan were flooded following a continuous downpour. The flash floods in Kampung Garinono and the areas surrounding it led to a traffic standstill yesterday after many roads were left impassable.

Argentina – It has been a wet year so far in the low Pampas of South America. Northeast Argentina and the adjacent parts of Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil have been hit with extensive flooding. Since the beginning of the year, the area has received about five times the long-term expected average rainfall. On January 8, the Argentine city of Resistencia recorded 224mm rainfall. This is a new 24-hour rainfall record, much higher than the previous highest of 206mm, recorded in January 1994. Eastern Pampas has good farming land but the first soybean crop was a complete loss in some areas because of the rain. The ground is still water-logged. In the province of Corrientes, water is nearly two metres deep, displacing the herds of cattle. In Paso de Los Libres, a border city in what is known as the Argentine Mesopotamia, January brought 483mm of rain so far. The average rainfall for January is 128mm. There is now a 65 percent chance of a proper El Nino developing, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and it is El Nino conditions that tend to disrupt the normal rainfall pattern in this part of the world. The Atacama Desert in Chile benefits from El Nino rains, but the Peruvian fishing industry suffers.