Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits Lake Tanganyika, Africa.

5.4 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.3 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.3 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 Earthquake hits southern Peru.

5.0 Earthquake hits north of Severnaya Zemlya.

5.0 Earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits northern Peru.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Sunda Strait, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Simeulue, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

Peru – At least 14 people have died and some 30,000 people have been affected by heavy flooding throughout Peru, the government and Operation Centre for National Emergencies (Indeci) reported on Wednesday, as a state of emergency was declared in the capital, Lima. Rain triggered floods which destroyed a bridge and blocked the Central Highway in Lima, the main route connecting the capital with the centre of the country. The intense rainfall caused the Huaycoloro River to overflow and burst its banks. This river empties into the Rimac River but the flooding spread water through the streets of Lima until it flooded the Ramiro Priale highway, causing road closures and traffic chaos. The river crosses the Lima neighbourhood San Juan de Lurigancho, where at least 18 people have been injured. Rains are expected to continue, bringing more overflowing rivers and more mudslides.

South Africa – Days of heavy rain have left parts of South Africa under water. The flooding has been at its worst across northeastern parts of the country, where one person is feared dead. The seasonal showers have been particularly heavy during the past week, many parts getting daily rainfall totals of around 50 to 70mm of rain. Located to the east of Johannesburg, Witbank and Lydenburg had 60mm and 65mm of rainfall respectively in just 24 hours at the start of the week. The subsequent floods left the main highway into Johannesburg impassable after the Mbembesi River burst its banks.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits eastern Sichuan, China.

5.3 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.3 Earthquake hits near the coast of northern Peru.

5.2 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits Ethiopia.

5.1 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Resize

In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 03s (Three), located approximately 350 nm northeast of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking west-southwestward at 16 knots.

Newsbytes:

Bolivia and Peru – The past few days have seen flooding across parts of South America. Chile has been badly affected. So too have Bolivia and Peru. Central Bolivia has been pounded by torrential downpours which have caused severe flooding, destroying homes and causing at least one injury. La Paz had 24mm of rain on Wednesday, and 37mm in the past two days. This makes up more than a quarter of the January average which is 137mm. It was a similar picture across the border in southern Peru, where heavy rain caused widespread flooding in the city of Ica. Here rivers bursting their banks as authorities told residents to brace themselves for more bad weather. The areas of Tinguina and Parcona were badly affected. The water has covered several blocks in the city, reaching a depth of 70cm in places according to local media reported. The town of San Idelfonso, which is lies next to the river, was the most affected. Strong muddy water currents were seen crashing down city streets. Meanwhile, the town of Pisco, located to the south of capital Lima, has also being hit by mudslides after heavy rainfall.

Malaysia – Continuous rain has disrupted Chinese New Year plans for thousands of people across Malaysia, as roads closed, homes were flooded and thousands were moved to relief centres. Districts in 10 of Malaysia’s 13 states were faced with floods yesterday. More than 15,000 people, mainly from smaller towns and villages in rural areas, had to leave their homes to the relief centres. Johor state suffered the brunt of rising waters, with more than 8,000 evacuees and one fatality, officials said.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Gl sst mm

In the Western Pacific: Tropical depression 01w (One), located approximately 162 nm east-southeast of Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam, is tracking west-northwestward at 04 knots.

Newsbytes:

Peru – Freezing temperatures in Ayacucho, located in south-central Peru, has resulted in the death of at least 180,000 alpaca. A cold weather front has also been accompanied by wide flooding. The animals have died of starvation as the grasslands where they normally graze have been frozen over. One of the affected communities is Wayraccasa in the district of Vinchos, province of Huamanga, located 14,763 feet above sea level, where in recent months dozens of alpacas died due to the cold. According to local media reports, a drought since August of last year hampered the breeding of the alpaca, due to a lack of water in the lagoons, with dry grass weakening the animals who can’t withstand the freezing cold and rain. Meanwhile, in the city of Huanuco in central Peru, residents in the Santa Rosa neighbourhood, were seen evacuating flooded homes, as a result of heavy rains, which began three days ago and caused rivers Yacusisa and Aucayacu to overflow, in the Tingo Maria district.

Europe – From the rivers criss-crossing eastern Europe to the Mediterranean ports of Greece and France, everyone is hunting for energy supplies. Blizzards, gale force winds, arctic temperatures and river ice thicker than a house has left the stewards of the European energy business frenzied. Prices of natural gas, primarily a heating fuel, has soared to the highest in more than two years. Blackouts across Eastern Europe caused electricity rates to spike to record levels. January will be one of Europe’s coldest months of the past five years and the chill will linger for at least another two weeks.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.9 Earthquake hits northern Peru.

5.5 Earthquake hits the India-Bangladesh border.

5.4 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits Java, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Reykjanes’s Ridge.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits central Peru.

5.0 Earthquake hits Samar in the Philippines.

Two 5.0 Earthquakes hit New Ire4land, Papua New Guinea.

Earthquake forms the Great Wall of New Zealand

In last month’s M7.8 Kaikoura, New Zealand earthquake, at least 9 separate faults ruptured in the largest quake in New Zealand since the 1855 M8.2-8.3 Wairarapa earthquake. In a matter of seconds the New Zealand landscape changed forever. Shore platforms along the coast were uplifted, landslides blocked rivers and roads, and large intermittent surface ruptures extended for over 120 km. At this site, the amount of vertical uplift exceeded 3 m, while lateral offset was approximately 1.8 m.

New Zealand earthquake fault rupture waiau

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits Guatemala.

5.3 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits papua, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the coast of central Peru.

5.0 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 Earthquake hits southern Peru.

5.3 Earthquake hits the southwest Indian ridge.

5.2 Earthquake hits the western Xizang-India border.

5.0 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Pagan region in the North Mariana Islands.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Peru

Wildfires have torn through more than 22,000 hectares (54,363 acres) of forest, protected areas and farmland in drought-stricken parts of Peru as the Andean country suffers one of its driest periods in years, authorities said on Thursday.

The spate of wildfires in the past week were likely started by accident after peasant farmers burned fields to prepare them for planting.

Strong winds fanned the flames that quickly crossed the Andean regions of Cajamarca and Lambayeque in northern Peru, which are experiencing prolonged droughts, Ortega said.

Fires have been contained in five nature reserves, including the Laquipampa Wildlife Refuge that is home to the protected spectacled bear, the inspiration for the Paddington Bear character in English children’s literature.

In September, wildfires along the Ene River in a southern Amazonian region destroyed some 20,000 hectares (49,421 acres) of rainforest.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 Earthquake hits central Italy.

6.0 Earthquake hits central Italy.

A pair of strong aftershocks shook central Italy late Wednesday, crumbling churches and buildings, knocking out power and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets.

But hours after the temblors hit, there were no reports of serious injuries or signs of people trapped in rubble, said the head of Italy’s civil protection agency, Fabrizio Curcio. A number of people were treated for slight injuries or anxiety at area hospitals in the most affected regions of Umbria and Le Marche, he said. A 73-year-old man died of a heart attack, possibly brought on by the quakes.

The temblors were actually aftershocks to the August 24 quake that struck a broad swath of central Italy, demolishing buildings in three towns and their hamlets, seismologists said. Several towns this time around also suffered serious damage, with homes in the epicentre of Visso spilling out into the street.

2016 10 27T075003Z 01 SRE107 RTRIDSP 3 ITALY QUAKE 27 10 2016 09 10 54 423

5.9 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.7 Earthquake hits central Italy.

5.7 Earthquake hits Turkmenistan.

5.2 Earthquake hits Ascension Island.

5.1 Earthquake hits central Peru.

5.1 Earthquake hits Unimak Island, Alaska.

5.1 Earthquake hits north of Ascension Island.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.