Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

One person was killed and several others injured on Sunday when a powerful aftershock hit a southern Philippine city still recovering from a quake last month, authorities said.

5.0 Earthquake hits east of the South Sandwich Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits La Rioja, Argentina.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Philippines.

5.1 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits Atacama, Chile.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits Jujuy, Argentina.

5.0 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Chaipas, Mexico.

5.0 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of Java, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.3 Earthquake hits the southern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.2 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the coast of western Turkey.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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Floods2 630x393Philippines – Forced evacuation and rescue operations are ongoing in several areas in the Caraga region in Mindanao due to widespread floods caused by days of continuous rain from a low-pressure area. Waist-deep to above-roof-level floods hit several areas in the region as its river systems overflow. Floodwater has swamped a national highway in Agusan del Sur’s Rosario town. Residents in flooded towns of San Francisco and San Luis have been forced to use bamboo rafts as their means of transportation. Houses in some areas in the municipality of Lapaz have been submerged, especially those in Barangay Panagangan. Also, low-lying areas in Agusan del Norte’s Buenavista town are flooded.

Zimbabwe – At least 70 people have died in floods since October last year. More than 1038 rural homesteads have been damaged, 40 schools destroyed and hundreds of families rendered homeless. Floodwaters breached more than 67 small dams countrywide while numerous rivers burst their banks. The heavy rains have also had a detrimental affect on the chickpea crop which is rotting, while the maize crop is waterlogged.

Storms and Floods

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 03s (Three), located approximately 321 nm northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking northwestward at 03 knots.

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Northern Territory, Australia – Three people are dead after being trapped inside a vehicle that was swept away in floodwaters in the Northern Territory after a crowded troop carrier with 20 people on board attempted to cross the Moyle River, around 14km from the remote Aboriginal community of Peppimenarti and approximately 320km south west of Darwin. The three people were trapped in the vehicle after it became submerged in water. Police divers located the bodies. The 17 survivors escaped from the vehicle and floodwaters and climbed to safety on the river banks.

Philippines – About 745 individuals or 215 families fled to safety for temporary shelters in Cagayan de Oro City as strong winds and heavy rains caused flooding in major areas in the city. The displaced families crowded the evacuation centers in barangays Bonbon, Iponan, Cugman, Puerto, Macansandig, Gusa and Camaman-an. Thousands were evacuated in Butuan City amid floods after the Agusan River overflowed due to heavy rains brought about by a low pressure area and the tail end of a cold front.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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Australia – Amid rising floodwaters across the Northern Territory and northern Western Australia, Indigenous environmental groups have issued a fire warning. Heavy rain across the region has sparked flash floods, cutting off communities and knocking out communication lines, and even pushing tropical weather into the normally arid desert region. The heavy rains have already led to rampant vegetation growth, which will become fire fuel in the dry season.

Philippines – Heavy rains and floods continue to affect parts of northern Mindanao with eight towns in Agusan del Sur under a state of calamity Tuesday. The Agusan del Sur Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management council said the towns of San Luis, Esperanza, Loreto, Veruela, Bunawan, La Paz, Trento and Talacogon remain affected by severe flooding. Vehicles are still unable to pass through some roads in the town of Talacogon after the Agusan river overflowed. Provincial disaster officials say more than a hundred barangays in Agusan del Sur are flooded, with more than 30,000 families affected.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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California, USA – A powerhouse storm slammed into southern California on Friday, bringing flash floods and mudslides and leading to traffic chaos across much of the region. A flood on the southern Santa Barbara County coast swept several cabins and vehicles down El Capitan Canyon, the Associated Press said. Photos on social media showed cars and buildings buried in mud. The storm is forecast to bring heavy snow across portions of the Sierra later on Friday and into Saturday. It will also dump snow and rain across much of Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico over the weekend. The torrential downpours overwhelmed a levee in a farming area near Hollister Friday, sending flood waters rushing through a breach and swamping farms and homes in the region.

Thailand – Persistent rain throughout Friday caused flooding to several districts of the southern provinces of Songkhla, Narathiwat Pattani, Trang and Yala early Saturday. The ground floors of several buildings, including the parking lot of a Tesco Lotus store in the municipality, were inundated. It was the third outbreak of flooding in Songkhla municipality since the start of the year. In Saba Yoi district, Ban Lae Baeng village was flooded for the fourth time this year.

Philippines – At least four areas in Mindanao, including the cities of Valencia and Cagayan de Oro, have been placed under a state of calamity as widespread flooding brought about by heavy rains this week displaced thousands of residents. No storm passed through the island but a low pressure area and the tail end of a cold front dumped heavy rains that submerged communities, business centres and farmlands on the island.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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Italy – An avalanche has buried a mountainside hotel in central Italy, and civil protection officials said on Thursday that up to 30 people were missing, citing local officials. The avalanche came after four earthquakes struck the region on Wednesday, prompting officials to close schools and the subway system in Rome, about 100 miles to the southwest, as a precaution.

Philippines – Forest loss blamed for Mindanao floods. Continued tree-cutting in the hinterlands of Northern Mindanao region has led to the massive flooding that submerged Cagayan de Oro City and nearby areas on Monday. When flash floods hit a certain area, there’s only one reason for that. It means there are no trees in the mountains to hold the rainwater. Deforestation and the unabated cutting of trees in the mountains of Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental [provinces] are seen as the possible cause of these flash floods.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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Philippines – Flash floods have left seven people dead in the southern Philippines after more than a month’s worth of rain fell in just one day. Disaster relief agencies in the area said that thousands of people had to be evacuated from their homes on Monday. Torrential downpours and a high tide left many areas under water. More than 6,800 people were forced to leave their homes as the water rose waist-high in Mindanao. The city of Dipolog recorded a staggering 205mm of rain in the 24 hours up to 06:00 GMT on Tuesday. Dipolog’s average January rainfall is 99mm. Around 300km to the east, Cagayan De Oro has been left under water. Disaster officials declared a state of calamity following the massive flooding in the city, and authorities carried out forced evacuations, especially for those living near the River Ipunan River.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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Philippines – Heavy rains swamped parts of the Visayas and Northern Mindanao due to a low pressure area (LPA) near Eastern Samar and a tail-end of a cold front, causing massive floods in several areas. Thousands were stranded in schools, offices and roads on Monday in Cagayan de Oro city and parts of Misamis Oriental after the two weather disturbances triggered flooding from the incessant heavy rains. Forced evacuation was also implemented in the villages of Tumpagon, Pigsag-an, Lumbia, Tuburan, Pagalungan, Sansimon, Iponan, Blua, Pagatpat, Canitoan and the residents near Iponan River.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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South Africa – A series of storm cells wreaked havoc across parts of Buffalo City Metro and Mthatha late yesterday afternoon causing widespread damage to houses and leaving more than 20 people injured. In Mdantsane a storm followed by strong winds and hail ripped through NU6, NU7 and NU9, lifting roofs, flattening shacks and leaving scores of people without shelter. In Mthatha more than 20 people had to be rushed to health centres after they suffered injuries due to falling roofs and collapsing walls. Loose corrugated iron damaged cars in the Mthatha CBD.

Philippines – A flashflood caused by non-stop rains since New Year’s Day inundated several areas in Davao City. Flood water reached knee-deep and snarled traffic in barangays Bago Galliera and Puan Crossing.

USA – At least five people were killed Monday as severe storms swept across the South, spinning off several tornadoes and flooding widespread areas already drenched by heavy rain. Four people were killed in a single home when a tornado touched down Monday night in the town of Rehobeth in southeast Alabama. n DeFuniak Springs, Florida, the body of a 70-year-old man was found floating Monday afternoon in floodwaters outside his travel-trailer. The storm system drenched parts of Texas early Monday before moving east, causing significant damage from Louisiana to Florida. Much of the damage was caused by flash flooding after a series of storms left much of the region sodden over the past week.