Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits south of Panama.

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

5.1 earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

5.1 earthquake hits La Rioja, Argentina.

5.1 earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

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Volcanos

Philippines

Intense lava fountains shot like fireworks up to 700 metres into the air above Mayon, the Philippines’ most active volcano, on Tuesday as showering debris turned morning skies dark and spread fear among anxious residents.

More than 40,000 people have already fled since smoke and ash started spewing from the mountain, with scientists warning of the danger of an explosive eruption and authorities urging people not to be complacent.

Mayon shot out a five-kilometre-high (three-mile) ash column early Tuesday as a rain of fine debris brought daytime darkness in some areas, volcanologists and local authorities said. One person is believed to have been killed while 11 were injured.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits near the north coast of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.3 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.2 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.2 earthquake hits Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits Mindoro in the Philippines.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 05s (Joyce), located approximately 68 nm east of Port Hedland, Australia, is tracking southwestward at 09 knots.

Tropical cyclone 06s (Six), located approximately 455 nm east-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, iss tracking west-southwestward at 09 knots.

Newsbytes:

USA – Low temperatures, fierce snow and ice storms buffet large areas of the Tennessee Valley, the Ohio Valley and the Northeast as Winter Storm Hunter moves east through Friday and Saturday. The heaviest snowfall is predicted from the eastern Great Lakes to northern New England, but snow is also expected to gather further to the south.

Sahara Desert – A snowstorm in the Sahara desert has turned the normally sandy landscape into what looks like arctic tundra after up to 16 inches fell on areas of Algeria Sunday. The freak occurrence—it is only the third time in almost 40 years—surprised locals as their homes and surrounding iconic red sand dunes were covered in snow.

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Philippines – A heavy downpour early Friday, triggered floods and a landslide in some localities. Local authorities said more than 3,000 families were affected in Victorias City where tech-deep floods were reported, and about 80 in Talisay City, while a landslide was reported in Silay City. Several houses were also destroyed.

Buffalo, New York – More than a hundred homeowners in South Buffalo are cleaning up from flooded basements after a huge ice jam by the South Park lift bridge backed up the Buffalo River Friday morning.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 01w (One), located approximately 318 nm south of Manila, Philippines, is tracking westward at 18 knots.

Newsbytes:

Israel – Israel saw heavy rainfall Monday morning in the northern and central regions accompanied by thunder storms, with flood warnings in the communities of the Coastal Plain. The rain will be spreading to the Negev later Monday, with flood warnings in the streams of the Judea Desert, Dead Sea and Negev.

Malaysia – Parts of Malaysia were hit by floods on Tuesday (Jan 2) after constant rainfall over the long New Year weekend affected nearly 1,500 people in six states. Pahang was one of the worst hit states, with over 700 people from 183 families from the Rompin, Kuantan and Jerantut districts evacuated to 11 flood relief centres. 349 people from 95 families were evacuated to five relief centres in Rompin.

Singapore – The first day of the New Year brought flash floods to three districts in Johor, forcing more than 200 people to seek shelter at relief centres. Heavy downpour since late Sunday evening caused floods to hit Labis, Kota Tinggi and Mersing on Monday.

Philippines – Tropical depression Agaton (One) triggered floods and landslides in Iligan City, Tuesday as it dumped rains on areas still reeling from back-to-back storms last week. Floods up to knee-deep swamped parts of barangay Palao, Hinaplanon, Tubod, Tipanoy, Santiago, Tibanga, Bagong Silang, San Miguel and Tambacan. Mud and debris covered a portion of C-3 Road in Barangay Tubod at 4:30 a.m., rendering it impassable.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Newsbytes:

South Africa – Two people have been killed and 16 were left injured after they were struck by lightning in three separate villages in the Mthatha area, the Eastern Cape provincial government said on Sunday. The injured sustained burn wounds and were taken to local hospitals.

Philippines – Some parts of Toledo City, Cebu experienced flash floods due to intermittent rains beginning Sunday afternoon into New Years Day. Numerous revellers were stranded in barangays Tubod and Poblacion.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Newsbytes:

Western Australia – Low-lying areas of Waitsburg along the Touchet River were flooded Friday as the river swelled due to a steady rain melting snow in the Blue Mountains. The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for the Waitsburg area Friday afternoon with the river running above its banks as it flowed through the town.

Philippines – Floods continue in Bicol with thousands inundated by 1.5 m floodwaters in three barangays in Lupi town, where a spillway overflowed, forcing villagers to use boats to get around.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

Philippines – Floods hit 4 towns in Camarines Sur. Some rivers and spillways in Camarines Sur’s first district overflowed due to heavy rainfall, causing a surge of water in low-lying areas. In Ragay town, flooding reached to hip-deep in Barangay Poblacion Ilaod, affecting 175 families (735 persons in total). In Barangay Panaytayan, also in Ragay, at least 269 families (1,022 people) were affected when the Ragay River overflowed. Other villages affected by flooding were Apad, Amomokpok, and Laguio. The public market in Barangay Sinuknipan in Del Gallego town was also flooded.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical storm 33w (Tembin), located approximately 413 nm east-southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and is tracking westward at 11 knots.

Newsbytes:

Philippines – At least 200 people have been killed and scores are missing in the southern Philippines after a tropical storm triggered severe flooding and landslides that also wrecked Christmas for tens of thousands of survivors. Tropical Storm Tembin lashed Mindanao island, home to 20 million people, on Friday with strong gusts and torrential rain, wiping out at least one mountain village and prompting a massive rescue operation. Police said 144 people remained missing while more than 40,000 had fled their homes to evacuation camps as Tembin roared out into the South China Sea early Sunday.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical storm 33w (Tembin), located approximately 769 nm east-southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and is tracking westward at 11 knots.

Newsbytes:

Philippines – The death toll from a tropical storm in the southern Philippines climbed swiftly to 133 on Saturday, as rescuers pulled dozens of bodies from a swollen river, police said. Tropical Storm Tembin has lashed the nation’s second-largest island of Mindanao since Friday, triggering flash floods and mudslides. Rescuers retrieved 36 bodies from the Salog River in Mindanao on Saturday, as officials reported more fatalities in the impoverished Zamboanga peninsula. Tembin struck less than a week after Tropical Storm Kai-Tak left 54 dead and 24 missing in the central Philippines.

Brunei – Powerful rains lashed across the Tutong District, causing flash floods in several areas of the district on Thursday. Heavy rains that began on Tuesday evening and prolonged until midmorning Thursday, damaged several houses in Kampong Kiudang. One of the worst affected residential areas was Jalan Batang Mitus, where according to the Lamunin Fire Station, water reached 0.50 metre high, flooding roads.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical Depression 32w (Kai-Tak) is located approximately 286 nm south-southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and is tracking west-southwestward at 08 knots.

Tropical storm 33w (Tembin), located approximately 297 nm northwest of Sonsorol, is tracking westward at 11 knots.

Newsbytes:

Philippines – Five of six provinces in Eastern Visayas region were placed by their respective provincial boards under a state of calamity as Tropical Storm “Urduja” (international name: Kai-tak) swept through central Philippines, dumping heavy rains that triggered flash floods and landslides. The declaration covered the provinces of Biliran, Leyte, Samar, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar. Only Southern Leyte province was unaffected by the storm in the region. Reports from local governments and disaster response agencies showed that at least 47 people died in Urduja’s onslaught, with the island province of Biliran posting the highest death toll at 33. Nine people were killed in Leyte, three in Eastern Samar and two in Samar. Although no storm-related fatality was reported in Northern Samar, heavy rains dumped by Urduja triggered floods that displaced 20,851 families, reports said. Reports from the Eastern Visayas police said at least 18 bodies had been retrieved in Barangay Lucsoon in Naval town, Biliran. Reports gathered by the Inquirer from various agencies in the region showed that at least 27 people remained missing, 20 of them in Biliran. But a report from Agence France-Presse (AFP), citing figures from the government’s disaster monitoring agency, said 45 others remained missing, many of them feared buried by mud avalanches that struck Biliran.

Tropical Storm Tembin is heading for the Philippines and is expected to bring further flooding and landslides.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 Earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Philippines.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical Depression 32w (Kai-Tak), located approximately 280 nm south-southwest of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-southwestward at 07 knots.

Newsbytes:

Philippines – Rescuers used bulldozers to dig through mountains of mud in the eastern Philippines to search for over 30 people missing after a powerful storm triggered landslides on the weekend, authorities said Monday. Tropical Storm Kai-Tak continued to drag its way westward across the archipelago nation Monday after leaving at least 28 dead over the weekend from drowning and landslides, the government monitoring agency said. Most of the dead were in the island province of Biliran, which suffered the worst of the landslides, with many homes buried.

Dubai – Floods hit Dubai yesterday after heavy rain. Schools were closed and more than 541 traffic accidents were reported. Rough seas kept fishing vessels in port.

Malaysia – At least 10 houses in Kampung Pampang collapsed and were swept off in a flash flood which hit the district since yesterday, caused by water from Sungai Pampang overflowing. Meanwhile, in Kota Belud district, 74 flood victims from 37 families were moved to the temporary evacuation centre at Tun Said community hall after their village was flooded following continuous rain since noon.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical Storm 32w (Kai-Tak), located approximately 175 nm southeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking westward at 15 knots.

Newsbytes:

Philippines – Moderate to heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in central Philippines as tropical storm Kai-tak made landfall on Saturday afternoon, and may hit more areas while moving westward. Locally known as Urduja, Kai-tak was barreling through the eastern region of Visayas, hitting islands and coastal towns. Heavy rains and large waves have stranded at least 11,000 people in various ports in the region. More than 10,000 people have fled to evacuation centers, local media reported. Disaster officials were verifying reports that three people, including a two-year-old boy, had been killed during the storm.