Hazard Highlights

January 7, 2016
  • Tropical Cyclone - Ambali

    4 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Sangeang Api, Indonesia

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    5 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    11 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Nevados de Chillán, Chile

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    4 hours ago WATCH

  • Highsurf - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    51 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Highsurf - Warning (Hawaiian Islands)

    51 minutes ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Alaska, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Asosan, Japan

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - SW of Birao, Vakaga - Central African Republic

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NW of Malakal, Upper Nile - South Sudan

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - N of Ravensthorpe, Western Australia - Australia

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - N of Ravensthorpe, Western Australia - Australia

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - W of Grafton, New South Wales - Australia

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Katoomba, New South Wales - Australia

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NW of Batemans Bay, New South Wales - Australia

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Winter Storm - Western, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Queensland, Australia

    2 hours ago WATCH

  • Wildfire - W of Juan Jose Castelli, Chaco - Argentina

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Chos Malal, Neuquén - Argentina

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Tropical Cyclone - Belna

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Northern Rockies and Plains, United States

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - NE of Esperance, Western Australia - Australia

    5 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Tropical Cyclone - Pawan

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Nebraska City, NE Region, United States

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SW of Diapaga, Tapoa - Burkina Faso

    11 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Flood - Carmi, IL Region, United States

    12 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - New South Wales, Australia

    16 hours ago WATCH

  • Floods - Eastern Brazil

    16 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Cibitoke Province, Burundi

    16 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southern Angola

    16 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Eastern Wyoming, United States

    16 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Sierra Nevada, California, United States

    16 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

    16 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Little Yoho National Park, Canada

    16 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Southern Germany

    16 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Southeastern Germany

    16 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Southern Argentina

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Uganda

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Djibouti City, Djibouti

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Bududa, Uganda

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Sironko, Uganda

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Cunene Province, Angola

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.0 - 164km WNW of Hihifo, Tonga

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Drought - Eastern South Korea

    17 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Storms - Southeastern New Zealand

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Central New Zealand

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - England, United Kingdom

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Park, Canada

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Gunnison and Aspen, Colorado, United States

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Northern Utah, United States

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Western Wyoming, United States

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Southeastern Idaho, United States

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Glacier National Park, Canada

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Valparaiso Municipality, Chile

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Bolivia

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Western Peru

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Flooding - Northern Philippines

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - South India

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.7 - 173km NW of Hihifo, Tonga

    22 hours ago WATCH

  • Flood - Mitchell, SD Region, United States

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.0 - 63km NNE of Isangel, Vanuatu

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Drought - Southeastern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern Alaska, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

    1 day ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Eastern New Mexico

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Floods - Western and Northern DR Congo

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Peru

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Somalia and Kenya

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Central Asia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Dengue Fever Outbreak - Pakistan

    2 weeks ago ADVISORY

  • Dengue Outbreak - Philippines

    3 months ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Etna, Italy

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo/Uganda

    5 months ago WARNING

  • Dengue Fever Outbreak - Republic of the Sudan

    1 week ago ADVISORY

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Hazard Highlights
January 7, 2016

2015 is a Year for the Record Books, 2016 Starts with Floods

So Amer.

PDC’s Global Hazards Atlas centered on Paraguay, Bolivia, and central Brazil showing PDC Integrated Active Hazards, in addition to Accumulated Rainfall (7-day).

On January 4, Munich RE, a global reinsurance company that does detailed analyses of loss and damage due to natural hazards, released a review of the impacts of disasters in 2015 (Munich RE). For many, accustomed to only negative references to El Niño, even the headline of the release is a surprise: “El Niño curbs losses from natural catastrophes in 2015.” Losses in 2015 were, in fact, “the lowest losses of any year since 2009… also below the long-term inflation-adjusted average for the period 1985–2014.” Nonetheless, the analysts note that disasters “claimed 23,000 lives, substantially more than the previous year’s figure of 7,700. However, the number of victims was still some way below the annual average for the last 30 years (54,000).”

The explanation of how El Niño, not generally considered a welcome climate effect, is said to have “curbed” or reduced losses has largely to do with the global reach of the phenomenon, which includes helping “to curtail the development of heavy storms” in the North Atlantic.

However, both North and South America ended 2015 and entered 2016 coping with damaging floods, widely understood to be El Niño-related. As early as December 15, flooding in Paraguay and its immediate neighbors in South America were negatively impacted. While Flood waters are still high in many areas and disaster response is underway (ECHO), the government of Paraguay is now placing a great deal of attention on the disaster-related threats to public health (GoP). On January 5, the Office of the President released, by way of the Ministry of Public Health, an assurance that “the national government [has]… built up and mobilized in the most flooded areas units dedicated to family health.” President Horacio Cartes, the release explains, is visiting flood-damaged areas and their health facilities.

El Niño is also implicated in the record-breaking Hurricane Season in the Central Pacific. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2015 Summary shows “numerous records for high activity levels shattered along the way.” There were 15 tropical cyclones in around the state of Hawaii during the season (June 1 to November 30), breaking a longstanding record on 11 and surpassing the average of 4 or 5. Then, far outside the season, today, January 7, another Tropical Depression formed in the Central Pacific, called 1C. (NASA)

 

Current Hazard Warnings

Drought: Africa, Columbia, Puerto Rico, United States (West)

Floods: Argentina, Australia (Queensland, New South Wales), Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Scotland, England, United States (Midwest, Southeast, Texas)

Severe Weather: Poland, United States (NW Alaska, western and southern states)

Wildfire: Australia (Western Australia)

Biomedical: West Africa.

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