Hazard Highlights

January 7, 2016
  • Earthquake - 5.1 - Lara - Portuguesa region, Venezuela

    4 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - E of Luena, Moxico - Angola

    7 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SE of Calulo, Cuanza Sul - Angola

    8 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Nishinoshima, Japan

    9 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SE of Batagay, Chukot - Russia

    11 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - E of Sangar, Chukot - Russia

    11 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - S of Batagay, Chukot - Russia

    11 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - S of Verkhoyansk, Chukot - Russia

    11 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - W of Verkhoyansk, Chukot - Russia

    11 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - W of Tunguskhaya, Chukot - Russia

    11 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    1 hour ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Manchester, NH Region, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Tucson (Bighorn Fire) , Arizona, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    3 hours ago WATCH

  • Wildfire - N of Chimoio, Manica - Mozambique

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Huron, SD Region, United States

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - North Platte, NE Region, United States

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    5 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - S of Batagay, Chukot - Russia

    9 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SE of Batagay, Chukot - Russia

    9 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - south of the Kermadec Islands

    9 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - 253 km N of Fais, Micronesia

    11 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Tropical Cyclone - Cristina

    15 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 117 km E of Mutsu, Japan

    16 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 6.7 - 98 km N of Batang, Indonesia

    16 hours ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 132 km WSW of Banda Aceh, Indonesia

    16 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Carthage, MS Region, United States

    16 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - 9 km E of Villa El Carmen, Nicaragua

    19 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 285 km N of Fais, Micronesia

    17 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - Izu Islands, Japan region

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 6.2 - 257 km N of Fais, Micronesia

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - East Ukraine

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Northern Pakistan

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - West Kalimantan, Indonesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southern Japan

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Western Bulgaria

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Santa Clara County (Crews Fire), California, United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Northwestern Arizona, United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southeastern China

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - India

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - India

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southeastern Germany and Northwestern Austria

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Central Poland

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southeastern Nepal

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Central Nepal

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

    1 week ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern Haiti

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Mexico

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Los Angeles County (Soledad Fire), California, United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Apache County (Wood Springs 2 Fire), Arizona, United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Sri Lanka

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Mongolia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Colombia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Marshall Islands

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Puerto Rico

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - US Virgin Islands

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Micronesia

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Dominican Republic

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Southern Canada

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latin America/Caribbean

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    3 months ago WARNING

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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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