Hazard Highlights

January 14, 2016
  • Floods - Central, United States

    5 minutes ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 403 km W of Haveluloto, Tonga

    30 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    57 minutes ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    1 hour ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Klyuchevskoy, Russia

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Asosan, Japan

    1 hour ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Black River Falls, WI Region, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - NE of Pine Creek, Northern Territory - Australia

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Floods - Southern, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SE of Champoton, Campeche - Mexico

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Floods - Southeastern, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - South Boston, VA Region, United States

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Traverse City, MI Region, United States

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.1 - 79 km NW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu

    7 hours ago WATCH

  • Flood - Davenport, IA--IL Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Flood - Hutchinson, KS Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Osceola, AR Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Paris, TN Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Pocahontas, AR Region, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Roanoke Rapids, NC Region, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Miami, OK Region, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Karymsky, Russia

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.4 - 89 km SSW of Merizo Village, Guam

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 2 km NW of Bagulin, Philippines

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.9 - 121 km SE of ‘Ohonua, Tonga

    7 hours ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.4 - 784 km SE of Baie aux Huîtres, Mauritius

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.8 - 702 km S of ‘Ohonua, Tonga

    7 hours ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 14 km WNW of Ambunti, Papua New Guinea

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 2406 km SW of Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, Saint Helena

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 180 km SSW of Gizo, Solomon Islands

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - 167 km ESE of San Jose Village, Northern Mariana Islands

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 17 km SSE of Suklayin, Philippines

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 12 km SSW of Kakching, India

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 92 km NNW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu

    7 hours ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 91 km NW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 96 km NW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - 12 km E of Hirara, Japan

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 3 km NNW of Dogonbadan, Iran

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - 32 km ESE of Mina, Nevada

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - 732 km WNW of Hanga Roa, Chile

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 92 km S of Néa Anatolí, Greece

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 27 km W of Foxton, New Zealand

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - 459 km ENE of Kuril’sk, Russia

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.9 - 1149 km S of Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, Saint Helena

    7 hours ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 29 km WNW of Foxton, New Zealand

    7 hours ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 167 km SE of Katsuura, Japan

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 107 km SW of La Esperanza (El Zapotal), Mexico

    7 hours ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - 379 km SSE of Shimoda, Japan

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 6.1 - 171 km ESE of La Playa, Mexico

    7 hours ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - 66 km E of Puente Alto, Chile

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - 81 km S of Néa Anatolí, Greece

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 358 km ESE of Isangel, Vanuatu

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 2395 km SW of Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, Saint Helena

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 641 km NNE of Port Mathurin, Mauritius

    7 hours ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - 295 km WNW of Tofino, Canada

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - 279 km ENE of Lospalos, Timor Leste

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 87 km NNE of Nago, Japan

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 194 km SSW of Padang, Indonesia

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 58 km SSE of Ierápetra, Greece

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    9 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Floods - Central Honduras

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Bangui, Central African Republic

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - India

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Mexico

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Mexico

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Southeastern Canada

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Quebec, Canada

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Northeastern India

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Peninsular Malaysia

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - East Kalimantan, Indonesia

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Suwanosejima, Japan

    13 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    16 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Mitchell, SD Region, United States

    16 hours ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Flood - Nebraska City, NE Region, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Caruthersville, MO Region, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

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

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern Africa

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Uganda

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Somalia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern Madagascar

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Kenya

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Ethiopia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - DR Congo

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Guatemala

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Mariana Islands

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Marshall Islands

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Micronesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Northern Vietnam

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - West Sulawesi, Indonesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - South Sulawesi, Indonesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - South Kalimantan, Indonesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Ebeko, Russia

    2 days ago ADVISORY

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Storms - Guatemala

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Tornado - Sancti Spiritus, Cuba

    2 days ago INFORMATION

  • Floods - Central Region, Cuba

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - India

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Yellow Fever - Nigeria

    5 months ago ADVISORY

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

    11 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Measles Outbreak - Democratic Republic of the Congo

    4 months ago INFORMATION

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Hazard Highlights
January 14, 2016

Hurricane Alex to Impact the Azores, Severe Weather Affects Northern Portugal

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PDC Global Hazards Atlas, centered on the Azores, displaying PDC Active Hazards, Tropical Cyclone Positions and Segments, and Estimated Wind Impacts (TAOS Model) layers.

Since forming on January 13, tropical cyclone Alex has rapidly become a hurricane, and is forecast to track over the Azores by Friday morning (local time) (NASA). According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Alex is the “first hurricane to form in the month of January since 1938, and the first hurricane to occur [in the Atlantic Ocean] in this month since 1955” (NHC Discussion #4).

As of January 14 (2100 UTC), Hurricane Alex is located approximately 350 miles south of Faial Island in the central Azores, with maximum sustained winds at 85 miles per hour (NHC Advisory 5). As of the most recent advisory, a hurricane warning is in effect for Faial, Pico, São Jorge, and Terceira. According to the NHC forecast, Alex is expected to bring 3-5 inches of rain (and up to 7 inches in isolated areas), with hurricane conditions expected over the central Azores by early Friday.

Earlier in the week, severe weather also affected parts of northern Portugal. Heavy rainfall, strong winds, high waves, and storm surges led to river overflows and flooding in the towns of Porto, Gaia, Maia, and Amarante (as of January 11) (ECHO). Two train derailments in the Mangualde and Baião municipalities were also attributed to severe weather conditions.

RVA Country Profile: Portugal

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This Week in Hazards:

  • On January 11, Tropical Cyclone Pali became the “earliest hurricane ever recorded over the Central Pacific Basin” in a calendar year (CPHC Advisory #19, NASA). As of January 14, Pali has weakened to a tropical depression, and is expected to dissipate over the next 24 hours (CPHC Advisory #29).
  • Persistent poor rainfall and high temperatures are expected to negatively impact ground conditions for many parts of southern Africa. According to reports, “rainfall has been virtually absent” over parts of Mozambique and Zimbabwe since late December, while widespread seasonal dryness persists in parts of Namibia, Angola, Zambia, and Madagascar (CPC). Reports also indicate that inadequate rainfall has led to reduced water availability, delayed planting, permanently wilted crops, and livestock deaths (CPC).
  • Ongoing heavy rainfall and flooding over the past month continue to affect four countries of South America, and has led to the evacuation of more than 150,000 people (ECHO). According to reports, Paraguay has been the most affected, with over 100,000 people requiring evacuation (most from the capital of Asunción). Flooding has affected several towns in Argentina; and more than 160 homes have been partially damaged or destroyed in Brazil. Conditions in Uruguay are improving, with water levels declining in some flood-affected areas, but (as of January 12) an estimated 26,000 people remain evacuated or displaced (ECHO). Heavy rainfall is expected to continue over the next few months due to the combined effect of El Niño conditions and seasonal rains.

Current Hazard Warnings

Tropical Cyclone: Alex (Atlantic)

Flood: Angola, Malawi, Kenya, Australia (New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia), England, Indonesia (Sumatra), Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, United States (Texas, Midwest, Southwest), Portugal

Winter Storm: Canada (Nunavut, Eastern, Quebec, Newfoundland, Labrador), United States (Washington, Maine)

Earthquake: Philippines, Japan

Drought: Africa (Southern), Puerto Rico (Eastern), United States (Western), Colombia

Wildfire: Chile

Biomedical: West Africa

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