Hazard Highlights

January 28, 2016
  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SW of Chos Malal, Neuquén - Argentina

    8 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Nevados de Chillán, Chile

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    2 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Asosan, Japan

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

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

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Diapaga, Tapoa - Burkina Faso

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

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

    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

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 128km SSE of Pondaguitan, Philippines

    19 hours ago WATCH

  • Tropical Cyclone - Ambali

    5 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Tropical Cyclone - Pawan

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    6 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - Western Indian-Antarctic Ridge

    6 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Highsurf - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    6 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Highwind - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

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

    8 hours ago WATCH

  • Tropical Cyclone - Belna

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    9 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Winter Storm - Western, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Tropical Depression - Kammuri

    11 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfires - El Quisco, Chile

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Central New Zealand

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southeastern New Zealand

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Flooding - Northern Philippines

    12 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Northern and Central South Korea

    12 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Eastern South Korea

    12 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Storms - Sri Lanka

    12 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Scotland, United Kingdom

    12 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Northeastern France

    12 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southeastern Italy

    12 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Northern Germany

    12 hours ago WARNING

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

    12 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Glacier National Park, Canada

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern United States

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern Alaska, United States

    13 hours ago WARNING

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

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Gunnison and Aspen, Colorado, United States

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Eastern New Mexico

    13 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Floods - Northern South Africa

    13 hours ago WATCH

  • Floods - Western and Northern DR Congo

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Bududa, Uganda

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - NE of Esperance, Western Australia - Australia

    14 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 171km E of Kurilsk, Russia

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Nebraska City, NE Region, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - St. Joseph, MO--KS Region, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Richmond, MO Region, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Central City--Greenville, KY Region, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Charleston, MO Region, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Carmi, IL Region, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangeang Api, Indonesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Sironko, Uganda

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Cunene Province, Angola

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Northwest Territories, Canada

    1 day ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Madiera, Portugal

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Western Peru

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Peru

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Bolivia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Argentina

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northwestern Argentina

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Somalia and Kenya

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Djibouti City, Djibouti

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Uganda

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northwestern Mexico

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - England, United Kingdom

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - South India

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Argentina

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Central Asia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Dengue Fever Outbreak - Pakistan

    2 weeks ago ADVISORY

  • Dengue Outbreak - Philippines

    3 months ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    2 days ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Etna, Italy

    2 days ago WARNING

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

    5 months ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Western Wyoming, United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Southeastern Idaho, United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Northern Utah, United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Dengue Fever Outbreak - Republic of the Sudan

    1 week ago ADVISORY

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Hazard Highlights
January 28, 2016

‘Seasonally Suppressed Rainfall’ Continues Across Southern Africa

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PDC Global Hazards Atlas, centered on southern Africa, displaying PDC Active Hazards and accumulated rainfall over the past three days.

While parts of southern Africa received heavy seasonal rains, southeastern Africa is still experiencing “largely suppressed rainfall” (CPC). The compounded effects of poorly distributed seasonal rains since October, and the inadequate and erratic rainfall during January has exacerbated dryness across areas of Zimbabwe, southern Zambia, southern Malawi, Mozambique, and Madagascar.

The reduced rainfall and increased temperatures impacting crops and livestock in southern Africa have been attributed to El Niño, and (in December) the UN Food and Agriculture Organization warned that reduced agricultural output “could acutely impact the food security situation in 2016” (FAO). As of January 28, reports indicate that planting in affected areas has been delayed due to persistent drought conditions (CPC).

Over the next week, improvement in rainfall is expected over many of the areas currently experiencing abnormal dryness—in fact, parts of Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique are forecast to receive above average weekly rainfall in excess of 3 inches (75 millimeters) (CPC). However, “seasonally suppressed rainfall” is expected for parts of Angola, Botswana, South Africa and Madagascar.

RVA Country Profile: Madagascar

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This Week in Hazards:

  • This week started out with the arrival of a “historic winter storm” in the United States, impacting states across the Mid-Atlantic and New England with severe weather, and blanketing eastern parts of the country with double-digit inches of snow (NOAA). The highest snow total was recorded in Glengary, West Virginia, where 42 inches of snow fell from January 22 to 24. The nor’easter (locally referred to as Jonas) also brought hurricane-force winds (gusts of 85 miles per hour were reported in Virginia), flooding, and storm surges (up to four feet) to some coastal areas (NASA EO).
  • Over the last two weeks, severe weather has impacted Indonesia, leading to floods and landslides in areas of Sumatra, Java, Bali, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi (ECHO). According to regional reports (as of January 24) more than 1,000 people have been evacuated due to flooding in South Sumatra and East Java, while 92 homes were damaged by flashfloods in Bali (ReliefWeb/AHA Centre).

Current Hazard Warnings

Flood: Indonesia, Australia (Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia), Colombia, Scotland, England, United States (Southern)

Earthquake: United States (Alaska)

High Surf: United States (Hawaii)

Avalanche: Canada (British Columbia), United States (Alaska)

Drought: Bolivia, Micronesia, Puerto Rico (Eastern), United States (Western), Thailand (Northeast), Africa (Southern)

Wildfire: Chile

Biomedical: West Africa

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