Hazard Highlights

February 4, 2016
  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SW of Chos Malal, Neuquén - Argentina

    11 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

    13 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
February 4, 2016

World Responds to Zika Virus Outbreak in the Americas

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PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying PDC Active Hazards and Population Density (LANDSCAN) layers.

With the World Health Organization’s official declaration of Zika virus as a “public health emergency of international concern” earlier this week, international agencies have started stepping up activities to support national governments as they respond to the challenges posed by the rapidly spreading Zika virus in the Americas (UN News, PDC). Of most concern is the suspected relationship between Zika virus infections and an observed increase in microcephaly in newborns and neurological disorders (CDC).

Transmitted by the same mosquitoes that spread the Chikungunya virus and Dengue fever, Zika virus has spread from 9 countries (reported in December) to 25 across the Americas (as of February 2) (ReliefWeb, UN News).

In response to the ‘unprecedented’ number of cases in the Americas, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has initiated an emergency appeal for funding to support regional activities that promote training and community engagement; while the United Nations Children’s Fund is working with national governments and partners to spread prevention messages to communities in Brazil (ReliefWeb/IFRC, UNICEF).

Zika virus was first identified in Uganda in 1947, and outbreaks have been recorded in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific (WHO).

PDC continues to closely monitor and provide decision support products and capabilities in response to the ongoing Zika virus outbreak in the Americas. If you are an emergency manager or public health professional and would like access to PDC’s DisasterAWARE (EMOPS) platform, click here for more information.

RVA Profile: The Americas

With Zika virus detected in 25 countries across the Americas, this week’s RVA profile will take a look at the Health Care Capacity in the region.  Health Care Capacity represents the relative availability of human and physical resources within a country to manage health-related events.

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To access additional reference maps and information regarding the Zika virus response, click here.

This Week in Hazards:

  • Throughout the week, Peru and Paraguay have experienced severe weather. As of February 2, heavy rainfall and strong winds caused damage in the San Martín region of northern Peru, displacing 35 families in the province of El Dorado. In Paraguay’s Ñeembucú department, heavy rainfall led to flooding and river overflows affecting the city of Pilar. It is estimated that since December, at least 100,000 people in Paraguay have been displaced due to river overflows. (ECHO)
  • As reported by NOAA, dry weather is taking hold across Micronesia, with drought conditions already affecting the Mariana Islands, the Republic of Palau, Yap and Chuuk States, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (NOAA). Assessment teams have been dispatched to parts of the Marshall Islands to verify reports and identify needs—verification of water shortages in Yap and Chuuk States are also underway (ReliefWeb/UN OCHA).

Current Hazard Warnings

Flood: Australia (Queensland, New South Wales), Indonesia, Peru, Bolivia, Scotland, England, United States (Texas, South Carolina, Georgia), Tanzania, Mozambique, Madagascar, Paraguay

High Wind: Germany

Winter Storm: Canada (Yukon)

Avalanche: United States (Alaska)

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

Wildfire: Colombia, Chile

Biomedical: West Africa

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