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More than 200 evacuated as floods hit northwest Argentina
More than 200 people were evacuated in Tucuman province, northwest Argentina after storms and heavy rain sparked flooding, authorities confirmed on January 22, 2020. 60 people were evacuated in La Reduccion, 28 in La Madrid and 5 in Los Ralos. Downpours from January...... Read more »

Flash floods and landslides wreak havoc in Peru
Heavy rains triggered several floods and landslides in Peru on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, particularly affecting the departments of Arequipa and Huanuco. As a result, houses were left damaged and many roads had to be closed. Authorities said damage assessments...... Read more »

The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: January 15 - 21, 2020
New activity/unrest was reported for 4 volcanoes from January 15 to 21, 2020. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 16 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Krakatau, Indonesia | Kuchinoerabujima, Ryukyu Islands (Japan) | Semeru, Eastern Java...... Read more »

Sentinel-2 captures lava flowing from Sangay volcano, Ecuador
Explosive activity is still taking place at Ecuadorian Sangay volcano on January 23, 2020. According to the Washington VAAC, the volcanic ash cloud was observed rising up to 6.1 km (20 000 feet) above sea level at 18:40 UTC. On January 22, the European Sentinel-2...... Read more »

Heavy snow hits Hokkaido after below-average December, Japan
Residents of Sapporo city in Hokkaido prefecture, Japan, woke up to the largest amount of snowfall this winter on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at 39 cm (15 inches) by 02:00 UTC (11:00 LT). The snow came as parts of the nation, including the island, were experiencing a...... Read more »

Widespread floods hit Mozambique, leaving at least 28 dead and more than 58 000 affected
Heavy rains affecting Mozambique since December 2019 caused widespread floods, killing at least 28 people, injuring 66 and affecting more than 58 000. The number of affected people has reached 17 432 in Zambezia, 13 169 in Cabo Delgado, and 6 328 in Sofala-- the top...... Read more »

Floods and landslides leave at least 6 dead, widespread damage in Madagascar
Persistent heavy rains since the start of January 2020 has triggered floods and landslides in several areas of Madagascar, leading to at least six fatalities and widespread damage. The severe weather is forecast to continue agonizing parts of the country as more...... Read more »

Spain storm produces record high wave in Mediterranean, storm surge up to 3 km (1.8 mi) inland
Authorities on January 23, 2020, confirmed five more fatalities from storm Gloria, bringing the death toll to nine. The fierce storm-- which lashed parts of Spain beginning Sunday, January 19-- has generated the biggest wave ever recorded in the Mediterranean at...... Read more »

45 million people across Southern Africa face hunger following natural disasters and economic disarray
45 million people in the 16-nation Southern African Development Community are facing worsening hunger following calamities such as drought and flooding, as well as economic disarray, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) said on Thursday, January 16, 2020. ...... Read more »

Shallow M6.2 earthquake hits near Tanaga Volcano, Andreanof Islands, Alaska
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit near Tanaga Volcano, Andreanof Islands, Alaska at 05:53 UTC on January 23, 2020 (19:53 LT, January 22). The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 10...... Read more »

Mass fish kill after ash and sludge from bushfires wash out into Macleay River, Australia
Hundreds of thousands of fish died in New South Wales, Australia after rains washed out ash and sludge from bushfires into the Macleay River. According to an ecologist, the impact of the fish kill may be felt for decades, with long-lived species such as the...... Read more »

Lava now visible at White Island, elevated state of unrest continues, New Zealand
New Zealand's White Island volcano remains in an elevated state of unrest and lava is now visible in the vents created by December 9, 2019 eruption, GeoNet reports on January 22. Further explosive eruptions are very unlikely on any given day in the next four...... Read more »

Widespread flooding continues in Southern Africa, significantly affecting crops and livestock
Incessant rains have been battering parts of Southern Africa particularly Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, resulting in widespread flooding that has significantly affected crops and livestock. In Mozambique, 19 people have lost their lives in seven districts due to...... Read more »

New evidence suggests active volcanoes still present on Venus
Research led by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) showed evidence indicating the surprising probability that there are still active volcanoes on Venus. If confirmed this would make Venus and Earth the only planets in our solar system with recent...... Read more »

Explosive activity at Sangay volcano, ash plume to 7 000 m (23 000 feet) a.s.l., Ecuador
Explosive activity continues at Sangay volcano in Ecuador. On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, the Washington VAAC warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to approximately 7 000 m (23 000 feet) above sea level. On January 20, the center issued a report saying they...... Read more »

New mud volcanoes form in Trinidad and Tobago
Six new mud volcanoes were spotted in southern Trinidad and Tobago on Monday, January 20, 2020. Geologist and researcher Xavier Moonan took to social media to share the new formations in Los Iros, as further geological activity was also discovered. According to...... Read more »

Record daily snowfall in capital Ottawa, Canada
Heavy in capital Ottawa, Canada, on January 18, 2020, set a new snowfall record for the date, beating the previous one set four decades ago. A total of 21 cm (8.2 inches) fell at the Ottawa Airport between Saturday afternoon and early Sunday afternoon, January 18 to...... Read more »