Significant M5.8 earthquake hits northern Iran

Significant M5.8 earthquake hits northern Iran

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.8 hit Turkey-Iran border region at 10:08 UTC on January 18, 2023. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M5.6 at a depth of 2 km (1.2 miles).

Iowa hit by first January tornadoes in 56 years, U.S.

Iowa hit by first January tornadoes in 56 years, U.S.

On January 16, 2023, Iowa experienced a rare meteorological event as two tornadoes touched down in the eastern part of the state, marking the first January tornadoes in Iowa in 56 years. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the last time Iowa saw January tornadoes was in 1967 — with a total of 13 tornadoes during the month. While tornadoes are a relatively common occurrence in Iowa, with peak season typically taking place in May, January tornadoes are a rare phenomenon.

A week of intense solar activity: 2 X- and 25 M-class flares, with 2 Earth-directed CMEs

A week of intense solar activity: 2 X- and 25 M-class flares, with 2 Earth-directed CMEs

The period of January 9 to 15, 2023, was marked by intense solar activity, with numerous M and X-class flares being observed. The largest event of the period was an X1.9 flare on January 9, followed by an X1.0 on January 10. There were a total of 2 X-flares and 25 M-flares during the period but only two Earth-directed CMEs were observed from this flurry of activity.

Tornado outbreak in Alabama leaves extensive damage and at least 6 people dead

Tornado outbreak in Alabama leaves extensive damage and at least 6 people dead

A severe weather outbreak in the Southeast United States on Thursday, January 12, 2023, has left at least seven people dead, several injured, and extensive damage in its wake. A series of tornadoes in central Alabama killed at least six people and in Georgia, a passenger in a vehicle was killed when a tree fell on the car during a severe storm.

Very large landslide hits Colombia’s Cauca Department, destroying 64 homes

Very large landslide hits Colombia’s Cauca Department, destroying 64 homes

A very large landslide destroyed the communities of Parraga Viejo, Santa Clara, La Soledad and Chontaduro in Colombia’s Cauca Department on January 9, 2023. Luckily, growing cracks started appearing several days before the landslide, alerting communities about the risk.