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Pandas evacuated from earthquake-hit area in China

Pandas living in an earthquake-hit part of southwestern China have been evacuated to temporary shelters due to the continuing threat of landslides and other hazards, a forestry bureau report said Tuesday.
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China earthquake missing rises to 18,522

The number of people missing from China's massive earthquake has risen abruptly by more than 1,000 state media reported Monday.
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US: Waterlogged levee under pressure from Mississippi River

WINFIELD, Missouri - The weakest spot left along the swollen Mississippi River may be the Pin Oak levee, a barrier so tenuous that soil slides down its slope.

Only National Guard soldiers and firefighters in life vests are allowed to stack sandbags, because volunteers and heavy equipment could sink. A single muskrat recently created a geyser of riverwater by digging into the berm.
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LA resorts to cloud-seeding in attempt to relieve drought

Heaven forfend that the good folk of Los Angeles should have to stop watering their lawns or rinsing the suds off their shiny cars even if the city, indeed the entire state of California, is officially now in the grip of a drought. If we can't save water, then let's wring more of the stuff out of the clouds, by seeding them.

Cloud-seeding, you may be thinking, went out of fashion decades ago, perhaps in 1969 when the hippies swore that it was CIA scientists fiddling with nature who caused the downpours at the Woodstock music festival. Not so. In fact, it seems to be more in vogue than ever, in California and elsewhere.

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Comment: See: Russia: Sometimes it rains cement.

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New Zealand: Auckland hit by freezing hail storm as wintry weather grips nation

Auckland was hit by freezing hail storms just before 6pm and the AA sent out a general road safety warning as a wintry blast gripped much of the country.

Cold southerly winds laced with rain, sleet, hail and snow currently lashing parts of the country are expected to head offshore tonight.

Earlier today snow fell to 200m in Southland and the road warnings were issued for much of the country.

In the South Island State Highway 60 was closed north of Motueka and chains were required west of Oamaru and near Reefton.

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Thick snow and hail blanketed much of the South Island today.
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Australia: Scientist warns of water catastrophe

Leading water experts have urged the Federal Government to tackle the country's water shortages at next week's Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting.

A briefing in Melbourne has been told water reform has been talked about on a federal level for 14 years, but there has been no action.
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Ukraine: Four die in storm

A storm killed four people on Monday in western Ukraine and brought trees and power lines crashing to the ground, officials said.
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East China braces for tropical storm Fengshen

FUZHOU - East China is bracing for the arrival of severe tropical storm Fengshen, which is forecast to make a possible landfall in the coastal provinces of Fujian and Guangdong on Wednesday.

The Fujian provincial meteorological observatory issued a warning at 6:33 am on Tuesday, saying strong winds would hit the southern coastal area and the Taiwan Strait in the next 24 hours.
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Hole Punch Clouds Seen Over Southern New York



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Hole Punch Clouds

Yesterday afternoon, the citizens of Elmira, NY received a treat as they looked up to the sky. The phenomenon is referred to as 'Hole Punch Clouds'. It is caused by an area of cold air that sinks through a layer of clouds.
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US: Lightning Starts More Than 800 Fires In Northern California

More than 800 wildfires sparked by an "unprecedented" lightning storm burned a swath of Northern California from Big Sur to wine country to Humboldt County on Monday.

Thousands of firefighters battled the blazes on the ground and from the air and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he was alarmed by the number of fires that kept erupting.
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