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'Long and strong' earthquake rattles New Zealand, initial measurement at 5.9 magnitude

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The epicentre of Friday's earthquake near Nueva Plymouth on New Zealand's North Island. Geonet said the quake was recorded at a depth of about 210km and was felt across the country
New Zealand has been hit by a huge 5.9 magnitude earthquake that was felt across the country - with buildings shaking on both islands.

The quake struck near Nueva Plymouth on the North Island, but was felt as far south as Christchurch on the South Island, at 10.58am local time on Friday.

GeoNet said the quake was recorded at a depth of about 210km and was originally measured at 5.4 magnitude before being upgraded to 5.9.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was briefly rattled by the tremor, which struck as she was addressing the nation for a Covid-19 update.

Cloud Precipitation

Torrential rainfall triggers deadly floods in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire - 2.3 inches of rain in just 30 minutes

Flood damage in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire 22 October 2021.
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Flood damage in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire 22 October 2021.
At least 4 people have died and several were injured after heavy rain caused flooding and severe material damage in parts of the city of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) in West Africa.

Heavy rain caused buildings to collapse as well as flooding and landslides in several parts of the city. Roads were blocked and vehicles left stranded in flood waters. Images shared on Social Media showed wrecked cars and damaged homes.

The municipalities of Yopougon, Attécoubé, Abobo and Adjamé were among the worst affected. GSPM firefighters helped rescue or evacuate people from floods and damaged buildings. As of 22 October, GSPM reported 4 fatalities and 4 people injured.


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Tornado damages Brisbane airport as supercell storm batters south-east Queensland, Australia - Almost 4 inches of rain in an hour reported

A tornado touched down in Brisbane on Friday causing damage at the airport, mainly at the international terminal.
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A tornado touched down in Brisbane on Friday causing damage at the airport, mainly at the international terminal.
A tornado has damaged buildings at Brisbane airport as a supercell thunderstorm battered south-east Queensland.

The Bureau of Meteorology confirmed a tornado formed near the airport at about 10am on Friday, with video footage showing it touching down for only a minute or two.

The storm cell hit about 11am, with footage taken at the airport showing catering pods being blown around on the tarmac near a boarding gate.

The Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) said there was some damage, mainly centred on the international terminal.


Doberman

Child apparently killed in attack by family dog in Creek County, Oklahoma

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A child who died Wednesday night was apparently attacked by a family dog, the Creek County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.

Details about the child, such as age, were not provided.

The Sheriff's Office said it got a call around 7:20 p.m. about a missing child south of Kiefer. After deputies got there, a family member found the child on the property, and the child was pronounced dead soon after.

The dog is being held at an animal control facility.


Attention

Mud volcano Shugo erupts in Krasnodar Krai, Russia

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Not far from the village of Varenikovskaya, the active mud volcano Shugo began to erupt. Its height reaches 163 meters. It is the largest in the Kerch-Taman volcanic region.

The volcano is very dangerous. Hot mud flies out of its craters, which scatters several tens of meters. But now the craters are inactive: rare and unstable ejections can be observed.

According to the head of the Crimean region, Sergei Les, the volcano has been active for many years. His incessant work is associated with the growth of the Caucasian mountain system.

Volcanic mud, which contains bromine and iodine, is regularly replenished. Now Shugo is under protection and will be closed for tourists for the time being for safety reasons.


(Translated by Google)

Windsock

Storm Aurore blasts parts of Western Europe leaving 250,000 French homes without power - 109 mph winds recorded

A picture shows a fallen tree after the Aurore storm on October 21, 2021 in Plozevet, Brittany.
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A picture shows a fallen tree after the Aurore storm on October 21, 2021 in Plozevet, Brittany.
A powerful autumn storm, named Aurore, blasted parts of western Europe on Thursday, knocking out power to a quarter of a million French homes and damaging buildings in at least four countries.

Train services were disrupted by uprooted trees littering tracks in France, Germany and the Netherlands and roofs were ripped off many buildings, including at part of the stadium used by the professional soccer club in the Belgian port city of Antwerp.

A tornado early Thursday caused damage in Schwentinental, a town near the German Baltic Sea port city of Kiel. Fire service official Kai Laessig told German news agency dpa that it destroyed greenhouses and brought down trees, which hit cars, but no one was injured. Several houses were damaged.


Seismograph

Manam Island volcano erupts in Papua New Guinea

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The Manam Island volcano has been active for the last two months but remained at peace until Tuesday when it exploded into action, belching thick smoke, plume, lava and fire in a spectacular show.

Dugulava ward seven councillor of Manam Island Paul Maburau told The National yesterday that it erupted at about 10pm and the islanders who had gone back there from the care centre at Bogia were afraid and calling for help constantly.

Maburau, who is in Bogia, said he had texted Madang Governor Peter Yama and Bogia MP Robert Naguri on the situation on the island and Naguri responded saying there would be help coming for the people.

"Our MP said he will arrange for fuel to bring our people to a safe area and we will move them if there is a huge eruption," he said.


Snowflake

At least 13 people dead due to heavy snowfall in Uttarakhand, India

Rescue workers taking an injured trekker rescued from Lamkhaga Pass to hospital on Thursday

Rescue workers taking an injured trekker rescued from Lamkhaga Pass to hospital on Thursday
At least 13 people, including 10 trekkers, have died at separate places in Uttarakhand after getting trapped due to snowfall in the mountainous region, officials said on Thursday. The dead include three porters working for the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), posted along the India-China border in Uttarkashi district. Five people have been rescued while six remain missing.

One of the trekkers' groups went missing en route to Lamkhaga Pass near Harsil in Uttarkashi district, 230 km from Dehradun, on October 14. Of the nine porters accompanying them, six managed to return safely. They informed the authorities about the three missing porters and eight trekkers.

District disaster management officer (Uttarkashi) Devendra Patwal said the rescuers compromising State Disaster Response Force and air force personnel spotted five of the bodies near Lamkhaga Pass on Thursday morning. "The bodies will soon be airlifted from the spot," he said. "The rescue workers managed to rescue one of the trekkers who was found alive there. He has been shifted to the army hospital in the district." Seven of these eight missing trekkers were from West Bengal while one was from Delhi.


Comment: Also relevant: Flood death toll rises to 46 in the Indian state of Uttarakhand - Almost 19 inches of rain in 24 hours (UPDATE)


Cloud Precipitation

Floods, landslides kill at least 88 in Nepal - 14 inches of rain in 24 hours (UPDATES)

At least 43 people have died and another 30 are missing after three days of heavy rainfall triggered landslides and flash floods in Nepal, police said on Wednesday.

At least 43 people have died and another 30 are missing after three days of heavy rainfall triggered landslides and flash floods in Nepal, police said on Wednesday.
At least 48 people have been killed and 31 others gone missing in floods and landslides caused by unseasonal rainfalls over the last three days in Nepal.

The unexpected rainfalls, after the monsoon season receded two weeks ago, flooded rivers and streams and sparked landslides across the country.

"In addition to 48 deaths and 31 missing, 23 people have been reported injured by Wednesday afternoon," Phanindra Mani Pokharel, spokesperson for the Ministry of Home Affairs, told Xinhua. "The casualties might increase."

Besides, 20 houses have been fully destroyed in rain-induced disasters along with paddy ready for harvest on hundreds of acres of land, and 20 of the 77 districts in the country have been highly affected by the disasters, said Pokharel.


Comment: Update: India.com reported on October 21:
At Least 88 Dead as Heavy Rains Trigger Flash Floods, Landslides in Nepal

At least 88 people lost their lives in the recent incidents of flood, landslides and inundation that hit different parts of Nepal.
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At least 88 people lost their lives in the recent incidents of flood, landslides and inundation that hit different parts of Nepal.
At least 88 people have died across Nepal over the past three days due to flash floods and landslides triggered by incessant heavy rains, health ministry officials said. The death toll rose to 88 on Thursday after 11 more fatalities were reported from various parts of the country, officials said. As many as 63 people died on Wednesday, while the death toll was 14 on Tuesday, they said.

Thirty people have gone missing in the recent incidents of flood, landslides, and inundation so far, according to the latest data published by the ministry's Disaster Management Division.

Panchthar, a district in eastern Nepal, recorded the highest number of deaths at 27, followed by 13 each in Ilam and Doti districts. Fatalities were also reported from 15 other districts, including Kalikot, Baitadi, Dadeldhura, Bajhang, Humla, Solukhumbu, Pyuthan, Dhankuta, Morang, Sunsari and Udayapur.

The natural disaster hit 20 districts of Nepal. In Bajhang district, 21 people have gone missing. However, weather conditions have started improving from Thursday, the officials said.
Update2: Floodlist reported:
Disaster authorities in Nepal report that dozens of people have died or are missing after heavy rain caused floods and landslides over the last few days.

The country's Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) reported heavy rain from around 16 October. In 24 hours to 18 October, Jogbudha in Dadeldhura district recorded 168.8 mm of rain. In the following 24 hours Sahu Khark in Dadeldhura district saw 361.0 mm and a total of 502.2 mm across a 48 hour period. Over the last 24 hour period to 20 October Tarahara in Sunsari district recorded 398.2 mm of rain. Nepal's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA) said the rain was falling on slopes already saturated by higher than average 2021 monsoon rain.



Cloud Lightning

2 of family killed in lightning strike in West Bengal, India

Two people have died after they were struck by lightning at Manoaha, a village near Agotime Kpetoe.

Two people have died after they were struck by lightning at Manoaha, a village near Agotime Kpetoe.
Two members of a family were killed after lightning struck them in West Bengal's Malda district, police said on Thursday.

The incident took place in Alal gram-panchayat area under the Gajol Police Station limits on Wednesday when the two were working in a paddy field, an officer said.

Manirujjaman (36) and his nephew Amir Hossain (14) died on the spot, he said. The bodies have been sent to Malda Medical College for post-mortem examinations, the officer added.