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Shallow magnitude 6.2 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, off the Northern Mariana Islands

A very strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake occurred in the North Pacific Ocean 128 km (80 mi) from Northern Mariana Islands in the late afternoon of Tuesday, Apr 2, 2024 at 7.54 pm local time (GMT +10). The quake had a very shallow depth of 10 km (6 mi) and was reported felt by some people near the epicenter.


Costa Rica's Poas volcano awakens: ashfall and gas emissions trigger green alert

Today, the Poas Volcano experienced one of its most significant ash eruptions in the past five years. As of noon, ash and gas emissions persisted, though details regarding the height of the plume remain undisclosed, visible from kilometers away. This morning's event marks a continuation of ongoing activity from the colossus that commenced on Friday, March 29. A volcanic eruption of such magnitude has not been witnessed since 2019.

Maarten de Moor, a volcanologist from the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI), classified this eruption as passive, devoid of violent events or the expulsion of stones or incandescent material.


San Francisco Highway 1 crisis: 1,600 trapped near Big Sur after roadway crumbles

A landslide destroyed part of Highway 1 south of Rocky Creek Bridge on the Big Sur coast.
© Caltrans District 5A landslide destroyed part of Highway 1 south of Rocky Creek Bridge on the Big Sur coast.
A portion of Highway 1 in Monterey County remained closed Sunday after collapsing during Saturday's storm, state transit officials said, stranding 1,600 people on Easter weekend.

Engineers with the California Department of Transportation were assessing the slip-out that forced the closure of Highway 1 south of the Rocky Creek Bridge at Palo Colorado on Saturday, the state agency said Sunday. An estimated 1,600 residents and visitors were stranded after parts of the southbound lane collapsed. The rain was coming down at a rate of 2 inches per hour at one point, according to the National Weather Service.

Comment: See also: Severe flooding in Southern California leaves drivers stranded after 2 inches of rain in 1 hour

Cloud Precipitation

Severe flooding in Southern California leaves drivers stranded after 2 inches of rain in 1 hour

Nearly two inches of rain fell on Southern California in just one hour, causing severe flooding that shut down Highway 101 and left drivers stranded. Orange County roads turned dangerous for drivers, and part of Highway 1 was washed out. NBC News' Jesse Kirsch reports.

Alarm Clock

Climate change has slowed Earth's rotation — and could affect how we keep time

penguins iceberg
© Alessandro Dahan/GettyAs polar ice has melted and moved mass towards the Equator, it has slowed Earth’s rotation.
The effect of melting polar ice could delay the need for a 'leap second' by three years.

Climate change is starting to alter how humans keep time.

An analysis1 published in Nature on 27 March has predicted that melting ice caps are slowing Earth's rotation to such an extent that the next leap second — the mechanism used since 1972 to reconcile official time from atomic clocks with that based on Earth's unstable speed of rotation — will be delayed by three years.

Comment: There seems to be no end to what the radicals will blame on "human-caused climate change". It's a major impediment to science in all its branches. How much further would the science studying the speed of the Earth's rotation be if not for assumptions based on "global warming"?

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Easter storm brings Sahara sand to the Alps and southern France

he Engadin Valley in Switzerland received a lot of Sahara sand in the storm on Easter weekend.
© Engadin Facebookhe Engadin Valley in Switzerland received a lot of Sahara sand in the storm on Easter weekend.
A rather unusual sight was in store for visitors to some ski resorts on the south-side of the Alps, with slopes at Corviglia or Corvatsch, Switzerland, looking like a caramel Fudge Sundae.

Slopes in the southern Alps were covered in Sahara sand carried in by the strong winds that were blowing across the Alps with gusts of up to 100km (62 miles). Warm southerly winds have been bringing large amounts of fine sand from the Sahara to Central and Southeast Europe for days. On Saturday, large parts of Austria, Switzerland, and southern Germany were affected. Instead of a sunny Easter Saturday, it was partly eerily dark in the middle of the day in some areas.

According to calculations by Swiss Meteo, 180,000 metric tons of Sahara dust hung in the air over Switzerland alone on Saturday. While Sahara dust is a regular occurrence, this much is quite unusual. Normally, the wind will carry about half as much sand to Switzerland.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 15 sheep in Swat, Pakistan

Lightning killed more than 15 sheep in Swat distinct of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 24NewsHD TV channel reported Saturday,

According to local police, the lightning struck a house in the Malkidam area of Swat, killing more than 15 sheep.

Heavy rain and hailstorms hit KP areas and the chief minister put the PDMA and Rescue on high alert to cope with the challenge.


Amur region rocked by orange sandstorm in Russia

An unusual sandstorm struck Russia's Amur region from China and Mongolia, giving the air some orangey tints.

Residents will have to endure bizarre conditions for a few more days, while health experts have advised to take care of their eyes amid the sandy winds.


Spring floods trigger evacuation of 10,000 people in Kazakhstan (UPDATE)

© Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan
In accordance with the order of the Kazakh Ministry of Defense, the military personnel of thge Air Defense Forces military units left for Kostanay, Aktobe and West Kazakhstan and Abay regions to assist in evacuation of local people from flood-affected areas, Kazinform News Agency reports.

Military crews of Mi-171Sh, Mi-17 and Mi-8 transport and combat helicopters are involved in the search and rescue operation.

In Kostanay region, the pilots have evacuated 102 people including 32 children from flood-hit Kyzylzhulduz, Yekidin villages and nearby wintering grounds. The flood victims are being transported to Arkalyk town. Flights are carried out over a distance of 130 - 150 km. The helicopters are flown by colonels Kairat Tugelov, Vladimir Semyonov, lieutenant colonel Mirshat Sagindikov, major Askhat Seilov and senior lieutenant Yerssyn Zhumanov.

Comment: Update March 31 reports:
Nearly 10,000 residents across various regions of Kazakhstan were compelled to evacuate to temporary shelters in the wake of spring floods, the Ministry of Emergency Situations reports. Amidst this emergency, the Kazakh leader, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev firmly criticized local officials for failing to adequately prepare for the seasonal flooding.

Spring floods trigger mass evacuation
© Trend News AgencySpring floods trigger mass evacuation of 10,000 people in Kazakhstan
The ministry mobilized a significant response force, with more than 6,000 personnel, approximately 2,000 pieces of equipment, and 12 aircraft deployed to aid in the rescue operations across the impacted areas.

As per the latest updates from the Ministry of Emergency Situations, extensive flooding in various localities within the Aktobe, Kostanay, West Kazakhstan, Abay, Ulytau, and Akmola regions led to the declaration of local emergencies, triggering extensive rescue and relief measures to address the immediate needs of the affected population.


Town submerged after heavy rain triggers severe flooding in central France

Floodwaters partially submerged a town in the Vienne department of west-central France on Saturday, March 30, after heavy rain caused the river to overflow and trigger severe flooding.