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Shallow 6.3-magnitude earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea

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A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Tuesday in the Bismarck Sea about 200 kilometres (120 miles) off Papua New Guinea's coast, the US Geological Survey said.

A preliminary USGS assessment said there was a "low likelihood of casualties and damage from the quake", which had an estimated depth of 10 kilometres. There were no tsunami warnings.

Papua New Guinea sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, which is a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

A 7.5-magnitude quake that hit the rugged highlands region in February 2018 triggered landslides, burying homes and killing at least 125 people.

Source: AFP

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This week in volcano news - A new eruption in Vanuatu, increased activity at Mutnovsky

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Gaua volcano
In the last week, several volcanoes in the Galapagos Islands have been showing signs of unrest meaning that another eruption may soon occur. Also, in Vanuatu, the Gaua volcano produced its first explosive eruption in more than a decade. Meanwhile, in Russia's Kamchatka, the highly active Mutnovsky volcano has been showing signs of unrest through a very high emission of sulfur dioxide gas. This video will discuss these volcano related news stories, as told and analyzed by a volcanologist.


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Spring snowstorm in the Sierra catches travelers off guard

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A spring snowstorm in the Sierra on Sunday caught some travelers along Interstate-80 off guard. "I'm wearing shorts and little short socks," Danny Dockter said, laughing. "So, yeah, I wasn't expecting it. I live in Reno, so I know about snow and ice and the weather so I would've dressed a little bit better when I took off."


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6.3-magnitude earthquake strikes off Taiwan's coast

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A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Taiwan on Monday afternoon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, with buildings in capital Taipei sent swaying.

The offshore quake hit just before 2:30 p.m. at a depth of 27 kilometers (17 miles), about 70 km southwest of Okinawa's Yonakuni Island, not far from Taiwan, according to the USGS report.

Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said the shake, the fifth this year above a magnitude of 6.0, was felt across the island, though there were no immediate reports of damage.


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Hassanabad Bridge on Karakoram highway linking Pakistan and China swept away

The bridge in the village of Hassanabad, in Gilgit’s Hunza Valley, gave away to flood waters
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The bridge in the village of Hassanabad, in Gilgit’s Hunza Valley, gave away to flood waters
Hassanabad Bridge in Hunza on the Karakoram Highway linking Pakistan and China was on Saturday destroyed and swept away by a glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) from the Shishper Glacier.

The Gilgit-Baltistan tourist police confirmed the development, adding that traffic had been diverted to an alternate route on the Sas Valley Road.

Hunza Superintendent of Police (SP) Zahoor Ahmed said the glacier had started melting on Saturday due to heat and caused a flood that damaged the bridge and rendered it unusable for traffic.


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Emergency declared after deadly flash floods in West Virginia

Floods in the City of Huntington, WV, May 2022.
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Floods in the City of Huntington, WV, May 2022.
The Governor of West Virginia, USA, declared a state of emergency for 3 counties affected by heavy rain and flooding from 06 May 2022.

Governor Jim Justice declared a state of emergency for Cabell, Putnam, and Roane counties on 07 May 2022. The previous day the governor had declared a state of preparedness for all 55 counties.

National Weather Service in Charleston said rain gauge reports indicated over 3.50 inches / 88.9 mm of rain fell in Ona in Cabell County on 06 May 2022.

West Virginia Emergency Management said a farmer died after being swept away by flood waters in Cabell County. No other injuries or fatalities have been reported, as of 08 May 2022.


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Thailand - Severe flash floods hit southern provinces

Flood damage in Southern Thailand, May 2022.
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Flood damage in Southern Thailand, May 2022.
At least one person has died and homes, roads and bridges have been damaged after flash floods in southern Thailand following days of heavy rain.

Thailand's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) reported heavy rain and flooding from 05 May 2022 has affected over 350 households in districts of Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chiang Mai and Nakhon Phanom provinces.

Roads, bridges and houses were damaged or destroyed the districts of Tha Chang, Chaiya and Wipawadi in Surat Thani Province. One person was reported missing after being swept away by flood waters in Tha Chang. DDPM later reported the body of the victim had been found.


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Oklahoma, Texas hit hard by tornadoes overnight

Tornadoes hit Texas and Oklahoma as severe weather sweeps region

Tornadoes hit Texas and Oklahoma as severe weather sweeps region
ABC News' Mireya Villarreal reports on the destruction brought overnight by at least eight reported tornadoes in the region.


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Rare tornado wreaks havoc across the city of Arecibo, Puerto Rico

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A rare tornado rocked residents across the city of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, on Sunday, May 1.

Although there were no reported casualties, the twister caused a number of flying debris and downed trees based on social media posts of residents in the city.

The tornadic event was also a stark reminder that the island is vulnerable to such phenomena after several years of no incidents.


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Rare tornado strikes in Assam, India

The tornado started from the banks of the Brahmaputra river, which flows close to Rowmari village, and remained restricted to a small area

The tornado started from the banks of the Brahmaputra river, which flows close to Rowmari village, and remained restricted to a small area
A tornado tore through parts of Barpeta district in Assam which according to the experts is a rare weather event.

Barpeta deputy commissioner Tej Prasad Bhushal while speaking to Hindustan Times said," The tornado was of very low intensity. It took place at Rowmari village in Chenga area of the district at 10:20am and lasted for a few minutes," . "Seven huts were damaged in the incident, but no deaths or injuries took place."

The tornado started from the banks of the Brahmaputra river, which flows close to Rowmari village, and remained restricted to a small area, he said.