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Shallow magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits southwestern Pakistan, kills at least 20

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A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck southwestern Pakistan early Thursday, killing at least 20 people and leaving 300 others injured, according to local authorities.

The quake occurred 15 kilometers northeast of Harnai in Balochistan Province at 3:01 a.m. local time at a depth of 9 km, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was followed by a magnitude 4.6 quake in the same area two hours later.

The death toll is feared to rise as people are believed to have been buried under collapsed homes and other buildings. Rescue efforts are reportedly being hampered as roads have become impassable due to landslides.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority in Balochistan said at least 300 people were brought to hospitals after the quake, including those critically injured.


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Early heavy snowfall in the Alps with up to a foot reported

Passo Stelvio

Passo Stelvio
Ski resorts across the Alps have been reporting heavy snowfall. Glacier areas, including centres that are already open for there 21-22 ski season, have reported up to 30cm (a foot) of snowfall.

Italy's Passo Stelvio is pictured top, it reports 25cm (10″) of fresh snow and is one of eight glacier areas in Austria, Italy and Switzerland already open for the ski season, four more are due to open this coming weekend, along with the first two centres up in Finland, Levi and Ruka. The 21-22 ski season in France is due to start in Tignes the weekend after next.


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Alberta has skipped autumn with snow falling in the province

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Albertans know the weather can get dicey as we slide into October, and one part of the province has already skipped autumn with snow falling in the area.

The white stuff could be seen on the AMA Road Report camera of Highway 43 east of the Alberta/British Columbia border near the hamlet of Demmit in northern Alberta.

The snow should be no surprise for those living in the area, with the forecast for nearby Grande Prairie calling for periods of light rain today but the chance of periods of wet snow this evening near the B.C. border, with snowfall amounts near two centimetres accumulating in the area according to Environment Canada.


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Floods and landslides leave 4 dead in South Sulawesi, Indonesia

Floods in Paser Regency, Indonesia, October 20201.
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Floods in Paser Regency, Indonesia, October 20201.
Four people have lost their lives after landslides and floods struck in South Sulawesi Province of Indonesia. Meanwhile heavy rain has caused flooding and landslides across parts of Kalimantan, Borneo Island, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes.

South Sulawesi Province

Heavy rains triggered the overflow of the Batusitanduk River, causing flash floods in ​​Luwu Regency, South Sulawesi Province on 03 October 2021. The rain also caused several landslides in the area.

Affected areas include Walenrang, West Walenrang, North Walenrang, East Walenrang, Lemasi and East Lemasi. A total of 169 people were evacuated and over 3,000 affected. Flooding destroyed 5 homes and damaged 771 others. Two houses were severely damaged by landslides. Hundreds of families were isolated across several villages after landslides blocked roads access.

As of 06 October, disaster authorities reported 4 people, all from the same family, had died. A further 20 people were hospitalised.


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Apocalyptic weather in Catania, Sicily, Italy

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Weather catastrophe in Catania, Sicily, Italy on october 5, 2021.

In the afternoon of October, 5, a strong tornado followed by rain and hail struck the historic center of Catania, causing serious damage to homes and businesses.


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Siberia set for extreme winter deep freeze, Russian experts predict, as Europe faces energy shortages with cooler weather on way

A truck drives along the M54 'Yenisei' highway
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A truck drives along the M54 'Yenisei' highway during a snowfall in the Western Sayan mountains in Southern Siberia near an administrative border with Tuva region, Russia, October 6, 2015.
One of Russia's top forecasters has warned that extreme weather is predicted to hit the Northern Hemisphere later this year, sparking concerns that it could worsen a deepening energy crisis setting in across parts of Europe.

Harsh conditions are predicted to hit Russia in early January, with snow in Siberia estimated to reach levels twice as severe as the average. On Monday, the meteorological center Phobos also reported that "snowdrifts almost a quarter larger than the norm" could sweep across Moscow.

In recent weeks, much of Western Europe has seen a rapidly growing energy crisis, with some parts of the continent experiencing a 250% increase in the price of gas for the heating and fuelling industry. Petrol stations in the UK running dry faster than they can secure new deliveries have caused severe delays and fights breaking out at refill forecourts.

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Flash floods hit London Tube services and roads

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A firefighter carries a girl through a flooded street in Knightsbridge area of London, October 5, 2021
Flooding hit parts of London after heavy rain overnight, causing disruption on the roads and railways.

Shops and offices in Knightsbridge were hit by a deluge, leaving some unable to get to work as motorists tried to navigate waterlogged roads. Torrential downpours caused by a cold front sweeping eastwards have affected other parts of the UK, with part of the M23 in Sussex closed.

Tube lines and the London Overground have reopened after earlier closures.

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Krísuvík volcano (Iceland): intense seismic activity, more than 1000 quakes

4.2 quake detected at 0.8 km SW of Keilir
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4.2 quake detected at 0.8 km SW of Keilir
More than 1000 quakes have been detected near Keilir mountain over the past 24 hours of which one have been located with a maximum magnitude of 4.2 on 2 October.

4 quakes during the past 24 hours were recorded with magnitudes of 3 or more located about 1.3 km SW of Keilir.

Earthquakes have been occurring on the Reykjanes peninsula and in the southwest corner.

Source: RUV volcano activity update 5 October 2021

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Black sea coastal city Batumi in Georgia flooded again as a result of heavy rain

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The streets of the Georgian seaside town of Batumi have flooded again due to heavy rainfall.

Footage from Adjara TV station shows traffic has been seriously affected due to torrential downpour, which has flooded the first floors of houses in Batumi damaging furniture and other household items.

Landslides have intensified in the Adjarian village of Tsablana in Khulo municipality where seven families have been evacuated temporarily.


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Heavy rain affects over 16,000 people in northeast China

Rescuers evacuating residents in a flooded area after heavy
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Rescuers evacuating residents in a flooded area after heavy Dazhou city, in China's northwestern Sichuan province.
More than 16,000 people in China's Liaoning province have been affected by heavy rainfall beginning Saturday, local media said.

Most areas of Liaoning were battered by moderate to heavy downpours, with some areas hit by extreme rainstorms and hail, Xinhua news agency reported citing the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters said Monday.

The agency stated that a total of 16,583 people have been affected so far.

The province has relocated 4,513 people to safety. The affected area of crops has equalled 2,533.13 hectares of land, leading to a direct economic loss of about USD 26 million.


Source: ANI