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Shallow 6.9 magnitude earthquake hits offshore near Panama

Panama earthquake
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A strong earthquake struck off the southern coast of Panama on Wednesday near the border with Costa Rica, although there were no immediate reports of damage and authorities said a tsunami was not expected.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said the earthquake had a 6.9 magnitude and hit at a depth of 2 km (1.2 miles) about 321 km (200 miles) southeast of Costa Rica's capital, San Jose. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at a 6.8 magnitude.

Quakes of that magnitude can cause severe damage.

"Regarding the earthquake we felt in almost the entire country, we report that we have no damage to public infrastructure or personal injuries," said Alexander Solis, head of Costa Rica's National Emergency Commission.

A Reuters witness said the quake was felt in San Jose.

Cloud Precipitation

Evacuations, 1 dead after heavy rain triggers flash floods in Romania

Floods in Alba County, Romania, July 2021.
© IGSU
Floods in Alba County, Romania, July 2021.
One person has died and dozens evacuated or rescued by emergency services after heavy rain and storms caused flooding and wind damage across parts of Romania over the last few days.

Romania's General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (IGSU) reported that the body of a man was found in a riverbed in Hândrești, Iași County on 19 July 2021. IGSU said the man was probably taken by surprise by the increased flow of water while trying to cross the river.


Cloud Precipitation

Over 20 fatalities after heavy rain and flash floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

flood
Over 20 people have died in rain-related incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in northern Pakistan over the last 10 days.

Many of the victims died when heavy rain or floods caused roofs, walls or whole buildings to collapse. This is a regular occurrence in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where fragile or poor housing leaves many communities exposed to severe weather conditions.

Heavy rain was reported in the province on 11 to 12 July 2021. Saidū Sharīf, capital of Swat District, recorded 110 mm of rain in 24 hours to 12 July and Kakul in Abbottabad district recorded 180 mm of rain during the same period according to figures provided by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA).


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Strong shallow mag. 6.1 earthquake in the Bismarck Sea

quake
Local time at epicenter: 22 Jul 12:26 am (GMT +10)

Magnitude: 6.1

Depth: 10.0 km

Epicenter latitude / longitude: 3.39°S / 146.81°E (Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea)

Nearest volcano: Baluan (105 km / 65 mi)

Boat

At least 25 dead in Chinese province's heaviest rains in 1,000 years

A woman has been pulled out of floodwaters in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, which has been battered by heavy rain and flooding.

A woman has been pulled out of floodwaters in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, which has been battered by heavy rain and flooding.
At least 25 people have died in China's flood-stricken central province of Henan, a dozen of them in a subway line in its capital that was drenched by what weather officials called the heaviest rains for 1,000 years.

About 100,000 people have been evacuated in Zhengzhou, the capital, where rail and road transport have been disrupted, while dams and reservoirs have swelled to warning levels while thousands of troops launched a rescue effort in the province.


City authorities said more than 500 people were pulled to safety from the flooded subway, as social media images showed train commuters immersed in chest-deep waters in the dark and one station reduced to a large brown pool.


Comment: See also: Chinese subway passengers trapped by rising floodwaters as torrential rain pounds Henan province - 8 inches of rainfall in an hour

Interested readers in these types of events might also like to see the increasing number of such reports globally in recent times at our dedicated floods section.


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Mudslides after more torrential rain in Tajikistan leave at least 10 dead - 3rd such event this year for the region

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Mudslides in Tajikistan have left ten people dead and two missing, officials said Tuesday, in the latest fatal mass flow of earth caused by downpours in the impoverished ex-Soviet region.

Fatal landsides affect mountainous Central Asia every year, mostly around springtime, blocking off roads in a region lacking transport infrastructure and forcing families to rebuild homes from scratch.

"There has been torrential rain in the north of Tajikistan and a fatal mudslide occurred," the emergencies committee said in a statement.

It said flows of earth on Monday swept through the northern Sogd region, trapping people tending to livestock.



Comment: 14 killed in flash floods and mudflows in Tajikistan and Afghanistan


Doberman

Pit bull kills man who climbed through family home's window in New Orleans

PIT BULL ATTACK
A 66-year-old man has died after being attacked by a dog when he climbed through the window of a home in Louisiana.

The New Orleans Police Department said the victim, who has not been identified, was found at the address in the 8700 block of S. Claiborne Avenue on Sunday, July 18 around 6:41 p.m., reported WVUE.

After climbing through the window of the house, police believe he was then attacked and killed by the family's pit bull.

Police said the man was a relative of the people who lived at the home and was authorized to be there.

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Canada's B.C. declares provincial state of emergency due to wildfires

Smoke billows from a wildfire near Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada
© Twitter @DylanGaleas via Reuters
Smoke billows from a wildfire near Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada July 19, 2021, in this picture obtained from social media
British Columbia is once again under a provincial state of emergency.

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth declared a state of emergency on Tuesday afternoon in response to ongoing wildfires burning across the province.

It will take effect at midnight, Tuesday, July 20.

The forecast in parts of the province calls for shifts in winds and weather, raising concerns that property evacuations could rise to a level not yet seen this fire season, the government said.

The province previously declared states of emergencies linked to fires in 2003, 2017 and 2018.

On July 1, 2021, B.C. concluded a 16-month state of emergency, by far the longest in the province's history, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state of emergency is initially in effect for 14 days once issued and may be extended or rescinded as necessary.

Umbrella

Perth in Western Australia smashes 20-year rain record for July

Storm clouds off the Perth coast at the beginning of July
© Daniel Pardini
Storm clouds off the Perth coast at the beginning of July.
Perth has smashed its 20-year rain record for July with more wet weather on the way while Australia's south-east shivers through even more hazardous wind conditions over the coming days.

The Western Australian capital city has copped 184.2mm of rain so far this month after 18 straight days of downpour - eclipsing the previous record of 182.6mm in 2001.

The city is expected to be drenched with up to 200mm this month in total, with more than a week still to go of July.

Meanwhile, a cold front is sweeping across the south-east with hazardous wind conditions to hit New South Wales on Wednesday while Victoria and Tasmania will see icy cold temperatures and even hail.

Cloud Precipitation

Chinese subway passengers trapped by rising floodwaters as torrential rain pounds Henan province - 8 inches of rainfall in an hour

Zhengzhou city in central China, Henan province Tuesday, July 20, 2021.
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Zhengzhou city in central China, Henan province Tuesday, July 20, 2021.
Subway riders in Zhengzhou in China's Henan province found themselves trapped by rising floodwaters on Tuesday as rivers burst their banks, pouring into streets and disrupting train services after 200mm of rain fell in one hour.

Footage circulating online shows subway passengers in murky, near shoulder-deep water inside a train carriage, as railway services were suspended amid the chaos caused by the deluge.

While no deaths or injuries have been reported, transport infrastructure in the province has been seriously affected by severe storms and heavy rain since the weekend. Henan is a major regional transport hub, but roads and tunnels have become extremely waterlogged, with cars and buses seen floating in the murky floodwater in some areas, while torrents of water were seen spreading throughout the streets.