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Large landspout swirls near Nekoma, Kansas

A shot of the base of the landspout in Nekoma, KS.

A shot of the base of the landspout in Nekoma, KS.
What the National Weather Service said was a landspout was seen swirling near Nekoma, Kansas, as the area was under a severe thunderstorm warning on September 19.


Shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake in East Pacific Rise

6.0 magnitude earthquake

UTC time: Wednesday, September 20, 2023 14:45 PM
Your time: Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 3:45 PM GMT+1
Magnitude Type: mww
USGS page: M 6.0 - central East Pacific Rise
USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist
Reports from the public: 1 person

10 km depth

Central East Pacific Rise


New Zealand hit by magnitude-6 earthquake, no serious damage reported

new zealand earthquake september 2023
© ABC News/GeoScience Australia
The earthquake hit at 9:14am local time near Geraldine, New Zealand at a focal depth of 11 kilometres.
A magnitude-3.4 shake followed at 11:42am local time, according to GeoNet

A magnitude-6 earthquake has struck in the centre of New Zealand's South Island, government seismic monitor GeoNet says, but initial reports indicate no injuries or significant damage.

The earthquake, the largest in the country this year, hit at 9:14am local time near Geraldine at a focal depth of 11 kilometres.

GeoNet said more than 14,000 people reported feeling the shake, some as far north as Auckland on the North Island.

Sarah Hussey, a farmer close to the epicentre, said the quake had been stronger than others she remembered.

"There's no damage here, but I thought it was thunder for a start. The house lifted up for a bit," she told TVNZ's 1News.

Timaru Deputy Mayor Scott Shannon told Radio NZ there had been no immediate reports of damage but checks were ongoing.

GeoNet said a magnitude-3.4 shake followed at 11:42am local time, causing light shaking 45 kilometres north of Geraldine at a depth of 6 kilometres.

The quake struck not far from where a 6.3 magnitude quake hit in 2011, killing 185 people and causing major damage in the South Island city of Christchurch.

Via Reuters

Arrow Up

The Fake History Channel

"On August 10, 2003, the United Kingdom records its first-ever temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit."
Record Temp in UK


First snowfall in Lapland

There's fresh snowfall in Finland's northern Lapland region a fortnight before ski areas are due to start opening for their 23-24 ski season.

The country's largest resort, Levi, posted pictures of snowfall down to resort level on Wednesday 20th September. It is still summertime, until Saturday, according to the astronomical measure of the seasons.

Levi and fellow Finnish resort Ruka are due to start their 7 month long 23-24 seasons in just a fortnight's time, on 6th October.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 80 animals in Jammu and Kashmir, India

At least 80 sheep and goats died after lightning struck in a hilly area of Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.

Local sources said that the lightning struck at Hinjhal top meadow of Banihal in Ramban killing at least 80 sheep and goats.

The owner of the animals claimed that dozens of sheep and goats were still missing.

Official sources however said that the carcasses of only 40 animals have been recovered so far.

They said that teams from the police and sheep husbandry department are in the area to take stock of the situation.


Sudden tornado in Suqian, China killed 1 and injured 3

On the afternoon of the 19th, a tornado disaster occurred in Nancai Township, Suqian Economic Development Zone, Jiangsu Province. The disaster has resulted in one death, three injuries, and 52 houses suffering varying degrees of damage.

At present, all the injured have been sent to the hospital for treatment, and their lives are not in danger.

The wind disaster occurred on South Street in Nancai Township, Suqian Economic Development Zone.

According to local residents, at about 17:00 that day, it was raining, and suddenly a strong wind hit, causing chaos wherever the strong wind struck.

Cloud Precipitation

Flood causes injuries and heavy damage in Astara, Iran - 10 inches of rain in just 12 hours

Heavy rains have triggered a flood in the northern Iranian city of Astara, along the Caspian Sea.

Heavy rains have triggered a flood in the northern Iranian city of Astara, along the Caspian Sea.
The flooding blocked roads between Astara and Talesh and destroyed a number of buildings while many houses are under water now.

Astara's bazaar was also inundated by the flood, leading to the closure of the center.

Meanwhile, two people sustained injuries after their car fell into the river due to the collapse of Astara's Sibly Bridge. Seven others were injured elsewhere in the city.

There are reports of 265 millimeters of rain in 12 hours in the city.


See the rare tornado that ripped through French countryside

Drivers on a highway in Ernee, France, drove white-knuckled after they looked beyond the trees to see an apparent tornado whirling near the highway a little after 5:30 in the evening on Sunday.

Only a few dozen tornadoes form in the entire country every year, according to Meteo-France. So, drivers were understandably shocked by the rare event. Most of the tornadoes are small, brief and low-intensity in France.

The tornado tore through several cattle barns and sheds in northwest France. Some social media posts show pictures of barns without roofs and others collapsed. One post reported several injured livestock.

Wind and trees tore down power lines. Flashing emergency lights surrounded the damaged and destroyed buildings. Fire officials report that no people were injured, but rescue crews were on the scene.

Cloud Lightning

Brutal lightning strike kills two people on Mexican beach

Some harrowing video footage has captured the moment when lightning struck two people on a beach in Michoacan, Mexico, surprising bathers who were enjoying a day by the sea.

The dangerous situation saw people trying to flee the beach as quickly as possible, after noticing the change in weather conditions as a storm arrived.

Rushing to gather their belongings to leave the beach, two people were caught out by lightning, which electrocuted them.