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Magnitude 6.0 earthquake in Bismarck Sea near Papua New Guinea


Very strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake at 10 km depth

Date & time: Apr 28, 2022 13:21:13 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Thursday, Apr 28, 2022 at 11:21 pm (GMT +10)
Magnitude: 6
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 3.8986°S / 146.6605°E (Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea)

Bizarro Earth

Long dormant underwater volcano in Antarctica triggers 85,000 earthquakes

The swarm of 85,000 earthquakes was the strongest seismic outburst ever recorded in Antarctica.

Antarctica Volcano
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A long-dormant underwater volcano near Antarctica has woken up, triggering a swarm of 85,000 earthquakes.

The swarm, which began in August 2020 and subsided by November of that year, is the strongest earthquake activity ever recorded in the region. And the quakes were likely caused by a "finger" of hot magma poking into the crust, new research finds.

"There have been similar intrusions in other places on Earth, but this is the first time we have observed it there," study co-author Simone Cesca, a seismologist at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam, told Live Science. "Normally, these processes occur over geologic time scales," as opposed to over the course of a human life span, Cesca said. "So in a way, we are lucky to see this."

The swarm occurred around the Orca Seamount, an inactive volcano that rises 2,950 feet (900 meters) from the seafloor in the Bransfield Strait, a narrow passage between the South Shetland Islands and the northwestern tip of Antarctica. In this region, the Phoenix tectonic plate is diving beneath the continental Antarctic plate, creating a network of fault zones, stretching some portions of the crust and opening rifts in other places, according to a 2018 study in the journal Polar Science.


Early-season snowstorm in Neuquén, Argentina

Gendarmerie assisted people who were isolated in rural areas.
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Gendarmerie assisted people who were isolated in rural areas.
During this week the province of Neuquén was affected by a storm of snow and white wind that caused roadblocks and blown up roofs.

Gusts exceeded 100 kilometers per hour. The Undersecretary of Civil Defense and Citizen Protection, Martín Giusti, reported that from Zapala to the capital, the wind was the protagonist.

As a result of the storm, the Gendarmerie had to assist a dozen people stranded on roads that became impassable. They also had to rescue several people who were isolated in rural areas of "Pino Hachado" and "Copahue".


Toddler killed after stray dog attack in Telangana, India

dog attack
A two-and-a-half-year-old boy died allegedly after a pack of stray dogs attacked him at Bada Bazaar in Charminar police station limits on Tuesday night.

The child, who suffered bleeding injuries on his neck and on other parts of his bust, was rushed for emergency treatment, but was soon declared dead by doctors at Niloufer Hospital.

According to the police, the attack took place around 8:30 p.m. when the boy was playing outside his grandmother's house. "It was a pack of stray dogs," aggrieved family members and locals said.

A senior official said that the police had visited the site, gathered details and checked the CCTV footage and related evidence.


Rare deep-sea oarfish found washed up on beach in Dunedin, New Zealand

© Bridie Allan
A self-amputating, vertically swimming, serpent-like fish has stunned Dunedin locals.

An oarfish was found on Aramoana Beach on Monday afternoon. it is estimated to have been 3.6m long.

The creature was last seen in Dunedin in 2015 - at a size of 3m long.

The species is known to reach lengths of more than 8m and is usually found hanging in a vertical position.


Late April snow hits mountainous areas of Beijing, China

Photo taken on April 27, 2022, shows snow covering Lingshan Mountain area of Mentougou district in southwest of Beijing. Showers turned to snow in Beijing's southwestern mountain area on Wednesday morning.
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Photo taken on April 27, 2022, shows snow covering Lingshan Mountain area of Mentougou district in southwest of Beijing. Showers turned to snow in Beijing's southwestern mountain area on Wednesday morning.
Beijing has seen a sharp temperature drop, with temperatures recorded 13 degrees Celsius lower than Tuesday, accompanied by rain and snow since Wednesday morning, the municipal meteorological bureau has said.

Snow has hit mountainous areas in the suburbs of Beijing, with the highest daily temperature dropping to 10.7 degrees Celsius from Tuesday's 23.2 degrees Celsius.

The average precipitation in Beijing was 2.6 millimeters between 5 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday.


Flooding Jari river affects thousands in Amapá, Brazil

Floods in Amapá Brazil April 2022.
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Floods in Amapá Brazil April 2022.
Flooding from the Jari river has affected thousands of people in communities in the state of Amapá in northern Brazil.

Levels of the Jari river increased after heavy rainfall in the region over the last few weeks. The Amapá state government said the river reached 3.01 metres on 26 April, the highest level of the year so far.

According to officials, communities in the municipalities of Laranjal do Jari and Vitória do Jari have been affected by the flooding since mid-April. As of 26 April, the state government reported 16,152 people affected in Laranjal do Jari and 8,340 in Vitória do Jari. Federal government sources said over 220 families have been displaced.

State and federal government agencies are providing aid and relief supplies to communities in affected areas.

Cloud Precipitation

20 killed in floods and landslides after heavy rain in DR Congo and Rwanda

Landslide in Bukavu, South Kivu Province, DR Congo 26 April 2022.
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Landslide in Bukavu, South Kivu Province, DR Congo 26 April 2022.
At least 20 people have died after heavy rain caused floods and landslides in areas of Rwanda and neighbouring parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) over the last few days.


Local media quoting Ministry of Emergency Preparedness (MINEMA) said at least 11 people died and 13 were injured after heavy rain on 23 April caused flooding and landslides in several districts of the country. Damage to homes, roads and crops was also reported.

Affected areas included the districts of Nyamasheke (7 fatalities), Kicukiro (2), Gasabo (1), and Ngororero (1). Areas of Kayonza district suffered damage but no fatalities were reported.


Woman died after being attacked by multiple dogs in Newalla, Oklahoma

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A 61-year-old woman died after being attacked by multiple dogs, the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday.

Deputies responded to the 4300 block of South Catfish Drive just after noon Sunday after getting a report that a woman was dead.

Upon arrival, deputies found Anita Mears dead in her front yard with apparent stab wounds.

The Oklahoma County Coroners Office later determined her death was not a homicide but rather that she was the victim of an attack by multiple dogs.


Two-year-old boy dies after stray dog attack in Telangana, India

dog attack
A two-year-old boy died, allegedly after being attacked by a pack of street dogs at Golconda on Tuesday night.

The victim, Ahmed a resident of Bada Bazaar, was playing near his house when the pack of dogs attacked him. Locals scared away the dogs and rescued the boy, who sustained injuries on the neck and other parts of the body.

He was rushed to Niloufer hospital where doctors pronounced him dead. Locals pointed out that the stray dogs had attacked locals in the colony earlier too.