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Shallow 6.0-magnitude earthquake hits Chile

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© Sputnik / Gennady Ratushenko
The people of Chile and neighbouring countries are used to earthquakes, as the region is part the Ring of Fire - an area around much of the rim of the Pacific Ocean where many volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur due to the collision of lithospheric plates.

According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the earthquake hit off of Coquimbo on Sunday morning. The quake's epicentre was located at a depth of around 10 km (6.2 miles).

So far, there have been no reports about any damages or casualties, caused by the tremor.

Windsock

At least 11 killed and 100+ injured by violent hurricane winds in China

China storm
© Ruptly (screen capture)
At least 11 people have been killed and 102 injured after a powerful hurricane struck the eastern Chinese city of Nantong on Friday evening.

Ferocious winds uprooted trees, ripped the facades from buildings and filled the streets with lethal debris.

The majority of the people killed were hit by falling trees and telephone poles or were blown into the Yangtze river which winds through the city of over eight million people located roughly 62 miles (100 km) from Shanghai.


Comment: A couple of days ago fierce hail storms battered Texas and Oklahoma in the US causing 'billion-dollar' damage.


Snowflake Cold

Central Russia experiences record spring snow, as Crimea suffers exceptionally cold April

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After an historically cold and record-smashingly snowy winter, parts of Russia - namely Siberia - have finally been experiencing a little Spring warmth; or rather they were, before this week's return of the Arctic.

"After the recent warm days, there was a breeze of cold," is how hmn.ru puts it — and to paraphrase the rest, as the translation gets jumbled, the last week of April was not only cool in and around the Moscow region, but conditions were akin to those suffered in the depths of winter, with substantial snowfall totals to match.

Eastern regions reportedly saw the greatest snow cover, which lingered on the ground for some time, long enough for children to make snowmen and have snowball fights.


Snowflake Cold

Coldest April in 35 years in the Netherlands

A sign in snow in Amsterdam. 6 Apr 2020
© NL Times
A sign in snow in Amsterdam. 6 Apr 2020
With an average temperature of 6.7 degrees Celsius, last month was the coldest April since 1986. The average temperature lay 3.2 degrees below the norm of 9.9 degrees in April, Weer.nl reported.

The drop in temperatures was particularly evident in Drenthe. Eelde in Drenthe recorded a total of 18 frost days in April, the highest number throughout the country. The village also measured the lowest temperatures nationwide last month. On April 26, temperatures fell to minus 4.5 degrees Celsius.

Temperatures had even been higher in February this year compared to April 2021. On February 24, temperatures crept up to 18.7 degrees, higher than the warmest temperature in April at 17.8 degrees in certain areas.

Snowflake Cold

Met Office says UK has seen coldest April since 1922

Met Office confirms it has been the coldest April
© Justin Minns
Met Office confirms it has been the coldest April for almost 100 years .
THIS month was the coldest April for almost a century, UK weather experts have said.

The Met Office says frost and clear conditions combined for a chilly month, despite long spells of sunshine.

Provisional figures from the Met Office's National Climate Information Centre show April had the third lowest average temperature since records began back in 1884.

In fact, the average temperature in April was the lowest seen in Britain since 1922.

Doberman

Young child dies after dog attack in Fort Worth, Texas

dog attack
A young child died Friday night after being attacked by a dog at a home in Fort Worth.

Police were called to the 1400 block of Oak Grove Road just after 5 p.m.

Officers found a child under the age of five that had been attacked by the family dog in the backyard. They were taken to a nearby hospital, but later died.


Seismograph

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake jolts northern Japan

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A 6.8 magnitude earthquake that also measured a strong 5 on the shindo (intensity) scale struck off Japan's northeastern coast on Saturday but no tsunami warning was issued, Japanese and U.S. authorities said, with no immediate reports of damage.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the midmorning quake hit at a depth of 47 kilometers (29 miles) in the Pacific, off Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, near the epicenter of the huge March 2011 quake that triggered a towering tsunami, killing more than 18,000 people.

The USGS and Meteorological Agency said there was no tsunami risk following the jolt, which produced strong shaking along parts of the eastern coast and was also felt in Tokyo.

Snowflake

Lesotho covered in early snow overnight, and flurries are now on their way to South Africa

SNOW
Our neighbours are rejoicing on Friday, after snow blanketed vast patches of land in Lesotho: These scenes bode well for snow-chasers in South Africa, too.

Let it snow, let it snow, Lesotho! The Mountain Kingdom has experienced something of a blizzard overnight, with large parts of the country now completely draped in the white stuff. What's more, this weather is now heading to South Africa.


Fish

'Smelly, terrible sight': Thousands of dead fish found on Eastern Auckland coastline in New Zealand

Thousands of fish have been found dead along Auckland's Beachlands coastline, leaving a strong stench and worrying locals.

Thousands of fish have been found dead along Auckland's Beachlands coastline, leaving a strong stench and worrying locals.
Thousands of fish have been found dead along Auckland's Beachlands coastline, worrying locals as a strong stench lingers.

Mandy Reeves was going for a walk on Monday when she noticed a smell near the Pine Harbour marina.

But it wasn't until around 1pm on Tuesday when she discovered a sea of dead fish.

Reeves told the Herald there were thousands of the same type of fish dead in the water and on the rocks.

"There are thousands of them. On Monday there was a smell but no sign of fish. Tuesday I was down near the marina and I thought oh gosh what is that stuff?

"And the coastline was covered in white. There were thousands of them.

"They were white-silvery long fish. It's very smelly, it really stinks down there. But the water looks relatively clear."

Attention

In Florida, a worrying uptick in manatee deaths in 2021 with 674 recorded from January to mid-April

Baby manatee Lativa is recovering from severe exposure to brevetoxins, which affect the nervous system -- she is one of the lucky animals to survive a crisis affecting the gentle marine mammals in Florida
© AFP
Baby manatee Lativa is recovering from severe exposure to brevetoxins, which affect the nervous system -- she is one of the lucky animals to survive a crisis affecting the gentle marine mammals in Florida
Baby manatee Lativa was so sick that her caregivers had to put a flotation device on her to allow her to come to the surface to breathe.

Others have not been so lucky: the gentle marine mammals are dying at an unprecedented rate in Florida, and there are not enough animal hospital "beds" to handle the crisis.

When two-year-old Lativa was rescued earlier this month, she was suffering from severe exposure to brevetoxins, potent neurotoxins produced by red tides or algae blooms that have contaminated some bodies of water in the US state.

"She was found beached and they never beach themselves... she was completely unresponsive," recounts Molly Lippincott, animal care manager for ZooTampa at Lowry Park.