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Eastern Taiwan shaken by 26 earthquakes in one night

Eastern Taiwan was rattled with as many as 26 earthquakes overnight, with three of them being identified as main earthquakes, Shin Tzay-chyn (辛在勤), director-general of the Central Weather Bureau said Thursday.

It is a coincidence that three main earthquakes occurred in one night in three different places along Taiwan's eastern coast, Shin said, adding that the region is known for frequent tremors.

A total of 26 earthquakes were recorded between 11:17 p.m. Wednesday and 8:00 a.m., Thursday, with one main earthquake each occurring near the border of Yilan and Hualien Counties and in Hualien's Hsiulin and Fuli Townships, according to the bureau. The rest were aftershocks.

There were no reports of damage or injuries.

Snowflake Cold

Weather chaos as Austria is hit by unseasonal heavy snowfall

Ischgl, Austria
Tens of thousands of homes in Austria were left without electricity and some residents had to be evacuated after areas of the country were hit by unseasonal heavy snowfall.

On Wednesday 15,000 homes in Carinthia and 6,500 in Styria lost electricity due to the weather and the whole of the country was affected by road blocks.

There are also concerns among the agricultural businesses that fruit and vegetable crops could be lost in the millions due to frost.

Experts warn the coldest day is yet to come, however, with temperatures expected to be as low as -10 degrees in some areas on Thursday - just days before the outdoor swimming pools are due to open for the summer season.

Snowflake Cold

Winter weather returns to Iceland with a vengeance

© Rax / Ragn­ar Ax­els­son
Winter struck Iceland again with a vengeance last night, as heavy snow hit parts of the north-east.

Police and rescue services were called out several times during the night to assist with vehicles mired in snow on impassable roads. The national ring road was closed near Mývatn.

Temperatures dropped well below freezing in the northern town of Akureyri and conditions this morning there are described as wintry.

You can check out the status of road conditions in real time on the website of the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration here. Iceland Monitor also has a weather forecast section available for readers here.

Snowflake Cold

Thousands without electricity as April snowfall strikes Slovenia

© Tanjug
Ljubljana on Thursday
Heavy snowfall has left about 10,000 households in the area of Slovenia's towns of Ljubljana, Dravograd, and Maribor without electricity.

The snow is also causing more traffic accidents, and has brought with it the threat of avalanches in some areas.

Snow continued to fall on Thursday in some parts of the country, while forecasters said that while precipitation would stop, low temperatures would persist for some time.

Most of Slovenia is currently under 25 centimeters of snow - 40 in mountain areas. Croatian news agency Hina said the snow broke branches on trees overnight, causing further trouble for drivers in some areas.

While authorities are warning against traveling to the mountains out of fear of avalanches, several ski resort said they expect an influx of guests over the coming weekend.

Source: Tanjug


Dead Humpback whale washes up on Duxbury Beach, Massachusetts

© New England Aquarium
Biologists and veterinarians have spent the last two days trying to determine what killed a 27-foot-long humpback whale yearling that washed up on Duxbury Beach on Monday afternoon.

The New England Aquarium said the female whale, which was most likely 14 to 16 years old, had no visible scars and was not tangled in marine gear. After it was moved to higher ground with construction vehicles, aquariums staff and volunteers removed several tons of blubber and tissue from the carcass as they dissected it in an effort to determine what killed.

The aquarium is now working with the Center for Coastal Studies to identify the whale through unique markings on its tail fluke.


Magnitude 5.0 earthquake strikes southwestern France near La Rochelle

© Google Maps
An earthquake registering 5.0 on the Richter scale has struck the southwest of France near the city of La Rochelle. The quake hit at 08:45 local time at a depth of 15 kilometers.

Writing on Twitter, Laurent Simon from Bordeaux said the earthquake was "a very small one," but it was an "interesting feeling." Sophie Thurlow mentioned that she woke up to her "room shaking."

The epicenter of the quake was eight kilometers southeast of La Rochelle, which is a port on the Bay of Biscay with a population of just over 75,000. There are no reports of any damage so far.


Volcanic White Island erupts in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

© John Borren
White Island eruption in 2013.
White Island erupted last night.

The volcanic island, off the coast of the Bay of Plenty, erupted yesterday between 9.30pm and 11pm, GNS Science said.

As a consequence of this activity the Volcanic Alert Level is now raised to Level 3 (Minor Volcanic Eruption) and the Aviation Colour Code to Orange.

No eruptive activity has been seen since about 11pm yesterday.

The eruption was accompanied by a moderately elevated seismic activity, GNS said. The seismic activity is now back to normal.

Material appears to have been deposited over north side of the crater floor and up onto north crater wall. There is not yet a clear view of crater area visible from cameras.

Volcanologists are monitoring the volcano and further information will be released as soon as it is available.


Waterspout filmed over Penrhyn Bay, Wales

The tornadic waterspout follows snow, ice and hail in North Wales
A mum-of-two captured a twister which formed near Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm early this afternoon.

Helen Mulley filmed the waterspout on her mobile phone whilst watching the unusual sight from Rhos on Sea promenade.

She said: "The tornado was between the wind farm and the shore. It was pretty big and caught my attention because the sea water was being lifted into the air.

"It was very cool to watch and it lasted a couple of minutes."

Tornadic waterspouts form over water, or move from land to water. They have the same characteristics as a land tornado and are associated with severe thunderstorms, and are often accompanied by high winds and seas, large hail, and frequent dangerous lightning. Snow, ice and hail caused difficult conditions in many parts of North Wales this morning.


Late April snowstorm hits Bosnia

A late April snowstorm took Bosnia by surprise on Monday, especially as it followed a week of beautiful, balmy weather. (April 25)

Cloud Precipitation

Hailstones the size of grapefruits hit Nebraska and Kansas

© Susan Goodwyn
Susan Goodwyn holds hail in her hand Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in Wichita, Kan.
A storm raged above the Midwest and central United States on Tuesday, bringing with it flood warnings, fierce winds, two confirmed tornadoes — and hail. Lots of hail.

By late afternoon, the sky began dropping icy stones the size of grapefruits, smashing into roofs and threatening to damage agricultural crops. The hail was not reported to have caused injuries — but fruit-sized ice gobs do not go down gently. A car dealer in Oklahoma City, fearing for his vehicles, began parking cars indoor earlier in the day, the Associated Press noted. Other car owners weren't so lucky, and the large hailstones formed craters in hoods and windshields in northeast Kansas.