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Heavy rainfall triggers flooding and mudslides in southern Peru

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Days of heavy rain triggered flooding and mudslides in Arequipa department in southern Peru.

The heavy rain began around 13 March, 2020, causing rivers and streams to break their banks, triggering mudslides and flooding.

Among the worst hit are areas in the north of the city of Arequipa, where streets were swamped in water, mud and debris.

Media report that at least 100 homes have been damaged and a bridge in the north of the city is in danger of collapse.

Residents in Sachaca district were asked to move away from a local stream that had broken its banks.

Cloud Precipitation

Flooding in northern Iraq stirs fears of landslides

The aftermatch after a pile of cars were swept away by flash floods in Duhok city, March 18, 2020.
© Kurdistan 24
The aftermatch after a pile of cars were swept away by flash floods in Duhok city, March 18, 2020.
Once again, heavy rain has brought flooding to Iraq. In the northern city of Mosul, during the most recent late winter, or early spring, thundery rain dropped 127mm (5 inches) of rain onto the streets.

This is twice the average rainfall for March in Mosul and equivalent to about one-third of the year's expected rainfall. The result was thigh-deep flooding and boat rescue.

Mosul sits on the Tigris River and no doubt this heavy rain, much of which fell on Tuesday night, brought fears of the destructive events of early spring of 2019. The river then left its banks and caused death and destruction after heavy rain upstream.

In the town of Rabia, on the border with Syria, 187mm (7.4 inches) of rain was recorded on Wednesday.


Hawaii summits hit by snowfall

The Winter Weather Advisory, issued by the National Weather Service on Tuesday night, remains in effect for Hawaiʻi summits until 6 p.m. today.

Snow can already be seen on the summits of Maunakea and Mauna Loa. Additional snow accumulations of up to 5 inches are expected, forecasters say.

The Mauna Kea Access Road is closed to the public at the Visitor Information Station at the 9,200 feet elevation, rangers say.

The Mauna Loa summit is also closed, the National Park Service says.

Cloud Lightning

Two killed, 8 hurt by lightning bolt in Kenya

Two women in Kwale County were on Wednesday struck dead by lightning while eight others sustained injuries.

The tragedy occurred in Kizimbani Village, Matuga Sub-County, on Wednesday afternoon.

Kwale County Commissioner Karuku Ngumo said the dead women were among 20 members of Mwangaza SILC Self-Help Group.

Mr Ngumo said the members had sheltered under a tree during the group's meeting when tragedy struck at around 3.30pm.


Land begins to rise again near volcano Thorbjorn, Iceland

© Golli
Land rise has begun again in the near surroundings of volcano Þorbjörn near Grindavík. As of yet, there are no imminent signs of volcanic unrest. This follows an earthquake that rattled the Reykjanes peninsula on March 12. Meteorologists have kept a keen eye on the area following initial land rise early in the year, which had slowed down in February. The land rise now is happening at a slower pace than the original land rise in January, but it is rising in the same area as the initial rise. The science council of the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management will meet to discuss the matter next week.

Eruption not imminent

"Results from crust measurements have been clarified in the last couple of days. It's now clear that expansions that cause land rise has begun anew in the area surrounding Þorbjörn. This is confirmed both by GPS measurements in the area as well as satellite data. Scientists from the Icelandic Met Office, The Institute of Earth Sciences of the University Iceland as well from the Iceland GeoSurvey, met this morning to analyze the newest measurements and data.

Comment: Of note, the quake mentioned above was the strongest since 2013, and this also follows a recent warning of deadly gasses detected at Iceland's Eldvörp caves - one could say that, taken together, this kind of contradicts the statement that there are no "imminent signs of unrest".

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Fruit, vegetable, meat vanishes across the globe

Shipping containers
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
As the global finance and logistics declines so many containers were in route returning to China and few if any have left in the last two months that there is a container shortage across the planet. Refrigerated containers are scarce driving delivery costs to unseen heights for seafood and meats. Air cargo is reduced across the planet by 75% and 80% of all cargo is delivered by truck in the US. Farmers can grow the food, but there is a bottleneck in getting it delivered.

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Cloud Precipitation

Torrential downpour causes severe flooding in parts of Timor-Leste (East Timor)

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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) reports that over 9,000 people (1,664 households) have been affected by severe flooding in parts of Timor-Leste (also known as East Timor).

Flooding occurred after a torrential downpour lasting just a few hours during the afternoon of 13 March 2020. IFRC said the flooding caused rivers to break their banks, inundating homes and streets with flood water and mud.

Almost 200 homes were completely destroyed and media report many more have been damaged. Seven people were injured but there are no reports of fatalities. Vehicles and electricity lines were also damaged. Some reports suggested the newly built Bridge B.J. Habibie in Dili was also destroyed.


6.3-magnitude quake strikes south of Indonesia's Bali

A strong earthquake jolted Indonesia's holiday island of Bali early on Thursday (March 19), but no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake struck at 1.45am (1.45am Singapore time) with an epicentre 255km south of the town of Nusa Dua, the US Geological Service reported.

The epicentre was a relatively shallow 10km deep.

Source: AFP


Tornado warnings in Hawaii for first time in over a decade

A radar image showing a tornado-warned storm moving into Kauai, HI
A radar image showing a tornado-warned storm moving into Kauai, HI, early on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
The National Weather Service issued two rare tornado warnings for western Hawaii on Tuesday morning, the first tornado warnings for the state in over a decade. The storms resulted in no reports of damage, but the threat for stormy weather and flash flooding will continue across the Hawaiian Islands for the next couple of days.

The first tornado warning went up for the island of Niihau just before 1:30 AM Tuesday local time, followed by a second for Kauai around 6:00 AM local time.

The most serious of the two thunderstorms affected southern Kauai. The National Weather Service in Honolulu issued a severe thunderstorm warning for southwestern Kauai before the storm came ashore, warning residents that damaging wind gusts up to 60 MPH were possible. The storm began to take on some characteristics of a supercell, complete with a hook-like appendage that began rotating as it approached shore. A nearby radar site showed strong low-level rotation that prompted the tornado warning. The rotation quickly dissipated once the storm came ashore near Kaumakani just after 6:00 AM. There have been no reports of damage so far.


5.7M earthquake strikes Salt Lake City - First ever to directly hit Utah's capital - Angel statue atop Mormon HQ loses its trumpet

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© Rick Bowmer/AP
Construction workers look at the rubble from a building after an earthquake on March 18, 2020, in Salt Lake City.
A 5.7-magnitude earthquake shook Salt Lake City and its suburbs early Wednesday, sending spooked residents fleeing their homes, knocking out power for tens of thousands and closing the city's airport.

The epicenter was just southwest of Salt Lake City, between the city's airport and the Great Salt Lake. The temblor and its aftershocks physically and mentally rattled approximately 2.8 million people who are already hunkered down amid the coronavirus epidemic.

There were no initial reports of injuries, said Utah Emergency Management spokesman Joe Dougherty.

Comment: Local news at the moment of the quake:

How symbolic is this: the Angel Moroni statue atop the Mormon HQ in Salt Lake City lost its trumpet during the quake!

temple staue trumpet salt lake
© Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
The Angel Moroni statue atop the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stands with its trumpet missing after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake centered in Magna hit on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
The current statue is actually a replacement for the original one, which was destroyed by lightning in 2016!