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6.0 magnitude earthquake off Amukta Island, Alaska

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A very strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake occurred in the North Pacific Ocean near Amukta Island island, USA, in the afternoon of Thursday, Jul 18, 2024 at 5.13 pm local time (GMT -10).

The quake had a shallow depth of 42 km (26 mi) and was reported felt by some people near the epicenter.

No significant damage or impact is expected from this quake and no particular alert was issued.

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Powerful 7.4-magnitude quake strikes north Chile near Argentine border - No reports of major damage

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A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck northern Chile near its border with Argentina late Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, shaking homes and causing power outages. There were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.

The quake's epicenter was 45 kilometers (28 miles) southeast of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, a tourist hub on the edge of the northern desert. The trembler had a depth of 117 kilometers (72 miles), according to the USGS, which likely lessened the intensity of the shaking. The deeper an earthquake when it strikes, the less destructive a jolt it will cause at the surface.

Chilean President Gabriel Boric said his government was closely examining the area but "so far there are no reports of injuries or major damage." The quake did not activate a tsunami alarm.

Footage spread online of rocks tumbling onto a highway connecting the cities of Calama to Tocopilla, east of the epicenter and local authorities reported road blocks in the area.


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38 fatal landslides in Nepal in 2024 to date with 135 people killed

Swollen Tatopani Jinchaur river.
Swollen Tatopani Jinchaur river.
As loyal readers of this blog are aware, I have long had a particular interest in landslides in Nepal. This is partly because of my long term research links to that country, and partly because of the heavy burden that mass movements impose there.

Nepal is very prone to landslides, in part because of its natural setting (steep terrain, monsoon rainfall, high levels of tectonic activity). This is being exacerbated by the impacts of both poorly planned development and climate change, most notably increases in peak rainfall intensity. Thus, Nepal is a poster child for a situation that is occurring more widely.

Landslides in Nepal are largely driven by monsoon rainfall, and of course at this time of year, the SW monsoon is at full strength. I've mapped below all of the fatal landslides that I've recorded in Nepal in 2024 to date - the final locations are not definitive, but this is an interesting first pass:-

Cloud Precipitation

Floodwaters rage in Yellville, Arkansas amid Flash Flood Emergency after 11 inches of rain

In a still from a video filmed through the windshield of a car, flood water surges across a bridge in Yellville, Ark.
© FOX WeatherIn a still from a video filmed through the windshield of a car, flood water surges across a bridge in Yellville, Ark., early Wednesday.
A Flash Flood Emergency was declared in a northern Arkansas town Wednesday as torrential rains caused rushing waters to pour into homes and prompt urgent evacuations.

As much as 11 inches of rain fell near Yellville in central Marion County, leading to numerous washed-out bridges and ongoing water rescues by local law enforcement.

Marion County Sheriff Gregg Alexander confirmed to FOX Weather that 86 people were evacuated from the Creekside Nursing Home in Yellville. No deaths or injuries have been reported.


Windsock

6 dead and cities left without electricity as storm sweeps through Belarus

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The emergencies ministry in Belarus said Wednesday that six people died in a heavy weekend storm that swept through much of the country, and officials said that some cities are still experiencing problems with water and electricity.

The ministry reported that 330 cities and villages were damaged in Sunday's storm in the Brest, Gomel and Mogilev regions in the country's south. Video footage from the ministry shows fallen trees, wrecked cars and houses without roofs.

The worst-hit city, Mazyr, home to a major oil refinery, remains without electricity in some areas.

"We have never encountered anything like this, when the energy system lost all the power generating and supplying all lines in the Mazyr region and surrounding areas," said Deputy Prime Minister Anatoly Sivak.

"The wind was abnormally strong and this led to the destruction of high-voltage lines," Sivak added.

Associated Press


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Heavy rain batters South Korea's border city and parts of metropolitan areas

A car is partially submerged in flood waters by heavy rain in Paju, South Korea.
© AP/Lee Jin-manA car is partially submerged in flood waters by heavy rain in Paju, South Korea.
South Korea's border city of Paju and parts of the metropolitan area were battered by heavy rainfall on Thursday.

The rain caused floods in parts of Gyeonggi Province, causing the suspension of public transport, and rescue workers were dispatched to several areas in Paju to evacuate residents.


A park is flooded after heavy rain in Paju, South Korea.
© AP/Lee Jin-manA park is flooded after heavy rain in Paju, South Korea.

Volcano

Ebeko volcano (Paramushir Island, Kuril Islands): explosions go on

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© KVERTExplosion from Ebeko volcano on 16 July
The explosive eruption at the volcano continues at moderate levels.

The volcano continues to produce minor, sometimes strong vulcanian-type eruptions accompanied by ash plumes with an average altitude of 15,000 ft (4,500 m) over the past week.

The spewed ash has been spread about 3 km to the southeast-southwest of the volcano over the past few days.


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Best of the Web: China's Henan province drowns in flood: A year's worth of rain falls in a day - 2 FEET of rainfall in 24 hours

Aerial view of buildings submerged in floodwaters after heavy rains hit towns in Hunan provice.
© ReutersAerial view of buildings submerged in floodwaters after heavy rains hit towns in Hunan provice.
The extreme weather has not been limited to Henan. Beijing temporarily suspended several suburban train lines after issuing early warnings for thunderstorms and flash floods.

A small town in China's Henan province experienced an unprecedented deluge as it received nearly a year's worth of rain in just 24 hours.

The extreme weather event, part of a shifting pattern of storms moving from southern China to central and northern provinces, has put local authorities on high alert.

Dafengying, a town within the city limits of Nanyang, recorded a staggering 606.7mm (24 inches) of rainfall in a single day, as reported by national weather forecasters. This amount nearly matches the area's average annual rainfall of 800mm, highlighting the extraordinary nature of the event.


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Three children die as flood sweeps away house in Nepal

Swollen Tatopani Jinchaur river.
Swollen Tatopani Jinchaur river.
Three children lost their lives when their house was swept away by a flood in Rukum West.

Eight-year-old Hitmaya Pun, 5-year-old Dhanisha Pun, and 4-year-old Manisha Sarki died in the landslide and subsequent flooding at Tatopani Jinchour river in Aathbiskot Municipality-12, Rukum West.

According to Ravi KC, the Chief of Aathbiskot Municipality, 40-year-old Dilli Bahadur Budhathoki is currently missing.

Ten-year-old Bijay Sarki, 22-year-old Anisha Pun, 29-year-old Janak Khatri, 65-year-old Mansari Pun, 4-year-old Makson Pun, 20-year-old Dhanmaya Pun, and 65-year-old Kalpana Kami sustained injuries when the house was swept away by the flood.

The District Police Office Rukum West informed that the injured are receiving treatment at Athabiskot Nagar Hospital, while efforts are ongoing to locate Budhathoki.


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Stray dog attack cases rising in Telangana, India: 2-yr-old boy dies in Secunderabad, another hospitalised

Representational Picture (ETV Bharat/ File)
Representational Picture (ETV Bharat/ File)
An alarming rise in stray dog attacks in Telangana has left the authorities concerned prompting to set up a toll-free helpline number to report such cases. Stray dog attack claimed life of an infant in Secunderabad while in Jagityala, a boy was injured and currently undergoing treatment at a hospital.

Two-year-old boy killed in Secunderabad:

A two-year-old boy was mauled to death by a stray dog in Jawaharnagar in Secunderabad, police said on Wednesday. Vidhan was playing outside his house when a dog attacked him. He sustained severe injuries and was taken to the Gandhi Hospital. However, his condition deteriorated and he died.

Locals complained that despite repeatedly alerting authorities about the growing menace of stray dogs in the area, nothing has been done to address the problem.