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Huge waterspout filmed over Dalian Bay, China

Footage released by China's Dalian Meteorology Bureau shows a waterspout looming over East Harbour Business District at 2pm on Friday. Another waterspout was spotted in the morning

Footage released by China's Dalian Meteorology Bureau shows a waterspout looming over East Harbour Business District at 2pm on Friday. Another waterspout was spotted in the morning
Two waterspouts descended on a coastal city in eastern China today, leaving the locals stunned.

Footage released by the meteorological authority of Dalian shows one of them looming over a business district in the afternoon.

The spectacle occurred at around 2pm near the East Harbour Business District, according to Dalian Meteorology Bureau.


Seismograph

Shallow M6.1 earthquake jolts Japan's Miyagi Prefecture

The epicenter of the earthquake that occurred on Sept. 12 at 11:44 a.m. is located in Miyagi Prefecture
© JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY
The epicenter of the earthquake that occurred on Sept. 12 at 11:44 a.m. is located in Miyagi Prefecture
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake, which measured 4 on the shindo (intensity) scale, was detected at a depth of 40 kilometers off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture, on Saturday at 11:44 a.m.

There is currently no tsunami warning in effect.

As a precaution, those near coastal areas are advised to move to higher ground.

Boat

Think 2020's disasters are wild? Worse is yet to come say experts

Creek Fire
© AP
A firefighter battles the Creek Fire as it threatens homes in the Cascadel Woods neighborhood of Madera County, California.
A record amount of California is burning, spurred by a nearly 20-year mega-drought. To the north, parts of Oregon that don't usually catch fire are in flames.

Meanwhile, the Atlantic's 16th and 17th named tropical storms are swirling, a record number for this time of year. Powerful Typhoon Haishen lashed Japan and the Korean Peninsula this week. Last month it hit 130 degrees in Death Valley, the hottest Earth has been in nearly a century.

Phoenix keeps setting triple-digit heat records, while Colorado went through a weather whiplash of 90-degree heat to snow this week. Siberia, famous for its icy climate, hit 100 degrees earlier this year, accompanied by wildfires. Before that Australia and the Amazon were in flames.

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Cloud Precipitation

Severe floods hit 760,000 people in West and Central Africa

Residents walk through a flooded street after last week's heavy rains in Keur Massar, Senegal September 8, 2020.
© REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
Residents walk through a flooded street after last week's heavy rains in Keur Massar, Senegal September 8, 2020.
Nigerien student Hachimou Abdou has had to catch a boat to classes since river water swamped his route to university in the capital Niamey - one of about 760,000 people hit by severe flooding in recent weeks in parts of West and Central Africa.

Floods are common during the rainy season, but in recent years climate change, land degradation and poor urban planning have led to more frequent disasters as rapidly-growing cities struggle with heavier-than-normal rainfall.

Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ghana, Niger, Mali, Nigeria, Congo Republic and Senegal are among those worst-hit this year, with at least 111 people killed, according to latest figures from the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).


Cloud Precipitation

300,000 displaced by floods in Ethiopia, says UN

Evacuations after floods in Afar region, Ethiopia September 2020.
© OCHA Ethiopia
Evacuations after floods in Afar region, Ethiopia September 2020.
Heavy rain and flooding continue in Ethiopia, with over 500,000 people affected and around 300,000 displaced since July.

Unusually heavy Kiremt season (June to September) rainfall triggered flooding in the country from late July. By early August the UN reported 30,000 people had been displaced, with many of them in the Afar region after the overflow of Awash River. The regions of Gambella, Oromia, SNNP and later Amhara were also affected.

In a report of 06 September, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said "heavy summer season (June-September) rains continue to cause flooding in many parts of the country. Some 500,000 people were so far affected, including some 300,000 displaced."


Snowflake Cold

Temperature extremes: Colorado shatters multiple records as wild weather continues

Fallen tree limbs block a street during an early season snow storm on September 9, 2020 in Boulder, Colorado.
© Michael Ciaglo
Fallen tree limbs block a street during an early season snow storm on September 9, 2020 in Boulder, Colorado.
A wild week of weather continues to unfold in Colorado that started with 100+ degree temperatures and transitioned into more than a more than a foot of snow in parts of the state.

Here's a look at some of the weather records that were set in the Centennial State during this tumultuous time.


Boat

Flash floods hits Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia after torrential rainfall

Floodwaters flowing into Masjid Jamek due to heavy rain in Kuala Lumpur.

Floodwaters flowing into Masjid Jamek due to heavy rain in Kuala Lumpur.
Videos and photos shared on social media showed Masjid Jamek by water, submerged cars and motorcycles as well as snakes after parts of Kuala Lumpur were hit with flash floods following a heavy downpour on Thursday (Sept 10).


Fire

Massive wildfires devour large agricultural lands in western Syria

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Servicemen from the Russian Khmeimim air base have been taking part in efforts to contain the fires

Fires have broken out in a number of agricultural areas in western Syria, Russia Today (RT) reported yesterday.

A video showing the fires went viral on social media.

Fires have been raging in recent days across a number of large agricultural lands across Syria's western parts. The fires were intensified in the Slunfeh forest, which extends along the Latakia portal city to the Masyaf Mountains in Homs.


Cloud Precipitation

West Africa - More floods in Niger, death toll rises to 13 in Burkina Faso

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The flood situation has worsened in the West African countries of Niger and Burkina Faso.

More flooding has affected parts of Niger, where almost 330,000 people have been affected by flooding since July. Meanwhile the government in neighbouring Burkina Faso the number of fatalities has increased to 13. On 09 September the government declared a state of emergency in response to flooding which has affected the country since late August.

Niger

The flood situation has worsened in Niger after further heavy rainfall and the failure of a dam / embankment along the Niger river near the capital, Niamey.

According to the latest figures from the government in Niger, 329,958 people have been affected, over 31,960 houses severely damage or destroyed, along with 5,768 hectares of farmland. As many as 65 people have died as a result of flooding in the country which began in July this year.


Seismograph

6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes Chile

earthquake graph
© Phil McCarten / Reuters
According to seismologists, the earthquake occurred at a depth of 44 kilometres.

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake has struck near the coast of Northern Chile. No tsunami alert has been issued.

No possible casualties or damage have been reported so far.

​Chile is situated in the easternmost part of the Ring of Fire, a seismically active zone in the Pacific Ocean, where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur, including powerful ones.

Comment: Less than a week ago a M6.2 earthquake hit Chile. There has been an increase in seismic activity worldwide recently.