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Severe storm rips through southwestern Manitoba causing flooding

Manitoba storm
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A severe storm ripped through southwestern Manitoba Sunday evening, causing flooding and damage in and around the Brandon area.

Around 4 p.m. a tornado warning was issued in the Minnedosa area, however the warning ended shortly after.

Environment and Climate Change Canada said it's too early to say whether a tornado touched down in the area. Meteorologist Sara Hoffman told CTV News Environment Canada received reports of damage near Rapid City.

Hoffman said conditions were favourable for producing a tornado, but couldn't say yet whether one had occurred. She said Environment Canada will have to comb through data and damage in order to make that determination.


Question

A mysterious radiation spike detected over Europe

Radiation
© Lassina Zerbo/Twitter
A mysterious increase in radiation levels over northern Europe was detected this month by authorities from several countries, although no nation has yet come forward to claim responsibility for the anomaly.

The subtle radiation spike - at levels that are considered harmless to humans, but significant enough to be picked up by radiation monitoring stations - began to make headlines last week, with European authorities announcing new readings of human-made radionuclide particles in the atmosphere.

"Very low levels of the radioactive substances cesium-134, cesium-137, cobalt-60 and ruthenium-103 were measured," the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority tweeted on Tuesday.

"The levels measured are so low that they pose no danger to people or the environment."

Similar observations were also made by radiation protection authorities in Norway and Finland.

Later in the week, Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation, tweeted a map outlining the possible source region of the anomaly, most of which was territory inside Russia, but also parts of Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.

Cloud Precipitation

Hundreds of cars stranded by floodwater in Kota Belud, Malaysia

A truck is partially submerged by flood waters in Kota Belud June 28, 2020.

A truck is partially submerged by flood waters in Kota Belud June 28, 2020.
Hundreds of cars are stranded at Kota Belud main roundabout, about 74 kilometres from here, after vehicles bound towards the district from both Kota Kinabalu and Kota Belud directions, cannot pass through the road due to flood, following heavy rain in the state since yesterday.

Sabah Fire and Rescue Department assistant director of operations, Misran Bisara said vehicles from Kota Kinabalu were stranded as far as three kilometres from the roundabout, which was the main entrance into the district.

"Similarly vehicles from Kota Belud, could not go out because the roads were inundated," he said when contacted by Bernama here, today.


Ladybug

Locust swarm INVADES tech & financial hub outside India's capital

locusts
© AFP / Sanjay Kanojia
Footage shows a massive swarm of locusts invading the Indian city of Gurugram, located just southwest of New Delhi. The cloud of insects is a rare sight in the city - a posh financial and technology hub.

The locusts descended upon the streets of Gurugram on Saturday, flying in a large, cloud-like mass and resting upon anything they pleased. The invasion was anticipated, and the local authorities urged residents to close their doors and windows beforehand.

Videos show thousands of desert locusts flying around, making the entire scene blurry.

Boat

Severe flooding leaves 3 dead, 12 missing in southwest China

FLOOD
Three people died and 12 are missing after overnight rainstorms caused severe flooding in southwestern China.

Two vehicles fell into a river, killing two people and leaving three others unaccounted for, according to the Mianning county government in Sichuan province.

Another person was killed and nine more are missing in Yihai township, the county said in a post on its social media account.

Mianning is about 280 kilometers (175 miles) southwest of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan.


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'Terrifying tornado': Flooding and roofs lifted in Auckland wild weather

NZ tornado damage
© Caleb Paterson
Tornado caused widespread damage in Dairy Flat overnight.
A tornado has hit south Auckland, causing major structural damage to industrial buildings in East Tamaki.

Fire and Emergency shift manager Craig Dally said ten fire trucks were sent to the area to assess damage.

Roofs have also been ripped off houses in the area.

There are no reports of any injuries.

This morning's tornado comes after some residents were terrified overnight.

Wind and rain caused flooding, lifted roofs and uprooted trees across Auckland.

The fierce winds led Dairy Flat residents in the city's north to take to Facebook with reports of a tornado ripping through the area.


Attention

Lava spews from Guatemala's Pacaya volcano

Pacaya Volcano

Pacaya Volcano
Guatemala's Pacaya Volcano erupted on Friday, June 19, spewing lava and ash into the air.

The country's National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) confirmed the volcano emitted a continuous flow of lava and explosions on Friday and said it would continue to monitor the situation. No injuries or damage were reported.


Credit: Deybin Garcia Tomas via Storyful

Snowflake

June snowfall in the Krasnoyarsk region of Russia

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In the Krasnoyarsk Region, summer has been interrupted by a strong cold wave.

June 21 is snowing. Winter visited the Sayan pass on the border of Khakassia and Tuva.

In Novosibirsk, a strong cooling occurred last weekend. At night, the thermometer showed +5, and frosts were observed in some places.

Another video showing lots of snow here.

Thanks to Martin Siebert for this link.


Seismograph

Shallow 4.5 magnitude earthquake hits off Northwest French coast

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Earthquakes of 4 - 5 magnitude, which are considered moderate, rarely occur in France. In November 2019, two earthquakes measuring 5.1 and 5.7 were detected in southern France.

A 4.5-magnitude earthquake struck on 27 June off the coast of France, data from the French seismological service showed.

The agency said that it registered the quake 105 kilometres (65 miles) southeast of the town of Douarnenez at 10:59 GMT. The epicentre was located at a depth of two kilometres (1.2 miles).

There are no reports about casualties or damages caused by the quake. No tsunami warning has been issued.

Comment: A 4.8 magnitude earthquake struck southeast France on November 11 last year, causing an unusual crack in the Earth's crust, puzzling scientists.


Boat

Heaviest rainfall in 20 years hits China's Yichang City on Dragon Boat Festival holiday

Yichang flooding
© YouTube/CGTN (screen capture)
Torrential rain battered Yichang City of central China for three hours on the last day of the Dragon Boat Festival holiday. The city saw up to 140 mm of daily rainfall, the biggest in 20 years. Many areas were soon soaked in water. Local authorities then issued Level IV emergency response orders. The city will see less rainfall over the next two days.


Comment: Three Gorges Dam flood alert after heaviest rainfall