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Earthquake of magnitude 6.3 strikes near Mindanao, Philippines - 4th such strong quake within 24 hours globally

An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck 82km east-northeast of General Santos in Mindanao, the Philippines, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said on Sunday (Sept 6).

The quake had a depth of 120.9 km, according to the USGS.

The Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology (Phivolcs) said the offshore quake hit at a depth of 143 km, about 26km southeast of Don Marcelino town at 11.23pm local time.

Comment: This is the fourth magnitude 6+ quake registered within 24 hours across the planet - the other 3 being:

Cloud Precipitation

Receding floods reveal vast tracts of rotting crops in Odisha, India "The floods have completely shattered the rural economy''

Farmers show rotten paddy saplings in flood-hit Gobindapur village of Kendrapara district.
Farmers show rotten paddy saplings in flood-hit Gobindapur village of Kendrapara district.
The receding water has revealed the extent of damage in flood-ravaged Kendrapara district with the worst hit being farmers.

The receding water has revealed the extent of damage in flood-ravaged Kendrapara district with the worst hit being farmers.

Vast tracts of paddy fields in Aul, Pattamundai, Marsaghai, Derabishi and Rajkanika blocks have turned into swamps with rotting crops still submerged in water.

"The floods have completely shattered the rural economy. Farmers had spent huge amount of money to raise paddy saplings which have been damaged in the floods. With the deluge ruining our livelihood, we now stare at a bleak future," said Sarat Sahoo, a farmer of Manapur village under Rajkanika.

Following good rains during transplantation of paddy saplings three months back, farmers were expecting a bumper crop. But all hopes have been shattered.

Cloud Precipitation

7 Upper Egypt-Red Sea highways closed after rains, flood falling from mountain swamps western Luxor

Map of Egypt - Red Sea governorate official website

Map of Egypt - Red Sea governorate official website
Upper Egypt and the Red Sea coast have been struck with floods after heavy rain, prompting the police traffic department to close off several highways in the area on Sunday.

The western Sohag-Qena road, Sheikh-Fadl-Ras Ghareb road, Qift-Quseir road, Safaga-Sohag road, Luxor-Nag Hammadi road, Luxor-Wadi Gedid road, Ghareb-Minya were closed. Safaga-Sohag road, Luxor-Nag Hammadi road and Qift-Quseir road were reopened later after the weather improved, as the weather forecast had predicted sandy winds.

In western Luxor, rain falling down from Ruzaiqat mountain caused floods on Saturday night. The city council dispatched equipment to change the course of the torrent into flood drainage systems so it does not reach homes in this mountanious area.


Bodies of North Carolina brother and sister recovered after deadly flash flood in Smithfield, North Carolina

The bodies of two young siblings missing in a deadly flash flood in Smithfield, North Carolina earlier this week have been recovered. Rescuers found 4-year-old Abraham Martinez Jr.'s body in a creek near Neuse River on Thursday morning and 12 hours later, recovered his sister, 5-year-old, Alexa Castro in shallow water 30 yards away, the Johnston County Sheriff's Office confirmed.

The harrowing ordeal took place on Monday night when Vanessa Castro and her two children were in her car that was swept off the Galilee Road in Smithfield, outside of Raleigh, during a violent flash flood storm. Rising floodwaters swept the vehicle away

According to emergency officials, more than seven inches of rain fell in Smithfield overnight, causing numerous roads to flood in the area.

Recordings of the mother's 911 calls from that night obtained by News & Observer captured the mother's fear and panic.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning killed 64 in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2019, highest in 5 years - rainfall was 144% of the seasonal average

The state recently experienced heavy rainfall and thunderstorms due to the monsoon. While the rainfall in 2019 was more than 100% of the seasonal average in the state, Gujarat also reported its highest number of deaths due to lightning for the past five years in 2019, revealed the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report 'Accidental Deaths & Suicides in India'.

Deaths due to lightning accounted for 46% of the total deaths attributed to 'forces of nature' in the report. Experts pointed to reasons such as more thundershowers/thunderstorms and more persons working outdoors. The report did not provide city or district-wise details for these deaths.


Signs and Portents: Two-headed turtle found in Barbados

Tiki and Twist being held by Connor Blades.

Tiki and Twist being held by Connor Blades.
Tiki and Twist, a set of conjoined twin turtle hatchlings, are in the Atlantic Ocean battling life off Barbados now.

The finding was a first for Barbadian Sea Turtle Project volunteer Connor Blades. Tiki and Twist are the first two-headed turtle that Connor has seen in person in his six years of working with turtles and hatchlings. He made the discovery on September 3, 2020.

Answering the question of how exactly the discovery was made, he said:
"We excavate hatched turtle nests. This hatchling was one still stuck in the nest upon excavation, and would have definitely died otherwise. It was released later as normal."


Strong mag. 6.6 earthquake near central mid- Atlantic Ridge

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.6

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2020-09-06 06:51:18

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km


Pacific 6.2M earthquake strikes off Vanuatu

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake has struck off the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.

The US Geological Survey reports that the quake struck at 2.59pm NZ time, 101 km north-west of the capital, Port Vila.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre advises that the threat of tsunami waves has now mostly passed.

The USGS says the quake was fairly shallow - at a depth of about 10km, and that no damage has been reported so far.


6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Coquimbo, Chile, EMSC says

According to seismologists, the earthquake occurred at a depth of 25 kilometres (15.5 miles). No casualties or damage have been reported.

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake has struck 50 kilometres (31.07 miles) from Coquimbo, Chile, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said. No tsunami alert has been issued.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) preliminarily reported a 6.4-magnitude earthquake 47 kilometres northeast of Coquimbo.

A local resident has shared a video purportedly depicting the objects in his home trembling the moment the quake began.

Cloud Precipitation

Venezuelan cities flooded with water and crude oil following heavy rains

oil flood
Firefighters in affected cities were placed on high alert following reports of fallen trees and collapsed roofs.

Three cities in the Venezuelan state of Zulia have been transformed into something resembling Venice, Italy after the collapse of a drainage system caused by heavy rains.

Shops, businesses, homes, and even medical centres were flooded in Cabimas, Simón Bolívar, and Ciudad Ojeda.

Patients at the Pedro García Clara hospital in Ciudad Ojeda received hemodialysis in rooms filled with water.