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Shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake hits Kermadec Islands region: USGS

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted Kermadec Islands region on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 11.13 km, was initially determined to be at 29.9492 degrees south latitude and 176.902 degrees west longitude.

Cloud Precipitation

Russia's Sochi region hit by floods for second time in a month

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Emergency sirens sounded in the southern Russian region of Sochi overnight after rivers burst their banks in heavy rain for a second time this month and flooding closed a motorway.

The sirens, heard in areas near the city of Sochi, which hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics, were a warning for residents but evacuation was not planned at this time, the emergencies ministry was cited by the TASS news agency as saying.

Earlier this month, heavy rains caused severe flooding in the same area, with roads turning into rivers for several days.


On Friday, floods also hit an area of Russia's Far East, damaging a bridge on the Trans-Siberian railway line partially suspending rail traffic on a transportation artery that is crucial for Russia's economy.

Snowflake Cold

"Snowstorm in Africa!" South Africa smashes * an additional * 19 all-time low temperature records over the past 24 hours

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Following on from the record-smashing cold that infected Southern Africa on Thursday, the SA Weather Service (SAWS) has confirmed that a further 19 low temperature records were broken in the past 24 hours alone.


The service had warned that the country to brace for the coldest night of the year; however, it turned out to be the coldest night in recorded history for many locales, with records set 20, 40 and even 60+ years ago falling by the wayside.

Below I've compiled a few of the fallen records:

Kroonstad logged a bone-chilling -8C (17.6F), toppling the city's previous record of -7.7C (18.1F) set in 1990.

Warden's all-time low from 1989 was beaten by 0.4C, and now stands at -6.7C (19.9F).

In Kimberly, a historic -9.9C (14.2F) was recorded.

Warmbad Towoomba's -5.6C (21.9F) busted the previous low of -5.5C (22.1F) from 1964 (solar minimum of cycle 19).

While in Johannesburg, a reading of -7C (19.4F) smashed the old record of -6.3C (20.7F) set in 1995 (solar minimum of cycle 23).

You can see the full list from SAWS below:

Comment: We're entering an ice age. Its effects will likely be felt within the coming year, and its devastating consequences over the next 3-5 years.

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Light Sabers

Chimpanzees are killing gorillas unprovoked for the first time: scientists

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In December 2019, more than two dozen chimps went after five gorillas.
Chimpanzees have been seen killing gorillas in unprovoked attacks for the first time, scientists said.

The lethal encounters between the two species occurred as they were being observed at Loango National Park in Gabon, according to a study Monday in the journal Nature.

In the first attack in December 2019, more than two dozen chimps went after five gorillas.

"At first, we only noticed screams of chimpanzees and thought we were observing a typical encounter between individuals of neighboring chimpanzee communities," said Lara M. Southern, the study's lead author, in a statement.

"But then, we heard chest beats, a display characteristic for gorillas, and realized that the chimpanzees had encountered a group of five gorillas."

While the adult gorillas were able to escape, the infant separated from its mother didn't survive, the study said.

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Two killed as tornado hits Hebei province in China

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Two villagers were killed after a tornado hit Qingyuan district in Baoding, North China's Hebei province, on Wednesday afternoon, according to a report by Hebei Daily.

Donglyu village in the district was slammed by the tornado at around 5 pm, leaving several factories damaged. The district also experienced wind and hail for about 30 minutes.

The local government dispatched rescue teams including firefighters and utility workers to the district immediately after the tornado occurred and repaired some damaged electricity circuits and gas pipelines. Other disaster relief work continues.

Many cities in Hebei have suffered rainy weather for about three days, with some southern and western parts hit by rainstorms.

The province's meteorological bureau issued a red alert for rainstorm on Thursday morning. Some parts in Handan, Xingtai and Shijiazhuang will continue to see heavy rains. Handan borders Henan province, which has been hit hard by rain disasters in the past two days.


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Thousands evacuate floods in far east of Russia

Floods in Shilkinsky district Zabaykalsky Krai, Russia, July 202
© EMERCOM Trans-Baikal Territory
Floods in Shilkinsky district Zabaykalsky Krai, Russia, July 202
While northern areas of Russia's Far East Region are fighting wildfires, territories further south have seen ongoing floods which have forced almost 4,000 people to evacuate their homes.

In a statement of 24 July 2021, Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) of the Russian Federation Viktor Yatsutsenko said flooding had affected 99 settlements across Zabaykalsky Krai (Territory), Khabarovsk Krai and Amur Oblast (Region). As many as 2,355 residential buildings, more than 5,000 household plots, 76 low-water bridges and 408 road sections have been damaged. Furthermore, preventive purposes, almost 4,000 people were evacuated.

Most recently, flooding has affected areas in Zabaykalsky Krai, where Shilkinsky district was the hardest hit. The region's EMERCOM office said 2,500 people were affected by floods in the city of Shilka, Shilkinsky district after a sharp rise in the level of the Kiya River following heavy rain from 21 to 22 July. Hundreds of homes and plots have been flooded.


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Massive rescue efforts underway after floods in Mumbai and Maharashtra, India - Just over a meter (42 inches) of rain in 48 hours - At least 136 dead ( UPDATE)

Flood rescue Ratnagiri Maharashtra, July 2021.
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Flood rescue Ratnagiri Maharashtra, July 2021.
Massive rescue efforts are underway after heavy monsoon rainfall continues to wreak havoc in Mumbai and surrounding areas of the state of Maharashtra in India. Some areas in Maharashtra recorded more than 1,000 mm of rain in 48 hours.

In Mumbai, heavy rain caused a building to collapse in the Govandi area early on 23 July 2021. Rescue operations are ongoing but media reports suggest 7 people have died and 3 injured. Just last week at least 20 people died in similar circumstances after several homes were destroyed in the Mumbai suburbs of Chembur and Vikhroli as a result of the heavy rain and landslides on 18 July.

Wider areas of Maharashtra state have been severely affected, resulting in massive rescue operations across several districts. Hundreds of people have been rescued so far, with many more still in need of help.

India's National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed teams to the districts of Ratnagiri, Kolhapur, Raigad, Nizamabad, Satara, Sangli, Thane and Palghar. Units of the Coast Guard, Indian Navy and the Indian Army have joined the rescue and relief efforts in several areas, notably in Ratnagiri and Raigad districts.

The Indian Air Force has also undertaken rescue efforts using helicopters in Chiplun in Ratnagiri, where flood waters are so high residents have taken refuge on the roofs of houses.


Comment: Update: CNN reports on July 24:
At least 136 people have died in the west Indian state of Maharashtra, authorities said Saturday, after torrential monsoon rains caused landslides and flooded low-lying areas, cutting off hundreds of villages.

At least 38 people were killed in Taliye, 180 kilometers (110 miles) southeast of the financial capital Mumbai, when a landslide flattened most of the small village, state government officials said. The death toll also includes 27 reported deaths from Satara district in the last 48 hours, a representative from the state's Disaster Management, Relief & Rehabilitation department told CNN.

More than 10 people are feared trapped after a landslide occurred in Ratnagiri district on Friday, he said.

As of Saturday morning, over 90,000 people have been evacuated from affected areas to safety as heavy showers continued to wreak havoc, he said.

National Disaster Response Force personnel rescue people stranded in floodwaters in Kolhapur, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, on Friday.

National Disaster Response Force personnel rescue people stranded in floodwaters in Kolhapur, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, on Friday.
The National Disaster Response Force, the Indian Army, Coast Guards, Navy, Air Force and state authorities have all been deployed as part of the rescue effort. The representative added that major damages have been reported in all three coastal districts of Raigad, Satara, and Ratnagiri.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday issued a red alert for six districts of Maharashtra, forecasting "extremely heavy" rainfall and recommending preventive actions. The official said that districts Kolhapur and Sangli are still on alert, Reuters reported.

Parts of India's west coast received up to 594 millimeters (23 inches) of rainfall over 24 hours, forcing authorities to evacuate people from vulnerable areas as they released water from dams that were threatening to overflow.

"Unexpected very heavy rainfall triggered landslides in many places and flooded rivers," Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who heads Maharashtra's state government, told journalists.

"Dams and rivers are overflowing. We are forced to release water from dams, and, accordingly, we are moving people residing near the river banks to safer places," he said.

In nine other landslides in other parts of Maharashtra, 59 people died and another 15 were killed in accidents linked to the heavy rainfall, state government officials said.

Thousands of trucks were stuck on a national highway linking Mumbai with the southern technology hub of Bengaluru, with the road submerged in some places, another Maharashtra government official said.

Meanwhile, hundreds of villages and towns were without electricity and drinking water, he said.

Rivers were also overflowing in the neighboring southern states of Karnataka and Telangana where authorities were monitoring the situation, government officials there said.

Seasonal monsoon rains from June to September cause deaths and mass displacement across South Asia every year, but they also deliver more than 70% of India's rainfall and are crucial for farmers.



Cloud Precipitation

The provinces of Namur and Walloon Brabant again affected by floods in Belgium

Namur floods July 24, 2021
© RTBF - Nicolas Lejman
Namur floods July 24, 2021
Thunderstorms broke out in the provinces of Namur and Walloon Brabant this Saturday evening, which again causes flooding. The regions of Dinant, Daussoulx, Wépion, Jambes, Yvoir, Neufchâteau, Andenne, Walhain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Saint-Nicolas are particularly affected.

Heavy rains caused significant damage in Dinant, route de Philippeville and in the station area , says Alderman Robert Closset. "There are 50 cm of water and 5 cars obstructing the level crossing," he continues. Other cars were also washed away. "There are 25 cars that were washed away and the tarmac of the Route de Philippeville comes off and hits the railroad tracks. The Athus-Meuse line must be affected. " I have lived in Dinant for 57 years as riparian of the Meuse, I have never seen that " , adds the former mayor of Dinant and current provincial deputy Richard Fournaux.


Doberman

Woman dies of dog bite to neck, says Lucas County Coroner in Toledo, Ohio

PIT BULL ATTACK
The Lucas County Coroner's Office on Thursday determined a 31-year-old central Toledo woman died of a dog bite to the neck.

Emily Kahl, of the 600 block of Hamilton Street, died Sunday, the coroner's office said. Dr. Cynthia Beisser, a deputy coroner, said the woman suffered bite trauma to the neck. Toxicology tests are pending, but the manner of death was ruled an accident.

Toledo police did not have a report or other information immediately available, a spokesman said. A member of Ms. Kahl's family declined to immediately comment Thursday afternoon other than to say the family does not know the circumstances surrounding the incident and is waiting for more information.

The Lucas County Canine Care & Control seized the dog, a "pit bull" named Romeo, on Monday from a relative who had been caring for him and Ms. Kahl's dog after the incident. Romeo's owner, Thomas Holloway, who lives at the same Hamilton Street residence, visited the shelter Wednesday to surrender him. The dog was euthanized Thursday.


Cloud Precipitation

At least 14 fatalities after flash floods in 5 governorates of Yemen

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Storms and heavy rain have caused flooding in several parts of Yemen over the last few days.

Figures from the Yemen Meteorological Service show heavy rainfall affected the country from 16 July, 2021.

The Governorates of al-Mahrah, Hadramawt, Shabwa, Abyan and Al Jawf were all affected by floods. Local media, quoting officials, said at least 14 people had lost their lives as a result. As well as causing loss of life, flooding has destroyed crops, roads and communications infrastructure.