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7.2 magnitude earthquake rocks Russia's Far East - UPDATE: Small tsunami strikes Kuril Islands

The Kuril Islands and the epicenter of the 7.5m quake
© United States Geological Survey / Screenshot
The Kuril Islands and the epicenter of the 7.5m quake, seen in the ocean to the southeast.
A 7.2-magnitude quake has struck Russia's Far East region, striking off the Kuril Islands and prompting a tsunami warning for the sparsely populated region.

The quake was felt across the region on Wednesday afternoon local time, with a depth of 56.7km (35 miles). There are no reports of damage or casualties as of yet.

The earthquake triggered a tsunami alert in Hawaii, 5,600 kilometers away, but it was soon called off, with the US National Tsunami Warning Center concluding there was no danger to the small Pacific island chain.

A tsunami warning was also issued for Severo-Kurilsk District of Russia's Sakhalin Region, a local branch of the Geophysical Survey of the Russian Academy of Sciences reported.



Comment: Three days ago Croatia's capital Zagreb was rocked by a 5.3M earthquake, the strongest to hit the city in 140 years.

UPDATE

UrduPoint reports that a small tsunami did indeed strike the northern Kurils:
A magnitude 7.6 earthquake occurred some 500 kilometers (300 miles) from the Russian Far Eastern city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the Kamchatka office of the Geophysical Service of the Russian academy of Sciences said.

"Earthquake 14:49 (02:49 a.m. GMT), max magnitude 7.6, total of 463 kilometers from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. The data will be specified," it said.

No casualties or destruction have been reported by regional emergencies services.

There is a risk of tsunami in the North Kuril area after the earthquake, the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk seismological station's head, Yelena Semenova, told Sputnik.

The authorities said residents were being evacuated on the Kuril island of Paramushir due to the tsunami threat.

Later in the day, the the department of the Russian Emergencies Ministry in Sakhalin island region said that the height of a tsunami wave in Severo-Kurilsk town was 50 centimeters (1.6 feet).

"The tsunami wave with the height of 50 centimeters hit Severo-Kurilsk at 03:15 p.m. local time [04:15 GMT]. There were no preliminary reports about injuries or damage. The threat of tsunami remains, that is why residents of Severo-Kurilsk will stay in a safe area on a hill. Experts will make a decision to cancel the alert after the low tide begins," the statement said.



Cloud Lightning

Storms and devastating floods continue in the Middle East

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Heavy storms cause flooding in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Oman, March 22-24, 2020


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Snowflake

Snow and hail hit southern Italy as temperatures plunge

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The end of March is set to be unusually cold across much of Italy after weeks of mild weather, with wind, rain and even snow in some places this week.

Some parts of southern Italy woke up to snow or hail on Tuesday morning and temperatures dropped across the country as a cycle of freezing air moved in from Russia across parts of the Mediterranean.

The south-east cast of Italy, which has been basking in unusually high temperatures of around 20 degrees, saw snow and hail on Tuesday morning as temperatures plunged.


Snowflake

Early snow blankets parts of South Island, New Zealand as temperatures drop

A thick layer of snow could be seen at the small township of Becks near St.Bathans, Central Otago on Tuesday.
© BECS CALDER
A thick layer of snow could be seen at the small township of Becks near St.Bathans, Central Otago on Tuesday.
Parts of Central Otago were blanketed in snow on Tuesday after a strong southerly in the South Island saw temperatures plummet.

The southerly began moving its way up the South Island from about 9pm on Monday and caused high winds and snow in Central Otago.

The temperature in Canterbury dropped suddenly from 18 degrees Celsius to 5 as the southerly front made its way north.

Winds in Canterbury rapidly rose from 10-15kmh to gusts of 81kmh.

Doberman

Boy dies in hospital after being attacked by dogs at home in Dublin

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The eight-year-old boy who was mauled by two Rottweilers at his Dublin home on Sunday has died.

The child has been named locally as Glen Murphy.

He had suffered devastating injuries to his head and body in the vicious mauling on Sunday afternoon and died in Crumlin Children's Hospital yesterday.

It is believed that the horrific attack, which lasted up to 10 minutes, was caught on CCTV.

The security footage is being examined by gardaí, and is believed to have recorded the horrific incident.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rain shatters Los Angeles County rainfall records

California rain
© Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times
Heavy rain that pounded the Southland overnight shattered rainfall records across Los Angeles County and triggered a mudslide in Sherman Oaks that damaged at least one home.

A low-pressure system that originated in the Gulf of Alaska dumped half an inch to nearly 3 inches of rain across Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, said Kristen Stewart, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

Heavy rain was falling across Sherman Oaks shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday when Los Angeles Fire Department crews responded to reports of flooding at a home in the 15500 block of Hamner Drive.

When crews arrived, they discovered a debris flow that had damaged the property, said Nicholas Prange, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The extent of the damage to the home was not immediately clear. No one was injured in the debris flow.

The persistent rain also brought enough moisture to rewrite the record books in some areas of Los Angeles County, Stewart said.

Los Angeles International Airport received 1.73 inches of rain Sunday, shattering the record for the day of 0.82 inches set in 2005. A record of 1.51 inches of rain fell in downtown Los Angeles, breaking the prior record of 1.11 inches set in 1975.

Igloo

The Northern Hemisphere is having one of its snowiest winters since records began in 1979

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We've long been told that snow will soon be a thing of the past...

In 2013, the Guardian ran with the story that the Arctic would be "ice-free by 2015" due to a catastrophic methane-induced warming "pulse" and a lack of snowfall and ice.

Ten years ago, the same rag claimed that Greenland was going to "collapse" within 10 years. And yet, according to NASA, its largest glacier, the Jacobshavn, has been growing for the past three years, and in Jan, 2020 the island actually set a new all-time record low temperature.

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Earthquake and global cooling cycles, what's next to 2024

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© Antonio Bronic/Reuters
A man looks at damages at the Basilica of the Heart of Jesus, following an earthquake in Zagreb
As the largest earthquake to hit Croatia in 140 years occurred, our Earth is beginning to enter an electromagnetic anomaly zone during the next four years as the gas giant planets form a perfect square in one quadrant of the solar system that hasn't been seen since 575AD. CO2 levels globally set to decrease this year as the world ceases business, and because if the decline in solar activity on a 400 year cycle the planet will cool and the IPCC will be there to take credit for a natural cycle. EU survey says 60%+ want to end short haul domestic flights indefinitely.


Comment: Croatia's capital Zagreb rocked by 5.3M earthquake: Many buildings damaged - Strongest to hit city in 140 years


Seismograph

7 earthquakes rattle Oklahoma in 24 hours

oklahoma quake
© USGS
In just less than 24 hours, seven earthquakes rattled across Oklahoma, according to data from the United States Geological Survey.

The temblors ranged in intensity from magnitude to 1.6 to 2.5.

The first quake — measuring at magnitude 1.9 — struck at 10:44 a.m. Sunday roughly 2.5 miles south of Perry, the USGS reported. The second quake — magnitude 1.7 — came just over a minute later in roughly the same location.

Perry is about 64 miles north of Oklahoma City.

Seven earthquakes shook across Oklahoma in less than 24 hours, according to data from the United States Geological Survey. United States Geological Survey

Comment: It remains to be seen whether this and other notable quakes occurring, all over the planet, are signs of an uptick in activity:


Snowflake

Winter takes over Romania at the end of March

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© Richard Gunion/Dreamstime.com
Winter has made an unexpected comeback in Romania at the end of this week and is likely to stay at least until Wednesday, March 25.

Temperatures have dropped significantly all around the country on Sunday, March 22, and it has been snowing in the northern regions and the mountain area since Saturday night.

The mountain areas are already under a code yellow for moderate snowfall and, starting Monday morning, at around 2:00 AM, snow will intensify throughout the country, and especially in the southern half, according to the National Weather Administration (ANM).


Comment: Winter is also hanging on in many other European countries.

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