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6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes eastern Japan

A strong earthquake of 6.1 magnitude shook Japan's Minamisoma region on Thursday, according to the US Geological Survey.

The tremor occurred 83 kilometers (51 miles) east of Minami-Soma in the province of Fukushima at a depth of 40 kilometers, the agency said, with no tsunami warning issued.

There was no report of any damage.

According to Japanese media, the quake was felt in Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima provinces at 12.16 p.m. local time (0316GMT), with no abnormalities confirmed at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

This came after a powerful magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck off Taiwan's eastern coast on Wednesday, killing at least nine people, while hundreds others were injured.

The quake was the strongest to have hit the island nation in 25 years. In 1999, around 2,400 people were killed when a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan in the middle of the night.


Best of the Web: Severe storms and 16 tornadoes leave a path of destruction from Georgia to Illinois

Widespread storm damage is seen in Jeffersonville,
© WLKYWidespread storm damage is seen in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
Homes and businesses were damaged, several people were injured and tens of thousands remained in the dark Wednesday after a powerful storm system spawned tornadoes and damaging storms from the South to the Ohio Valley, and blizzard conditions and snow in the Great Lakes.

Severe storms injured at least 10 people in Jeffersonville, Indiana, just north of Louisville, the town's mayor told CNN affiliate WLKY. Photos posted by the mayor showed chunks taken out of several homes' roofs and debris strewn about an area neighborhood.

Severe thunderstorms brought "flooding, downed trees, power outages, and road blockages" across West Virginia, according to Gov. Jim Justice, who declared a state of emergency Tuesday for Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln and Nicholas counties.

At least 13 homes were damaged and some residents were injured, Fayette County, West Virginia, Office of Emergency Management director Kevin Walker told CNN. The injuries were non-life threatening, Walker said.

"Some are destroyed, and some have major damage," Walker said.


Mount Marapi erupts in West Sumatra, Indonesia

Mount Marapi erupted on Wednesday, April 3 2024, at 09:30 WIB.

The height of the eruption column was observed to be ± 1500 m above the peak (± 4391 m above sea level).

The ash column was observed to be gray in color with thick intensity towards the northwest.

The eruption was recorded on a seismograph with a maximum amplitude of 30.4 mm and a duration of 46 seconds.


Deadly storm kills 7, people blown away from flats in southern China

A rare storm has caused massive damage in China's southern Jiangxi province. The typhoon-like winds reportedly blew away 3 people from their high-rise apartment. Nanchang and Jiujiang provinces remain the worst affected. According to reports, at least 7 people have lost their lives.


Boy dies after attack by two large dogs in Edmonton, Canada

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An 11-year-old boy was killed in an attack by two "very large dogs" Monday night in north Edmonton, police said.

Officers responding to the call at 82 Street and 11 Avenue SW just before 8 p.m. Monday found the boy suffering severe injuries after being mauled by two dogs.

The officers attempted life-saving measures until emergency medical services (EMS) arrived shortly after. The boy, however, was pronounced dead on scene, police said in a Tuesday afternoon news release.

The two dogs were seized by animal control peace officers.

"The dogs reportedly belong to a person who lives at the residence where the child was visiting," police spokeswoman Cheryl Vourdenhout said in the release.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.


Rivers flood French towns and giant hailstones over weekend

Several areas of France saw rivers burst their banks and flood through towns over the Easter weekend with storms and heavy rain sweeping across the south-west and east. Hundreds of homes had to be evacuated.

Many departments still face warnings over river levels, particularly in the south-west and east.

The Arroux and Armançon rivers in the east of France remain at the highest possible risk level for flooding today (April 2).

The videos below posted on social media show the impact of flooding from these rivers.

Comment: Another report: Town submerged after heavy rain triggers severe flooding in central France

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Easter processions cancelled in southern Spain due to rainstorms

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Easter processions in southern Spain have been cancelled after heavy rain from Storm Nelson, as the country was hit by strong winds and four people drowned on its storm-battered coasts.

All of the big processions in Seville on Holy Thursday were cancelled because of the rainstorms that were otherwise welcome in a region that has been experiencing a severe drought.

The processions of the Nazarenes, famous for their purple, pointed hoods, were also cancelled in Huelva and Cádiz.

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Dozens of villages flooded in Russia's Altai region

Altai Territory flooded due to
Altai Territory flooded due to meltwater
Several dozen villages in Russia's Altai region were still flooded on Monday after snow began to melt.

The Russian Emergency Ministry said Sunday almost 500 houses in 40 villages were flooded in the region.

Three temporary accommodation centers were opened, where more than 150 people were sheltering after their houses were flooded.


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Heavy rains trigger floods, landslides in northern Italy

Footage released by emergency services showed overflowing waterways and torrents of muddy water cascading down staircases and roadways in the town of Edolo.

At least 15 people were evacuated from the area, Italy's firebrigade Vigili del Fuoco said in a written statement.



Mammoth Mountain, California, receives 3 feet of spring snow in 3 days

Spring, who?

Yesterday, Mammoth Mountain, California, announced it had received three feet of snow in three days.

Another three to four inches of snow have fallen at Mammoth in the past 24 hours.

Today's weather is mixed, with warmer temperatures, blue skies, and winds that could impact upper mountain lift operations.