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Shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake off Japan

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6.0 magnitude earthquake 235 km from Katsuura, Chiba, Japan

UTC time: Sunday, May 22, 2022 15:17 PM
Your time: Sunday, May 22, 2022, 4:17 PM GMT+1
Magnitude Type: mww
USGS page: M 6.0 - 235 km SSE of Katsuura, Japan

16 km depth

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Parts of South Africa experience early winter heavy snowfall

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A few posts by Snow Report SA shows KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho blanketed with heavy snowfall

As temperatures plummet and bitter cold conditions grips several provinces, South Africa has recorded its first winter snowfall for 2022.

A few posts by Snow Report SA shows KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho blanketed with heavy snowfall.

"Nare and Polo from Sani Mountain Escape at the top of Sani Pass took these photos earlier. It appears that the snow is quite far down the pass but we can't tell how far yet. More snow is expected today and tomorrow so the conditions on the pass will likely make it impossible to drive in any vehicle for a little while."


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Bangladesh floods recede but millions still marooned, at least 10 killed - worst floods in 20 years

Floodwater breached a major embankment in Bangladesh's Sylhet region, affecting around two million people, swamping dozens of villages and killing at least 10
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Floodwater breached a major embankment in Bangladesh's Sylhet region, affecting around two million people, swamping dozens of villages and killing at least 10
North-east Bangladesh's worst floods in nearly 20 years began receding on Sunday, but rescue workers were struggling to help millions marooned by extreme weather across the region that has killed around 60 people.

Floods are a regular menace to millions of people in low-lying Bangladesh and neighbouring northeast India, but many experts say that climate change is increasing the frequency, ferocity and unpredictability.

In the past week after heavy rains in India, floodwater breached a major embankment in Bangladesh's Sylhet region, affecting around two million people, swamping dozens of villages and killing at least 10.

Arifuzzman Bhuiyan, head of the state-run Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre, told AFP that the floods had hit some 70 percent of Sylhet district and about 60 percent of neighbouring Sunamganj.

"It is one of the worst floods in the region," he told AFP.


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Rare tornado tears through Michigan town, killing two and injuring more than 40

Damage is seen at a home after a tornado

Damage is seen at a home after a tornado came through the area in Gaylord, Michigan
Two people have died and 44 others were injured when a rare tornado struck Northern Michigan on Friday afternoon, authorities said.

Michigan State Police confirmed the fatalities Friday evening and said 44 people were taken to multiple hospitals in Northern Michigan. Conditions of the patients were unavailable.

One person has been reported missing, authorities said Saturday.

The tornado that struck the city of Gaylord, about 230 miles north of Detroit, created damage consistent with an EF3 rating, and had maximum winds of 150 mph, the National Weather Service said Saturday.


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6.3-magnitude quake hits south of the Fiji Islands: USGS

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 jolted south of the Fiji Islands at 07:06 GMT on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 589.53 km, was initially determined to be at 26.214 degrees south latitude and 178.3915 degrees east longitude.

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Magnitude 6.1 earthquake jolts Philippines, no casualties reported so far

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An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 jolted Batangas province on the main Philippine island of Luzon on Sunday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.

The institute said the quake, which occurred at 5:50 a.m., hit at a depth of 132 km, about 21-km northwest of Calatagan town.

The tremor was also felt in Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan and Oriental Mindoro, Xinhua news agency reported.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The institute added that the tectonic quake will trigger aftershocks and can cause damage.

The Philippines has frequent seismic activity due to its location along the Pacific "Ring of Fire".

Source: IANS

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Late May snowstorm hits Colorado - up to 20 inches reported - knocks out power for 210,000

Colorado Springs area gets buried under heavy spring snow

Colorado Springs area gets buried under heavy spring snow
Exactly one month until the summer solstice, Colorado is waking up to a winter wonderland.

Here is a look at the latest snow totals:

Top 5:

Near HWY 9 at Fremont/Park County Line - 20"
Black Forest - 16"
Woodland Park - 16"
Cascade - 14"
Colorado Springs - Gleneagle - 13"


Comment: Associated Press reports:
Late spring Colorado snowstorm knocks out power for 210,000

A late spring Colorado snowstorm dumped several inches in the Denver metro area Saturday and knocked out electricity for about 210,000 customers, officials said.

The wet snow weighed down tree branches and sent them toppling onto power lines, the KUSA television station reported. Much more snow fell in mountainous regions of Colorado.

By Saturday night, power had been restored to 160,000 customers but about 50,000 still did not have it back, the Xcel Energy Colorado utility said in a statement.

The small Colorado community of Cripple Creek near the base of Pike's Peak got 20 inches (51 centimeters) of snow, KUSA reported.



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Cold wave hits southern Brazil with record-low temperatures

Snow falls in Bom Jardim da Serra's downtown i
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Snow falls in Bom Jardim da Serra's downtown in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil, on May 17, 2022.
Unlike India facing intense heatwaves or France battling drought, Brazil this week has witnessed some of the most chilling temperatures ever seen in its southern states. Experts are not ruling out climate change and say that the extraordinary weather conditions are catalysed by the subtropical storm Yakecan.

In his 2009 mockumentary "Cold Tropics", Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho portrayed the unimaginable. Recife, a tropical city in the northeast of Brazil, is suddenly hit by a cold wave that pushes temperatures to impossible lows. Inhabitants are forced to adapt, penguins make an unlikely appearance and the global scientific community is left aghast.

This week, Mendonça's fictional world became a reality in southern Brazil.

While Recife and other parts of the northeast continue to enjoy temperatures of around 28 degrees Celsius, thermometers in southern states have reached unprecedented lows.


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Series of tornadoes hit western Germany

Two trucks overturned after a storm in Paderborn, Germany, Friday, May 20, 2022. A tornado swept through the western German city of Paderborn on Friday
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Two trucks overturned after a storm in Paderborn, Germany, Friday, May 20, 2022. A tornado swept through the western German city of Paderborn on Friday, injuring at least 30 people as it blew away roofs, toppled trees and sent debris flying for miles, authorities said.
A series of tornadoes hit western Germany today, on May 20th 2022.

Homes were destroyed as tornadoes hit Paderborn and Lippstadt, as well as other areas in the North-Rhine Westfalia state.

Trees were pulled down by the force of the wind, with cars destroyed. Winds of up to 130 kilometers per hour were recorded.

Power cuts were reported as electricity cables were affected. Emergency shelters are in place to help affected citizens

Warnings remain in place for high winds as well as flash floods as authorities and aid services monitor the situation.


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Lightning strike kills 3, injures 15 in Bangladesh

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At least three people were killed and 15 others sustained injuries after being struck by lightning while working on a paddy field in district's Tahirpur upazila on Thursday.

A group of farmers were working on the paddy field when they were struck by lightning around 11am, said Abdul Latif Tarafdar, officer-in-charge of Tahirpur police station.

While three of them died on the spot, the injured were admitted to a local hospital.