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

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.


Magnitude 6.1 earthquake jolts Philippines, no casualties reported so far

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


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.

Snowflake Cold

Cold wave hits southern Brazil with record-low temperatures

Snow falls in Bom Jardim da Serra's downtown i
© Benito Sbruzzi
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.


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
© Lino Mirgeler
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.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 3, injures 15 in Bangladesh

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.


20+ million affected by African droughts

Like its neighbours in the horn of Africa, Kenya is experiencing extreme drought conditions. Some 3.5 million people are suffering from starvation.

Like its neighbours in the horn of Africa, Kenya is experiencing extreme drought conditions. Some 3.5 million people are suffering from starvation.
Historic droughts have hit Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia today, on May 19th 2022.

The worst drought in over 40 years has affected over 20 million people on the horn of Africa.

Crops and food supplies have been ruined following delayed rains, for the fourth successive year.

The impact has been increased following a rise in food prices following events elsewhere in the world.

Dry weather has also led to sandstorms and dust devil's, causing further impacts in the area.

Aid services are working to help affected citizens, as this situation looks set to worsen in the coming weeks.

Cloud Precipitation

Over 718,000 affected, 10 killed, as floods worsen in Assam, India (UPDATE)

Troops from the Assam Rifles rescue flood victims
© Assam Rifles
Troops from the Assam Rifles rescue flood victims by boat in Cachar District, Assam, India, 17 May 2022.
The flood situation has worsened in the state of Assam, India, where authorities report over 400,000 people are now affected across 1,089 villages in 26 districts. Rivers are at record high levels in Nagaon district.

Heavy rain, flooding and landslides have also affected other parts of the region, including Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Meghalaya states in India, and Sylhet Division in Bangladesh.

Assam, India

Heavy rain, flooding and landslides have affected Assam since 13 May 2022. Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) reported 24,681 people affected by floods in 94 villages across the districts of Cachar, Dhemaji, Hojai, Karbi Anglong West, Nagaon and Kamrup. Three people lost their lives in a landslide in Dima Hasao district. The worst of the flooding occurred in Cachar district where the Barak River broke its banks.

Flooding has continued or worsened in areas of the state since then, and as of 17 May, ASDMA reported 403,352 people were affected, including 96,697 in Cachar, 88,420 in Hojai, 58,975 in Nagaon and 56,960 in Darrang.

Comment: UPDATE MAY 19

Press Trust Of India reports:
The flood situation in Assam deteriorated on Thursday with one more person losing his life and nearly 7.18 lakh people in 27 districts remaining affected by the deluge, an official bulletin said.

According to the daily flood report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), one person drowned in Kampur revenue circle of Nagaon district.

Besides, two more persons are reported to be missing at Kampur, it said.

With this, the total number of people losing their lives in this year's flood and landslides has gone up to 10 across the state.

ASDMA said that more than 7,17,500 people are hit due to floods in Bajali, Baksa, Barpeta, Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Cachar, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Dima Hasao, Goalpara, Hailakandi, Hojai, Kamrup, Kamrup Metropolitan, Karbi Anglong West, Karimganj, Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sonitpur and Udalguri districts.

Nagaon is the worst hit with over 3.31 lakh people suffering, followed by Cachar (1.6 lakh) and Hojai (97,300).

Till Wednesday, over 6.62 lakh people were affected in the deluge in 27 districts in the state.

At present, 1,790 villages have been inundated and 63,970.62 hectares of crop areas damaged across Assam, ASDMA said.
It further said authorities are running 359 relief camps and distribution centres in 14 districts, where 80,298 people, including 12,855 children, are taking shelter.

The bulletin stated the Army, paramilitary forces, NDRF, SDRF, civil administration, trained volunteers, Fire and Emergency Services and local people have evacuated 7,334 people from various flood-hit areas using boats and helicopters.

The authorities have distributed 7,077.56 quintals of rice, dal and salt, 6,020.90 litres of mustard oil, 2,218.28 quintals of cattle feed and other flood relief items.

Air Force helicopter services continued in Dima Hasao, which is completely cut off from the rest of the country, for emergency airlift of stranded passengers and supply of essential food grains, officials said.

"A team of 20 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel with all necessary equipment have been air transported today from Guwahati to Haflong, Dima Hasao for further search and rescue operation of the stranded people," ASDMA said in a statement.

Massive erosions have been witnessed in Bajali, Baksa, Barpeta, Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Charaideo, Dhubri, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup Metropolitan, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Nalbari, Sivasagar, Sonitpur, South Salmara, Tamulpur, Tinsukia and Udalguri districts.

More landslides have taken place in the already devastated Dima Hasao district, causing more hurdles in the efforts to restore normalcy in the hill district.

Embankments, roads, bridges and other infrastructure have been damaged by flood waters in Morigaon, Udalguri, Darrang, Karbi Anglong West, Biswanath, Barpeta, Cachar, Dhemaji, Goalpara, Hailakandi, Nagaon, Lakhimpur, Nalbari, Sonitpur, Bajali, Dibrugarh, Hojai, Kamrup, Kokrajhar and Majuli, ASDMA said.

A total of 3,13,712 domestic animals and poultry have been affected in the deluge across 13 districts, it added.

The mighty Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Nimatighat, while its tributaries Kopili at Dharamtul and Kampur, and Disang at Nanglamuraghat are flowing above the danger levels, the bulletin stated.

Earlier report: India - 5 fatalities after heavy rain, floods and landslides in Assam and Meghalaya - 2 feet of rain in 3 days


National Weather Service: Rare tornado strikes in New Hampshire, knocks over 1,000 trees

Charlestown tornado

Charlestown tornado
A rare EF1 tornado with maximum wind speeds of 90 mph traveled between two New Hampshire towns bordering Vermont on Monday, National Weather Service meteorologists said.

Reaching 330 yards at its largest size, the weak tornado traveled 4.8 miles during the approximately six minutes it was on the ground, according to NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist Donald Dumont.

He said it moved from the 4,800-population town of North Charlestown to the neighboring city of Claremont between 6:22 p.m. and 6:28 p.m.

The NWS verified that a dash camera video taken by a man driving a vehicle in Claremont accurately depicted the tornado that passed through the area, Dumont told USA TODAY.


Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes off Macquarie Island

An island located 1,600km southeast of Tasmania has been struck by a magnitude 6.9 earthquake.

The Bureau of Meteorology reported the earthquake near Macquarie Island in the Southern Pacific Ocean at 8:49pm on Thursday (AEDT).

The quake, which was revised from an initial magnitude of 7.4, had a depth of 10km, according to the United States Geological Survey (USCS).