Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits central Italy.

5.2 Earthquake hits central Italy.

5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits eastern Sichuan, China.

5.0 Earthquake hits the western Indian-Antarctic ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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Italy – An avalanche has buried a mountainside hotel in central Italy, and civil protection officials said on Thursday that up to 30 people were missing, citing local officials. The avalanche came after four earthquakes struck the region on Wednesday, prompting officials to close schools and the subway system in Rome, about 100 miles to the southwest, as a precaution.

Philippines – Forest loss blamed for Mindanao floods. Continued tree-cutting in the hinterlands of Northern Mindanao region has led to the massive flooding that submerged Cagayan de Oro City and nearby areas on Monday. When flash floods hit a certain area, there’s only one reason for that. It means there are no trees in the mountains to hold the rainwater. Deforestation and the unabated cutting of trees in the mountains of Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental [provinces] are seen as the possible cause of these flash floods.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Residents were evacuating and moving stock on Wednesday as firefighters battled worsening conditions and an out-of-control blaze near Canberra. The grass and bushfire near Tarago, which broke out on Tuesday, is now 3,290 hectares in size and has burnt through Taylors Creek Road, Bungendore Road and Mount Fairy Road. There are reports that some property has already been lost.

Wildfires – Italy

Arson and human error are the suspected causes of wildfires in hills around the northwestern Italian port city of Genoa that drove hundreds of people from their homes overnight, investigators said on Tuesday.

The blaze that ravaged hillsides in the Genoa district of Nervi may have been started accidentally by highway workers, investigative sources said on Tuesday. But the fire in Pegli was almost certainly an act of arson, the sources said.

The wildfires have prompted officials to close several schools in the area and have badly disrupted traffic in the Liguria region with tailbacks of up to seven kilometres reported along one stretch of the A10 highway.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the West Pacific: Tropical Depression 29w (Tokage), located approximately 242 nm west-northwest of Manila, Philippines, is tracking southwestward at 17 knots.

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Italy, Update = The rain across northern Italy has finally eased, a great relief to those living close to the banks of the River Po, the country’s longest. More than two and a half months worth of rain fell in less than three days, swelling the Po and its tributary, the Tanaro. The Po overflowed in Turin, causing widespread flooding. At one point the Po was more than one metre above its danger level and most bridges in the city had been closed because of safety concerns. It is reported that the floods claimed the lives of two people.

Greece – Fire officials in Greece say a 32-year-old man drowned on the island of Zakynthos after flash floods hit the island early Sunday. Heavy rains drenched both Zakynthos and the Greek capital of Athens late Saturday and early Sunday, resulting in 470 emergency calls. Several major roads in Athens became impassable.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the East Pacific: Tropical Storm Otto is located about 385 mi…615 km SW of San Salvador El Salvador and about 515 mi…830 km SSE of Salina cruz Mexico with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…W or 260 degrees at 18 mph…30 km/h.

Four people died in Costa Rica during the devastation of Hurricane Otto, whose epicentre has now moved into the Pacific Ocean, while Nicaragua’s Cardenas municipality on the Costa Rican border awoke Friday morning unable to contact the outside world, without electricity and with overflowing rivers.

In the West Pacific: Tropical storm 29w (Tokage), located approximately 196 nm west-southwest of Manila, Philippines, is tracking northwestward at 11 knots.

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Italy – Authorities have issued flood warnings across northern Italy as heavy rain has led to widespread flooding. Many rivers have overflowed. The swollen River Po, Italy’s longest, burst its banks in Turin after 171mm of rain fell in just three days. In the 24-hour period up to 06:00GMT on Friday, the city recorded 116mm of rain compared with the November average of only 77mm. Homes were evacuated and schools and public businesses closed in northwestern Italy on Thursday as heavy rain caused the Tanaro River to overflow. Flood warnings have been issued in the regions of Liguria and Piedmont, which have been hardest hit. The bad weather struck the area, sending torrents of waves through the Tanaro and on to river banks and streets.

Brisbane, Australia – Heavy rainfall and widespread flooding has battered south-east Queensland. Stationary storms made their way down the Queensland coastline with bayside suburbs in Brisbane recording almost 100 millimetres of rainfall. Brisbane Airport copped 97 millimetres of rain, mostly between 6am and 7am while Redcliffe received 87 millimetres on Saturday.

Trinidad and Tobago – Citizens throughout Trinidad are today bracing themselves for more flooding with reports of heavy rains. There have been complaints throughout the country and reports of rising flood waters. There are reports that some residents in Mayaro and Rio Claro had to leave their homes while some were marooned due to flood waters yesterday.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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Haiti – At least 10 people died in three northern provinces of Haiti after heavy rainfall triggered flooding in the regions. According to the Civil Protection Agency, nearly a foot (300 millimeters) of rain was recorded around the northern city of Cap-Haitien over the previous 48 hours.

Vietnam – Vietnam’s government says floods from torrential rains have killed 15 people and left six others missing in a central region still recovering from deadly floods last month. The Central Steering Committee for Disasters Prevention and Control said in a statement Monday that the latest floods inundated more than 41,000 homes. It said the floods, which have largely receded, also caused damage to the region’s infrastructure, agriculture and livestock. Floods in the region, one of the poorest in the country, killed 31 people last month.

Italy – A giant tornado in Italy has left two people dead in the latest nature disaster to hit the country. The whirlwind uprooted trees, overturned cars and damaged buildings when it lashed Ladispoli on the coast north of Rome.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.5 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.2 Earthquake hits the west Chile rise.

5.2 Earthquake hits Colombia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Galapagos Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Colombia.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Valparaiso, Chile.

Italy – More than 15,000 people are being housed in temporary shelters after the powerful earthquake on Sunday jolted central Italy, a region battered by relentless tremors since August.

Dramatic images from the disaster zone show villages that appear entirely flattened, with historical buildings, including churches, crumbling when the quake struck 10 kilometres below the earth’s surface.

The basilica of San Benedetto had withstood the tests of time since the end of the 14th century.

But on Sunday, the church that paid homage to the patron saint of Europe, Saint Benedict, was reduced to a heap of rubble.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.5 Earthquake hits central Italy.

A strong earthquake measuring 6.6 magnitude struck central Italy on Sunday, causing the collapse of more buildings in small cities and towns already shaken by tremors in the past two months, although there no immediate reports of casualties.

Italy’s emergency services said there was serious damage in multiple locations in the central regions of Marche and Umbria on Sunday. State broadcaster RAI said three people were rescued from rubble in the town of Ussita, but there were no reports of deaths.

The ancient Basilica of St. Benedict in the walled town of Norcia, almost 100 kilometres from Perugia, was devastated by the quake, the monks said. Images on television showed one side of the church reduced to rubble, and another church in the town centre also collapsed.

Local authorities said many towns and villages already battered by the 6.2 quake in August had seen further significant damage.

5.4 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits the northern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore O’Higgins, Chile.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 Earthquake hits central Italy.

6.0 Earthquake hits central Italy.

A pair of strong aftershocks shook central Italy late Wednesday, crumbling churches and buildings, knocking out power and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets.

But hours after the temblors hit, there were no reports of serious injuries or signs of people trapped in rubble, said the head of Italy’s civil protection agency, Fabrizio Curcio. A number of people were treated for slight injuries or anxiety at area hospitals in the most affected regions of Umbria and Le Marche, he said. A 73-year-old man died of a heart attack, possibly brought on by the quakes.

The temblors were actually aftershocks to the August 24 quake that struck a broad swath of central Italy, demolishing buildings in three towns and their hamlets, seismologists said. Several towns this time around also suffered serious damage, with homes in the epicentre of Visso spilling out into the street.

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5.9 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.7 Earthquake hits central Italy.

5.7 Earthquake hits Turkmenistan.

5.2 Earthquake hits Ascension Island.

5.1 Earthquake hits central Peru.

5.1 Earthquake hits Unimak Island, Alaska.

5.1 Earthquake hits north of Ascension Island.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.8 Earthquake hits north of Ascension Island.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits central Italy.

5.1 Earthquake hits the South Georgia Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits north of Ascension Island.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits the Flores Sea.

5.7 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits central Italy.

5.0 Earthquake hits southeast of the loyalty Islands.

More than 240 people have died and at least 368 were injured in yesterday’s 6.1 magnitude earthquake in Italy. Many people are still believed to be buried under rubble and more than 4,300 rescuers are using heavy lifting equipment and bare hands to find them. Before and After Images:

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.8 Earthquake hits Myanmar.

6.1 Earthquake hits central Italy.

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An earthquake devastated a string of mountainous towns over a swathe of central Italy early on Wednesday, trapping residents under hills of rubble, with at least 38 people believed killed and many missing. The quake struck in the early hours of the morning when most people were asleep, razing homes and buckling roads in a cluster of towns and villages some 140km east of Rome. The emergency services released an aerial photograph showing whole areas of the town of Amatrice flattened, while debris filled the streets of nearby Accumoli. “Now that daylight has come, we see that the situation is even more dreadful than we feared, with buildings collapsed, people trapped under the rubble and no sound of life,” said Accumoli mayor Stefano Petrucci. Wide cracks appeared like open wounds on the buildings that were still standing. “Three quarters of the town is not there anymore,” Amatrice mayor Sergio Pirozzi told state broadcaster RAI. “The aim now is to save as many lives as possible. There are voices under the rubble, we have to save the people there.” The earthquake caused damage to towns in three regions, Umbria, Lazio and Marche.

6.0 Earthquake hits the Flores Sea.

5.5 Earthquake hits central Italy.

5.2 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits central Italy.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Spain – Strong winds and snow storms across Spain have claimed the lives of at least two female hikers. The two women were found late Sunday in the Tinenca de Benifassa mountain area. The two women along with a man had gone missing on Saturday. A search helicopter rescued the man. The heavy storm left more than 10,000 homes without power in Aragón and Navarra.

Jakarta – Flash flooding in Greater Jakarta has claimed life of a toddler and caused evacuation of hundreds of residents.

Idaho, USA – Snow in eastern Idaho buried three children underneath, resulting in the death of a 2-year-old child Friday night. The disaster occurred in the Mack’s Inn area.

Italy – Heavy storms have claimed lives of at least five people in the Italian peninsula. Italy’s Civil Protection authority has issued further storm warnings across South Lombardy, Veneto, Friuli–Venezia Giulia, Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Sardinia, Umbria, Lazio, Abruzzo and Molise.