Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Arlene is centered more than 930 miles west of the Azores in the central Atlantic Ocean, with maximum sustained winds estimated at 50 mph. Arlene is the first tropical storm in April to exist in the Atlantic Basin since Ana in 2003, which also formed on April 20, just a few hours earlier. It’s also the farthest north a tropical storm has formed in the Atlantic so early in the season.

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Kazakhstan – Heavy floods have hit regions across northern Kazakhstan, destroying hundreds of buildings, prompting the evacuation of thousands of people, and leading to accusations of a botched state response. Residents have linked about six deaths to the recent flooding, while authorities in the Central Asian nation say it has caused no casualties. On April 20, officials in the North Kazakhstan region said the water level in a main reservoir was almost three meters above the allowed maximum, adding to the concerns of residents hit by the flooding that follows snowmelt. Thousands of local residents have been evacuated and tens of thousands of head of livestock were moved to safer districts.

Colombia – The death toll in the floods and landslides in Colombia this week have risen to 16, with a number of people still missing.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 Earthquake hits northeastern Iran.

The shallow temblor damaged at least four villages near its epicentre in the Sefid Sang district, a remote mountainous area home to 5,000 people, located about 80 kilometres (50 miles) southeast of Mashhad. At least two people were reported to have died in the earthquake.

5.6 Earthquake hits the Kazakhstan-Xinjiang border.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.5 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits Mindoro in the Philippines.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits the south Atlantic Ocean.

5.2 Earthquake hits Mindoro in the Philippines.

5.1 Earthquake hits Guam.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Mindoro in the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits Botswana.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.9 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

The magnitude-7.9 quake struck 46 kilometres east of Taron in Papua New Guinea, the US Geological Survey said. The quake was deep, at 103 kilometres. Deeper earthquakes tend to cause less damage than shallow ones.

The USGS initially said the quake’s magnitude was 8.0, but later downgraded the strength.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was a threat of a tsunami in Papua New Guinea and nearby areas. A tsunami measuring less than 1 metre hit the coast of the island of New Ireland shortly after the earthquake. There were no immediate reports of damage from the tsunami or the quake, though officials were still working to contact people on the island, he said.

The quake knocked items off shelves and caused a blackout in the town of Kokopo in northeastern Papua New Guinea, Taranu said.

6.0 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

6.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.8 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.7 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.7 Earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.

5.6 Earthquake hits the Peru-Brazil border region.

5.5 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.4 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.4 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.3 Earthquake hits near the coast of Ecuador.

5.3 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

Two 5.2 Earthquakes hit Tonga.

Five 5.1 Earthquakes hit New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

Four 5.1 Earthquakes hit the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits southeast6 of the Loyalty Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Anatahan region in the Mariana Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the southwest Indian ridge.

Two 5.0 Earthquakes hit New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

Four 5.0 Earthquakes hit the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Chiapas, Mexico.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits eastern Kazakhstan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the southwest Indian ridge.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.2 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.1 Earthquake hits eastern Kazakhstan.

5.1 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Sangihe, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits west of Macquarie Island.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical Storm Halola is located about 110 nm east-northeast of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan and is tracking north-northwestward at 11 knots.

Tropical Depression 12w (twelve), located approximately 383 nm northeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking north-northeastward at 05 knots.

Post-Tropical Cyclone Felicia is located about 660 mi…1065 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…NW or 305 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

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Canada – A state of emergency has been declared after a damaging hailstorm ripped through the central Saskatchewan town of Kerrobert in Canada.

Kazakhstan – Glacial melt has triggered flooding in Almaty, Kazakhstan leading to the evacuation of about 950 people. Glacial melt sent an unusually high amount of water mixed with boulders down into the town from the morainic lake Bezymyannoye at the Kargaly glacier.

China – Chinas has been beaten by unbelievable rainstorms for the last three days. The continuous rainstorms have affected 360,700 people in 14 counties, districts and cities in central China’s Hubei province since Wednesday. In Wuhan, capital of Hubei, more than 10cm fell on Thursday, while outside of the city, as about 36,950 hectares of cropland had been damaged and 145 houses had collapsed. In Hunan province, the local government has relocated more than 9,000 people with rural areas being hit by rain of 25cm plus, causing chaos for 361,000 residents and damaging 19,800 hectares of farmland. Four people died and another five are missing after downpours hit Liancheng County in eastern Fujian Province early on Wednesday morning, inundating streets and cutting off power supply.

Floods

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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India – Record rain in Chennai. The city was bracing for the hottest part of the year and had a sudden swing in weather on Wednesday, a rarity for April. For the first time in 70 years, Meenambakkam received 103.2 mm rainfall.

Kenya – At least three people have been confirmed dead after flash floods in Mandera swept away a Nairobi-bound bus. 

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Kazakhstan – Floods in Karaganda Oblast in Kazakhstan have affected 1,760 houses in 35 villages. A sharp rise in temperature caused melting of snow and triggered flooding in the Semey and Ayagoz districts. All of the residents of Aksu village in Shet district and Zhastlek in Bukharzhyrau district have been evacuated.

Kazakhstan flood damage

Utah, USA – A windstorm in Salt Lake City has claimed the life of a person and injured 25 others. Low visibility from blowing dust caused many crashes on Interstate 80 leaving a person dead and injured 25 others. Salt Lake City also recorded its largest snowfall with 15 inches of snow.

Brazil – A Sao Paulo suburb has been hit by severe flooding following heavy rains. Houses were destroyed and whole districts turned into rivers. The country’s southeastern region is experiencing its worst drought for 80 years but the floods – the latest of several this year – will do little to alleviate it. Across the state thousands have had to leave their homes because of floods and mudslides.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical depression 04w (Four), located approximately 48 nm west of Pohnpei, is tracking west-northwestward at 06 knots.

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Oklahoma, USA – An extremely dangerous tornado in Tulsa, Oklahoma has claimed the life of one person and injured several others. The death occurred inside a mobile home park near suburban Sand Springs on Wednesday.

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Kazakhstan – Heavy rains and melting snow have caused severe flooding in the Qaraghandy region on the steppe in central Kazakhstan. The Central Asian nation’s Emergency Department said on March 26 that dozens of residents had been evacuated from three five-storied apartment blocks in the town of Qarazhal, where streets, highways and buildings have been damaged. It said dozens of apartment buildings and roads were threatened by flooding in the town of Atasu.

Saudi Arabia – The recent heavy rains that caused floods in various parts of the Kingdom have killed 11 people, left three missing and trapped 456 vehicles, the Directorate General of Civil Defence announced on Thursday. It said four people died in Makkah region, three in Asir, three in Najran and one in Riyadh.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 Earthquake hits near the coast of southern Peru.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits Negros in the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kazakhstan-Xinjiang border region.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Sichuan-Gansu border region.

Disease

Novel coronavirus infection – update

The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has informed WHO of an additional two laboratory-confirmed cases with infection of the novel coronavirus (nCoV).

Foot and Mouth Outbreak in Kazakhstan

Quarantine measures have been imposed in the east of the country following the confirmation of a foot and mouth disease outbreak in the village of Akshoka.

Disease

China Bird Flu – Update

Three more people in China have died from severe respiratory infections from the H7N9 virus, pushing the number of deaths so far to 27. Two new cases have also been reported.

Saudi Arabia reports 7 new novel coronavirus cases

Saudi Arabia’s health ministry has reported that five Saudis have died of novel coronavirus (nCoV) infections in the past few days, and two more case-patients are in intensive care.

Newcastle Disease Outbreak in Kazakhstan.

The country’s concerned veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of Newcastle disease in East Kazakhstan.

Second outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Tibet

Over 500 head of cattle have been culled in the latest outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the Tibetan capital region of Lhasa in central Tibet.