Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 Earthquake hits northern Peru.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, though the quake could be felt strongly as far away as Colombia and Ecuador.

6.0 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits North Island, New Zealand.

5.0 Earthquake hits northern Peru.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

New Zealand – Less than a week after severe floods caused by Cyclone Debbie, residents of the North Island are preparing for the arrival of another storm system, ex-Tropical Cyclone Cook. An active frontal system has already brought more than 60mm of rain to the northern half of the South Island. This represents almost one month’s worth of rain in a typical April. In the coming hours, Cook’s remnants will make their presence felt across the North Island.

Canada – A series of intense rain storms forced waves further up the beaches near Toronto than seen in decades past. Several old buildings were saved by local residents who built sand and rock berms to protect against the flood waters.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone Ernie (tc) 15s, located approximately 467 nm north-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking southward at 05 knots.

In the South Pacific Ocean: Tropical cyclone 14p (Fourteen), located approximately 455 nm northwest of Nadi, Fiji, is tracking southwestward at 04 knots.

NewsBytes:

Indonesia – At least four people have been confirmed dead and more than 30 others are missing after a landslide struck Indonesia’s Java island. The landslide was 1.5 kilometres long and engulfed farmers harvesting ginger in Banaran village in East Java province’s Ponorogo district.

New Zealand – Jet boats and tractors have been used to help rescue around 2,000 people in a New Zealand town after a river burst through a concrete levee, flooding hundreds of homes and businesses. Authorities declared a state of emergency after the levee failed in the town of Edgecumbe on the North Island. New Zealand has been drenched in recent days by the remnants of Cyclone Debbie, which flooded parts of Australia’s east coast last week. The rains also affected the town of Kaikoura, where access roads were closed due to mudslides. Access to the town has been reduced since a powerful earthquake last November brought down hillsides and closed the main northbound route.

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Georgia, South Carolina – USA – Suspected tornadoes were reported in Georgia and South Carolina, and damaging winds, thunderstorms and flooding pummelled the Southeast Wednesday. In Sumter County, Ga., a suspected tornado up to a mile and a half wide was spotted in the afternoon. A large tornado touched down around noon in rural Stewart in rural southwest Georgia, toppling trees and power lines. In Johnston, S.C., several buildings were damaged, and trees and power lines were down in a possible tornado.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

New Zealand – Heavy rain has caused flooding, slips, power cuts and road closures in the North Island. Whanganui and Rangitikei declared local states of emergency on Tuesday. About 200 homes in low-lying areas of Whanganui were evacuated. MetService forecaster Georgina Griffiths said the worst of the weather appeared to be over in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Taranaki and Whanganui. Heavy rain was expected in Wellington and, later, the top of the South Island.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.4 Earthquake hits south of Bali, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits Kyushu, Japan.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits Colombia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Valparaiso, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits east of North island, New Zealand.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

New Zealand – Severe flooding struck Auckland’s west on Sunday – turning streets into rivers, trapping shoppers and forcing people to evacuate their houses as heavy rain poured down. More than 320 homes flooded across Auckland on Sunday as the storm lashed the region. West Auckland locals were stunned as the storm flooded a street in 15 minutes.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

Reports from Madagascar indicate that the death toll from Tropical Cyclone Enawo has risen to 38 with more than 53 000 people displaces and homeless.

Newsbytes:

New Zealand – Heavy rain has again hit parts of the North Island and Nelson overnight and this morning, cutting off parts of the Coromandel. Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, and Northwest Nelson all had a severe weather warning in place. MetService said the Coromandel bore the brunt, with about 130mm falling in 24 hours, most of that overnight. The poor weather overnight also included a downpour in Auckland between 5pm and 6pm that was tied for the area’s wettest since records began in 1965. Kaitaia had a record rainfall, receieving 44.6mm between 3am and 4am according to NIWA, with hourly records beginning there in 1962. MetService said about 100mm fell there over 24 hours. The worst of the weather was now tracking over the central North Island, with rain developing around Wellington and the upper South Island.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

Reports from Madagascar indicate that the death toll from Tropical Cyclone Enawo has risen to 38 with more than 53 000 people displaces and homeless.

Newsbytes:

New Zealand – Heavy rain has again hit parts of the North Island and Nelson overnight and this morning, cutting off parts of the Coromandel. Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, and Northwest Nelson all had a severe weather warning in place. MetService said the Coromandel bore the brunt, with about 130mm falling in 24 hours, most of that overnight. The poor weather overnight also included a downpour in Auckland between 5pm and 6pm that was tied for the area’s wettest since records began in 1965. Kaitaia had a record rainfall, receieving 44.6mm between 3am and 4am according to NIWA, with hourly records beginning there in 1962. MetService said about 100mm fell there over 24 hours. The worst of the weather was now tracking over the central North Island, with rain developing around Wellington and the upper South Island.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 11s (Eleven), located approximately 715 nm east-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southward at 14 knots.

Tropical cyclone 09s (Enawo) has re-generated as a tropical cyclone and is located approximately 434 nm southeast of Europa Island, is tracking south-southeastward at 22 knots.

Newsbytes:

New Zealand – Continuing torrential rainfall created widespread flooding in the Waihi and Whiritoa areas. The small community of Whiritoa woke up yesterday morning isolated after several slips on State Highway 25 either side of the beachside settlement left a number of people stranded in vehicles.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.4 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.4 Earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

5.3 Earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 09s (Enawo), located approximately 459 nm northwest of St Denis, is tracking southwestward at 08 knots.

Tropical cyclone Enawo slammed into Madagascar on Tuesday, killing three people and displacing hundreds as it buffeted the island with hurricane-force winds and pounding rain.

Newsbytes:

New Zealand – A key road leading to the Coromandel Peninsula has partially opened this afternoon as the district experiences its worst flooding in 10 years. Several residents have been left homeless after being evacuated due to their homes getting damaged by slips as contractors and emergency services work to clear and repair roads. The rising Kauearanga River earlier cut State Highway 25 into Thames, and debris and floods has blocked the Thames Coast Rd but one lane is now open. In Clevedon, residents watched livestock floating down river in what they call ’worst ever’ floods.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits Panama.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Kamchatka, Russia.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

Wildfires

Wildfires – New Zealand

Hundreds of people in New Zealand’s second-largest city were evacuated from their homes Wednesday as wildfires burned down several houses and threatened to encroach further into some suburbs. A helicopter pilot who was a decorated soldier died in a crash while fighting the blaze on Tuesday. The region had been unusually dry for three years and the grass in the hills had turned brown over the Southern Hemisphere summer. Smoke and ash were being blown across Christchurch.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits near the north coast of Colombia.

5.3 Earthquake hits central Alaska.

5.2 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Sumbawa region, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Atacama, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the coast of western Turkey.

5.0 Earthquake hits South Island, New Zealand.