Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.2 Earthquake hits eastern Sichuan, China.

Yesterday’s 5.7 Earthquake in Jalalabad, Afghanistan has claimed the lives of at least 23 people and injured dozens.

Storms and Floods

Landslide in Ecuador

Heavy rainfall caused landslide in Ecuador which has buried at least 14 people. The landslide occurred in Tabete in the Chinca district of Esmeraldas, a coastal province in Ecuador.

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Flooding in Grafton, Illinois

Flood waters of the Mississippi River peak at more than 11 feet.

Fargo, North Dakota, is also preparing for flooding.

16 Tornadoes Tallied So Far This Year In Mississippi.

The number of tornadoes confirmed to have struck parts of Mississippi so far this year has risen to 16.

The National Weather Service reported Monday (April 22) that three tornadoes were confirmed from severe storms last Thursday in the Mississippi Delta region.

Landslide in Guizhou province of China claims 9

A landslide in Guizhou province in China has claimed the lives of nine people. At least two people are still missing.

Around 10,000 cubic meters of rock debris buried the workers. Rescue work is under way.

Earthquakes

Can Earthquakes Actually Calm the Earth?

The magnitude-8.6 earthquake that struck the Indian Ocean in 2012 may have had a calming effect on the other quakes in the world, a new study has claimed.

The powerful quake near Sumatra, Indonesia, seemed to have actually quietened the global earthquakes, according to two reports presented at the Seismological Society of America’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City.

The April 11, 2012 quake was the largest strike-slip shake-up (which moves horizontally) ever recorded.

Although the quake triggered earthquakes worldwide for up to six days, however, once the triggered quakes stopped, there was a sharp drop in moderate earthquakes for more than three months.

Seismic monitors detected no earthquakes bigger than magnitude 6.5 for 95 days. Normally, quakes of this size hit every 10 days.

It is suggested that the Indian Ocean earthquake’s unusually energetic seismic waves, which traversed shallowly through Earth’s crust for long distances, could have shifted stresses on faraway faults, delaying earthquakes globally.

Disease

Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak in Tibet

The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) reported an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the Tibetan village of Shigatse, which has affected dozens of cattle.

According to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) yesterday, there were 32 cases of foot and mouth disease, and in total, 156 cattle, sheep and goats were culled to prevent the disease from spreading.

Drought

Drought in India

India may be heading for another bumper grain harvest, if the first forecast for this year’s monsoon proves correct, but the rain may be too little – and too late – for southern and western states already parched by the worst drought in four decades.

The unprecedented drought situation in the region has pushed wild animals to come out of their habitat in search of water.