Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 earthquake hits the Queen Charlotte Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits eastern Sichuan, China.

5.2 earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Afghanistan – The most recent rain storms started on Thursday and have hit large areas of Afghanistan, including the capital, Kabul. Floods have swamped communities where people had already been displaced by winter flooding. At least 24 people have died and 11 have been injured as a result of the most recent floods. Heavy snowfall during the winter has added to the recent flooding. More than 100 people have died in the last few months.

Oklahoma, USA – Officials on Saturday warned some Tulsa residents to prepare to head to higher ground because old levees holding back the swollen Arkansas River are stressed and more rain is expected for the flood-weary region. The river was four feet above flood stage on Friday and was already causing flooding in parts of Oklahoma’s second-largest city, including in south Tulsa where the murky brown water had inundated low-lying neighborhoods. Levees were built in the 1940s and haven’t had to hold back this much water since 1986. Officials also said they don’t expect the river to recede in Tulsa until Wednesday at the earliest.

Storms and Floods

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Afghanistan – Afghan officials say at least five more people have been killed and 17 are missing as a new wave of heavy rains and flooding swept across the country’s western Herat province. The country’s disaster ministry says heavy rains and flooding have hit 16 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces in the past 24 hours, and that the floods have also destroyed and damaged houses and swept away livestock. Heavy snowfall across Afghanistan this winter had cut off many areas. So far this year, more than 110 people have died as heavy rains and flooding swept away their homes.

Storms and Floods

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China – Eleven people were killed in a flash flood in Shenzhen on Thursday night after a construction company failed to respond properly to weather warnings, local government officials said. The victims were workers who were cleaning drainage systems in Luohu and Futian districts that were hit by a flash flood created by the downpour.

Afghanistan – After a year of severe drought, flash floods have killed at least 77 people and destroyed thousands of homes in Afghanistan. More than 42,000 people have been displaced by the floods since the start of 2019. In all, 163,000 people in 16 provinces need urgent help.

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Brazil – In the aftermath of the floods in Rio this week, firefighters dug through rubble Friday in search of survivors after two condemned buildings collapsed in Rio de Janeiro, killing at least three people, injuring 13 and leaving another 13 missing. The collapse of the four-story buildings undermines by the floodwaters underscored the shoddy infrastructure that plagues Latin America’s largest nation and put a spotlight on illegal militias that control large swaths of Rio, including the area where the buildings stood.

Storms and Floods

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Afghanistan – Update – Flash floods have now killed at least 32 people in western Afghanistan, destroyed homes and swept through makeshift shelters that housed displaced families, a government official said on Saturday. Flooding caused by heavy rains started spreading on Thursday and left a trail of devastation across seven provinces. Another 12 people were missing and more than 700 houses were destroyed or severely damaged.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 17s (Haleh), located approximately 680 nm southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking south-southwestward at 12 knots.

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Afghanistan – Update – The death toll in the Afghan floods has risen to 59 with more than 15 300 people either homeless or affected by the floods. 143 people were injured and many are still missing.

Greece – Flooding in the town of Halkida on the island of Evia over the past few days has prompted residents to evacuate their homes and authorities to declare a state of emergency. According to local news reports, the floods wreaked havoc in the areas of Dokos, Aghia Eleousa and Liani Ammos, damaging dozens of homes, farmland and infrastructure, as well as scores of businesses whose stock and merchandise were destroyed.

Indonesia – Up to 143 neighborhood units (RT) were flooded after heavy rains lashed the capital on Tuesday, the Jakarta administration said. The floods occurred in 30 subdistricts in North and West Jakarta, with water levels reaching as high as 80 centimeters.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 17s (Haleh), located approximately 843 nm east-southeast of St Denis, Reunion, is tracking southwestward at 10 knots.

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Johannesburg, South Africa – Heavy rain and hail flooded several roads across Johannesburg on Tuesday night. Traffic around Johannesburg was gridlocked. Roads were also flooded in Jet Park, Boksburg. The M1 north leading towards Pretoria was also flooded. A number of homes in Soweto and Eldorado Park were damaged.

Afghanistan – Update – The Norwegian Refugee Council says more than 32 people have now died and thousands displaced as heavy rains and flooding swept away homes across Afghanistan. The NRC says hundreds of homes were destroyed and around 4,000 families are in need of assistance in southern Kandahar province alone. The flooding began Friday and subsided Monday. Relief efforts were ongoing Tuesday. Heavy snowfall across Afghanistan has raised fears of severe flooding this spring and so far this year nearly 50 people have already died from flooding. Even before the floods this week, 6.3 million people were thought to be in need of humanitarian assistance across Afghanistan. At least 25 people have died in flooding in neighbouring Pakistan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 17s (Haleh), located approximately 655 nm south of Diego Garcia, is tracking south-southwestward at 09 knots.

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Jordan – Amman – the Jordanian capital was hit the hardest by a weekend of torrential rains and floods across Jordan. At least 13 people are reported to have died in the floodwaters. According to previous civil defense statements, 28 citizens have drowned in rain-induced floods across the kingdom in the last four months.

Afghanistan – Flash floods have swept away dozens of homes and inundated handreds of acres of farmland in western Farah province, an official said on Sunday. Meanwhile, heavy snowfall has closed roads connecting districts to provincial capital in Afghanistan’s central-eastern province of Ghazni. Between 60 and 150 centimetres of snow has fallen in Ghazni, the provincial governor’s office said in a statement. Kabul was also a witness to heavy snowfall over the last couple of days. Meanwhile, flooding was also reported in southern Kandahar province following heavy rain.

Balochistan – On Saturday, it was reported that life is crippled in Balochistan amid torrential rainfall and snowfall in different areas of the province, particularly Chagai district. Security forces have been moved to assist the civil administration in rescue and relief operations for flood victims in various parts of Balochistan. Approximately 1,500 families have been rescued in Dureji, Lasbela, and Qillah Abdulla areas, while rations have been provided to 3,500 families in the rain-affected areas.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 17s (Haleh), located approximately 455 nm south of Diego Garcia, is tracking southward at 07 knots.

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Afghanistan – On 1 March, heavy rains struck Kandahar city, Zheri, Dand, Damand, Arghandab, Spinboldak, and Takhtapu Districts. In the last 30 hours, 97mm of rain fell in the affected areas. Flash floods triggered by the heavy rain have reportedly killed 20 people, including a number of children, when their homes collapsed or the vehicles they were traveling in were swept away. At least 10 people, including children, are still missing in Arghandab, Daman, Spin Boldak and Dand Districts. It is estimated that up to 2,000 homes may have been damaged across all affected districts including Kandahar City.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.7 earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

5.5 earthquake hits the west Chile rise.

5.4 earthquake hits serum, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.1 earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits the Near Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Ecuador.

5.0 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 earthquake hits eastern Xizang, China.

5.1 earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

5.1 earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Reykjanes ridge.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.9 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

6.4 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

6.2 earthquake hits the southern East Pacific rise.

Two 5.4 earthquakes hit the South Sandwich Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits the Drake passage.

5.0 earthquake hits northern Alaska.

5.0 earthquake hits central Afghanistan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits the Pagan region, North Mariana Islands.

5.6 earthquake hits Santiago del Estero, Argentina.

5.4 earthquake hits Alaska.

5.2 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits Kapulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

Storms and Floods

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In the Northwest Pacific Ocean : Tropical depression 01e (One), located approximately 1388 nm southwest of San Diego, is tracking westward at 06 knots.

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Colombia – The Hidroituango dam on the river Cauca was in the final stages of construction when a blocked tunnel was cleared on Saturday night, causing flooding downstream that swept through a riverside hamlet. Six hundred people were left homeless and two bridges, two schools and a health centre were destroyed. On Wednesday, authorities issued evacuation orders for eight municipalities downstream from the dam amid fears of another wave of flooding as heavy rains continue to batter the megaproject. The total number of inhabitants in the eight municipalities is believed to number up to 120,000. So far no deaths or missing people have been reported.

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Maryland, USA – A surge of rainwater flooded streets and submerged cars in Maryland. Golf-ball size hail and up to six inches of rain fell in about two hours, overwhelming creeks and flooding roads. Several roads in the Frederick area remained closed Wednesday morning as crews monitored receding waters.

Afghanistan – The death toll in the floods in Afghanistan has risen to 60 with 5 people injured. Five people were injured, the agency said in a statement. It did not specify the casualties by province. Some 343 homes were destroyed, while 663 more were partially damaged, by the floods.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Afghanistan – Flash floods caused by heavy rain in the past week have killed at least 34 people in several Afghan provinces and caused serious damage to property and livestock, officials said on Tuesday. The flooding, hitting provinces mainly in the north and center of the country, had caused serious damage to around 900 houses, killed hundreds of cattle and damaged agricultural land.

Washington, Montana, British Columbia – Temperatures have warmed considerably in recent weeks in the Northwest, and that’s causing big problems for several waterways as snowmelt has sent rivers rising to dangerous levels. This has created problems for parts of Washington, western Montana and British Columbia, where evacuations are ongoing and emergencies have been declared. In some areas, rivers are expected to remain above flood stage for days, if not weeks, as the snowmelt continues. In central Washington, residents are preparing to evacuate in Leavenworth as a dam appears to be threatened.