Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits the northern east Pacific rise.

5.6 earthquake hits the northern east Pacific rise.

5.2 earthquake hits Sicily, Italy.

5.2 earthquake hits the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits northwest of the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 02s (Bongoyo), located approximately 829 nm south-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking southwestward at 08 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 03s (Abio), located approximately 686 nm north-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking east-southeastward at 10 knots

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Mozambique – Flooding has affected parts of Sofala Province after severe weather in Mozambique from 03 December 2020. Local media reported 128.4 mm of rain fell in the city of Beira, capital of Sofala Province, in a 10 hour period on 03 December. Flooding blocked roads and disrupted traffic. Local officials said a young person died in flood waters on 03 December. Homes were damaged and some families displaced, according to media reports. The severe weather also brought rough seas. Several boats were wrecked, with 2 people reported missing off the coast of Beira. Heavy rain has been reported elsewhere in the country. Also on 03 December, Quelimane in Zambezia Province recorded 185 mm of rain. A few days later, Tete city in Tete Province recorded 88 mm in 24 hours to 07 December.

Italy – Venice was under water on Tuesday as heavy rain and strong winds pushed into the lagoon city, catching the authorities off guard before they could activate the huge flood barriers that were rolled out just two months ago. The system of 78 flood gates, known as Mose, guard the entrance to the Venetian lagoon and are designed to protect the city from tides of up to 3 meters (10 ft). However, they require 48-hours notice to be activated. Weather bulletins in past days had forecast rainfall pushing sea levels up to 120 centimeters, below the 130 cm threshold at which the flood barriers are operated. The weather had suddenly worsened and water had reached a 145 cm peak as strong sirocco winds blew in from Croatia and two rivers flooded near the sea around Venice.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 02s (Bongoyo), located approximately 1199nm east of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southwestward at 15 knots.

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DR Congo – Heavy rainfall in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) in early December 2020 caused deadly flooding in the city of Mbanza-Ngungu in Kongo Central Province in the western part of the country. 13 people died after torrential rain and strong winds overnight, 01 to 02 December, 2020. Four people were injured and several houses were destroyed or severely damaged. Five further fatalities were reported from 02 to 03 December after flooding in other areas of the city.

Italy – Wide areas of Italy have seen severe weather including strong winds, heavy snow and rain since 04 December. Evacuations have been carried out after flooding in Emilia-Romagna and Veneto Regions. Media report at least 2 weather-related fatalities. As of 07 December, the worst of the flooding was along the Panaro river in Modena Province in Emilia-Romagna region. Residents in Nonantola are particularly badly affected.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical Storms.

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Iran – The Red Crescent in Iran reported flooding in 8 provinces of the country after days of heavy rain. Areas affected are in the province of Ilam, Bushehr, Khuzestan, Fars, Qazvin, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, Golestan and Lorestan.

Italy – At least three people have died in flash flooding that struck after heavy rain on the island of Sardinia, Italy, from 28 November 2020. Three fatalities were reported in the municipality Bitti in Nuoro Province. Flood waters and mud swept through the streets of the town of Bitti. Heavy rain also caused landslides in the area. Roads, bridges, houses and vehicles have all been damaged or destroyed. Around 40 people were evacuated. Flooding and severe weather including strong winds affected other parts of the island. Italian fire and rescue service, Vigili del Fuoco, said on 29 November that it had responded to over 300 interventions.

India – Officials in the state of Tamil Nadu, India, said at least 3 people died during the passage of Cyclone Nivar after it made landfall to the north of Puducherry on 26 November 2020. Wind gusts of 145 km/h caused severe damage across Tamil Nadu, including over 1,000 trees uprooted. According to reports from news agency Press Trust of India (PTI), some low-lying areas were marooned due to water-logging in Tamil Nadu including parts of Chennai, following heavy rains in the wake of the cyclone. Flooding was also reported in the union territory of Puducherry. Authorities in Tamil Nadu said thousands of people had been moved to safe shelters across the state in preparation. A public holiday was declared for 25 and 26 November in order to limit damage from the storm.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 04b (Nivar), located approximately 849 nm south-southwest of Kolkata, India, is tracking westward at 05 knots.

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Colombia – More people have died in landslides caused by heavy rain in the department of Antioquia, Colombia. A landslide struck in the village of Cachirime in Puerto Valdivia, Valdivia municipality on 23 November 2020. Two commercial buildings were buried in the landslide. After search and rescue operations were completed, it was confirmed that 7 people had died and 12 were injured.

Somalia – At least 8 people have died as a result of Tropical Storm Gati, which made landfall in Somalia on 22 November. Tropical Cyclone Gati made landfall in Somalia on 22 November 2020, primarily impacting parts of Bari region in Puntland State and then Sanaag region in Somaliland. Authorities said rainfall totals from the storm were greater than amounts normally seen for the whole year. In a 24 hour period, Bosaso recorded 128mm of rain and Balidhidin (also Balli Dhiddin) 103mm.

Italy – Over 200 people were rescued from floods in southern Italy over the weekend 20 to 22 November after more than 450mm of rain in 48 hours. orrential rain the Italy’s Calabria Region caused severe flooding in the provinces of Crotone and Cosenza, causing widespread damage. The regional government has requested a state of emergency.

South Africa – Heavy rain caused flash flooding in parts of KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and Gauteng, South Africa, from 20 November 2020. Four flood- and rain-related fatalities were reported. Damage was reported to roads and infrastructure. Local media said one person died after being swept away while trying to cross a river with strong currents in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal. Severe flooding was reported in Tshwane, Gauteng, with roads and bridges damaged and vehicles left stranded in flood water. Three young people died in a storm water trench in Hammanskraal on 21 November.

Indonesia – Heavy rain caused flooding and landslides in parts of Java and Sumatra Islands, western Indonesia from 19 November 2020. At least 3 fatalities were reported. Heavy rain caused a landslide in Pagelaran District, Cianjur Regency, West Java on 19 November. On person died and vehicles and roads were damaged.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Gamma is located about 165 mi…270 km ene of Progreso Mexico and about 150 mi…240 km nnw of Cozumel Mexico with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…ssw or 205 degrees at 2 mph…4 km/h.

Tropical Storm Delta is located about 130 mi…210 km s of Negril Jamaica and about 270 mi…440 km se of Grand Cayman with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 290 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 18e (Marie), located approximately 1027 nm southwest of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 09 knots.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm (ts) 16w (Chan-Hom), located approximately 781 nm south of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking westward at 02 knots.

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Mexico – Disaster authorities in Mexico reported on 04 October that 6 people have died after severe weather associated with Tropical Storm Gamma hit the Yucatan Peninsula. Two flood-related fatalities were reported in Tabasco state. A further 4 fatalities were reported in the state of Chiapas, where 2 victims died after a landslide buried a house. Heavy rainfall and releases from the Peñitas Dam caused flooding in Tabasco, affecting thousands of people in particular in areas along the Samaría River. Around 3,500 people were evacuated, mostly in the municipalities of Balancán, Centro, Cunduacán, Jalpa de Méndez and Nacajuca.

France and Italy – Floods in southeastern France and northern Italy in the wake of Storm Alex have left 3 people dead and several missing. Hundreds of homes, along with bridges and roads, have been destroyed. Flooding came after record rainfall. Italian authorities said Piedmont region recorded its highest rainfall totals since 1958. Sambughetto in the Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola recorded 630 mm of rain in 24 hours to 03 October 2020. Limone Piemonte in the Province of Cuneo recorded 580 mm of rain during the same period. Meanwhile Meteo France reported 500.2 mm of rain in 24 hours to 03 October at Saint-Martin-Vésubie, which is the equivalent of more than three months of rain and a record daily amount.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Italy – Severe flash flooding swept through the city of Palermo, capital of Sicily in southern Italy, after torrential rain on 15 July. The flooding caused damage and disruption across the city. Several buildings were evacuated. Firefighters were called to around 300 interventions, including removing dozens of submerged vehicles from flooded roads. A search is continuing for two people thought to be trapped in a vehicle in a flooded underpass. Some local reports said that 115.8mm of rain fell in around 2 hours in the city. July is normally the city’s driest month, when the monthly average rainfall is just 6.7 mm, according to WMO.

India – According to Bihar state’s disaster management agency, a total of 218,000 people have been affected, with 65,000 of that total over the last few days. Flooding has affected area of Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Supaul, Kishanganj, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Gopalganj and East Champaran districts. Meanwhile in neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh, flooding was reported in the districts of Gorakhpur and Ballia, where the Ghagra river is at Severe Flood Situation, standing at 64.35 metres as of 16 July, where the danger levels if 64.01 metres. In Gorakhpur, the Rapti river stood at 75.33 metres at Birdghat, above the danger mark of 74.96 metres.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 30w (Phanfone), located approximately 96 nm south of Yap, is tracking northwestward at 14 knots.

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Italy – Two people died as an adverse weather system battered the Italian peninsula on Saturday, causing floods, road collapses and landslides, rescue services and local media reported. The two fatalities were swept away by swollen rivers, one in Tuscany and one in the northern Friuli region.

Tanzania – The Tanzania Fire and Rescue Force on Saturday warned people against crossing over flooded rivers lest they were swept away by raging waters. The state-run force said in a statement that ongoing torrential rains across the country have flooded rivers, which made it difficult to establish whether bridges were still intact.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Post Tropical Cyclone Sebastien is located about 230 mi…370 km nnw of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…ne or 55 degrees at 40 mph…65 km/h.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 01p (Rita), located approximately 344 nm north-northeast of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking southeastward at 08 knots.

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India – Eight hundred houses have been inundated on Sunday afternoon, after the bund of Hulimavu lake in Bengaluru breached. More than 200 people were evacuated.

France – Flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rainfall has claimed the lives of two people and left two missing in southern France. The area absorbed the equivalent of two months of average rainfall in 24 hours. The Nice airport was briefly closed.

Italy – A 30-meter section of highway along a viaduct in the coastal city of Savona has collapsed after heavy rains leaving cars perched perilously on a precipice.. A woman was found dead after the surging Bomida river swept away her car in northern Italy.

Italy – Venice has continued to be swamped by floods this weekend just 11 days after the city’s highest water levels in 50 years killed two people and caused chaos. New images show the floods continuing to plague the city as people wade through the streets and try to salvage their businesses as residents braced themselves for another, though smaller, high tide today.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression Twenty-E is located about 655 mi…1055 km s of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 335 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 26w (Fengshen), located approximately 404 nm north-northwest of Andersen AFB, is tracking northwestward at 14 knots.

Tropical depression 27w (Kalmaegi), located approximately 323 nm east-northeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking northwestward at 08 knots.

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Italy – Waters rose in Venice again Thursday, although to a much lower height than previous days. Venice officials said water reached a maximum height of 3 feet, 8 inches early Thursday and heavy rainfall will continue to bring further floods into the city. Two flood-related fatalities have been reported.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 26w (Fengshen), located approximately 620 nm east-northeast of WFO, Guam, is tracking westward at 12 knots.

Tropical depression 27w (Kalmaegi), located approximately 447 nm east of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 08 knots.

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South Africa – The extent of severe storms and a tornado that hit parts of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) between Richmond and Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday is yet to be determined, but two human casualties and 20 injuries had been reported by Wednesday morning. Many animals were reported to have been injured or killed in the area and power lines are also down. Numerous houses and public infrastructure were also damaged.

Italy – Heavy rain, hail, thunderstorms, and winds of more than 100 kilometres per hour hit many parts of southern Italy on Tuesday. Schools across many parts of the southern regions announced closures for Tuesday, and the Civil Protection Department warned drivers of the risk of falling trees and swollen rivers. While no injuries have been reported so far, there are widespread reports of damage to homes, businesses, electricity supplies and farmers’ crops across all four regions. A tornado was reported off the coast of Siracuse, Sicily. In Basilicata, the coastal town of Metaponto was also reportedly hit by a tornado while nearby Matera suffered serious flooding.

Venice, Italy – Venice, Italy’s famous city of canals, is as much on the front line of climate change as anywhere else, and now that line is under water. On Tuesday, rains helped bring the seasonal high tides known as acqua alta to near record levels, just seven centimeters short of what was seen during the historic floods of 1966. Flooding in Venice during the northern autumn season is a normal and expected occurrence, but high tide data from recent years shows the fingerprints of rising sea levels. St. Mark’s Square at the city center has gone from flooding four times a year in 1900 to over 60 times annually in recent years. The famous Basilica of the same name also flooded Tuesday for just the sixth time in twelve centuries – the fifth time was in 2018.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Super Typhoon 24w (Halong), located approximately 427 nm northeast of Tinian, North Mariana Islands, is tracking northwestward at 08 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 05a (Maha), located approximately 354 nm south-southwest of Karachi, Pakistan, is tracking east-northeastward at 02 knots.

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Italy – Storms pounded Italy over the weekend, causing flash floods and evacuations in the country’s northwest. Schools across the Liguria region were closed as the weather alert continued, with forecasts of heavy rain and strong winds.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean : Typhoon Bualoi (22w), located approximately 126 nm south-southeast of Iwo, is tracking northwestward at 11 knots.

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Malaysia – Flash floods caused by continuous rainfall hit several areas in Kuala Lumpur affecting a number of major roads and causing some damages in the area.

Italy – Residents of Castelletto d’Orba, in Italy’s north-west, woke up to havoc and destruction on Tuesday (October 22) after heavy rains caused the Rio Albara, normally a tiny stream, to burst its banks and flood the small town. The flash floods occurred on Monday evening (October 21) and forced the town’s mayor to temporarily evacuate around 50 people. Elsewhere in the northern Piemonte region, the bad weather caused the death of one man as his car was washed away in a flood.

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Washington, USA – Flooded rivers are causing problems across parts of Western Washington, and waters are still rising as heavy rain struck the region overnight. The Tolt and Skykomish Rivers will reach moderate flood stage, and the Snohomish River is forecast to rise above flood stage Tuesday afternoon. In the town of Carnation, the water was making driving dangerous.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Flossie is located about 965 mi…1550 km sw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

In the Central Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Erick is located about 1015 mi…1635 km ese of Hilo Hawaii and about 1225 mi…1970 km ese of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…80 mph…130 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.

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Italy – Freak storms and flash flooding following last week’s heatwave in Italy claimed three lives over the weekend, including a young woman caught up in a mini-tornado near Rome’s Fiumicino airport.