Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.


Israel – Severe weather in Israel has brought a rare hail storm to Tel Aviv on Sunday afternoon. A recent weather system has also affected northern Israel with 20 centimetres of snow falling on Mount Hermon since Saturday.

Gaza – Heavy rain has flooded low-lying areas across the Gaza Strip, including Khazaa and Beit Hanoun, where thousands of Gazans displaced by the Israeli offensive last summer are living in caravans.

China – China’s flood control authority is warning of possible heavy flooding in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River this year as the basin areas are set to receive more precipitation for the upcoming rainy season. Meanwhile, the upper reaches of the Yangtze River are also expecting the heaviest flooding in 20 years. The flood season of the Yangtze River is expected to last between April and October. There has already been flooding of some tributaries of the river in its middle reaches, including ones that converged into Poyang Lake in Jiangxi province.


Wildfires – Siberia

Massive fires in the Siberian region of Khakassia have destroyed almost 1,000 homes in over 20 towns and villages. Fifteen people have been killed, and over 480 injured. A total of 77 people are hospitalized, 11 in serious condition.

People setting fire to grasslands have caused the blazes.

Strong gusts of wind have aggravated the situation in the Republic of Khakassia, located in the south of Eastern Siberia, on Sunday afternoon. This has prompted the local authorities to declare a state of emergency.

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Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): Activity has remained essentially unchanged. Intermittent small to moderate explosions occur from the volcano’s summit crater, where slow magma extrusion continues to accumulate in a moderately viscous, flat dome. An aerial survey on 10 April showed that the most recent dome seen in February (numbered 55) had partially collapsed, as a result of the explosions during late March to early April. Its remaining mass occupying the inner crater was flat and had developed a series of concentric fissures.

Reventador (Ecuador): Activity has been relatively intense during the past days. Frequent explosions with ash plumes of 1-2 km height and smaller pyroclastic flows have occurred from the summit vent, where a lava dome is growing.

Tungurahua (Ecuador): Intermittent mild explosive activity with ash emissions continues at the volcano. An unusual seismic swarm occurred during the night of 9-10 April, following two volcanic earthquakes at 6 km depth in the evening. More than 1300 quakes were recorded until noon of 10 April. What made it unusual was that the seismic events were of the “drumbeat” type, not seen on Tungurahua during the past 16 years, but thought to correspond to the ascent of viscous magma.

Etna (Sicily, Italy): A short sequence of seismo volcanic events occurred a few hours ago ended with two ash explosions at the Bocca Nuova Crater.