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Global disasters caused $140bn economic losses in 2019

January 1, 2020: Total economic losses from natural and man-made catastrophes fell to around USD 140 billion in 2019 from USD 176 billion last year, Swiss Reinsurance Institute said.
Global insured losses are estimated to be around USD 56 billion, down from USD 93 billion in 2018 and below the annual average (USD 75 billion) of the previous 10 years. 
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Globally, more than 11 000 people have died or gone missing in disaster events in 2019.
Climate change is leading to more frequent and more severe secondary peril events, which manifest in different ways: more local flooding, torrential rains, prolonged drought, severe wildfires and other extreme weather events. 
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Have you ever witnessed an earthquake? What effect did it have on you?

Q: Have you ever witnessed an earthquake? What effect did it have on you?
In general, the word earthquake is used to describe any seismic event either natural or caused by humans. Here we are talking about the natural cause. A natural disaster is a sudden natural event triggered by environmental factor which can cause loss of life or property damage.
Earthquake is one of the common natural disasters worldwide that has claimed several lives causing huge economic losses.
You might have also witnessed an earthquake in your time. This is an open discussion to share about any earthquake experienced in your life. Kindly use the comment section below to share your earthquake experiences.

About Meckering earthquake [Epicenter, Intensity, Damage]

Q: When did Meckering earthquake happened?
A: Meckering earthquake happened 14 October 1968.
Q: What was the magnitude of Meckering earthquake?
A; The magnitude of Meckering earthquake was 6.5 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (violent).
The earthquake's epicenter was located in Meckering, a town in western Australia. The earthquake injured around 28 people. No more details is known about the 1968 Meckering earthquake.

PHIVOLCS: Siquijor earthquake today measures 4.2 in magnitude

April 7, 2020: Magnitude 4.4 light earthquake has been recorded near Siquijor today at 08:30 pm local time.
According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), the earthquake occurred at 18 km depth. The quake's epicenter was located 40 km N 87° E of Maria (Siquijor).
The earthquake in Siquijor today was tectonic in nature. Weak tremor of intensity I has been felt in Sibulan, Negros Oriental.
No damage or aftershocks are expected from the Siquijor earthquake.

[TRUTH] NASA alert on earthquake in Delhi: April 7 - 15, 2020

April 7, 2020: Recently a WhatsApp message has been viral in India claiming the NASA alert on mega earthquake predicted to hit National Capital Delhi between 7th April to 15th April, 2020.
However, the video predicting earthquake to hit Delhi between April 7 to April 15, 2020 is totally FAKE!
The video which is actually dated back to 2018 claims that NASA predicted an earthquake of magnitude 9.1 in New Delhi.

Similar WhatsApp message was viral in 2018 as well claiming NASA report on predicting a magnitude 9.1 earthquake in Delhi between 7th April to 15th April, 2020.

The message in 2018 also claimed that the earthquake's epicenter would be Gurugram. The earthquake would cause damage in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, J&K to Tamilnadu, Rajasthan to Bihar. For details, people were asked to visit www.nasaalert.com. However, it was just a rumour!

The same video used in 2018 is now viral in India with same date and details.
Can anyone predict earthquakes?
Unfortunately, there is still no …

Indonesia: Flash floods, landslides in Sulawesi kill 4

April 6, 2020: Flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rainfall have claimed lives of four people in two districts of Tana Toraja regency in South Sulawesi, Indonesia.
According to the Tana Toraja Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), three people died in South Makale district and one in Rantetayo district.
The landslide has washed away several roads including the main road connecting Tana Toraja regency and North Toraja regency.

Cyclone Harold kills 7 and leaves 21 missing in Solomon Islands

April 6, 2020: Cyclone Harold has claimed lives of at least seven people and left 21 other missing across Solomon Islands, after a passenger ferry was washed away due to storm surge.
Cyclone Harold is currently a category five storm - the most severe. Also Cyclone Harold has become the strongest cyclone to affect Vanuatu since Cyclone Pam in 2015
Cyclone Harold made landfall over Vanuatu's southwest coast of Espiritu Santo Island today. At 01:00 UTC, Cyclone Harold's centre was located inland over Espiritu Santo approximately 45 km west of Luganville (town of Vanuatu).
The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department, Port Vila has issued red alert for Sanma, Penama and Malampa provinces following tropical cyclone Harold. Also yellow alert has been issued for Torba and Shefa provinces.
Cyclone Harold is expected to continue moving south-east over the sea and to pass close to Kandavu Island (south Fiji) on April 8, 2020 in the morning.
The Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS)…