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Natural Disasters List March 31, 2013-Tornado in Hokitika, New Zealand

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Tornado in Hokitika, New Zealand
-Recent Tornado in Hokitika, New Zealand has damaged at least five buildings.
-Tornado touched down about 12.30 and torn off roofs of houses including Railway Hotel Motel in Weld Street. Click for detail report on tornado in Hokitika, New Zealand.

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M 3.2 weak shallow earthquake in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (@ 14 km depth) with epicenter located 18 km NNE from West Yellowstone. People of Gardiner and Island Park will have felt weak shaking of MMI II-III.
17:41 UTC (local time Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 11:41 AM @ epicenter)M 4.3 light earthquake in southern Gr

Tornado hits Hokitika, New Zealand

Update
Tornado in Hokitika damaged at least five buildings, including the District Council building.

Tornado in Hokitika, New Zealand on March 31, 2013 has injured one people. The twister touched down about 12.30 and torn off roofs of several houses including Railway Hotel Motel in Weld Street.

No injury has been reported.

Net service New Zealand expects heavy rainfall for the West Coast today.

Three people were killed after tornado hit New Zealand city of Auckland in December 2012.

Original post: Natural Disasters List March 31, 2013

Flooding in Mauritius capital Port Louis: 11 killed

Recent flash flooding in Mauritius has claimed at least eleven lives. About 152 mm rainfall has been recorded in Port Louis within three hours.
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Update 04:45 UTC

-Water supply is currently disrupted in the Port Louis, the capital city of Mauritius.
-Still one person from Grand Gaube, northern Mauritius is reported to be missing.

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Grand Gaube
Update 2013/04/01; 02:00 UTC

One more body is reported to be found. If the report is true, death toll would be 12. However have to wait for the official message.

Below is the photo of six victims of the Mauritius flood (Source LeDefi  Media Group)



Update …

Natural Disasters List March 30, 2013-Floods in Mauritius

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Flash floods in Mauritius
-Flash flooding in Mauritius has claimed eight lives. Flood in Mauritius injured 82 others.
-Among them six people died in the flooding in Caudan underground tunnel.
-Several accidents have been reported across Mauritius. Dozens of vehicles collided each other at Port Louis. Click for detail report on Mauritius flood.
Lightning strikes in Uttar Pradesh, India
-Lightning strikes in Uttar Pradesh, India have claimed eight lives and injured nine others.
-Lightning claimed three lives in Chandauli and Meerut each, two in Ghazipur and one in Sambhal. Click for detail report on Uttar Pradesh Lightn…

Lightning strikes, claims eight lives in Uttar Pradesh, India

Lightning strikes in Uttar Pradesh, India have claimed eight lives. Lightning strikes have seriously injured nine others.

Natural disaster lightning claimed three lives in Chandauli and Meerut each, two in Ghazipur and one in Sambhal.

Two weeks ago, lightning strikes in Madhya Pradesh, India claimed 12 lives.

Lightning is the visible discharge of static electricity. Lightning strikes have claimed lives and damaged several properties. Lightning protection systems help to minimize the risk.

A lightning protection system is designed to protect a structure from damage due to lightning strikes. How ever most of South Asian countries including India lags in proper lightning protection system.

Lightning strikes in Bihar, India in September 2012 killed 10 people. Another thunderstorm, lightning strikes in Kolkata in April 2012 claimed 8 lives.

Original post: Natural Disasters List March 30, 2013

Light earthquake in Bhuj city of Kutch district

Magnitude 4.5 light earthquake in Gujarat today shook Bhuj city of Kutch district in India.  The earthquake had its epicenter in West Rapar located 27 kilometres away from Bhuj.
Today's earthquake is the fourth earthquake in Kutch this month with magnitude greater than 3.

Related post: List of earthquakes in Kutch in 2013

There were no reports of casualties or any property damage.

2001 Bhuj (Gujarat) earthquake claimed more than 19,700 lives. Gujarat lies about 400 km from the plate boundary between the Indian Plate and the Eurasian Plate.

Original post: Natural Disasters List March 30, 2013

Natural Disasters List March 29, 2013-Landslide in Maizhokunggar, Tibet

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Landslide in Tibet
-Landslide in Tibet has trapped at least 83 mine workers.
-Landslide occurred in the gold mining area of Maizhokunggar county of Lhasa. Click for detail report on landslide in Tibet.Earthquake in Urumqi county of China
-Magnitude 5.6 moderate earthquake in Urumqi county of China has damaged at least 70 houses.
-Tremor lasted for 30 seconds or so. Click for detail report on earthquake in China today.

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M 4.6 moderate earthquake in Canary Islands, Spain (@ 17 km depth) with epicenter located 31 km WSW of Frontera. Weak shaking of MMI II-III will have felt by the people of Los Realejos…

Landslide in Tibet traps 83 in gold mining area

At least 83 miners are reported to be trapped in a landslide in Tibet. Landslide disaster occurred in the gold mining area of Maizhokunggar county of Lhasa.
Latest updates below:


Update 2013/03/31; 14:00 UTC
Eleven bodies have been recovered till now from the landslide area. Still 72 miners remain missing.

Update 10:55 UTC

-Rescuers have found the first body at17:35 local time,  almost after 36 hours. Condition still unknown.
-Rescue operations are difficult to perform due to snowing in the area. Till now more than 300,000 cubic meters of debris have been removed.
Below are the photos from the landslide area of Tibet by Xinhua.





Update 06:05 UTC
The Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) has send special emergency response team to the mine landslide area in Tibet. The members in the emergency team are from the MCA, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Land and Resources. They will further guide rescue efforts. Note that more than a thousnads rescue officials are already working from last 30 hour…

China earthquake today: 70 houses damaged in Urumqi

Update
-Following China News, earthquake in Urumqi county has damaged atleast 70 houses. Almost all houses are mud made (as seen in image aside; ChinaNews.com). However no injury has been reported.
-Tremor lasted for 30 seconds or so.
-Following Urumqi Railway Bureau, Trains services were also halted for two hours.

There was moderate earthquake tremor in Northern Xinjiang, China today. Magnitude 5.6 earthquake was recorded by U.S. Geological Survey around 05:01 P.M. Tremor was well felt in populated areas of Urunchi and Changji.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of the earthquake in China today was located 72 km WSW of Urunchi and Changji. It was 22.3 miles deep.

Following USGS PAGER MAP, light shaking of MMI IV will have felt by the people of  Wujiaqu, Urunchi, Changji, Ergong, Changshanzi and Anningqu. People of Tiechanggou, Shihezi, Yanqi, Ewirgol and Dushanzi.

Related post: List of natural disasters in China in 2013

There were no immediate reports of damage or…

Light earthquake close to Cambria, Central California

Update 2013/03/30
Another magnitude 3.8 earthquake recorded today with epicenter located 17 km ESE from Mammoth Lakes. It will have well felt by the people of Bishop, North Fork, Oakhurst, Berkeley and Mammoth Lakes.

There was light earthquake in Central California today. Magnitude 3.8 earthquake was recorded by U.S. Geological Survey around 06:22 P.M.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of the earthquake in Central California today was located 11 km NE from San Simeon and 19 km N from Cambria. It was 4.3 miles deep.

Following epicenter location and depth, earthquake in Central California today will have felt by the people of San Luis Obispo, Atascadero, Bradley, Cambria, Paso Robles,  San Simeon,  Lake Nacimiento and San Jose City Hall.

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There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

01:22 UTC; 2013/03/29 (local time Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 06:22 PM @ epicenter)

Epicenter Location
11 km (7 miles)…

Natural Disasters List March 28, 2013-Strong wind in Australia

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Strong wind gusts in Melbourne, Australia
-Wall collapse in Melbourne region has claimed lives of two people.
-Strong wind gusts caused the wall collapse of the old Carlton & United brewery site. Click for detail report on wind gust in Australia.Hailstorms in Lao Cai, Vietnam
-Recent hail storms in Vietnam have damaged roofs of 10,500 people. Hailstorms have also injured 26 people.
-Hailstones as large as 8-10 cm in diameter have rained down in Lao Cai area. Click for detail report on Vietnam hailstorms.

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M 4.6 moderate earthquake in Tarapaca, Chile (@ 100 km depth)with epicenter located 108 km E…

Hailstorm in Lao Cai, Vietnam damages 10,000 houses

Hails damaged roofs of more than 10,000 houses in Lao Cai area of Vietnam. Hail storms also injured 26 people .


Update 2013/03/30
Another hailstorm today in Lao Cai again has destroyed 100 houses more. Hailstorm has also injured two people. The hailstorm, together with a vortex, hit several areas of Bao Yen District.

Recent hail storms in Vietnam have damaged roofs of more than 10,000 people. Hail damaged roof mostly in northern Lao Cai province.

Hailstones as large as 8-10 cm in diameter have rained down in Lao Cai area.

According to the National Search and Rescue Committee, hail storms have injured 26 people and damaged 10,500 houses.

The hailstorm which lasted for 20 minutes also destroyed trees and crops.

Yesterday hailstorm damaged roof of 80 houses in Ha Giang Province.

Central Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Center has predicted hail storms to be more bad in coming days in Vietnam.

Photo: Hail damage roof in Lao Cai, Vietnam; Tuoi Tre

Original post: Natural Disasters List March …

First hailstorm in Taiwan!

Several areas in northern Taiwan have experienced rare hailstorms today evening.

Hailstorm in Taiwan came with lightning, thunder and heavy rain. Hailstorm lasted for less than one minute. Hailstone in Taiwan ranged from 0.5 centimeters to 1.5 centimeters, Taiwan Central News Agency mentions.

The Taiwan Weather Bureau had issued the first ever hailstorm warning for Taiwan and predicted the hailstones as big as 6 centimeters in diameter.

Related post: Strong earthquake near Taichung, Taiwan claims 1

People described the hailstorm as "unbelievable" and some said it was their first time seeing the power of nature, CNA mentions.

No damage or injuries were reported by the hailstorm in Taiwan.

More rainfall and thunderstorms are expected in Taichung City, Miaoli, Hsinchu and Changhua counties. The Central Weather Bureau has also warned of possible mudslides in the mountainous area of central and southern Taiwan.

Original post: Natural Disasters List March 28, 2013

Wind gust in Australia claims 2

A wall collapsed due to strong wind gust on Swanston Street in the Melbourne has claimed lives of two pedestrians. Wall collapse also injured a 19-year-old woman who is currently having treatment at Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Collapsed wall was part of the old Carlton & United brewery site. Police and WorkSafe Victoria are investing the disaster.

Swanston Street and surrounding streets however remain closed to traffic.



Photo: Wall collapse due to strong wind gusts in Melbourne, Australia; Herald Sun

Original post: Natural Disasters List March 28, 2013
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El Hierro Volcano in Canary Islands showing 'extreme seismicity'

'Extreme seismicity' has started in El Hierro volcano in Canary Islands. A 4.6 magnitude earthquake has been recorded recently in Canary Islands of Spain.

The earthquake which struck at 15:07 GMT had its epicenter located 113 km far from El Pinar. This is so far the strongest earthquake in 2013 close to El Hierro volcano in Canary Islands. Luckily the earthquake's epicenter was out in the sea!

Around 230 earthquakes have been recorded west of Frontera, IHI from yesterday (March 27) till now (08:00 GMT). Most of the earthquakes are less than magnitude 3.0

Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN) had earlier predicted 23% chance of magnitude 4.6 earthquake near El Hierro volcano in the Canary Island. The earthquake prediction comes true.

Related post: Recent volcanic eruptions in Spain in 2013

Several rockfalls have been reported along the road of Frontera-Sabinosa.

La dirección del Plan de Protección Civil por Riesgo Volcánico (PEVOLCA) has declared Yellow Alert for the western …

Earthquake in Southern California today

There was light earthquake in Southern California today. Magnitude 3.7 earthquake was recorded by U.S. Geological Survey around 11:16 A.M.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of the earthquake in Southern California today was located 22 km ESE from Anza and 24 km SW from La Quinta. It was 5.5 miles deep.

Following epicenter location and depth, earthquake in Southern California today will have felt by the people of San Diego, Indio, Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Ramona, La Quinta, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Riverside, Anza and Idyllwild.

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There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Each year, Southern California is hit by 10,000 earthquakes. Just several hundred are greater than magnitude 3.0 and felt by people.

18:16 UTC (local time Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 11:16 AM @ epicenter)

Epicenter Location
22 km (14 miles) ESE from Anza, CA
24 km (15 miles) SW from La Quinta, CA
26 km (16 miles) SSW…

Huge Landslide on Whidbey Island, Washington

Update
This is what one of our reader who lives about 50 miles from the landslide area shares in our Facebook page.
No, no casualties. One old man got out just in time but he wasn't hurt. Eighteen families were evacuated yesterday and today, all but four families were allowed back in the area to retrieve personal items. Not even authorities can get close because the ground is still moving. They're waiting for equipment to be delivered so they can test how much water is in the soil. It's 900 feet wide, 1,500 feet deep. I live about 50 miles from the area and it's all over the news here. Pretty wild stuff.

Update

-Landslide on Whidbey has affected at least 34 houses.
-Landslide area is located about 50 miles north of Seattle.
Below is a photo by Washington Department of Natural Resources which shows situation before and after mudslide on Whidbey Island.



At least 17 homes have been evacuated after a huge landslide on Whidbey Island, Washington. The landslide occurred in Cou…

Natural Disasters List March 27, 2013-Earthquake in Nantou, Taiwan

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Very strong earthquake in Nantou, Taiwan
-Magnitude 6.0 very strong earthquake has been recorded in Central Taiwan.
-Earthquake in Taiwan has killed one people. A 72 years old woman died in house collapse in Nantou county. Earthquake has injured at least 90 people. Click for detail report on earthquake in Taiwan.
Hailstorm in Assam, India
-Hailstorm in Assam, India has injured six people and damaged 50 houses.
-Hailstorm caused damage in Titabor, Rajabahar, Madhupur, Tipomia, Majuli, Numaligarh and Bongaon areas of Assam. Click for detail report on Hailstorm in Assam.

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M 3.7 weak shallow earthquake in…

Russian coal mine flooding disaster: 4 missing

At least four miners are missing in a coal mine flooding disaster in Kemerovo region of Russia.
The coal mine flooding was caused at construction work at Osinnikovskaya.

Others 139 miners however managed o escape the flooding in the coal mine. Three of the miners have sustained minor injuries.

Related post: Latest coal mine flooding disaster in Russia

Immediately after the coal mine flooding, Kemerovo Region Gov. Aman Tuleyev set a three-day deadline for local mining companies to have a safety check in their industries.

The mine is owned by EvrazHolding which is also the Russia's largest steelmaker.

Original post: Natural Disasters List March 27, 2013

Strong earthquake near Taichung, Taiwan: 1 killed in Nantou

M 6.0 strong earthquake shakes central Taiwan today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The epicenter located 61 km far from Taichung and 139 km S of Taipei.
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Update 14:15 UTC
-Total number of injured people has risen to 90.
-An emergency center has been opened in Nantou.

Update 05:35 UTC
-Earthquake in Taichung has killed one people. Following ABC news quoting emergency officials in Taiwan, a 72 years old woman died in house collpse in Nantou county.
-At least 19 people have been injured, mostly by falling objects. Total 14 people injured in Taichung, 4 in Nantou and 1 in Changhua county.

Update 05:00 UTC
-At least 20 people are reported to be injured in Nantou County.
-Tremor was even felt in Fujian province.

Update 04:20 UTC
-Taiwan's high speed rail company has suspended all trains as a precaution. The metro system in the capital Taipei has also been temporarily suspended.

Update 04:05 UTC
Shaking intensity (USGS)
MMI IV (…

Waterspout sinks boat in Maguindanao, Philippines; 10 killed

At least 10 people including two children have died when a passenger boat sank due to waterspout (twister) in Liguasan River in Maguindanao region of Philippines.

There were altogether 18 passengers in the boat. The boat was hit by a wasterspout in the middle of the Lingusan Marsh. Six passengers managed to survive but two are still reported to be missing.

Related post: List of tornadoes in Philippines in 2013

Victims were returning their homes from Tugal village when the waterspout hit their boat.

Disaster area lies in Maguindanao province, about 900 kilometers south of capital Manila.

A waterspout (water tornado) is formed when tornadoes form above water.

Original post: Natural Disasters List March 26, 2013

Natural Disasters List March 26, 2013-Waterspout in Philippines kills 10

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Waterspout in Maguindanao, Philippines
-Waterspout in Liguasan River in Maguindanao region of Philippines has killed 10 people including two children.
-There were altogether 18 passengers in the boat. Six passengers managed to survive but two are still reported to be missing. Click for detail report on waterspout in Philippines.
Avalanche in Glacier National Park of Canada
-An avalanche in Canada's Glacier National Park near Revelstoke has claimed life of one skier.
-Canadian Avalanche Centre has rated this avalanche 2.5 (from 1 to 5). Click for detail report on avalanche in Glacier National Park of Canada.

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