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Earthquake in Kangra today: 4.0 magnitude earthquake shakes Himachal Pradesh

April 28, 2020: An earthquake of magnitude 4.0 hit Chamba region today at around 12:17 pm in Himachal Pradesh of India with tremor felt in the neighbouring districts including Kangra.
People from Dharamshala, the district headquarters of Kangra district also reported about the tremor felt due the earthquake.
No preliminary damage or injuries have been recorded due to the earthquake in Kangra today.
A destructive earthquake of magnitude 7.8 in Kangra valley in 1905 killed more than 20,000 people.

Türkmenistan da deprem: 4.6 magnitude in Tajikistan felt in Turkmenistan

April 27, 2020: An earthquake of magnitude 4.6 earthquake has been felt in Turkmenistan with its epicenter in Tajikistan.
The epicenter of the earthquake was located around 23 km from Khorugh, Gorno-Badakhshan, Tajikistan. The earthquake occurred at 137 km depth.
The people in Turkmenistan report of an earthquake tremor felt around 04:58 pm local time.
No preliminary damage or injuries have been reported.

Recent Natural Disasters List April 29, 2020

Recent Natural Disasters 2020: This natural disaster list covers important natural disasters in the world with detail update report.
Keep this page open or visit later to get update report.
Check Worldwide Natural Disasters List + Detail Report
Major Natural Disasters Today Flash flood in Morocco
-Seven people watching a football match in Morocco have been killed in a flash flood that swept across the pitch.
-Heavy rainfall caused the nearby river to swell which flooded the football field in Tizert, in the Taroudant region of Morocco. Click for detail report on Morocco flood
Recent Earthquakes Magnitude 4.8 moderate earthquake in Iran-Iraq border region (@ 10 km depth) with epicenter located 34 km SW of As Sulaymānīyah, Iraq.
17:01 UTC (local time: 20:01; 2020-04-29 @ epicenter)Magnitude 3.8 weak earthquake in Greece (@ 10 km depth) with epicenter located 13 km S of Vouliagméni, Greece.
10:28 UTC (local time: 13:28; 2020-04-29 @ epicenter)Magnitude 4.5 moderate earthquake in Cuba Region (@ 10 k…

Siliguri earthquake 2020: M4.0 earthquake rattles North Bengal and Sikkim

April 26, 2020: Magnitude 4.0 light earthquake has been recorded in Sikkim at 10:59 am with most of the felt reports received from Siliguri, the Indian State of west Bengal.
The epicenter was located 26 km NE of Odlabar and 49 km far from Siliguri, India. The earthquake occurred at 10 km depth.
The epicenter was located near India-Bangladesh border region. The earthquake felt reports were received from Nagrakata, Siliguri and Kalchini areas. 
No preliminary or injuries have been reported from earthquake in Siiguri today.

What type of volcano is Mount St. Helens?

Q: What type of volcano is Mount St. Helens?
A: Mount St. Helens is a composite volcano (or Stratovolcano). According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the composite volcanoes are built of layers of alternating lava flow, ash and blocks of unmelted stone. Where is Mount St. Helens located? Mount St. Helens is located in Skamania County, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.  Mount St. Helens is located around 80 km northeast of Portland, Oregon and 154 km south of Seattle, Washington. When did Mount St. Helens erupt? Over the last 500 years, Mount St. Helens has had at least four major explosive eruptions and many minor eruptions. In 2005, Mount St. Helens released a column of smoke and ash nearly six miles high.
Mount Saint Helens had its major eruption on May 18, 1980, becoming one of the greatest volcanic explosions ever recorded in North America. At least 57 people were killed during 1980 Mount St. Helens volcanic eruptions.
In Octoer 2018,…

Zemetrasenie Michalovce: M3.4 earthquake rattles Michalovce, Slovakia

April 23,2020: Magnitude 3.4 light earthquake ('Zemetrasenie' in Slovak) has been felt in Michalovce, Slovakia today at 01:18 am local time, The Slovak Academy of Sciences, Department of Seismology said.
According to the Slovak Academy of Sciences, the earthquake occurred at 16 km depth. The quake's epicenter was located just 3 km W of Michalovce, Slovakia.
Most of the earthquake felt reports were received from Strážske, Michalovcen and Galszéc areas.
No preliminary reports of injuries or damages have been reported from earthquake in Michalovce, Slovakia.

Severe flooding in Afghanistan kills 56 people

April 21, 2020: Severe flooding in Afghanistan over the past weeks has claimed lives of at least 56 people and injured 31 others.
The worst flood affected Provinces are Badakhshan, Badghis, Baghlan, Farah, Faryab, Parwan, Takhar, and Ghor. 
Around 600 houses have been destroyed and more than 3 000 partially damaged.

Severe flooding in DR Congo kills 36, injures 42 people

April 21, 2020: Severe flooding has claimed lives of at least 36 people and injured 42 people in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
About 45 other people injured, 3,500 homes destroyed when the Mulongwe river flooded in Uvira city on Friday 17 April, 2020. About 1,000 families have been said to homeless.
According to the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), the city of Uvira and surrounding areas in South Kivu have been the worst affected.

Flooding and landslides in Rwanda and Burundi kill 9

April 21, 2020: Severe flooding and landslides in Rwanda and Burundi have claimed lives of at least nine people and affected 27,000 people from April 17 to 20, 2020.
Heavy rainfall triggered landslides in the district of Gicumbi in the Northern Province of Rwanda, with the most affected areas being Nyankenke and Kageyo sectors.
Heavy rainfall wiped off the cobblestone road in an area commonly known as "Ku Ntaraga" in Kimisagara.
Meteo Rwanda has issued heavy rainfall warnings until April 26, 2020.

Do I need earthquake insurance as a renter?

Q: Do I need earthquake insurance as a renter?

A: You're generally not required to buy earthquake insurance as a renter. But even if your landlord has earthquake insurance for the building, their policy won’t cover your belongings inside your rental home.

If you live in earthquake prone areas and worried about the earthquake damage that would be caused, its better to get separate earthquake insurance policy. Does Renters Insurance Cover Earthquakes? Most standard renters policies don’t cover earthquake damage. And even if your landlord has earthquake insurance, their policy won’t cover your stuff.

Earthquake insurance for renters is much less expensive than it is for homeowners.

What are 2 ‘natural disaster’ events not covered in a basic home policy?

Q: What are 2 ‘natural disaster’ events not covered in a basic home policy?

A: According to the California Department of Insurance, below are the 2 ‘natural disaster’ events not covered in a basic home policy.
Homeowners, renters, and condominium insurance policies do not cover damage from natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and landslides. Facts - Earthquake Insurance Your homeowners insurance does not cover earthquake damage.As with most earthquake policies, CEA insurance does not cover landscaping, pools, fences, masonry, or separate buildings. Earthquake insurance usually does not cover anything that your homeowners policy already covers.Earthquake insurance does not cover damage to your vehicles. 
Source: Earthquake Insurance. California Department of Insurance. Retrieved from: http://www.insurance.ca.gov/01-consumers/105-type/95-guides/03-res/eq-ins.cfm

Magnitude 3.1 earthquake in Odessa, Texas today

April 21, 2020: An earthquake of magnitude 3.1 has been recorded in Odessa, Texas today, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported.
According to the USGS, the earthquake's epicenter was located 11 km NE of Odessa and 21 km ENE of Midland, Texas, United States.
USGS received earthquake felt reports from Odessa, Gardendale and Goldsmith.
No preliminary damage or injuries have been reported from earthquake in Odessa, Texas today.

Ofunato, Japan earthquake today measures 6.1 in magnitude: JMA

April 19, 2020: An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 has been recorded 25 km SE of Ofunato, The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reported.
According to the JMA, the earthquake occurred at 50 km depth.
The tremor was felt in Kamaishi, Yahaba, Furukawa, Sendai, Misawa, Koriyama, and as far as Japan's capital Tokyo.
JMA confirmed that the earthquake today near Ofunato poses no tsunami risk.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) put the quake at a magnitude of 6.3 and a depth of 38 km.

Carpinteria earthquake today measures 3.3: USGS

April 19, 2020: An earthquake of magnitude 3.3 has been recorded near Carpinteria, California today, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed.
According to the USGS, the earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of less than 1 km. 
The quake's epicenter was located 12 km SW of Carpinteria and 26 km far from Santa Barbara.
USGS received earthquake felt reports from Carpinteria, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Summerland, Ojai and Montecito.
No preliminary damage or injuries have been reported from earthquake near Carpinteria today.

How do seismologists locate the epicenter of earthquakes?

Q: How do seismologists locate the epicenter of earthquakes?
A: Seismologists studies seismograms from different recording stations to find out the epicenter of an earthquake. Seismologists use triangulation to find the epicenter of earthquakes
When seismic data is collected from at least three different locations, it is used to determine the epicenter by where it intersects. 
The time difference between the P- and S-waves tells us the distance the earthquake is from the seismograph. By measuring the time difference at three stations, seismologists find out the epicenter of the earthquake.

The intersection of the circles, whose radius is equivalent to the distance from the earthquake is used to find the epicenter of the earthquake by seismologists.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency confirms 6 deaths due to recent tornadoes

April 13, 2020: The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has confirmed six deaths due to tornadoes across several southern US states.
In Mississippi, three deaths were confirmed in Jefferson Davis County, two in Lawrence and one in Walthall.
Tornadoes touched down in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.
Mississippi governor Tate Reeves has declared a state of emergency after several tornadoes struck the state.
Around 300 homes and other buildings were damaged in northern Louisiana.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued tornado watches and warnings for several states including Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama.

Tornado warning issued for Onslow County, NC

April 13, 2020: A tornado warning has been issued for Central Onlosw County, North Carolina. 
At 09:57 am EDT, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Belgrade or 11 miles northeast of Piney Green and was moving northeast at 60 mph.
Locations that could be impacted Jacksonville, New River Station, Pumpkin Center, Piney Green, Camp Lejeune Center, Swansboro, Hubert, Maysville, Silverdale, Kellum, Midway Park, Belgrade, Catfish Lake, Deppe and Loco VFD.
At least six people have already died after storms triggered tornadoes and flooding in Mississippi.
Tornadoes touched down in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi. Mississippi governor Tate Reeves has declared a state of emergency.

Sardhana Earthquake: M 3.7 earthquake felt in Delhi-NCR Region

April 12, 2020: Magnitude 3.7 light earthquake has been recorded in Uttar Pradesh, India today at 5:45 pm local time, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported.
According to the USGS, the quake's epicenter was located around 5 km SE of Sardhana and 67 km SSW of Delhi. The earthquake occurred at 10 km depth.
USGS received earthquake felt reports from Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida and Gurgaon.
CM Arvind Kejriwal prayed for everyone's safety via twitter.
No preliminary damage or injuries have been reported.
Related Post: Is there NASA alert on earthquake in Delhi from April 7 - 15, 2020?

Maine earthquake 2020: Small earthquake near Winterport

April 11, 2020: A small earthquake of magnitude 2.1 has been recorded in Maine today at 10:36 am UTC, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported. 
According to the USGS, the quake's epicenter was located 2 km NW of Winterport, Maine.
USGS received earthquake felt reports from Maine and Bangor.
No preliminary damage or injuries have been reported.

PREDICTION: When's the next big earthquake in California?

Q: When is the next big earthquake in California?
A: According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the next big earthquake like 1906 type earthquakes occur at intervals of about 200 years. 
There is only a small chance (about 2%) that such an earthquake could occur in the next 30 years.
The threat of earthquakes extends across the entire San Francisco Bay region, and a major quake is predicted before 2032. 
The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake is the most powerful in Northern California's recorded history. There are more than 500 known, active faults in our great state of California.

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits off Amsterdam Islands, France: USGS

April 12, 2020: An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 has been recorded off Amsterdam Islands, France  at 12:27 p.m. local time, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed.
According to the USGS, the quake's epicenter was located 96 km north of Amsterdam Islands, France. The earthquake occurred at 10 km depth. 
No damage is expected from the earthquake off Amsterdam today as there are no permanent residents nearby.
Amsterdam is an island of the French Southern and Antarctic lands in the southern Indian Ocean

Was there an earthquake when Jesus was crucified?

Q: Was there an earthquake when Jesus was crucified?
A: The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 27, mentions that an earthquake coincided when Jesus was crucified:
“And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open.”
The latest investigation, reported in International Geology Review, focused on earthquake activity at the Dead Sea, located 13 miles from Jerusalem. 
The study carried out by Supersonic Geophysical and Research Center for Geosciences revealed that at least two major earthquakes affected the core: a widespread earthquake in 31 B.C. and a seismic event that happened sometime between the years 26 and 36.
Geologists say Jesus, as described in the New Testament, was most likely crucified on Friday, April 3, in the year 33.
In terms of the earthquake data alone, Jefferson Williams of Supersonic Geophysical and his team acknowledg…

Bodie, California earthquake: Earthquake swarm near Mammoth Lakes

April 11, 2020: A series of earthquakes shook the California-Nevada border near the Yosemite National Park with recent one of magnitude 5.2 near Bodie, California.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), magnitude 5.2 moderate earthquake in California today at 7:36 am had its epicenter located 30km SE of Bodie and 51 km SSW of Mammoth Lakes.
Two hours later, another temblor of magnitude 4.6 rattled the same area. Two more earthquakes with magnitude 4.1 and 3.9 were recorded in the same region around 10 a.m.
USGS received earthquake felt reports from Mammoth Lakes, Bishop, Arnoid, Sonora, Yosemite National Park, El Portal, Mariposa, Pioneer, South Lake Tahoe, June Lake and as far as Placerville and Merced.
No preliminary damage or injuries have been reported from earthquake near Bodie, California today.
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May 6, 2022 Asteroid: NASA tracking JF1 asteroid

Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been tracking the asteroid JF1 for the last decade which is predicted to fly nearby Earth on May 6, 2022.
Scientists confirm that there is 0.026% probability of a direct impact with JF1 on 6 May, 2022. 
Experts believe that JF1 measures around 130 meters in diameter and it’s about the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.
Researchers and spacecraft engineers from across Europe and the US are working on a mission to ‘deflect’ a space rock and ‘prove the technique as a viable method of planetary defence’. 
This mission is called the Asteroid Impact Deflection Assessment (AIDA) and will attempt to redirect the smaller part of a pre-selected double asteroid called Didymos.
A news was viral that the earth will be destroyed on April 29, 2020. It was said to be the end of the world. A large asteroid was poised to fly by Earth at that time. Asteroid (52768) 1998 OR2 made a close approach to Earth on April 29, 2020. However, nothing such happened. It…

Israel earthquake 2020: M3.7 earthquake rattles Arava region

April 10, 2020: Magnitude 3.7 light earthquake has been recorded in Southern Israel today, The Geological Survey of Israel confirmed.
The earthquake occurred at 15 km depth. The quake's epicenter was located in Hatzeva area in the Arava region of Israel.
Earlier this week, an earthquake of magnitude 4.3 was felt in the area surrounding the Red Sea city of Eilat.
Israel sits on the Sinai microplate, which is believed to be the subsection of the gigantic Nubian plate. Most of the geologist agree that Israel is hundreds of years overdue for a massive earthquake which can happen anytime.

Batanes earthquake 2020: M6.0 earthquake hits Basco, Batanes

April 11, 2020:  An earthquake of magnitude 6.0 hit Basco, Batanes early Saturday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) confirmed.
According to the PHIVOLCS, the earthquake was tectonic in origin. The quake's epicenter was located around 13 km NE of Basco, Batanes.
Intensity IV was felt in Basco, Itbayat, Mahatao, Ivana, Uyugan & Sabtang, Batanes; Calayan & Pamplona, Cagayan.
The Batanes earthquake today is expected to cause aftershocks but no damage is expected.
A magnitude 5.9 earthquake in Batanes in July 2019 killed nine people. The whole province of Batanes was placed under a state of calamity.

Krakatoa eruption 2020: Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano erupts

April 11, 2020: The world-famous Krakatoa volcano, Anak Krakatau, has erupted with huge plume of smoke and ash, the Indonesian Centre for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation said.
The Anak Krakatau volcano eruption started on Friday at 10:35pm local time. The Krakatoa volcano spewed plumes of ash 15km into the air.
According to the media reports, many residents in Jakarta and West Java heard loud thunder-like sounds, believed to be from the volcanic activity on Anak Krakatau.
The eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 killed more than 36,000 people. The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa destroyed more than 70% of the island of Krakatoa and its surrounding archipelago.

[ANSWER] How do natural disasters weaken a community's social infrastructure?

Q: How do natural disasters weaken a community's social infrastructure?
a. Natural disasters tend to target the poorest members of a community. b. Social systems are unbalanced by the damage caused by natural disasters. c. Natural disasters can cause billions of dollars in property damage. d. The number of natural disasters is increasing across the globe. . A: The correct answer is c. Natural disasters weaken a community's social infrastructure by causing billions of dollars in property damage.
Frequency of natural disasters have increased in rapid amount in last several decades. Some types of natural disasters are more common in some places of the world than others. Communities of poor countries are those to have more serious impacts of the natural disaster. 
It is important for countries to develop emergency preparedness to be much safer and sustain less damage during an emergency situation caused by natural disasters.
Related Post: How can we prepare for natural disasters? –…

What was the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history?

Q: What was the costliest natural disaster in the United States history?
A: Hurricane Katrina was the costliest natural disaster in the United States history, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
NOAA estimates it caused $160 billion worth of damages to the Gulf Coast in August 2005. NOAA estimates costs adjusted for inflation by calculating both insured and uninsured losses, including damage to homes, businesses, vehicles and lost business.
Hurricane Katrina claimed lives of more than 1200 people. Fatalities were reported from Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana. 
Hurricane Katrina formed as Tropical Depression Twelve over the southeastern Bahamas on August 23, 2005.
Related Post: Did hurricane Katrina make landfall before or after the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami?

Earthquake in Wyomissing, PA today measures 1.3: USGS

April 9, 2020: A small earthquake of magnitude 1.3 has been recorded in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania today, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed.
According to the USGS, the earthquake in Wyomissing today occurred at 5 km depth. The epicenter was located 3.5 km ENE of Reading and 78.1 km W of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
The tremor was well felt by the people of Wyomissing and Reading, Pennsylvania.
According to the USGS, people in the Lancaster seismic zone of southeastern Pennsylvania have felt small earthquakes and suffered damage from larger ones.

GREECE: Bad weather prompts emergency in Skopelos, Skiathos and South Pelion

April 8, 2020: Greece’s civil protection agency has declared a state of emergency for Skopelos, Skiathos, South Pelion and the Zagora-Mouresi Municipality following the recent bad weather.
Heavy rainfall flooded several houses and shops in Skopelos. Similarly, road damage and landslides have been reported in Zagora-Mouresi Municipality.
Mudslides have obstructed the the road linking Zagora and Horefto.

Flooding in Morobe, Papua New Guinea causes damage

April 9, 2020: More than 200 households have been affected due to flooding in Morobe province of west coast of Papua New Guinea.
The Rumu river was overflowed. Also damages have been reported to several houses and public buildings across Gabnaron and Zifasing villages.
Heavy rainfall is forecast across Papua New Guinea on April 8-9, 2020.

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)…

Tezpur earthquake today measures 4.7 in magnitude

April 5, 2020: A moderate earthquake of magnitude 4.7 has been felt in Tezpur, India today at 23:20 pm local time.
According to the United States Geological Survey, the epicenter was located 17 km S of Tezpur. The earthquake occurred at 49 km depth.
The earthquake was felt by the people of Tezpur, Nagaon, Rangapara,Itanagar, Gauhati and as far as Shillong, Meghalaya.
No preliminary damage or injuries have been reported from the earthquake in Tezpur today.

[RUMOUR] No major earthquake in China today: April 5, 2020

April 5, 2020: A video is viral today showing a massive earthquake damage in China. The China earthquake video is viral on social medias like facebook and twitter.
But it's not the video of earthquake in China today. It's totally rumour that the earthquake has rattled China today.

We have received huge traffic on our website searching for China earthquake 2020 around 8:10 am UTC. Most of the visitors are from New Zealand.
We have checked the official government sites and other international seismological sites, but there is no information of any major earthquake in China today.

Vanuatu issues red alert for Tropical Cyclone Harold

April 5, 2020: 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.
The tropical cyclone warning has been issued for Sanma, Penama and Malampa provinces.
At 5:00 pm local time today, severe tropical cyclone Harold was located 175 km west of Luganville and 205 km west northwest of Malekula. Tropical cyclone harold is currently a category 4 cyclone. 
Severe tropical cyclone Harold has been moving slowly in a southwesterly direction at 5 km per hour in the past 3 hours. 
Damaging gale force winds, destructive storm force winds with heavy rainfalls and flash flooding over low lying areas and areas close to the river banks including coastal flooding are expected over Sanma, Penama and Malampa provinces and extending to Torba and Shefa provinces tonight.
The Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office (VNDMO) has advised a…

M3.2 earthquake in Coorg today — Epicenter near Arkalgud-K R Nagar

April 3, 2020: An earthquake of magnitude 3.2 has been recorded in Coorg, Karnataka at 05:20 pm local time.
The earthquake tremor which lasted for about three seconds had its epicenter near Arkalgud-K R Nagar, Karnataka, India.
According to the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre, the tremor was felt in Mysuru, Mandya and Hassan district.
The people rushed out of their houses for safety in various areas of Kodagu district..
No major damage or injuries is expected from the earthquake due to its mild intensity.

M4.9 earthquake in Borrego Springs today occurs on San Jacinto fault

April 3, 2020: Magnitude 4.9 moderate earthquake has been recorded near Borrego Springs today along the San Jacinto fault system.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake occurred at 6:53 p.m local time with epicenter located 11 km SE of Borrego Springs and 17 km WNW of Anza, California.
The earthquake occurred at 10.5 km depth.
The USGS said it got shake reports from Mountain Center, Anza, Palm Desert, Ranchita, La Quinta, Escondido, San Diego, Poway, Santee, Ramona, Palm Springs, La Mesa, San Marcos, Temecula, Fallbrook, El Cajon, Murrieta, Rancho and Mirage.
About San Jacinto fault
The San Jacinto fault zone is the major fault zone that runs through San Diego in Southern California, United States
According to the Southern California Earthquake Data Center, the San Jacinto is 210 km long, including Coyote Creek fault.
Nearby Communities: Lytle Creek, San Bernardino, Loma Linda, San Jacinto, Hemet, Anza, Borrego Springs, Ocotillo Wells Most Recent Surf…

Lightning strike in Brazzaville, Congo kills 20

April 2, 2020: At least 20 people have been killed due to the lightning strike in Kintele, a suburb of Brazzaville, the Republic of the Congo (Congo Republic).
The high voltage cables broke up over the lightning caused by rains leading to electrocution in the Brazzaville area.
Atleast dozen of people are still having treatment at the Talangai Reference Hospital.
Over the next 24 hours, heavy rain is forecast over central-south Republic of the Congo, including the Brazzaville area.
The chances of a human being struck by lightning in a given years is roughly 1 in 7,00,000. Lightning occurs on average 50 to 100 times per second worldwide.

Tropical Cyclone Harold forms near Solomon Islands

Update April 4, 2020

About 28 people aboard a ferry have been missing due to rough seas in the Solomon Islands.

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April 3, 2020: Tropical Cyclone Harold has formed in the Coral Sea, southwest of Honiara, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology said Tropical Cyclone Harold, a category one, is 245 km west southwest of Honiara, the capital city of Solomon Islands.
Tropical Cyclone Harold is forecast to intensify to category 2 strength as it approaches Solomon Islands.
On 1st April 2020, a tropical low was formed centered between the Solomon Islands and the eastern coast of Papua New Guinea. Later, BOM upgraded the tropical low into a Category 1 tropical cyclone, and named it Harold.

Harold is the 8th named storm of the 2019/20 South Pacific tropical cyclone season.
Tropical Cyclone Harold Warning
The Solomon Islands Meteorological Services has issued number five warning. A tropical cyclone warning is in effect for all provinces…

Low pressure triggers flooding in Castellon de la Plana, Spain

April 2, 2020: An area of low pressure has triggered torrential rainfall leading to floods in parts of eastern Spain.
Floodwaters have affected Castellon de la Plana, the capital of Castellon province.

According to media reports, at least 91 people have been rescued in Almassora, Borriana and Oropesa. 
Further, severe thunderstorms, heavy rain and strong winds have been predicted for the Balearic Islands.

4.0 magnitude earthquake rattles Bajhang, Nepal

April 2, 2020: An earthquake of magnitude 4.0 has been recorded in Bajhang at 08:55 pm pm local time.

According to the Nepal's National Seismological center, the epicenter was located near Lekhgaun.

No preliminary damage or injuries have been recorded.

Last week, light earthquake of magnitude 4.0 was recorded in Dhading, Nepal.

What are the odds of being struck by lightning twice in a lifetime?

Q: What are the odds of being struck by lightning twice in a lifetime?
A: The odds of being struck by lightning twice in a lifetime are 1 in 9 million. 
Meanwhile, the chances of a human being struck by lightning in a given years is roughly 1 in 7,00,000. Lightning occurs on average 50 to 100 times per second worldwide.

What kind of natural hazards are not normally insurable? [Quiz]

Q: What kind of natural hazards are not normally insurable?
a. Earthquakes b. Volcanoes c. Landslides  d. Floods e. Windstorms
A: The current answer is landslide. Landslide is one of the above natural hazard which is not normally insurable.
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Flash floods in Afghanistan kill 11, injure 15

April 1, 2020: Recent flash floods in Afghanistan have claimed lives of 11 people and injured 15 others.
According to the Ministry of State for Natural Disaster and Humanitarian, flood water have totally destroyed around 288 houses.
The government has allocated 1,615 million Afs to combat the natural disaster and provide humanitarian’s aid for the citizens.   
Afghanistan Meteorological Department had issued flash flood warning for the region on March 31, 2020.

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Flooding in Indonesia kills 1 — Around 56,000 affected and 9,285 buildings flooded

April 1, 2020: Recent flooding has claimed life of a person, affected 56,000 people and inundated at least 9,285 houses in six districts of Bandung regency, West Java.
A 70-year-old resident of Bojong Soang village died after slipping in floodwater, the West Java Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) confirmed.
According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Dayeuhkolot district, Bojong Soang district and Bale Endah district are the most affected regions.

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Challis, Idaho earthquake today measures 6.5: March 31, 2020

March 31, 2020: Strong earthquake of magnitude 6.5 has been recorded in Idaho at 05:52 pm local time, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported.
According to the USGS, the earthquake's epicenter was located 72km W of Challis, Idaho. The earthquake occurred at 10 km depth.
The earthquake was felt by the residents from Nevada to Montana. The tremor was felt as far as 450 km from the epicenter.
The main earthquake was followed by a 4.8 magnitude aftershock around 30 minutes later. There were more than a half-dozen aftershocks in the hours following the main Challis, Idaho earthquake today.
The current Challis, Idaho earthquake is the second-strongest earthquake in the state of Idaho since records began. Also, no earthquakes of magnitude 5+ have occurred within 50 km of this event over the past 50 years.
A 6.9 magnitude earthquake that happened on Oct. 28, 1983 in the Lost River Range at Borah Peak in Central Idaho is the strongest earthquake in this region. The 1983 Borah …