Sunday, June 26, 2011
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake has struck near the North Coast of Papua, Indonesia at a depth of 36.1 kilometres (km) or 22.4 miles. The quake hit at 12:16:41 UTC Sunday 26th June 2011 and was located at 2.391°S, 136.663°E. The epicenter was 172 km (106 miles) north of Enarotali, Papua, Indonesia; 331 km (205 miles) southeast of Manokwari, Papua, Indonesia; 1286 km (799 miles) northeast of Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia; and 3336 km (2072 miles) east of Jakarta, Java, Indonesia
The 6.4 Magnitude earthquake was followed by 5 other quakes ranging from 5.0 to 5.4 magnitude.
Heavy rainfall and high stream flows in British Columbia's Peace Region have resulted in flooding, forcing the closure of several roads and highways in the area.
Officials say there six main closures, the most significant of which is the closure of Highway 97, 52 kilometres west of Chetwynd, B.C. Officials say the approaches to the Fisher Creek Bridge have been washed out, cutting highway access between Chetwynd and Mackenzie. Engineers are monitoring and assessing the site to determine repair options and traffic will be re-established as soon as safe to do so. No local detour is available. The other main closures include 94 Avenue and Braden Road in the Dawson Creek area, as well as Moberly Lake Road South and Old Jackfish Road in the Chetwynd area. Crews from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, along with maintenance contractors, are working to restore access and prevent additional closures in the region. A significant rainfall warning continues in the North and South Peace, with an additional 10 to 20 millimetres of rain expected to fall Saturday. Areas near the Pine Pass could potentially receive an additional 30 to 40 millimetres Saturday. - CBC.Extraordinary amounts of rain hammered areas of Peace Region Saturday, flooding homes and businesses and washing out bridges and roads.
The BC River Forecast Centre says the rainfall follows two days of heavy showers that delivered between 40 and 150 millimetres of rain to areas around Fort St. John. The centre estimates between 10 and 40 millimeters more will have fallen in the Peace River and Williston Lake regions by Sunday. Highway 97 south of Chetwynd has been closed, cutting off access to the Peace region, and Highway 29 has been shut down from Chetwynd to Hudson's Hope. In Dawson Creek, trailers had to be pulled from a lake that sprung up virtually overnight at a full-service RV Park and water occupies much of the city. Many are calling it the worst flooding they've ever seen, though mayor Mike Bernier confirmed no injuries have yet been reported. "It's quite ironic that last year we didn't have any rain at all," Bernier said. "It's from one extreme to another, so you can never trust what Mother Nature is going to throw at you." A rainfall warning for the Peace region remains in effect. - CTVBC.
Scotland’s sunniest city experienced a freak hailstorm this week after ominous clouds moved over Dundee.
Thunder, lightning, heavy rainfall and hailstones hit Dundee on Thursday afternoon. The city played host to winter weather in the middle of June, days after the summer solstice. Freak summer hailstorm in Scotland's sunniest city. The Lochee area in the west of the city was among the worst hit by the storm, which occurred at around 4.15pm and lasted for 45 minutes. Tayside Fire and Rescue did not receive any reports of flash flooding during the storm. Dundee resident Connor Beaton caught the freak weather on video on Thursday.
STV weater presenter Sean Batty said: "While hailstones surprise many during the summer months, in actual fact this is when they are most likely, with more warmth around which in turn develops large thunder clouds and these heavy showers. "Hailstones don't just happen in cold weather, they are developed by these huge clouds which bubble up high into the atmosphere where it is very cold and these hailstones form before they fall. "Over the past few days conditions have been perfect in parts of the country for the development of these slow-moving deeply convective shower which produce huge amounts of energy meaning these torrential downpours can happen." - STV.
A magnitude 5.7 earthquake has struck the Pagan Region, Northern Mariana Islands at a depth of 99.9 kilometre (km) or 62.1 miles. The quake hit at 09:19:48 UTC Sunday 26th June 2011 and was located at 18.863°N, 146.297°E. The epicentre was 66 km (41 miles) east of Agrihan, Northern Mariana Islands; 100 km (62 miles) northeast of Pagan, Northern Mariana Islands; 410 km (254 miles) north of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands; and 619 km (384 miles) northeast of Hagatna, Guam.
North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue declared a state of emergency Saturday for 29 counties as crews battled wildfires that have consumed more than 70,000 acres.
“I want to assure residents of North Carolina that the state Division of Forest Resources and its partnering agencies are working hard to contain the fires in Eastern North Carolina,” Perdue said in a statement on her website. The emergency order means North Carolina can receive aid from federal authorities as well as other states. Authorities are contending with several blazes, including one in the Alligator River Nature Preserve in Dare County spanning about 50,000 acres, CNN affiliate WRAL in Raleigh reported Saturday. Blazes in Pender and Bladen counties burned more than 22,000 acres, WRAL reported.
Twelve counties were under an air quality alert because of “fine particulates” circulating in the wind, according to the state’s Department of Environmental and Natural Resources. The agency issued a Code Purple alert –- very unhealthy –- for the weekend in coastal communities due to the blazes. “Some of the highest particle pollution levels that (the state Division of Air Quality) has ever measured were in smoke plumes from wildfires,” the agency said on its website. “Fine particles can penetrate deeply into the lungs and be absorbed into the bloodstream, causing or aggravating heart and lung diseases." The governor said the U.S. Forest Service Incident Management Team was working with more than 300 federal, local and volunteer fire departments to contain the blazes, which have been caused by drought and high winds. - CNN.
A massive downpour hit the city and flooded its roads and sidewalks, halting transportation and soaking many Bangaloreans to the bone on Saturday evening. The residents had to deal with paralyzed traffic and other inconveniences as the rain flooded many areas in the city. The downpour also led to sewage overflowing from open drains.
The incessant rains uprooted several trees in Ejipura, parts of Mysore Road, Goripalya and Cox Town. Just a few hours of rain caused severe water-logging in Sriramapuram, Okalipuram and parts of Cox Town, Bannerghatta Road, Central Silk Board junction, Indiranagar 100 Feet Road, Dairy Circle, and Hebbal flyover. Traffic officials in Frazer Town had a tough time controlling vehicular movements as the rain brought everything to a standstill for over two hours. Water-logging at the end of Cox Town flyover left motorists stranded as their vehicles were submerged in rainwater. The downpouralso led to the city’s infamous powercuts, leaving its residents in the dark. The heavy shower also displaced the covers of many manholes, letting out sewage.This comes nearly 21 months since the devastating floods — said to be the worst in the last 100 years, that swept 14 districts in the northern belt of Karnataka in 2009. The floods claimed 229 lives, reduced hundreds of villages to rubble, and washed away standing crops on nearly 25 lakh hectares of land. Despite the launching of Aasare, an ambitious housing scheme to permanently shift the affected families in low-lying areas to safer places, the lives of thousands of families who lost their houses in the floods are still in a shambles as they await rehabilitation.
The BBMP control rooms received complaints of flooding in houses in low-lying areas, such as GM Palya, Marathahalli, Mahadevpura, Byrasandra, Indiranagar, Nagarbhavi, and OMBR Layout. At the central control room, complaints from Old Madras Road and SK Garden in Pulakeshinagar have been registered. The control room in Mahadevpura recorded as many as 15 complaints, most of them pertaining to houses being flooded. However, there was one major complaint about the Doddanekundi Road being flooded under the railway bridge. “Stagnant waterhad completely submerged a part of the road under the bridge. Traffic movement had come to a standstill. We attended to the complaint and diverted the water away from the road,” said a BBMP staff operating from a control room. - DNA India.
A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has struck Southern Qinghai, China at a depth of 24.8 kilometres (km) or 15.4 miles. The quake hit at 07:48:16 UTC Sunday 26th June 2011 and was located at 32.428°N, 95.932°E. The epicentre was 118 km (73 miles) southwest of Gyegu (Yushu), Qinghai; 185 km (114 miles) northwest of Qamdo, Xizang (Tibet); 352 km (218 miles) northeast of Pula (Nyingchi), Xizang (Tibet); and 2013 km (1250 miles) southwest of Beijing, China.
An English climber on Sunday found the bodies of six mountaineers in the French Alps who appeared to have died after a fall caused by an avalanche of snow and stones, officials said.
The bodies found on Neige Cordier summit at 2,700 metres (8,850 feet) were taken by helicopter to the nearby village of Villar d'Arene, village mayor Xavier Cret told AFP. "The victims were climbing roped together in two groups. It looks like there was a slide of snow and stones mixed together," he said, adding that it appeared that they had died on Saturday after a fall of around 200 metres. Officials did not state the nationality of the dead climbers. The English hiker stumbled across the bodies as he was taking the same route that they had taken a day before, mountain rescue police said.
The climbers left a mountain hut on Saturday morning to climb Neige Cordier, officials said. Their bodies were found in a narrow, steep-sided ravine that is regularly used by skiers in winter and climbers in summer. Weather conditions in the Alps this weekend were good, with sunshine and clear skies. Police have opened an inquiry into the incident, one of the worst such cases in recent years in France. In June 2007, five climbers from the same family died after a fall on a nearby mountain. Senior officials were due to give a press conference on the Neige Cordier incident at 1400 GMT. - AFP.
A storm warning has been announced in Crimea, as heavy rains with hail, accompanied by strong gusts of wind have caused damage to many regions of Ukraine.
Only in Chernivtsi region alone 600 hectares of winter wheat , 607 ha of sugar beets were destroyed, 11 km. gravel cover on local roads were washed away. In general, regional energy distribution company's teams have to restore power in 96 settlements of 11 regions. - NRCU.