MAGNITUDE 5.3 – OFF COAST OF TARAPACA, CHILE
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Depth: 8 km
Distances: 99km (62mi) WSW of Iquique, Chile
207km (129mi) NNW of Tocopilla, Chile
228km (142mi) SSW of Arica, Chile
280km (174mi) SSW of Tacna, Peru
531km (330mi) SW of La Paz, Bolivia
Plane Makes An Emergency Landing In Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Authorities say an American Airlines jet flying from Jacksonville, Fla. to Dallas-Fort Worth made an emergency landing in Alabama.
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport spokeswoman Toni Bast says the aircraft was having a cabin pressure issue on Sunday morning.
Tropical Storm Domeng (Peipah) Set To Strike Mindanao, Philippines
Tropical storm Domeng (international name: Peipah), the fourth storm to hit the country this year is also the fourth to hit Mindanao, showing a weather pattern that has changed from only six typhoons making landfall in Mindanao from 1996 to 2010 to nine typhoons in 28 months since Typhoon Sendong in December 2011.
As of 4 a.m. Sunday, Domeng was spotted at “1,020 kilometers east of General Santos City with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near center and gustiness of up to 80 kph,” the 5 a.m. weather advisory of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
The weather bureau said Domeng is forecast to move west northwest at 20 kph.
Domeng is the fourth storm to hit the country this year and the fourth to hit what used to be described as “typhoon-free Mindanao.”
Since Typhoon Sendong struck the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan and parts of Bukidnon on December 16-17, 2011, eight more typhoons have struck Mindanao: supertyphoon Pabloon December 4, 2012; typhoon Quinta on December 26 or just 22 days after Pablo; typhoon Yolanda on November 8, 2013; Zoraida on November 12, 2013; and since January 2014 — Agaton, Basyang, Caloy and now Domeng.
The Manila Observatory report on “Tropical Storm Sendong,” however, said Mindanao was never typhoon-free. It said that before Sendong, typhoons passed through Mindanao although not as frequently compared with Luzon and the Visayas.
The report noted that approximately 21 typhoons passed Mindanao in 17 years, from 1883 to 1900, that 35 typhoons made landfall in Mindanao in 65 years — from 1945 to 2010 — and that six typhoons made landfall in Mindanao in the last 15 years before Typhoon Sendong.
The Manila Observatory also pointed out that typhoons do pass through Mindanao in December and that “roughly one typhoon per 10 years crosses Mindanao in December.”
Since 2011, three typhoons have crossed Mindanao in one year – Sendong in 2011 and Pablo and Quinta in 2012.
Large Landslide Destroys A House In Carroll County, Kentucky, USA
Landslide Kills 7 In North China
Seven people have been killed in a landslide from which one person has been rescued in north China’s Shanxi Province early on Sunday morning.
The landslide occurred at 2:20 a.m. in Xiguan Village of Jixian County, which is situated in a valley.
Some 2,000 cubic meters of earth and stone buried a two-story building, trapping eight people, according to the information office with the county government.
Rescuers later saved one person and recovered seven bodies. People living nearby have been asked to evacuate to a safe place.
The rescued person has been hospitalized. Investigation into the cause of the slide is under way.
Volcano Shiveluch In Russian Far East’s Kamchatka Erupts Ash At Altitude Of 6 km
Volcano Shiveluch has erupted ash at an altitude of six kilometres above sea level in Russian Far East’s Ust-Kamchatsky municipal entity, Kamchatka branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences geophysical service stated on Sunday.
The ash plume has spread northwest of the volcano towards Bay Ozernoy not affecting any settlements, the Kamchatka territorial emergency situation department said. No threat exists for settlements.
The volcano is ranked with orange aeronautical code of high eruption hazard.
Fatal Plane Crash In Athens County, Ohio, USA
An investigation is underway of a plane crash that left one dead in Athens County, OH.
According to Assistant Chief Steve Goodin with the Albany Area Volunteer Fire Department, who are one of the units who responded to the scene, the crash reportedly occurred at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, just off old U.S. Route 50, near the State Route 32/Route 50 split, which is just west of Albany, OH, and is right across from the Gordon K. Bush Ohio University Airport.
Goodin told 13 News that the male pilot, who was the only one in the plane, died in the crash.
The victim’s name is not yet known.
The cause of the crash is also not yet known.
The crash is under investigation by Post 5 of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Athens Detachment, who also responded to the scene, along with Athens County EMS, and the Athens County Sheriff’s Department.
MAGNITUDE 5.2 – TONGA
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Depth: 10 km
Distances: 73km (45mi) SE of Neiafu, Tonga
272km (169mi) NE of Nuku`alofa, Tonga
618km (384mi) SSW of Tafuna, American Samoa
624km (388mi) SSW of Apia, Samoa
625km (388mi) SSW of Pago Pago, American Samoa