Mile for mile, there are almost as many earthquakes rattling Oklahoma as California this year. This major increase in seismic shaking led to a rare earthquake warning today (May 5) from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Oklahoma Geological Survey.
In a joint statement, the agencies said the risk of a damaging earthquake — one larger than magnitude 5.0 — has significantly increased in central Oklahoma.
Eleven crew members of a Chinese cargo ship were missing following a collision with a container ship in waters off Hong Kong.
The cargo ship Zhong Xing 2 sank after the collision with the 300-metre long Marshall Islands-registered MOL Motivator about two nautical miles south-west of Po Toi Island, a spokeswoman of the Hong Kong maritime department said.
“Zhong Xing 2 is suspected to have sunk after the collision, and it is reported there are 12 crew on board,” said the spokeswoman. “One of them was picked up by a fishing vessel navigating close by.” The remaining 11 crew were reported missing.
Hong Kong’s marine rescue co-ordination centre has deployed one helicopter, five marine police launches and three fire service department launches to assist in the search.
The 79,400-tonne MOL Motivator was travelling from Hong Kong to Yantian port in southern China. Hong Kong is the world’s fourth-largest container port, after neighbouring Shenzhen. Vessels navigating near the collision site have been warned there may be a sunken ship nearby and have been asked to stay away.
The Hong Kong Observatory issued an amber rain warning, signalling expectations of heavy rain in parts of the territory overnight.
Thirty-nine people died in the city’s worst maritime disaster in more than 40 years in October 2012 when a high-speed ferry collided with a pleasure boat.
A thunderstorm accompanied by hail hit Chandigarh and parts of Punjab Sunday evening.
High speed winds accompanied the thunderstorm, uprooting trees.
In Chandigarh, the hailstorm came with a deafening sound.
Electricity supply was affected in most parts of Chandigarh and adjoining areas following the storm.
The storm and rain, however, provided relief to people from the sweltering heat during the day.
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Depth: 173 km
Distances: 46km (29mi) ENE of Norsup, Vanuatu
73km (45mi) ESE of Luganville, Vanuatu
215km (134mi) NNW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu
561km (349mi) N of We, New Caledonia
709km (441mi) NNE of Dumbea, New Caledonia
The fire is burning in the middle of a firing range on post. No people or structures are in danger, officials said.
Fire crews were called to the Browns Creek Multi Purpose range at about 8:20 a.m. Sunday. The range takes up about 350 square miles.
Due to the fire’s location, firefighters were unable to fight it from the ground Sunday. However, they built breaks at the edge of the range.
Crews attempted to attack the fire from the air Sunday, but had to stop due to windy conditions. They plan to resume aerial operations when conditions allow.
Crews will monitor the situation overnight.
Fire burned more than 1,000 acres on post last week.