Archive | August 16, 2020

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MAGNITUDE 5.8 FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS #earthquake #FoxIslands #AleutianIslands

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 3361 km NW of Vancouver, Canada / pop: 1,838,000 / local time: 13:05:50.5 2020-08-16

414 km SW of Unalaska, United States / pop: 4,400 / local time: 11:05:50.5 2020-08-16

Global view


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Depth: 42 km

Distances: 3815 km NE of Majuro, Marshall Islands / pop: 25,400 / local time: 23:25:16.2 2020-08-16

339 km SE of Honolulu, United States / pop: 372,000 / local time: 01:25:16.2 2020-08-16
82 km SW of Hilo, United States / pop: 43,300 / local time: 01:25:16.2 2020-08-16
11 km SW of Pāhala, United States / pop: 1,400 / local time: 01:25:16.2 2020-08-16

Local view

Hailstorm destroys houses, gardens in Kassanda, Africa #Hailstorm #Kassanda #Africa

Hail Alert

Over eight families in Kassanda district are stranded after a hailstorm ravaged the area, leaving them homeless.

The Thursday evening downpour ravaged Kyanamugera and the nearby villages in Nalutuntu Sub County in Kassanda, destroying crop gardens, banana plantations and several houses.

Annet Kigongo, the area LC 1 Chairperson said they had spent some time without having rainfall, adding that the injured were rushed to health centres for treatment.

“The rain was heavily characterized by hailstorms and our gardens are no more. Ten people have respectively been admitted in Nalutuntu and Kiganda health centres but only four of them sustained serious injuries,” Kigongo said.

Among the injured was Justine Nakanwagi, 45, Janet Muhindo, 35 and toddlers, Gladys Bbira, 6 and Arnold Masereka of 2 years-old.

Local leaders called upon the Ministry for Disaster Preparedness and area political leaders to rescue them with all necessary aid.

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Heatwave hits U.S. state of California #Heatwave #California #USA

Heatwave Alert

People are seen on the Santa Monica Beach, Los Angeles County, the United States, Aug. 15, 2020. A heat wave hit U.S. state of California this weekend.

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Severe Heatwave 40C Heading To Okanagan, South Thompson, Canada #Heatwave #Okanagan #SouthThompson #Canada

Heatwave Warning

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for the Okanagan and South Thompson, with the expectation temperatures will reach 40 C during the day with overnight lows near 18 C for the next two days.

“A ridge of high pressure has been building over southern B.C. this weekend with temperatures peaking today then gradually declining as the week progresses,” the meteorological agency said.

“Today will be the hottest day with maximum temperatures reaching the mid- to upper-30s C, likely hitting 40 C at Lytton. Overnight temperatures will only cool to the upper teens, and may in fact stay above 20 C in windier locations of the Fraser Canyon. High temperatures on Monday will be two or three degrees cooler than today’s highs.”

Highs will reach the mid 30s C again on Tuesday, according to Environment Canada, but there should be some relief Monday night which will be cooler than tonight.

“This may be enough to technically end this heatwave at some locations,” the

Environment Canada and local Medical Health Officers expect an increase in health and safety risks from heat and are advising the public to take precautions.

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Tornado Leaves 16 Injured, Over 800 Evacuated in Santa Catarina State, Brazil #Tornado #SantaCatarina #Brazil

Tornado Alert

A tornado hit the state of Santa Catarina on Friday, August 14th, and left a trail of destruction in at least six municipalities. According to preliminary information from the Civil Defense, there are 16 injured, 830 people displaced and 115 homeless.

According to the Civil Defense, 4,245 housing units were affected, as well as 65 private and 40 other public facilities. Over five percent of the consumer units were without electricity.

In Água Doce, 700 properties had their roofs blown off by the wind and another 25 houses were destroyed.

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6 tornadoes in Minnesota #Tornadoes #Minnesota #USA

Tornado Alert

The National Weather Service says Friday’s storms spawned at least six tornadoes in Minnesota. Survey crews determined the strongest tornado was an EF1 in McLeod County packing winds estimated at up to 95 mph. That tornado tracked for just over two miles between Biscay and Glencoe and damaged trees and outbuildings. Five other tornadoes were rated EF0 and caused damage in western and central Minnesota and in Crystal and Waconia in the Minneapolis area. Minnesota Public Radio News reports no injuries were reported from Friday’s storms. Crews are working Sunday to restore power to more than 2,000 homes and businesses in the Twin Cities still without electricity.

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Flooding and heavy rainfall leave over 60 dead in Sudan #Flooding #Rain #Sudan #Africa

Severe Flood Warning

Flash floods have ravaged swaths of Sudan for weeks, leaving at least 60 people dead and destroying thousands of homes since late July, authorities and the U.N. humanitarian agency said Sunday.

The flooding also injured two dozen people, and has destroyed or damaged more than 30,000 houses nationwide, the Interior Ministry said.

More than 185,000 people in all but one of Sudan’s 18 provinces have been affected by the heavy rainfall and flooding, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The floods also damaged at least 14 schools, and some 1,600 water sources have been contaminated or are now non-functional, the report said.

Footage circulated online showed floodwaters cutting off roads and sweeping away houses and people’s belongings in different parts of the northeastern African country.

More than 1,200 livestock were lost and several hectares of crops were affected in the middle of the agricultural season, the U.N. added.

The Bout Dam had collapsed in late July after heavy rains and flooding in the southeastern Blue Nile province, releasing 5 million cubic meters of water (170 million cubic feet) and flooding at least 13 neighborhoods in the town of Bout, the U.N. said.

“The collapse of the dam will likely have serious long-term consequences for over 100,000 people, including (internally displaced persons) and refugees, who rely on it as their primary source of water,” he statement said.

Between July and August last year, flooding killed a total of 78 people in 16 of Sudan’s 18 provinces, according to the U.N.

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