MAGNITUDE 6.8 OFF COAST OF COSTA RICA

 
Subject to change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 299 km SE of San José, Costa Rica / pop: 335,000 / local time: 15:15:15.6 2021-07-21

64 km S of Punta de Burica, Panama / pop: 1,300 / local time: 16:15:15.6 2021-07-21
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MAGNITUDE 5.9 BISMARCK SEA

 
Subject to change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 672 km E of Jayapura, Indonesia / pop: 134,000 / local time: 23:26:01.9 2021-07-21

160 km SSW of Lorengau, Papua New Guinea / pop: 5,800 / local time: 00:26:01.9 2021-07-22
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MAGNITUDE 5.1 PAKISTAN

 
Subject to change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 92 km NW of Khanpur, Pakistan / pop: 142,000 / local time: 04:54:26.1 2021-07-21

33 km NW of Rajanpur, Pakistan / pop: 50,600 / local time: 04:54:26.1 2021-07-21
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Heavy flooding hits central China, affecting tens of millions

Unusually heavy rains and massive flooding have hit China’s Henan province, bursting the banks of rivers, overwhelming the public transport system and upending lives of tens of millions.

At least three people have been killed in the provincial capital, Zhengzhou, where more than 20cm (7.8in) of rain fell in one hour on Tuesday. The rainfall shut the city’s subway system, leaving passengers trapped in waist-high water.

More than 10,000 residents of the central province have been moved to shelters, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Tuesday.

The heavy rain across Henan began on 17 July. On Tuesday, weather authorities issued the highest warning level for the province and Chinese weather forecasts expected further severe downpours.

From Saturday to Tuesday, 3,535 weather stations in Henan, one of China’s most populous provinces with 94 million people, reported rainfall exceeding 5cm. Among the stations 1,614 registered levels above 10cm and 151 above 25cm, the authorities said.

Footage on China’s social media show the world-renowned Shaolin Temple, known for martial arts, as well as other cultural sites, badly affected. Hundreds of trapped residents in Henan called for help online as flooding cut electricity to their homes.

Floods are common in China’s rainy season, but their impact has worsened over the decades, due in part to China’s rapid urbanisation and the global climate crisis.

Extreme weather events have occurred in many parts of China this summer. Hundreds of thousands of residents in Sichuan province had to be relocated this month due to floods and landslides.

In June, Hotan city, in the far-west region of Xinjiang, had record-breaking rainfall, causing one resident to comment on social media that “the rainfall [this month] is equivalent to the combined rainfall of the past two years”.

Greenpeace said the risk of extreme weather was now highest in China in the densely populated city centres but that it was also growing fast for the outskirts of large cities because of rapid urbanisation.

Liu Junyan, of Greenpeace International, told Chinese media: “Because of the highly concentrated population, infrastructure and economic activity, the exposure and vulnerability of climate hazards are higher in urban areas. Cities are an important sector of global greenhouse gas emissions, which account for about 70% of the total emissions.”

Courtesy of theguardian.com

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UK MetOffice ISSUES HEATWAVE AMBER LEVEL 3 ALERT

UK MetOffice ISSUES HEATWAVE AMBER LEVEL 3 ALERT

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Courtesy of the Met Office

MAGNITUDE 5.6 NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.

 
Subject to change

Depth: 51 km

Distances: 737 km NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / pop: 283,000 / local time: 09:02:10.8 2021-07-20

79 km S of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea / pop: 26,200 / local time: 09:02:10.8 2021-07-20
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MAGNITUDE 5.8 BISMARCK SEA

 
Subject to change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 655 km E of Jayapura, Indonesia / pop: 134,000 / local time: 05:30:40.9 2021-07-20

163 km SSW of Lorengau, Papua New Guinea / pop: 5,800 / local time: 06:30:40.9 2021-07-20
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MAGNITUDE 2.1 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING, USA

Subject to change
Depth: 9 km

Distances: 207 km SSW of Billings, United States / pop: 110,000 / local time: 11:05:19.1 2021-07-19

64 km E of West Yellowstone, United States / pop: 1,300 / local time: 11:05:19.1 2021-07-19
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MAGNITUDE 2.1 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING, USA

Subject to change
Depth: 7 km

Distances: 209 km SSW of Billings, United States / pop: 110,000 / local time: America/Denver

66 km ESE of West Yellowstone, United States / pop: 1,300 / local time: America/Denver
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MAGNITUDE 2.1 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING, USA

Subject to change
Depth: 7 km

Distances: 207 km SSW of Billings, United States / pop: 110,000 / local time: 18:49:02.9 2021-07-17

64 km E of West Yellowstone, United States / pop: 1,300 / local time: 18:49:02.9 2021-07-17
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