More than 100 have been injured and guests are believed trapped inside a partially collapsed hotel A shallow 6.4-magnitude earthquake in Taiwan has struck the eastern city of Hualien, killing at least two people and injuring more than 100. The Central News Agency reported that the ground floor of the Marshal hotel in Hualien had caved in and people were believed to be trapped inside.
As Day Zero looms and the South African city gets set to run out of water, experts say lessons learned during Melbourne’s brush with a similar fate may help avert a global crisis In December 2017, Seona Candy drove through the vineyards of the Franschhoek Valley near Cape Town towards the banks of the Sonderend river. In the late 1970s, the waterway was dammed to create the biggest reservoir in South Africa’s Western Cape. Behind the thick walls of the Theewaterskloof dam lay the capacity to hold 480 million cubic metres of water, nearly half of Cape Town’s water supply. “When I got there, it was mostly dust,” Candy says.
Urban water scarcity is a problem produced by social institutions. It is an issue of transition
The Taiwanese city of Hualien has been struck by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake, killing at least two people. Guests are reportedly still trapped inside the Marshal hotel, which has partially collapsed and is leaning at a sharp angle
The 6.4-magnitude quake follows series of tremors in recent days A shallow 6.4-magnitude earthquake in Taiwan has caused damage in the eastern city of Hualien, breaking up roads and appearing to partially topple at least one building. Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is regularly hit by earthquakes, with the quake on Tuesday the latest in a string to have hit the region in recent days.
Users of some mobile apps received what looked like a real warning, but there’s confusion over whose fault it was People along America’s east coast were alerted to the threat of a tsunami on Tuesday morning – only to then be told that the warning message had been sent in error.
The National Tsunami Warning Center did NOT issue a tsunami Warning, Watch, or Advisory for any part of the United States or Canada this morning.
***THERE IS NO TSUNAMI WARNING*** A Tsunami Test was conducted earlier this morning, that did have TEST in the message. We are currently trying to find out how a message went out as a warning. We will update you when we find out more.
I guess the guy from Hawaii got a new job on the east coast. Tsunami warning
Everyone on the entire east coast of the US gets a Tsunami Warning instead of a test message. Hawaii:
A frost quake, or cryoseism, is a rare event in bitter conditions, and several have shaken the earth in the US and in Canada recently Residents of Ozaukee County, Wisconsin were startled by a loud boom with no visible source last Saturday. Some even reported that windows rattled and their houses shook. What was actually a cryoseism, or . Cryoseisms have been documented since the early 19th century. They are caused by an explosive release of pressure underground, when water which has drained into cracks in rocks expands as it freezes. Under most circumstances this expansion causes frost weathering, only widening cracks and gradually breaking up exposed rocks. During a cryoseism the pressure is released all at once, when a large section of rock or frozen soil fractures under the strain.
Now is the time to visit the islands, says one UK operator, as cruise and sailing tourism return nearly five months after the devastating storm – while rebuilding continues on land It sounds like an exaggeration but when knocked out the British Virgin Islands (BVI) on 6 September 2017 the winds did reach 215mph – faster still inside the tornadoes spinning on the edge of the storm’s eye.
Things are looking good for the months ahead … I mean, considering the damage
Temperatures forecast to hit 40C as even prime minister Jacinda Ardern struggles to keep cool A week-long heatwave has floored New Zealand, breaking temperature records across the country and causing a nationwide shortage of fans. Temperatures have soared above 37C (98.6F) in parts of the South Island, with records broken in Dunedin, Wanaka, Christchurch and many other cities and towns.
City faces lengthy cleanup as water reaches 5.84 metres, just shy of levels seen in 2016 The swollen Seine has peaked at more than four metres above its normal level, leaving a lengthy mop-up job for Parisians after days of rising waters. The river rose to 5.84 metres (19.2ft) early on Monday morning, causing as well as people living near its overflowing banks.
The river is now more than four metres above its normal height, causing problems for residents The Seine has risen even higher, keeping Paris on alert, although the flooding is expected to peak by the end of Sunday. The river had risen 11cm (4.3 inches) in 24 hours by Saturday evening, more than four metres above its normal height, and residents near its overflowing banks.
Melbourne and Geelong forecast to reach 39C as total fire bans declared for parts of SA Authorities in Victoria and South Australia are urging people to behave sensibly and watch out for vulnerable friends and family as the southern states swelter through another extremely hot and humid day. Melbourne and Geelong were forecast to reach 39C on Sunday, with overnight conditions not expected to fall below 27C.
More than 650 people evacuated from homes as forecasters warn of more rain next week Paris remains on high alert as the swollen river Seine continues to rise, with forecasters saying the river could stay high next week, especially if France has more rain. Leaks started to appear in some basements on Friday, while some residents on the city’s outskirts were forced to travel by boat through waterlogged streets.
Officials worry eruption may last months, disrupting lives and livelihoods of people in its shadow Lava is spilling from a Philippine volcano that has been sending up columns of ash over farmland and towns, coating them in grey during a nearly two-week eruption. More than 74,000 people are staying in dozens of emergency shelters after around Mount Mayon. Officials are worried the eruption may last months, disrupting the lives and livelihoods of people in its shadow.
Harvey caused $125bn in damage in year and killed 68 people in year that saw three enormous hurricane-strength storms It was officially a monster year for deadly in 2017 with Hurricane Harvey the second most expensive hurricane on record and the final costs of Irma and Maria, both human and financial, yet to be added, according to government figures released on Thursday. Hurricane Harvey was Texas’s most deadly in a century, killing 68, and two locations endured 5ft of rain when the tempest made landfall last August, flooding downtown Houston. All but three of the deaths were from freshwater flooding.
Energetic and obsessed with games, Rocket proved a valuable search specialist in emergencies from Montecito to Puerto Rico “It’s time to go to work,” Mike Stornetta said to his partner, Rocket, as they approached a muddy sea of tangled tree limbs, rubble and boulders. Issued his signature command, the black and white border collie mix sprang from Stornetta’s side, kicking up dirty water as he scoured the debris blanketing East Valley Road in Montecito, California, the coastal enclave that had been by a landslide the previous morning.
Paris is on flooding alert as the river Seine continues to rise. Parisians have been warned to stay away from the river. Surrounding roads have been flooded and disruption to the city’s transport network continues. Authorities said the river could pass the 6.1-metre (20ft) level of 2016, the highest in more than 100 years.
Galleries consider moving works of art as water levels approach highest mark in over a century Parisians have been warned to stay away from the river Seine as it continues to rise, flooding surrounding roads and causing disruption to the city’s transport network. As water levels increased on Wednesday, the capital’s authorities said the river could pass the 6.10-metre (20ft) level of 2016, the highest in over a century and more than four metres above its normal height.