Communities told to seek shelter as red alert issued for areas south of Broome Tropical Cyclone Kelvin crossed the Western Australian coast on Sunday morning near Anna Plains station, about 250km south of Broome, as a category 2 storm. Cattle producer David Stoate said the property, which includes 20,000 cattle, copped a “belting” with roaring wind, roofs knocked off, windows smashed and trees uprooted. He estimated the damage to be about $150,000.
Pair from Paris region had been skiing at Val d’Isère resort in area closed because of avalanche risk A father and his 11-year-old daughter were killed when an avalanche swept them away while they were skiing in the French Alps, rescue officials have said. They said the man, 43, and his daughter were from the Paris region and had been skiing in the Pisaillas glacier area of the Val d’Isère resort that had been closed because of the avalanche risk.
Communities told to seek shelter as category two cyclone crosses Kimberley coast A red alert has been issued for people in Western Australia’s Kimberley region as Cyclone Kelvin pelts the far north of the state with destructive winds. The alert issued at 6.44am (local time) warned people in or near Bidyadanga to Sandfire including Bidyadanga to seek shelter immediately.
is currently 70km southwest of Bidyadanga and should make landfall as a Category 1 system in the next hour or two
Military aircraft had interior minister and state governor on board when it crashed A military helicopter carrying officials assessing the damage caused by a powerful earthquake has crashed in southern Mexico, killing 13 people and injuring 15. The Oaxaca state prosecutor’s office said five women, four men and three children were killed at the crash site and another person died later at the hospital. All of the casualties were on the ground.
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.
No deaths are reported after shocks in southern Oaxaca state and Mexico City, but country remains on edge after last year’s deadly quakes A 7.2 magnitude quake rocked Mexico on Friday, causing minor damage to buildings in the southern state of Oaxaca, but with no preliminary reports of deaths.
The epicentre was close to a surfing resort on Oaxaca’s Pacific coast and had a depth of 24.6 km (15.3 miles), according to the US Geological Survey. Both the south of Mexico and the capital are still reeling from .
In 2009, the dissident artist created a work to honour the thousands of children who died in the Sichuan earthquake. He recalls how the project, Remembering, angered China’s rulers – and changed his career for ever
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I trained as an artist in New York, but I never really knew how my art would function in the so-called art world. I didn’t feel part of it and nobody was interested in me. Then in 2008, after I had moved back to China, Sichuan had . It was devastating: more than 80,000 lives disappeared. Many of the dead were young people at school and university. I’d been writing a daily blog – about modern Chinese society, the government and art – but I stopped suddenly. People asked me why but, faced with such a tragedy, I was silenced. I couldn’t find the right vocabulary. After a year of knocking on doors, we had the names of 5,219 children who had died
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.
The French capital’s heaviest snowfall since 1987 caused major disruption, even closing the Eiffel Tower for days Six inches (15cm) of snow blanketed the city of Paris, France, last week in what was the heaviest snowfall event since 1987. Although a picturesque scene, it caused major disruption, with the due to the inability to salt the walkways without risking structural damage. Additionally, breaking a previous snowfall record set in 1957, Moscow was buried in more than 17 inches (43cm) of snow within a 24-hour period last week.
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.
Winds of more than 230km/h recorded as parliament building flattened and power lines brought down by tropical cyclone The islands of Tonga in the South Pacific has been devastated by Tropical Cyclone Gita with winds of 230km/h flattening parts of Parliament House and causing significant damage and injuries across the kingdom. Gita hit Tonga around 8pm on Monday night and peaked between the hours of 11pm to 2am, slamming on to the south coast of the main island of Tongatapu, bringing down electricity lines, smashing a number of churches and levelling fruit trees and crops vital to the island’s livelihood.
Cyclone is now moving away from . It is the strongest cyclone to pass so close to the main islands of Tonga in the modern record (at least 60 years).
A hopeless feeling waking up to aftermath of Cyclone Gita in from abroad . To our loved ones back home we stand beside you as Tonga rebuilds & recovers. Image below is what used to be Tonga’s Parliament House ❤️
The category four storm has already caused widespread damage in neighbouring Samoa and American Samoa and is due to hit Tonga at night The island nation of Tonga has declared a state of emergency as it braces for the wrath of Tropical Cyclone Gita, which is bearing down on the island nation after causing widespread damage in neighbouring Samoa and American Samoa. The Tongan government declared a state of emergency on Monday morning to allow its 100,000 inhabitants to prepare for the category four storm. Gita is expected to intensify into a category five storm in the coming hours, and is heading for Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia later in the week.
Tonga National Emergency committee recommends Acting PM to declare Tonga in State of emergency. Hon Poasi Tei encouraging families to prepare for Cyclone Gita as this is the strongest to hit Tonga
Pics just in of Red Cross teams carrying out assessments & supporting people in evacuation centres following Cyclone Photo credit: Samoa Red Cross
Fierce weather to lash region for second day as repair crews scramble to restore electricity South-east Queenslanders could face a second round of ferocious storms after severe cells lashed the region on Sunday night, dumping huge hail and wreaking havoc on the power network. Repair crews were scrambling to restore power to about 57,000 properties that remained without power after destructive winds, gusting beyond 100km/h in some places, downed hundreds of power lines across the region. Workers managed to get power back on for 78,000 other properties, but Energex warned residents in storm-affected suburbs to be wary and assume any fallen lines were live and stay away.
Melbourne and Geelong forecast to reach 39C as an out-of-control bushfire raged south-east of Adelaide 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.
Nearly six months after the storm, residents of a Texas town face red tape, long waits and ‘a gigantic housing crisis’ As Hurricane Harvey howled through the night and the roof and walls of their island home collapsed from the pressure of 130mph winds, the immediate task for Melani Zurawski and Tim Yoke was survival. The couple climbed to the attic of their rental home and tied themselves together with ripped-up sheets. As they lay down, Yoke steeled for the end and Zurawski clutched a marker pen, ready to scrawl her social security number on her arm to make it easier for rescuers to identify her body.
About 1,000 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 water levels 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.