Hurricane Arthur opens 2014 Atlantic hurricane season

Heavy rains are expected to affect the southern U.S. coastline over the next several days as Tropical Storm Arthur strengthened into a hurricane, first of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. Arthur could reach a Category 2 hurricane when it passes over or near the North Carolina coast, just before cool waters off the northeast coast of the U.S. weaken the system.Conditions are deteriorating along the coast of North Carolina as evacuees make final preparations to leave the Outer Banks, and coastal communities prepare for Tropical Storm and Hurricane conditions.IR satellite image of TS Arthur taken by GOES East at 19:45 UTC on July 3, 2014 (Credit: NOAA/GOES-East)Astronaut onboard ISS Reid Wiseman captured well-defined Arthur’s eye late on July 3, 2014 (Credit:… »

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Strong M6.2 earthquake hit Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

A strong earthquake measuring M6.2 (Geonet) on the Richter scale hit Kermadec Islands region, New Zealand, on July 3, 2014, at 19:50 UTC. New Zealand’s Geonet is reporting depth of 33 km. USGS reported M6.3 at depth of 20 km (12.4 miles).Epicenter was located 193 km (120 miles) SE of Raoul Island and 1017 km (632 miles) NE of Whakatane, New Zealand.There are no people living within 100 km radius.USGS issued green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.No destructive widespread tsunami threat exists based on historical earthquake and tsunami data. However, earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometers of… »

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Landslides mark the onset of rainy season in southwest China

Heavy rains marked the onset of the rainy season in China. The Landslide Blog reported an increase in landslides in China, specially in China’s Yunnan Province. Massive landslide occurred at Tuohe village in Daguan County, Zhaotong City in Yunnan Province on June 28, 2014. Four villagers who were collecting herbs at the site were buried by the fallen mass of earth and rocks. Video bellow shows massive mudslide and rockfall that hit Tuohe village.Another landslide caused by the heavy rains occurred at Sichuan Province. Days of rainstorms triggered a mudslide at a Wolong nature reserve which led to death of a wild panda. Since 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, mudslides often hit the reserve during rainy seasons, damaging the ecological system and threatening… »

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