Damaging tornado hits Antwerp, Belgium

Damaging tornado hits Antwerp, Belgium

A tornado ripped through the city of Antwerp in Belgium on Monday, October 5, 2020. Numerous trees were downed, while at least one house suffered considerable damage. No injuries were reported.

The twister formed Monday afternoon, north of Antwerp. It then moved towards Keren, Brasschaat, and Kapellen. According to witnesses, the violent storm knocked down many trees along its path.

A weeping willow was uprooted, inflicting damage to a house in Heidestraat. Other material properties were also damaged, such as garden furniture.

"What we saw this afternoon in Antwerp was a beautiful example of a wall cloud in a supercell, a heavy type of thunderstorm," explained weather specialist Martijn Peters of DPG Media. 

"A wall cloud is created where the air is sucked up in the thunderstorm. The air cools down quickly and also condenses quickly, causing clouds to form at a lower altitude. So part of the cloud hangs lower than the rest, as it were, which is then called the wall cloud."

Peters added, "With supercell thunderstorms, the wind speeds and directions are very different in the top and bottom layer, resulting in rotation. And that looks spectacular when the whole wall cloud starts to spin."

"That is also the sign that a whirlwind may arise: a strong rotating column of air that connects the clouds to the earth's surface. Fortunately, this does not happen often in Belgium, and certainly not in the autumn period."

Featured image credit: Onlineweather Stormchasers


Bright fireball explodes over Puerto Rico

October 20, 2020

A brilliant fireball exploded over the night sky in Puerto Rico around 07:45 UTC (03:45 LT) on Saturday, October 17, 2020. The trajectory suggests that it moved over the Mona channel towards Desecheo, according to the Society of Astronomy of the Caribbean (SAC)....

Strong strombolian activity and significant ash emissions at Etna, Italy

October 07, 2020

Explosive activity at Etna volcano, Italy increased on October 7, 2020, with the first eruption at 06:35 UTC accompanied by significant ash emissions to 4.6 km (15 000 feet) above sea level. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Red at 07:00 UTC, downgraded to...

Deep M6.0 earthquake hits Fiji region

October 06, 2020

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Fiji at 10:11 UTC on October 6, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 628 km (390 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 625 km (388 miles). The epicenter was located 232 km (144 miles) E of...

Shallow M6.2 earthquake hits south of Africa

September 26, 2020

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit south of Africa at 17:10 UTC on September 26, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 2 km (1.2 miles). The epicenter was located about 1 645...

Strombolian activity at Mount Etna, Italy

September 21, 2020

Strombolian activity with sporadic ash emissions continues intermittently at Mount Etna's 'saddle crater' since around July 10, 2020. ​The image below shows strombolian activity at the newest crater, referred to as the 'cono della sella'...


Comments

No comments yet. Why don't you post the first comment?

Post a comment

Your name: *

Your email address: *

Comment text: *

The image that appears on your comment is your Gravatar