Drought in Afghanistan affecting over million people

Drought in Afghanistan affecting over million people

Afghanistan faces the threat of serious drought this year after recording the lowest snowfall and rain in years over the 2017/18 winter, officials said on April 23, 2018. At least 22 of 34 provinces are already suffering badly. In a statement released by the United…

Significant damage after M5.2 earthquake hits Turkey, dozens injured

Significant damage after M5.2 earthquake hits Turkey, dozens injured

A strong and damaging M 5.2 earthquake struck near Samsat, Turkey at 00:34 UTC (03:34 local time) on April 24, 2018, causing significant damage and injuring at least 39 people. The earthquake was registered by the USGS as M5.2 and the agency is reporting a depth of…

Double the average: Snowiest winter on record in Billings, Montana

Double the average: Snowiest winter on record in Billings, Montana

The winter of 2017/18 will go down in the record books as the snowiest on record in Billings, Montana's largest city. After an additional 6.6 cm (2.6 inches) of snow on April 23, Billings officially reached its snowiest winter on record, with 269.5 cm (106.1…

Tornado-like winds hit Guangxi Zhuang region, south China

Tornado-like winds hit Guangxi Zhuang region, south China

A possible tornado hit south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on April 20, 2018 and was captured on camera. Strong winds lift debris up and hover it above ground. Students screamed in their dormitories as a twister swirled in the dark skies above the…

3 killed, over 300 buildings damaged after shallow M4.4 quake hit Indonesia

3 killed, over 300 buildings damaged after shallow M4.4 quake hit Indonesia

A shallow earthquake registered by the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics (BMKG) as M4.4 hit Central Java Province, Indonesia at 06:28 UTC on April 18, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 4 km (2.4 miles). EMSC is reporting M4.4 at a…

Winter storm Xanto brought historic April snowfall, US

Winter storm Xanto brought historic April snowfall, US

A powerful late-season winter storm named Xanto by The Weather Channel brought record April snowfall to the upper Midwest and Great Lakes in mid-April 2018. Xanto was the heaviest April snowstorm on record in Minneapolis/St. Paul, it also was the second-heaviest…

Entire island of Puerto Rico loses power

Entire island of Puerto Rico loses power

The power grid has collapsed in Puerto Rico and the entire island lost power on the morning of April 18, 2018. The cause of the outage wasn't immediately known, but island officials and media confirmed electricity was out. The outage comes shortly after a tree…

Major dust storm sweeps over Yazd province, Iran

Major dust storm sweeps over Yazd province, Iran

A massive dust storm swept over Yazd province in central Iran on April 16, 2018. Hadi Hadinasab, the director-general of the crisis management department of Yazd governorate, said the storm has fortunately left no casualties or damages. The dense cloud dramatically…

Ice storm wreaks havoc across Toronto area, Ontario

Ice storm wreaks havoc across Toronto area, Ontario

A powerful ice storm brought freezing rain and ice pellets to much of southern Ontario on April 14 – 15, causing power outages, fallen trees, flooding and an ‘almost unprecedented’ over 1600 collisions on slippery Toronto-area roads. Ontario Provincial…