Damaging tornado rips through Levin, New Zealand

Damaging tornado rips through Levin, New Zealand

A damaging tornado hit the town of Levin, New Zealand’s North Island on May 20, 2022, causing widespread damage and injuring several people. New Zealand’s Met Service recorded a wind gust of 140 km/h (86 mph) in the town but at the time of press, it was still not able to determine whether it was indeed a tornado that caused the damage, or a thunderstorm collapsing on itself.

Record high wheat prices after India declares immediate export ban, massive protests after 300% food price increase announced in Iran

Record high wheat prices after India declares immediate export ban, massive protests after 300% food price increase announced in Iran

Wheat prices in Europe and Australia hit record highs this week after India – the world’s second-largest wheat producer – announced an immediate export ban due to a severe heatwave affecting the country since March. Global wheat prices have soared 40% since February 2022, increasing famine and sparking social unrest.

Worst drought in 40 years affecting Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia

Worst drought in 40 years affecting Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia

The Horn of Africa is experiencing its fourth consecutive failed rain season and the worst drought since 1981. At least 15 million people across Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia are already affected and there are fears this number could jump to 20 million.

Large explosions at Stromboli volcano, Italy

Large explosions at Stromboli volcano, Italy

A series of strong explosions took place at Stromboli volcano, Italy on May 13, 2022. The first event was a moderately strong explosion at 14:42 UTC, followed by a dozen other events over the next three minutes of which the most energetic was at 14:43 UTC.

Alert level for Awu volcano raised to 3, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Alert level for Awu volcano raised to 3, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

The Volcanic Alert Level for Awu volcano, located in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, was raised from Level 2 to 3 on May 11, 2022, after earthquake energy values ​​showed a drastic increase on May 9 and 10. The last eruption of this volcano took place in June 2004 (VEI 2).

Unseasonably heavy rain hits Queensland, Australia

Unseasonably heavy rain hits Queensland, Australia

Much of Queensland, Australia experienced unseasonably heavy rain and flooding this week, with parts of the state receiving between 3 to 4 months’ worth of rain in 48 to 72 hours.