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By End-Times, Mar 30 2015 12:57PM

A series of earthquakes has struck off the neighbouring South Pacific ocean states of Samoa and Tonga, the US Geological Survey has said, just hours after a major tremor rattled Papua New Guinea to the west.

A number of 6.8-magnitude quakes struck south-west of the Samoan capital, Apia, in waters between the two island states of Tonga and Samoa.

Residents in Samoa told Reuters there were no reports of damage and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no tsunami threat.

The quakes came just hours after a 7.7 quake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea, near the town of Rabaul, in the country’s north-east.

A tsunami warning was issued soon after the PNG quake, though the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said no destructive, Pacific-wide tsunami was expected.

By End-Times, Mar 30 2015 12:52PM

SRINAGAR, India – Authorities in Kashmir have issued alerts and are asking people to move to higher ground after heavy rains flooded several parts of the Himalayan region.

Hundreds of people were evacuated as the Jhelum River rose to dangerous levels Monday in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Officials ordered people living along the banks of the river to move to relief camps set up in government buildings and schools.

Police said two houses partially sank into the ground in Budgam district and efforts were underway to rescue more than a dozen people trapped inside.

In Pakistan-administered Kashmir, authorities warned residents to move to safer places after the water level in the Neelum River rose following heavy rain Sunday.

More than 600 people died in Kashmir in flash floods in September.

By End-Times, Mar 30 2015 12:51PM

SYDNEY – A powerful earthquake struck near the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea on Monday, prompting officials to warn that hazardous tsunami waves could affect some coastlines in the Pacific.

The magnitude-7.7 earthquake struck Monday at a depth of 65 kilometers (40 miles), about 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of the town of Kokopo in northeastern Papua New Guinea, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said hazardous tsunami waves were possible for coasts located within 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) of Kokopo. That includes Papua New Guinea and the nearby Solomon Islands.

The tsunami warning center said tsunami waves reaching 1 to 3 meters (3 to 10 feet) were possible for Papua New Guinea's coastlines.

Tsunami waves of less than 0.3 meters (1 foot) could hit other Pacific island nations, Japan, Australia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Hawaii.

By End-Times, Mar 30 2015 12:49PM

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck 34 miles(54 km) southeast of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea around 7:49 eastern time Sunday evening, the USGS reports.

Shortly after the earthquake occurred the Pacific Tusnami Warning Center

said there was potential for dangerous tsunami waves to impact areas within 621 miles (1000 km) along the coasts of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

By End-Times, Jan 3 2015 12:51PM

SYDNEY – Thousands of Australians fled their homes as wildfires raged across the nation's south on Saturday, with firefighters struggling to contain the blazes fanned by strong winds.

Six homes were destroyed by the fires in South Australia and Victoria states, officials said, though no serious injuries have been reported.

Dry conditions and temperatures in the upper 30s Celsius (around 100 degrees Fahrenheit) were causing headaches for firefighters battling the blazes. Officials said it would likely take days to get the fires under control.

The worst of the fires was in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia, where the flames had destroyed five homes and put hundreds of others at risk, state Country Fire Service spokesman Daniel Hamilton said. Residents of 19 communities had been asked to evacuate as a predicted shift in the winds on Saturday afternoon prompted fears the flames could worsen.

The forecast was also calling for increased humidity, which could slow the fire's progress Saturday night, Hamilton said.

Up to 2,000 firefighters were battling the blazes across the state from the ground and the air, with more than a dozen aircraft dumping water onto the flames. Four firefighters have suffered minor physical ailments, including dehydration and asthma, Hamilton said.

In neighboring Victoria state, firefighters had controlled more than 300 fires since Friday, with only one still considered a danger. One home was destroyed in the blaze in the western Victoria town of Moyston, state Country Fire Service spokesman Mario Xuereb said.

A shift in the weather Saturday afternoon was expected to bring light rain, wind and lightning to the area, which could exacerbate the blaze. The rain wouldn't be enough to quell the flames, and the lightning could spark fresh fires, Xuereb said.

Destructive wildfires are common across much of Australia during the summer months. In 2009, wildfires killed 173 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes in Victoria.

By End-Times, Dec 30 2014 06:24PM

MANILA, Philippines – Officials say flash floods and landslides triggered by Tropical Storm Jangmi left at least 29 people dead and 10 missing in the Philippines, including in areas still recovering from last year's Typhoon Haiyan.

Jangmi, packing winds of 65 kilometers (40 miles) per hour and gusts of 80 kph (50 mph), dumped heavy rains Monday on southern Mindanao Island, where floods destroyed bridges and highways, sending thousands of residents to evacuation centers. The storm then pushed its way through eastern and central islands, where most of the deaths occurred Tuesday.

Mayor Stephanie Uy-Tan says 12 people died when a landslide buried two vans and six houses near a mountainside highway in eastern Catbalogan City. She says voices could still be heard from one of the vans and rescue efforts are ongoing.

By End-Times, Dec 27 2014 11:14AM

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – At least nine people have been killed in mudslides triggered by heavy rains in the central hills of Sri Lanka.

Disaster-response officials say more than 60,000 people have been evacuated and 3,000 homes destroyed as floods and mudslides covered many parts of the Indian Ocean island in the last four days.

Pradeep Kodippili, a spokesman at the state disaster management center, says nine people were killed in the Badulla district on Friday. Another eight have been injured and two are missing.

It is a monsoon season in some parts of Sri Lanka, but many other areas not normally affected are also experiencing non-seasonal rain.

By End-Times, Dec 25 2014 01:55PM

JACKSON, Miss. – Emergency workers in Mississippi planned to go out Christmas Eve and survey the damage caused by storms that hit the South a day earlier, killing at least four people, flipping over cars, knocking out power to thousands and damaging several homes and businesses.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared an emergency for two southeastern counties where officials say four people died in the storms and 50 people were injured. Thousands remained without power Wednesday around Columbia, which is about 80 miles southeast of Jackson, officials said.

Marion County Emergency Management director Aaron Greer said one woman was killed Tuesday night in a mobile home and a second woman died in a business south of Columbia that was hit by the storm. Greer said Wednesday storm's path was about a half a mile wide and one to one and a half miles long.

Greer said the 50 people injured in county were being treated at Marion General Hospital in Columbia and Forest General Hospital in Hattiesburg. He did not know the extent of the injuries.

Summer Davis with the Jones County Emergency Management office said a man and woman were killed inside a mobile home in the Calhoun community west of Laurel.

Davis said the storm damage was confined to a small area with damage to other homes.

"The whole town of Columbia is without power," Millie Swann, a spokeswoman for Marion General Hospital said. "The hospital is running on generator (power), but was able to treat people in the ER unless they needed a higher level of care."

Eight patients were transferred to a hospital in nearby Hattiesburg.

Swann said the hospital's emergency room has since quieted.

"Any time there's an event like this things get hectic, but health care people are used to working under pressure," she said.

Photos tweeted by from several local media and the National Weather Service in Jackson showed damage to a Walgreens, car dealership, day care and the strip mall. Several local news outlets said none of the children at the day care were injured.

Meteorologist Latrice Maxie said significant damage has been reported to many homes and businesses in the city of about 6,500 people. A survey team would be sent Wednesday to determine whether a tornado was responsible, she said. Storm spotters said it was.

"It's chaos over here," Marion County coroner Norma Williamson said. "All the lines are down."

Mississippi Highway Patrol Lt. Johnny Poulos said authorities have shut down the three highways that lead into Columbia because of downed trees, power lines and other debris.

Most of Georgia was under a flood watch as thunderstorms moved across the state Wednesday morning. Several counties in south Georgia were also under a tornado watch as severe storms moved into the state from Alabama and the Florida panhandle.

Earlier Tuesday, according to local media reports, a tornado touched down in Amite, Louisiana, downing several power lines and trees and tearing the roof off at least one home. Golf ball-sized hail fell in Enterprise, Mississippi, along with some pea-sized hail in the Bude area.

Meanwhile in Tallahassee, Florida, the weather service tweeted that travel was strongly discouraged and that several water rescues were in progress. At least 6 inches of rain had hit the area in a short time.

By End-Times, Dec 25 2014 01:53PM

MOSCOW – A massive snowstorm in Moscow has caused delays to dozens of flights and brought traffic to a standstill.

Although none of the three airports has been closed, several dozen flights were delayed on Thursday at two airports south and south-west of Moscow.

The snowstorm began early in the morning Thursday and the Russian Meteorological Office said it expects up to 4 inches of snow to fall in Moscow in a single day.

The Yandex traffic monitoring service said the congestion in Moscow reached the record-high 10 points in the early afternoon, which normally happens only occasionally every year during rush hour.

Unlike in Western European capitals, snowstorms in Moscow hardly ever disrupt public transport or shut down air traffic.

By End-Times, Dec 8 2014 04:33PM

BEIJING, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck near Panama's Pacific coast at a depth of 20 km on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

In the latest update, the USGS said the epicenter was located 20 km southeast of the town of Punta de Burica and 58 km southwest of the city of David.

In earlier USGS bulletins, the magnitude of the quake, which occurred at 0854 GMT, was put at 6.7 and the depth at 10 km.

No tsunami alert was issued in the wake of the temblor.