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14,000 people evacuated over California flooding

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Los Angeles, Feb 23: Flooding in the California city of San Jose have forced authorities to call out for the evacuation of 14,000 people over rising water levels of Coyote Creek, media reports said.

As per the information by the San Jose City Hall Web site, the evacuation was ordered late Tuesday evening and is still in effect on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

The National Weather Service informed on Wednesday that the water level in Coyote Creek continues to rise on Wednesday morning, but it is expected to begin subsiding in the afternoon.CaliforniaIn remarks to the daily Los Angeles Times, NWS meteorologist Roger Gass emphasised the magnitude of the flooding by saying that estimates are that such an event occurs only once every century.

Local media showed images of emergency services officers using boats to save local residents endangered by flooding along streets in the area.California floodAfter years of serious drought, California is reeling under a very wet winter with exceptionally heavy and continuous rainfall all over the state.

Last Friday, a powerful storm brought the state to a standstill causing at least five deaths, authorities said.

In addition, the historic rains resulted in damage to spillways at the Oroville Dam, located some 250 km northeast of San Francisco, leading authorities on February 12 to order the evacuation of some 200,000 people from the zone below the dam given the risk that it might overflow.

 Wefornews Bureau

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Quake of 4.7 magnitude hits Meghalaya

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Shillong, Dec 11 : A moderate intensity quake measuring 4.7 on the Richter Scale today shook Meghalaya but there was no report of any casualty.

Officials at the Regional Seismological Centre here said the epicentre was at a depth of 60 km in remote East Garo Hills district.

The quake, that lasted for a few seconds, occurred at around 9.05 am.

Meghalaya and the seven other north eastern states fall in Zone 5 of the country’s earthquake zoning map.

According to the zoning map, Zone 5 is associated with the highest level of seismicity.

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Earthquake hits Uttarakhand, tremors felt in Delhi-NCR

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NEW DELHI: A magnitude 5.5 earthquake jolted people in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Wednesday night.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said the moderate intensity quake originated in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district at a depth of 30 kilometres.

Earlier, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said the epicenter of the quake was located 121 km east of Dehradun in Uttarakhand.

Tremors were also felt in different parts of the country.

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Quake jolts area near North Korea n-test site

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Pyongyang, Dec 2 : An earthquake measuring 2.5 on the Richter scale on Saturday rocked North Korea’s Kilju county, close to the site where Pyongyang recently conducted a nuclear test.

The tremor occurred at 7.45 a.m., with an epicentre 2.7 km away from the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site located in North Hamgyong province, reports Efe news.

The Seoul-based Korea Meteorological Administration said the quake was natural in origin, however, since the latest North Korean nuclear test on September 3, several tremors measuring up to 3.0 on the Richter scale have shaken the area.

Since 2006, North Korea has carried out six nuclear tests at the site, with the last three taking place in 2016 and 2017.

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