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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.

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6.1-magnitude quake jolts Japan

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Tokyo, Oct 23: An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted Japan’s Okinawa prefecture on Tuesday but no tsunami warning was issued, the weather agency said.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the temblor’s epicentre was located at a latitude of 24.0 degrees north and a longitude of 122.6 degrees east, and at depth of 30 km, reports Xinhua news agency.

The JMA said the earthquake posed no risk of triggering a tsunami.

There have been no reports of injury or damage to people or vessels in the vicinity of Yonagunijima as a result of the quake.

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‘Extremely dangerous’ hurricane nearing Mexico’s Pacific coast

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Washington, Oct 23: An “extremely dangerous” category 4 hurricane is nearing the Pacific coast of Mexico, bringing in the potential for life-threatening storm surge, wind and torrents of rain, according to weather authorities.

The US’ National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said that Willa weakened slightly on Monday afternoon, it was still expected to be a dangerous major hurricane when it slams into Mexico’s central Pacific coast “over or very near” Islas Marias on Tuesday morning, CNN reported.

Willa’s maximum sustained winds ticked down from 160 mph to 145 mph, bringing the hurricane down from Category 5 strength to Category 4.

Its current intensity is about the same as Hurricane Michael’s when it made landfall in Florida’s Panhandle two weeks ago.

Willa became a tropical storm on Saturday morning and was a Category 5 hurricane in less than two days.

As of Monday morning, Willa had swelled by 80 mph in just 24 hours.

Storm surge accompanied by “large and destructive waves” are forecast along portions of Mexico’s central and southwestern coast, the NHC said.

Dangerous surf and riptides were expected along the southern coast of Baja California late Monday.

Rainfall ranging from six to 12 inches could spawn life-threatening landslides and flash flooding in portions of the Mexican states of Jalisco, Nayarit and Sinaloa, CNN quoted the NHC as saying.

There were 10 major hurricanes this year, including Willa, which ties 1992 as the most major hurricanes seen in the northeast Pacific in one year, CNN said.

Increasing numbers of major hurricanes, along with a greater propensity of storms to undergo “rapid intensification” are expected consequences of warmer ocean waters resulting from climate change.

The ocean waters off the western coast of Mexico are running 1-2 degrees Fahrenheit above average for late October.

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6.6 Magnitude earthquake hits Vancouver Island in Canada

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New Delhi, Oct 22: An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 hit Vancouver Island in Canada on Monday, the USGS Big Quakes reported.

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