UPDATE 6: Powerful Earthquake Kills up to 200, injures many thousands in China
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Lushan county of Ya’an city in southwest China’s Sichuan Province at 8:02 a.m. Saturday Beijing Time [00:02 UTC,] killing about 200 people and injuring many thousands more.
- The shallow quake occurred at a depth of 13km [centered at 30.284°N, 102.956°E, according to USGS] said the provincial seismological bureau.
- For more details go to Deadly Earthquake Hits SW China’s Sichuan Province
Displaced residents rest next to ruins of houses after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Longmen Township, Lushan County, Ya’an City of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, April 20, 2013. (Xinhua/Zhang Xiaoli). More images …
OTHER GLOBAL DISASTERS/ SIGNIFICANT EVENTS
Missouri declares a state of emergency after rainstorm triggers worst flooding in century
Governor Nixon has declared a state of emergency in response to heavy rain and flash flooding in much of the state.
Many portions of NE Missouri received up to 5 inches of rain this week, causing streams and rivers to rise above flood stage, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported.
Several Missouri counties have independently declared states of emergency issuing mandatory evacuation orders for hundreds of residents.
Indiana Pounded by Extreme Rain Events, Counties Declare States of Emergency
Several counties in Indiana, including Boone and Tipton counties, north of Indianapolis, has declared states of emergency since Friday.
- NWS issued a flash flood warning for much of Indiana after most of the state received up to 5 inches of rain.
- Emergency workers have rescued dozens of people from flooded homes using boats.
- “Numerous homes are underwater or flooded, stranding homeowners and their families,” said Boone County Sheriff’s Department.
- Flooding reported along dozens of rivers across the Midwest.
Latest Disaster Declarations
- Iowa Gov. Bransted has issued a disaster declaration for five eastern counties: Cedar, Johnson, Mahaska, Scott and Washington.
- Illinois Gov. Quinn has declared 38 counties disaster areas.
- “Illinois has seen an incredible level of devastation and reports indicate that conditions will get worse in the coming days. ” Quinn said.
Lee County in Iowa Declares a State of Emergency amid Flooding
Lee County, Iowa, has declared a state of emergency due to recent heavy rains that have caused the Mississippi, Des Moines and Skunk rivers to begin rising and the expected flooding that will cause severe damage to public and private property, critical infrastructure, disruption of utility service, including but not limited to power generation, water and waste-water, and endangerment of health and safety of the citizens of Lee County within the disaster area.” The Lee County Board of Supervisors have declared.
- The Mississippi River’s level at Keokuk rose to 21.06 feet on Friday, more than 5 feet above the flood stage, and is expected to crest at 22.8 feet on Saturday, said a report.
Canada: Ontario Towns Declare States of Emergency
The towns of Bracebridge and Huntsville in Central Ontario, Canada have declared states of emergency, said a report.
- Heavy rain in Bracebridge has damaged infrastructure and evacuations in low lying areas could follow, the report said.
China confirms 96 cases of H7N9 infections, 18 fatalities
Chinese health officials confirmed 5 new cases of human H7N9 avian influenza—one in Shanghai, one in Jiangsu and three in Zhejiang—raising the total number of reported cases to 96, with 18 fatalities, Xinhua reported.
- “A total of 33 cases, including 11 that have ended in death, have been reported in Shanghai. Twenty-three cases, including three deaths, have been reported in Jiangsu Province, and 33 cases, including three deaths, in Zhejiang Province. Anhui Province has reported three cases, with one ending in death. Beijing has reported one case and three have been reported in Henan Province,” said the report.
- At least 69 of the patients are receiving treatment in designated hospitals.