Will the rain ever end? Flooding could last for weeks, as more heavy rain targets Texas, Oklahoma

May Rain
May 2015 TEXAS Officials in parts of Texas are warning that flooding could last for weeks in the wake of unprecedented amounts of May rainfall. Those rainfall totals, which have now topped 20 inches since May 1 in at least two cities, will climb still higher over the Memorial Day weekend as thunderstorms dump even more rainfall on an already water-logged region. The National Weather Service in Corpus Christi, Texas, says flooding is likely to continue for weeks along the Nueces River just west of Corpus Christi. The flooding is affecting a stretch downstream of the Wesley Seale Dam, which impounds Lake Corpus Christi.
That reservoir has reached its full capacity due to widespread heavy rainfall upstream across South Texas this month. In a disaster declaration issued Thursday, Nueces County Judge Loyd Neal said water releases from the dam began this past weekend “in order to prevent damage to [the dam] and to avoid uncontrolled downstream impacts.” About 100 homes have already been cut off by floodwaters, and hundreds of homes are at risk of flooding in the days ahead. The rising Wichita River prompted evacuations of parts of the east side of Wichita Falls, Texas Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The river is forecast to crest on Tuesday about one foot below its record crest from late June 2007.
Over 100 locations in the central and southern Plains are currently reporting river flooding, the majority of which are in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri. Many cities have already clinched a top five wettest May in their weather records. At least four locations, including Wichita Falls and Corpus Christi, have now recorded their wettest May on record. You can read more about that below in our rainfall records section. With the weather pattern remaining virtually the same through Memorial Day weekend, additional flash flooding and worsening river flooding is likely to occur. As mentioned already, a persistent weather pattern has been fueling the heavy rain in the Plains.

Jet Stream

 

 The Jet Stream is stuck in place over the Southern U.S., has been for weeks – bringing up a record amount of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. This is an unusual weather pattern unlike anything we’ve ever seen before in the annals of meteorology.  We’re seeing May rainfall totals across the Southern U.S., for which there is no previous precedent mentioned in recorded history.  – TEP
A southward dip in the jet stream has been locked in place over the western states, allowing it to launch disturbances into the Plains. Those disturbances provide the necessary lift in the atmosphere to trigger thunderstorm development as they intercept a warm, moist air mass in place near the surface of the earth. Unfortunately, it appears this weather pattern will stay in place through Memorial Day weekend, triggering additional rounds of rain and thunderstorms. The higher threat for additional heavy rainfall in the most saturated areas of Oklahoma and Texas is through Sunday, when clusters of slow-moving thunderstorms are expected. Right now, our forecast guidance suggests at least some parts of the Lone Star State may still see locally heavy rain again on Monday. –Weather
China Floods
Bus crash in China kills 8 amid record rainfall
BEIJINGA bus accident in south-central China left eight people dead and more than 40 others wounded Saturday when the driver lost control of the vehicle during the rainfall. State news agency Xinhua cited local authorities in Hunan province as saying the bus overturned at 11.40 a.m. (0440GMT) in Xinning county with 52 passengers — employees at the same workplace in capital Changsha – onboard. Road conditions had been rendered unsafe by the downpour and an initial investigation suggested that when the driver hit the brakes, the vehicle crashed into a guardrail. Among the injured – all of who are in hospital — five were in critical condition.
The driver is under police custody. On Friday, two children were killed and 21 others wounded after a school bus swerved off a road and into a pond during heavy rainfall in neighboring Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Of the 21 injured kindergartners rushed to the hospital, three had been in serious condition, but were exhibiting signs of improvement as of early Saturday. Southern parts of China have been experiencing powerful rainstorms since early May. Xinhua reported Saturday that the downpour had broken a 40-year record, with the country’s National Meteorological Center recording average rainfall of 199.9 millimeters — 74 percent above the normal figure. The storms are expected to continue through next week, with Guizhou and areas near the Yangtze River experiencing heavy rainfall from May 26-28. –Video News
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4.8 magnitude earthquake rattles Las Vegas, Nevada – scientists worry quake may be a precursor to a bigger event

Las Vegas Quake
May 2015LAS VEGAS, NVAfter an earthquake prompted the closure of several flyover ramps in Las Vegas’ Spaghetti Bowl interchange on Friday, transportation engineers said the bridges remain safe for travel. The magnitude-4.8 earthquake happened at 11:47 a.m., and was centered in Caliente, NV, about 150 miles north of Las Vegas. The earthquake was later downgraded from a 5.3 to a 4.8 magnitude earthquake by the USGS. Immediately after the temblor, emergency crews shut down the ramps from U.S. Highway 95 southbound to both directions of Interstate 15. The Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard ramp to I-15 southbound was also closed. This allowed crews to inspect a gap that appeared in the 95 ramp to I-15 southbound after the quake.
According to Mary Martini, District I engineer for the Nevada Department of Transportation, the gap existed before Friday’s earthquake, but the tremor shook loose a protective rubber casing that was covering the seam of the bridge, making the damage appear worse than it really was. “We’re issuing an emergency contract to repair the seam,” Martini said. “Meanwhile, the ramps remain structurally sound and safe for travel.” The ramps, which Martini said are made of cast-in-place concrete and steel reinforcements, reopened just after 4 p.m. They will remain open through Memorial Day, Martini said.
Several FOX5 viewers called the newsroom and posted on social media about the quake, saying they felt buildings sway and houses shake. One person said they heard a building creaking during the tremor. Officials said no injuries or other significant damage was reported. Graham Kent, director of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory, said Southern Nevadans shouldn’t be shocked by Friday’s earthquake. “At one level, it’s always a surprise when we get an earthquake, but this area carries enough tectonic strain, as they call it, or motion where these types of earthquakes or larger ones would not be unexpected,” Kent said. Nevada is the third-most seismically active state. Nearly 20 percent of the earthquakes in the United States occur in Nevada, but most are small and centered in remote areas. –Fox5 Vegas
Big quake overdue for Las Vegas: Researchers say there is better than a 50 percent chance of an earthquake measuring 5.0 or greater in the Las Vegas area in the next 25 years. Nevada is the third most seismically active state in the country. “People always need to be concerned about an earthquake because earthquakes always happen,” said UNLV geology professor Dr. Wanda Taylor. “They’re constantly happening.” At UNLV they study earthquakes worldwide and monitor the faults in our area. There are seven faults in the Las Vegas valley. The Frenchman Fault is the largest.
“Our current research indicates that our current faults in our valley are a greater problem than has been recognized,” Taylor said. In a valley like ours, the seismic waves can bounce back and forth, and with soft sediments, the damage can be extensive. “Our valley is bedrock with a bunch of softer materials so it’s kind of like a bowl of Jell-O,” Taylor said. The U.S. Geological Survey also predicts an earthquake on one of the big faults in Death Valley would shake Las Vegas the most. Two years ago, FOX5 traveled to Cal Tech in Pasadena, the world’s foremost earthquake think tank. Researchers say Southern Nevadans should be prepared. “The earthquake I’d worry more about in a city like Las Vegas is the big earthquake like a Northridge, 6.7, 7 or bigger,” said Dr. Susan Hough of the USGS. “Those earthquakes can happen.”
If a 6.6 earthquake hit Las Vegas there could be upwards of $17 billion in economic loss, approximately 30,000 buildings in the valley would be damaged, as many as 11,000 would need public shelter and up to 800 people could die. Some experts say it’s not a matter of if, but when. –Fox 5 Vegas  (Filed September 11, 2011)

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Two 6.8-magnitude earthquakes strike off Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands Quake A
May 2015SOLOMON ISLANDSIt is the third day in a row that the Solomons have been rocked by a quake of 6.0-magnitude or higher. Two strong 6.8-magnitude earthquakes struck off the Solomon Islands early Saturday, May 23 US geologists said, but there were no initial reports of damage and no tsunami warnings were issued. The first quake hit at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), 205 kilometers from Kirakira and 448 kilometers from the capital Honiara and the second shallow quake struck just over two hours later about 159 kilometers from Kirakira. The Solomons have been rocked by several quakes of 6.0-magnitude or higher in recent days, with the most recent a 6.0 magnitude quake which hit the islands early Friday, May 22 and a 6.9 magnitude tremor the day before. No major damage was caused by the earlier tremors.
The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat of a Pacific-wide tsunami from the Saturday tremors. Geoscience Australia initially estimated the two latest quakes at the magnitudes of 7.1 and 6.9 but said they were unlikely to cause local tsunamis in the quake-prone region, in part due to their location. Seismologist Mark Leonerd said it was slightly unusual to have two big quakes “right next to each other” but that seismic activity was common in the region. The quakes have been followed by fairly typical aftershocks, he said, adding there had also been recent activity in nearby Papua New Guinea.
“That sort of area is putting on a little bit of activity at the moment,” he said. The Solomons are part of the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a zone of tectonic activity known for its frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. In 2013, the Solomons were hit by a tsunami after an 8.0-magnitude quake, leaving at least 10 people dead and thousands homeless after buildings were destroyed. –Rappler
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Awakening again? Alert level raised to “yellow” on Chile’s Chaitén volcano

Chaiten Vol
May 2015 CHILE The alert level of the volcano was raised to “yellow,” after an increase in seismic activity was detected. Chaitén had a famous catastrophic plinian eruption in 2008, which followed centuries of quiescence and ended in the construction of a new lava dome. –Volcano Discovery
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58: Indonesia’s Lokon-Empung volcano shaken by violent eruption

Lokon Empung Volcano
May 2015INDONESIA An explosion occurred Wednesday (20 May) at 15:22 local time and produced an ash plume of approx 1.5 km height. The eruption was accompanied by strong explosion sounds, which caused concern in nearby villages and the town of Tomohon. After the initial explosion, mild ash venting continued for a while. The eruption came from two vents, both the Tompaluan crater and the new crater west of it that had formed in October last year. –Volcano Discovery
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UK rocked as 4.2 magnitude earthquake hits near London

 UK Quake
May 2015LONDON – A “DRAMATIC, violent, jarring and jolting” earthquake has struck the UK near Kent, waking residents in the middle of the night with the shock of their lives. The unexpected tremor was felt across Britain. The British Geological Survey confirmed the quake struck at 2:52am British Standard Time with an epicenter 7km south of Ramsgate near Kent. It measured 4.2 on the Richter scale. Residents woke in shock as windows rattled, furniture shook and some reported that the quake sounded like a ‘door was being kicked in.’
The site of the quake was near another quake that hit the region in 2007 as a 4.3. Kent Police were inundated with calls about the event. A spokesman toldmirror.co.uk they began to take calls just before 3am. “It has now been confirmed parts of East Kent has been affected by an earthquake measuring just 4.3 on the Richter scale,” they said. A resident in the area, Simon Moores, toldexpress.co.uk there was “dramatic, violent, jarring and jolting of the house for about 10 seconds. “The seagulls launched into air with tremendous noise outside, dogs started barking, crockery moving, furniture jarring about a bit.”
“It stopped after 10 seconds, which made me think it was probably an earthquake,” he said. Student Amber Vellacott from Kent told The Express she too was woken by the quake. “It was a bit of a shock. I was laying in bed and suddenly I felt the conservatory shaking, then the door started shaking in the house. It just wasn’t right. “All of our animals are quite shaken. “It seems more shocking because of what’s just happened in Nepal and it was a very odd time in the morning so it’s woken a lot of people up.” she said. Many other surprised residents flocked to social media to check that what they felt was real. –News
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Guatemala’s Volcán de Fuego growing increasingly restless

Fuego Volcano
May 2015GUATEMALA – Belching of ash and vapor, Guatemala’s Volcán de Fuego (fire volcano) prompted officials to warn air traffic and nearby residents that the mountain could produce a significant eruption at any time. The volcano reawakened in February with eruptions that brought a rain of ash and volcanic debris to adjacent towns. That eruption forced the main international airport in Guatemala City to halt operations until workers could clear the runways of ash.
A more powerful eruption of Fuego in 2012 forced several thousand people to flee the volcano’s slopes. Volcán de Fuego sits on the border of the Guatemalan states of Escuintla, Sacatepequez and Chimaltenango. It’s located about 10 miles to the west of the colonial capital of Antigua and rises to 12,346 feet above sea level. –Earthweek
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Nepal quake aftermath: at least 200 Buddhist nuns and monks dead, 1,000 monasteries flattened

Buddah Nepal
May 2015 NEPAL An estimated 200 Buddhist nuns and monks died after more than 1,000 monasteries collapsed in the 14 districts hit hardest by the earthquake s, according to the Buddhist Philosophy Promotion and Monastery Development Committee (BPPMDC). The committee, under the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, said that all 215 monasteries in Sindhupalchok district were flattened by the April 25 earthquake and its aftershocks. Six monks have been reported dead in the district so far. A total of 150 Buddhist monasteries collapsed in Gorkha, 105 in Dhading, 60 in Rasuwa and 60 in Solukhumbu. There are reports of them destroyed in Nuwakot, Dolakha, Ramechhap, Okhaldhunga, Makwanpur, Lamjung and Syangja as well. “What we have is a preliminary report of damages caused by the quake,” said Bhadra Bahadur Golay, under-secretary at the BPPMDC.
The devastating earthquake has destroyed many well-known monasteries including Seto Gumba in Ramkot; Rato Gumba in Sitapaila; Khumchey Gumba in Gorkha; Chrighyang  Gumba in Dolakha and Chirite Gumba in Sindhupalchok. Karma Tsering Tashi Lama, president of the BPPMDC who recently visited many of the earthquake -affected areas in Sindhupalchok and Rasuwa with an inspection team, said he did not see a monastery that stands straight. “The monasteries we visited had either fallen or were on the verge of collapse,” said Lama. “Of those that remain, there is eerie silence.” With the collapse of monasteries along with their houses in the area, most Buddhist disciples said they feel helpless. “If only the monastery had remained, people would have gone to pray for the departed souls,” said Udar Man Tamang, 37, of Baskharka Village Development Committee. All the eight monasteries in the VDCs have been destroyed by the quake. “People here have nowhere to go,” he said.
The Buddhist committee said it has deployed teams to the districts for a survey of the monasteries . The teams have been collecting the details of destruction in coordination with the local authorities. “Since monasteries are often built on hilltops, landslide has cut off the way for rescue,” said Lama. A total of 2,200 monasteries have been registered with the committee but officials say there are about 5,000 in the country. “The death toll could rise as we have been collecting data only from the registered monasteries,” said Lama. –Ekantipur
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