Nicaragua – Earthquake (GDACS, USGS, SINAPRED, Local Media)
A strong 6.5M earthquake at a depth of 35km hit in the Pacific Ocean, ca. 40km off the coasts of Leon province, Nicaragua on 15 June at 17:34 UTC. USGS indicates 80,000 people exposed to "Strong" shaking, Local media report one person dead and light damage in the capital Managua and in the provinces of Chinandega and Leon.
Pakistan – Severe weather (Pakistan Government, Local Media)
Islamabad, January 4, 2012 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners today welcomed the opening of 35 new schools in Muzaffargah, Rajanpur and Rahimyar Khan in Southern Punjab, three districts hit by the 2010 monsoon floods. These schools have been constructed by the children’s agency at locations where schools were damaged or completely destroyed by the floods that devastated Pakistan from July to September 2010.
More than 4,500 children are now attending these schools which have been handed over to the Punjab Education Department.
BERLIN, Aug 18 (AFP) - Torrential
rains and flooding rivers have devastated large areas of Europe, Asia and
central America in the past two weeks, killing hundreds and sending panicked
governments scrambling to take action.
About 100 people have died as flood waters
continue to rage through some of Europe's historic cities while in Asia,
the traditional monsoon season has left hundreds dead and millions more
The freak weather has revived concerns
that modern civilisation is at fault, with some environmental groups and
Global temperature in 2001: second warmest
The global average surface temperature
in 2001 is expected to be the second warmest on record, 0.42=B0C above the
1961-1990 average. The warmest year in the 1860 to present record occurred
in 1998, according to records maintained by Members of the World Meteorological
Organization (WMO). Nine of the ten warmest years have occurred since 1990,
including 1999 and 2000, when the cooling influence of the tropical Pacific
La Niña contributed to a somewhat lower global average (0.29=B0C and 0.26=B0C