April Current Events 2023: Disaster News

Updated April 28, 2023 | Infoplease Staff

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  1. Russian Region Of Kamchatka Struck By Volcano And Earthquake
  2. Two Fatalities Reported As Tornadoes Storm The Central Part Of The United States
  3. Global Warming Cited As The Cause For Elongated Drought In The Horn Of Africa

Russian Region Of Kamchatka Struck By Volcano And Earthquake

Russia Volcanic Eruption

Photo Source: AP Photo/Yury Demyanchuk/Russian Academy of Sciences' Volcanology Institute

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 — The Russian Academy of Sciences, Kamchatka division reported that the Shiveluch volcano erupted soon after midnight on Tuesday, reaching a maximum intensity around six hours later and spreading an ash cloud over an area of 108,000 square kilometers. 

Lava erupted from the volcano, melting snow and triggering a mudslide warning along a nearby roadway. Drifts of grey ash as deep as 8.5cm (3.3 inches) covered villages, the deepest in 60 years. Shiveluch, one of Kamchatka's largest and most active volcanoes, was estimated to be between 60,000 and 70,000 years old by the Response Team monitoring the event over years.

The eruption threatened planes and brought numerous settlements to a halt. Volcanologists issued a code red warning for airplanes, and Rosaviatsia, Russia's aviation regulator, asked crews to "constantly monitor changes in meteorological information." 

Following the eruption, The Geological Survey Department reported that a 5.8 magnitude earthquake occurred off the coast of Kamchatka around 24 hours after the volcano began erupting. According to Russian geologists, it was an aftershock after an earthquake on April 3.

Source: Al Jazeera 

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Two Fatalities Reported As Tornadoes Storm The Central Part Of The United States

Severe Weather Mississippi Rebuilding

Photo Source: AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

Thursday, April 20, 2023 – Storms and tornadoes rip through the central region of the U.S., destroying houses and infrastructure. At least two people died in the disaster. With both fatalities occurring in McClain County, the storms have left a path of destruction in central states like Oklahoma, Kansas, and Iowa.

On Wednesday, the National Weather Service (NWS) started issuing severe storm and tornado warnings that more storms are likely. The death toll is expected to rise when search and rescue operations get underway. Online sources reported that 16,000 Oklahomans were without power on Thursday morning. That's down from 23,000 during the harsh storms. 

Over the previous few months, severe weather has also affected other parts of the country, with powerful hurricanes hitting states like Florida, western states suffering from significant floods and excessive rainfall, and northern states being hammered by powerful winter storms. This spring, tornadoes in the south, midwest, and southeast have killed scores, knocked out electricity, and destroyed structures and electrical lines.

Source: Al Jazeera 

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Global Warming Cited As The Cause For Elongated Drought In The Horn Of Africa

Tunisia Water Shortages

Photo Source: AP Photo/Hassene Dridi

Thursday, April 27, 2023 – A team of international climate scientists with the World Weather Attribution (WWA) made recent comments concerning the elongated drought in the Horn of Africa, noting that the rising greenhouse gas emissions made the drought at least 100 times more likely.

It is much more difficult to specifically mark the cause of droughts, unlike heatwaves and heavy rainfall, because of the complex processes that cause drought; however, the WWA team was able to show that climate change has rendered the Horn of Africa's long rains from March to May twice as likely, and the short rains from October to December wetter, using computer models and climatic measurements.

According to an analysis released on Thursday, the drought that has left 4.35 million people in the Horn of Africa in desperate need of humanitarian help – with 43,000 believed to have perished in Somalia last year – would not have been feasible without climate change. Since October 2020, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia have seen five failed consecutive wet seasons.

Source: Al Jazeera 

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