Last week, Papua New Guinea was shaken by a violent 7.5 magnitude earthquake, generating landslides and floods. The quake killed at least 15 people and injuring dozens more.
As Papua New Guinea was beginning to recover, another earthquake hit the small island today, measuring at magnitude 6.7 -- that’s the equivalent to California’s Northridge earthquake in 1994. Two more aftershocks followed -- 5.0 and 5.1. Bringing the death toll to at least 67 people killed from the earthquakes in Papua New Guinea. Around 150,000 people require aid after these earthquakes and aftershocks.
Tornado season started over the weekend, touching ground in multiple states.
Tennessee’s Robertson County witnessed multiple snapped and uprooted trees from an EF-1 tornado (winds between 86-110 miles per hour). The EF-1 later strengthened to an EF-2 (winds between 111-135 miles per hour) after crossing the state line into Kentucky causing damage and completely destroying one home in Logan County where at least one person died.
These 2 tornadoes were part of the severe thunderstorms and flooding that reached across the central United States, taking the lives of 5 individuals and injuring others.
What to do during a tornado attack:
From Monday to Wednesday, central U.S. cities witnessed massive rain storms, receiving a month’s worth of rain within 48 hours. Cities in Texas, Michigan, Oklahoma, and everywhere between are experiencing flooding as rivers rise. Reaching major flood levels will be an easy feat for some rivers. Indiana towns, Elkhart and Goshen, were hit hard, declaring a state of emergency, forcing citizens to evacuate.
If you have to abandon your home and car to escape the dangerous floods, what should you do once you return home?
We’re all familiar with myths, legends, and old wives’ tales, and they’re usually fun to hear. But it’s all fun and games until you apply them to real life situations. We have a list of common survival tips that are more fiction than fact.
Don’t Try: Sucking venom out of a snakebite.
Try: If someone is bitten with a venomous bite, get to a hospital as soon as possible. In transit, try to keep their heart rate low and hold the affected limb below heart level.
Don’t Try: Playing dead when a bear attacks.
Try: In the woods, quietly back away. In or around your yard and/or campsite, make yourself large and loud to scare off the bear.
- Don’t Try: Punching a shark in the nose.