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2015 natural disaster insurance cost falls lowest in six years

The natural disaster insurance cost in 2015 has fallen to its lowest in six years, Germany-based reinsurer Munich Re published its annual ...

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Minor tremor felt in Kathmandu, Nepal; Epicenter in Sindhupalchowk

Earthquake epicenter map of Sindhupalchowk, Nepal
Update 10:25 pm

According to Nepal Seismological Center, the epicenter was located in Sindhupalchowk with magnitude 4.6. It is an aftershock of April 25 Gorkha earthquake.

The epicenter was located near Syaule Bazar at a shallow depth of 10 km.

"I was watching a program in my laptop when tremor was felt. It was short and quick, enough me to get ready to go out the house. Then, it stopped," Bivek Bhattarai, a teacher from Baneshwor reported.

No preliminary damage or injuries have been reported.

Five days ago, a strong aftershock of magnitude 5.5 rattled the same area. More than 60 people were injured.

Flooding in Indonesia's Aceh Province evacuates thousands

Flooding in Aceh Province of Indonesia has caused evacuation of 7,597 people in five districts.

Evacuated people have been currently living in meunasah (small mosques) and higher areas in villages, Tempo reported quoting Munawar, secretary of North Aceh Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD).

Two selfie-taking students die in West Java flash flood

Two university students died after they were swept away by a West Java river while taking selfies.

The flash flood at an irrigation dam in Sukabami district's Sukasari village washed away students of Jakarta State University (UNJ), Jakarta Globe reported.

Flood hits Mauritius today; torrential rain warning issued

A torrential rain warning is in effect in Mauritius as widespread flooding have been reported in Island.

According to Mauritius Met Service, Pointe aux canonniers saw the highest rainfall of 86 mm between 07:00 to 09:00 am this morning. Heavy downpours have also been reported in Nouvelle Decouverte, Mon Loisir Rouillard, Queen Victiria, Domaine les Pailles, Champs de Mars, Bagatelle dam, Vacoas and Beau Bassin.

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Meteorite strike in Vellore, India kills 1; three injured

Meteorite piece found in Vellore, Tamilnadu (@jsamdaniel)
An Indian man has been killed by Meteorite in Vellore leaving a four-feet deep crater inside the Bharathidasan Engineering College campus.

The meteorite hit the Indian man at 12:30 p.m. local time (2 a.m. E.T.) Saturday, when the man was standing on the grass near the college's cafeteria located in Nattrampalli, Vellore District of Tamil Nadu. Meteorite also injured two gardeners and a student. A dark blue stone resembling a diamond was spotted at the scene.

According to NDTV, Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa said a college bus driver was killed by the meteorite and Rs. 1 lakh has been awarded in compensation to his family.

However, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has yet to confirm whether the mysterious object is indeed a meteorite. If scientists confirm the explosion was due to a meteorite, it would be the first recorded human fatality due to a falling space rock in modern history. 

The meteorite explosion broke window panes and windscreens of buses as well, The Times of India reported.

Meteorite strike in Russia in 2013 injured a thousand of people making it the largest recorded object to strike the Earth in more than a century.

Meteorite Strikes in India

Three interesting meteorite strikes have been recorded in India in last two centuries, based upon a list kept by International Comet Quarterly. A meteorite fall occurred in Oriang, Malwate in 1825. Two years later, a meteorite hit Mhow. 

In 2003, meteorite shower was widely observed yielding numerous highly magnetic meteorites in Mayurbhanj,  Orissa, India. No causalities or damages were reported.

About Asteroids, Meteors and Meteorites

-Asteroids orbits the Sun. They are small bodies.
-Planetoids or minor planets are also called large Asteroids.
-Once these Asteroids enter our planet's atmosphere, it becomes a Meteor.
-If any any of these Meteor impact our Earth, they become Meteorites.

Last Updated: Sunday, February 7, 2016

Earthquakes Today: February 7, 2016

This is the list of earthquakes happened in the World today 7th February 2016 as reported by United States Geological Survey (USGS). Earthquakes that have been felt by people are listed below.

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3.9 magnitude earthquake felt around Dead Sea, Israel

A 3.9 magnitude earthquake rattled the Dead Sea region around 02:35 pm local time, The Geophysical Institute Of Israel (GII) reported.

According to GII, the earthquake occurred in Arava region near Jordan border at 17 km depth.