#Natural Disaster

During Ballooning, spider climbs high point and release fine silk threads. (Photo Credit-representative image/ Unsplash)

  • Ballooning, also known as kiting, is generally used by a spider
  • During ballooning, a spider throws strands to nearby trees in an attempt to get off the ground quickly
  • Last week, Australia received heavy rain and many properties were damaged

It is being called one of the worst plagues in decades. (Photo credit: Twitter/@LucyThack)

  • The mice plague started being reported around mid-March in Australia’s eastern states
  • Several pictures and videos are doing the rounds on social media 
  • NSW extended a support package of $50 million to help the farmers

Over 24,00 lightening strikes related cases are reported globally each year (Representational/Unsplash)

  • Lightning targets the tallest objects in an area hence it is advised to avoid hilltops
  • You should steer clear of water bodies as water is a good conductor of electricity 
  • If you are in a forest, search for shorter trees and take refuge there until the storm is over 

The earthquake struck 96kms north-east of Assam's Guwahati city. (Photo credit: Twitter/ @AnandFiske)

  • An earthquake hit Assam's Sonitpur on Wednesday
  • Videos of cracked roads, broken rooms and damaged buildings started doing the rounds on social media
  • The magnitude of the earthquake was found to be 6.4

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Seismometers and a network of such equipments are used to measure an earthquake(Picture Credit:Unsplash)

  • The earliest instrument, designed to measure earthquake was a seismoscope, which was invented by a Chinese philosopher
  • The slip of one block of rock over another in an earthquake releases energy that makes the ground vibrate
  • Seismographs record a zigzag trace that shows how the ground shakes beneath the instrument

.Similipal, Odisha, India
A total of 399 fire points have been identified in the fringe areas bordering the Similipal forest. (Photo credit: Fire Department, Mayurbhanj)

  • The Similipal fire started in February
  • The biosphere reserve is Asia’s second largest forest reserve 
  • It is home over 50 species of animals, including the endangered Bengal Tigers

.Grindavik, Iceland
The earthquake hit Iceland on Wednesday. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Unsplash)

  • The earthquake hit the town of Grindavik
  • It had a depth of 10 km
  • It was soon followed by two tremors in the country, of magnitudes 4.8 and 4.6

.Chamoli, Uttarakhand, India
The NTPC has been asked to redirect the course of Dhauli Ganga in order to prevent water from flowing into the Tapovan tunnel and causing the sludge-clearing operations to get stalled. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • The glacier burst decimated the Rishi Ganga hydel project on February 7
  • While 67 people have lost their lives, 137 are still missing
  • The Tapovan project, though not destroyed, has been substantially damaged

.Oklahoma City, OK, USA
The earthquake hit Kansas-Oklahoma on Friday morning. (Photo Credit: Representative Image/Unsplash)

  • The United States Geological Survey said the earthquake was recorded around 7.56 am on Friday
  • "Just felt an earthquake at the NWS office!" the National Weather Service station in Tulsa tweeted
  • There were no immediate reports of damage

.Texas City, TX, USA
Weather-related emergencies have also been declared in Alabama, Oklahoma, Kansas, Mississippi and Oregon. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • More than 4 million customers in Texas were without electricity as of Tuesday morning
  • Arctic conditions have brought record low temperatures to several states
  • President Joe Biden has declared an emergency for Texas on Sunday