Photos – Aftermath Of US Midwest Tornadoes

A truck lies on its side after a tornado struck Woodward, Oklahoma, April 15, 2012. Rescue and clean-up efforts were underway across the Midwest on Sunday after dozens of tornadoes tore through the region, killing at least five people in Oklahoma, leaving thousands without power in Kansas and damaging up to 90 percent of the homes and buildings in one small Iowa town. (REUTERS/Jeff Tuttle)

There were dozens of tornadoes that destroyed buildings, vehicles and trees across the Midwest during the weekend.

(Please click here for: ‘At Least Five Killed By Night time Tornado In Oklahoma’).

Tornado is a natural disaster that sucked up things along its path and dropped them back to the ground may be a few meters away.

I first learned about tornadoes after reading the book, ‘The Wizard of Oz’.

I was 4 years old at that time and I wondered why only Dorothy’s house was sucked up by the twister and not some other things around it.

Actually tornado only destroys things along its path.

Sue Lord is dwarfed by the debris from her home, which is piled up on the neighbor's home, following a tornado in Woodward, Okla., Sunday, April 15, 2012. Lord was in the home when the tornado struck, but was not injured. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Ottaway Amusement, Inc. workers survey the damage to a 65-foot tall Ferris wheel Sunday morning, April 15, 2012, that toppled over onto another ride at Kellogg and Greenwicht following a tornado that swept through east Wichita overnight Saturday. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Mike Hutmacher)
A woman is framed in the doorway of a damaged home in Thurman, Iowa, Sunday, April 15, 2012. Iowa emergency officials said a large part of the town in the western part of the state was destroyed Saturday night, possibly by a tornado, but no one was injured or killed. Fremont County Emergency Management Director Mike Crecelius said about 75 percent of the 250-person town was destroyed. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Storm chaser photographer Brad Mack shoots a tornado as it makes its way over the 135 freeway near Moundridge, Kansas, during the third day of severe weather and multiple tornado sightings, April 14, 2012. A spate of tornadoes tore through parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa, churning through Wichita and other areas, causing widespread damage and killing two. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
Trish Ford, of Woodward, Oklahoma, looks for personal papers for a friend whose office was destroyed by a tornado April 15, 2012. REUTERS/Jeff Tuttle

Woodward, Oklahoma

At Least Five Killed By Night time Tornado In Oklahoma

Reuters reported that at least five people were killed on Sunday while some people were injured when a tornado hit a northwest city of Woodward, Oklahoma early on Sunday morning as tornadoes swept across the U.S. Plains states.

Tornadoes were spotted across the Midwest and Plains on Saturday damaging buildings and vehicles in Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Oklahoma.

A number of people were reportedly injured in those incidents.

Iowa emergency officials said a large part of the town of Thurman in the western part of the state was destroyed Saturday night but luckily nobody was killed.

Weather forecasters warned that severe storms and more tornadoes touchdown is expected in the region for the rest of the weekend.

On Tuesday April 3, 2012,  a swarm of tornadoes hit Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.

This is a disaster and I am very sorry for the victims.

THURMAN, IA - APRIL 14: Several Semi trucks and their trailers are overturned on Interstate 29 April 14, 2012 in Thurman, Iowa. Photo By Eric Francis/Getty Images
A severe thunder storm supercell moves above the ground near the small town of Stratton, Nebraska April 12, 2012. Forecasters are warning of a possible major tornado outbreak in the Midwest this weekend, with Kansas and Oklahoma seen at particular risk as early as Saturday. Picture taken April 12, 2012. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
Storm chaser photographers Brad Mack (R) and Gene Blevins take photos of lightning from a tornadic super cell near Apache City, Oklahoma April 13, 2012. Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are expected Saturday afternoon and evening over central and eastern Kansas, central and eastern Nebraska and central and north central Oklahoma, the National Weather Service said. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
Huge tornadic super cells shoot out lightning bolts in the skies near the area of Apache, Oklahoma, April 13, 2012. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
Huge super cells form in the skies near the area of Kingfisher, Oklahoma April 13, 2012. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
Huge tornadic super cells shoot out lightning bolts in the skies near the area of Apache, Oklahoma, April 13, 2012. . REUTERS/Gene Blevins
A funnel cloud dips down from the clouds on Saturday, April 14, 2012, just southwest of Otis, Kansas as severe thunderstorms roll across Kansas. The funnel touched down briefly before the storm weakened. Supercell thunderstorms spawned numerous tornadoes in Kansas on Saturday. (AP Photo/The Hays Daily News, Steven Hausler)
THURMAN, IA - APRIL 14: Damage from an apparent tornado is seen April 14, 2012 in Thurman, Iowa. The storms were part of a massive system that affected areas from Northern Nebraska south through Oklahoma. Photo By Eric Francis/Getty Images

Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas Hit By Tornadoes – In Picrures

Neighbours view what remains of a home in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday April 3, 2012. Tornadoes tore through the Dallas area Tuesday, peeling roofs off homes, tossing big-rig trucks into the air and leaving flattened tractor trailers strewn along highways and parking lots. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron Jenkins)

On Tuesday, a swarm of tornadoes hit Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.

At least 17 people were injured in this disaster.

This year the tornadoes had caused 57 deaths in the Midwest and South of USA while 550 were killed by tornadoes in 2011.

161 people were killed in Joplin, Missouri by a monster tornado on May 22, 2011.

A trailer flies through the air as a tornado sweeps through the Dallas-Fort Worth area April 3, 2012 in this still image taken from video. One or more tornadoes touched down in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area on Tuesday, tossing tractor trailer trucks into the air and causing some damages to homes, according to local television. REUTERS/Reuters TV/NBC/Handout
A resident sorts through the remains of her damaged home after a series of tornadoes ripped through the Dallas suburb of Lancaster, Texas, April 3, 2012. Up to a dozen tornadoes skipped through the densely populated Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas on Tuesday, ripping apart homes and tossing tractor-trailer trucks into the air, but there were no reports of serious injuries or deaths. REUTERS/Tim Sharp
A vehicle rests in the driveway of a home destroyed by a series of tornadoes ripping through the Dallas suburb of Lancaster, Texas, April 3, 2012. REUTERS/Tim Sharp
Damaged cars are seen amid the debris after a tornado struck a residential neighbourhood in Lancaster, Texas April 3, 2012. At least two tornadoes tore through the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area in Texas on Tuesday, ripping apart buildings, tossing tractor trailer trucks into the air and grounding planes in the region. REUTERS/Mike Stone
Semi-tractor trailers lay in debris left by a tornado which passed through the southern area of Dallas, Texas April 3, 2012.Tornadoes tore through the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area in Texas on Tuesday, ripping apart buildings, tossing tractor trailer trucks into the air and grounding all planes in the region.There were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths although the storm was still active. REUTERS/Tim Sharp

Aftermath of Great Mississippi River Flooding – Bonnet Carre Spillway Last Floodgate Is Closed In Pictures

During the Mississippi River flooding, the US Army Corps of Engineers opened  floodgates of the Bonnet Carre Spillway and later the Morganza Spillway.

The Bonnet Carre Spillway was opened on May 9, to divert flood water from the Mississippi River into Lake Pontchartrain.

330 of the spillway’s 350 bays were opened before the corps started closing them on June 12.

The last 20 bays were closed on Monday.

On May 14, the Morganza floodway was opened to diverted water from the Mississippi into the Atchafalaya River, which carried it into the Gulf of Mexico.

It caused some flooding in the Atchafalaya Basin.

The number of gates opened on the Morganza peaked at 17.

Only one gate remained open as of Monday morning.

This two picture combo shows the Bonnet Carre Spillway, thirty miles upriver from New Orleans, on May 9, 2011, when it was opened to divert rising water from the Mississippi River into Lake Pontchartrain, left, and Monday, June 20, 2011, right, when the last bays were closed, in Norco, La. Corps officials don't think the Missouri River's flood is going to have significant impact on the lower Mississippi. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers workers close the final bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway just above New Orleans in Norco, Miss., Monday, June 20, 2011. The gates were opened weeks ago, pouring fresh water into Lake Pontchartrain, as high water on the Mississippi River threatened levees. Corps officials don't think the Missouri River's flood is going to have significant impact on the lower Mississippi. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Shore birds hunting for stranded fish fly over a formerly submerged roadway as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers workers close the final bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway just above New Orleans in Norco, La., Monday, June 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
In this June 16, 2011 photograph this mailbox shows what two weeks under Mississippi River floodwaters can do, as residents of the affected areas begin their cleanup. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
In this June 16, 2011 photograph James Winters walks slowly through the sweltering remains of his Vicksburg, Miss., waterlogged home, wipes the sweat from his brow and ponders if his home of over 20 years, can be saved. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
In this June 16, 2011 photograph the sagging mold covered blades of this ceiling fan in the Vicksburg, Miss., home of James Winters shows the height the Mississippi River floodwaters reached as waters almost reached the roof of the home at its highest crest. (AP Photo/Holbrook Mohr)
The Mississippi River indicator on the new Mississippi River Bridge shows the height of the 2011 record flooding, Thursday, June 16, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The Missouri River Flooding In Pictures

The Missouri River flooding is getting worse.

Flood water crest more and more levees.

The US Corps of Engineer had released water from dams along the river.

And in some place the levees were ruptured causing more water to flood the homes and farms.

This is another U.S. flood disaster after the very bad Mississippi River flooding last month.

Trees emerge from the flooded Missouri River as seen from the Council Bluffs, Iowa side of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, June 21, 2011. Downtown Omaha, Nebraska is in the background. REUTERS/Lane Hickenbottom
In this June 16, 2011 photo, Missouri River flood waters have finally reached a man-made second levee protecting the small town of Hamburg, Iowa. The river has been rising for weeks as the corps releases increasing amounts of water from its upstream dams to clear out heavy spring rain and snow melt. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)
In this June 13, 2011, file photo the Missouri River floods farmland north of Hamburg, Iowa. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, FILE)
Flood waters from the Missouri River cover Highway 333 near Interstate I-29 outside of town, Thursday, June 16, 2011, in Hamburg, Iowa. The water level continues to rise and officials say that it should crest sometime later this week. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Flood waters from the nearby Missouri River cover a county highway, Wednesday, June 15, 2011, in Hamburg, Iowa. The water level continues to rise and officials say that it should crest sometime later this week. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
A farmhouse and buildings sit surrounded by flood waters from the nearby Missouri River, Wednesday, June 15, 2011, in Hamburg, Iowa. The water level continues to rise and officials say that it should crest sometime later this week. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
In this June 13, 2011, file photo the Missouri River floods farmland north of Hamburg, Iowa. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Missouri River flooding, June 2011. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
A home is engulfed by flood water in Hamburg, Iowa, Monday, June 13, 2011. The rising Missouri River has ruptured two levees in northwest Missouri, sending torrents of flood waters over rural farmland toward the Iowa town of Hamburg and the Missouri resort town of Big Lake.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Vehicles travel on Interstate 29, north of Hamburg, Iowa, Monday, June 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Interstate 29, north of Hamburg, Iowa, is down to one lane due to flooding from the Missouri River, Monday, June 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
A grain silo is surrounded by flood waters Monday, June 13, 2011, near Beaver Laken Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
An aerial view of a ruptured levee near Hamburg, Iowa, bottom center, Monday, June 13, 2011, which was letting in water from the Missouri River. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Flooding along the Missouri River in this aerial photograph taken over the Anderson dance Pavilion and Spirit of Siouxland monument in Sioux City, Iowa, Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Communities along the Missouri River including Dakota Dunes, SD, Sioux City, Iowa, and South Sioux City, Nebr., are battling flooding in the wake of record high releases from upstream Missouri River reservoirs. Sioux City Journal photo by Tim Hynds

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The Missouri River Flooding – The Rising Souris River Threatened Minot In Pictures.’

Hurricane Beatriz Hits Mexico – Photos

Hurricane Beatriz hit Mexico’s Pacific coast on Tuesday.

It is a Category 1 hurricane.

The popular tourist ports of Acapulco and Manzanillo were closed ahead of the hurricane’s arrival.

There are hurricane warnings along the Mexican coast from Lazaro Cardenas northwestward to Cabo Corrientes. 

The Mexican government said the coastal states of Guerrero, Michoacan, Colima and Jalisco should prepare for 10- to 13-foot (3- to 4-meter) waves and 6 to 12 inches of rain.

A storm surge was expected to cause coastal flooding in the hurricane warning area.

Storm surge happens when the hurricane caused the sea to rise up higher than the ordinary sea level.

It can cause lots of damages especially if it happens during the high tide.

Hurricane Beatriz is the second hurricane of the 2011 Pacific season.

The first was Hurricane Adrian, which formed earlier this month.

This is a disaster as the heavy rains can cause floods and strong winds can damage buildings as well as causing very high waves.

A family prepares to leave Miramar beach after having a picnic before the arrival of Tropical Storm Beatriz in the Pacific resort city of Manzanillo, Mexico, Monday June 20, 2011. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Beatriz is expected to become a hurricane Monday night or early Tuesday, brushing over Mexico's southwestern coast later that day before heading back out to sea. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)
Cars swept into the ocean by high waves caused by the approach of Tropical Storm Beatriz are pictured by the shore in Acapulco June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer
People stand next to a car swept out to the shore after high waves caused by the approach of Tropical Storm Beatriz broke inland in Acapulco June 20, 2011. Tropical Storm Beatriz drenched parts of Mexico's Pacific coast with heavy rains on Monday and has strengthened into a hurricane, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. REUTERS/Stringer
A person walks past an upturned car by the shore after the vehicle was swept into the ocean by high waves caused by the approach of Tropical Storm Beatriz in Acapulco June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer.
An upturned car is pictured by the shore after it was swept into the ocean by high waves caused by the approach of Tropical Storm Beatriz in Acapulco June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

More Water Spouts Predicted In Malaysian Waters

Water spout seen from Pengkalan Teluk Buih, Air Papan, Mersing, Malaysia on June 18, 2011. (Kosmo.com.my).

At about 3:30 pm on June 18, 2011, villagers in Pengkalan Teluk Buih, Air Papan, Mersing, Johore were surprised to see a water spout that swiftly moved towards their village.

A lot of fishermen’s boats were reported damaged.

Water spout rarely happens in Malaysian waters in the past.

Anyway the Meteorological Department predicts that the changing climate could result in more waterspouts in certain areas such as the one that occurred here.

Similar waterspouts had been detected in Penang, Selangor, Malacca, Sarawak and Sabah.

Water spout is something like a tornado(twister) but it started in the sea or ocean. 

It is a disaster. 

25th Anniversary of Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster – Part 2

Belarus, Ukraine and Russia mark the 25th anniversary of the nuclear reactor explosion in Chernobyl on April 26.

This is the world’s worst nuclear accident and classified as a level 7.

It happened on April 26, 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukrainian SSR (now Ukraine).

Large quantities of radioactive contamination was released into the atmosphere that spread over much of the Western Russia and Europe.

Now we are facing another level 7 nuclear disaster – the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster.

(Please >>>click here<<< to read my post on Fukushima Daiichi disaster.)

I think that nuclear power is efficient but very, very, very dangerous.

These photos show before and after view of Pripyat, a beautiful city that had to be abandoned after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on April 7, 2011, shows before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich
A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on March 31, 2011, shows before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich
A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on March 31, 2011, shows before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich
A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on March 31, 2011, shows before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich
A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on March 31, 2011, shows before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich
A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on February 24, 2011, shows before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich
A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on March 31, 2011 (bottom), shows the before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich

Please >>> click here <<< for ’25th Anniversary of Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster – Part 1′.

Anti-Nuclear Protests In Tokyo And Seoul-Photos

Protesters take part in an anti-nuclear rally in Tokyo March 27, 2011. The sign on the left reads, "Change energy policy". The sign on the right reads, "Do not sprinkle radioactive material". REUTERS/Toru Hanai

I think that nuclear power is very dangerous.

Nuclear power is very dangerous because if there is an accident at the power plant, it can cause nuclear radiation like what is now happening in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Nuclear radiation is dangerous because the effect can be something like the effect of a nuclear weapon or an atomic bomb.

And if a nuclear power plant exploded, it can be as bad as being hit by an atomic bomb.

Nuclear power plant is an efficient and clean way to produce electricity but it can also become a disaster of mass destruction that can kill and harm lots and lots of people, animals and plants.

It will take a very, very long time to get rid of the nuclear radiation from the atmosphere, soil and the water system.

Go Green 🙂

I think we should use more wind turbine and solar power to produce electricity.

VIDEO: Hundreds of people joined anti-nuclear protests in Japan on Sunday following the country's worst ever atomic accident at the tsunami-stricken Fukushima plant. (AFPTV)
A Greenpeace photo shows a member of the environmental group holding a Geiger counter displaying radiation levels of 7.66 micro Sievert per hour in Iitate city, Fukushima. Dangerous levels of radiation detected in water thought to be leaking from a stricken Japanese reactor have dealt a new blow in efforts to avert a nuclear disaster. (AFP/GREENPEACE/Christian Aslund)
South Korean environmentalists stage a rally to commemorate the 32th anniversary of the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster in the United States, in front of the Myungdong Catholic Church in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, March 28, 2011. Fears over possible radiation contamination are growing in South Korea, the country closest to Japan, after the latter's japanese nuclear power plants were damaged by earthquakes.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Environmental activists shout slogans during a rally demanding the government halt the building of more nuclear plants in South Korea, in Seoul March 22, 2011. REUTERS/Truth Leem
An environmental activist wearing a mask takes part in a rally demanding the government halt the building of more nuclear plants in South Korea, in Seoul March 28, 2011, on the 32nd anniversary of U.S. Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident in 1979. South Korea, a major global supplier of nuclear plants, will carry on with its nuclear plans despite the crisis at a quake-hit nuclear complex in nearby Japan, a government minister said on Monday. Nuclear power accounts for 31.4 percent of South Korea's electricity generation needs, and the world's fifth-largest oil importer has a target to increase that to 48.5 percent by 2024. It has 7 reactors under construction, with plans to build 6 more and bring to 34 the number on-stream by 2024. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

Photos Of ‘Mega-Mudslides’ In Bolivia

On Sunday night, a ‘mega mudslides’ hit La Paz, Bolivia after heavy rains brought by La Nina phenomenon.

The mudslides destroyed the houses of at least 4000 people.

The Bolivian president promised that the government will build new houses for the victims.

The poor neighbourhood of Carlapa was badly damaged.

Most of the houses were built on the hills and fell on top of another.

Mudslide is a natural disaster.

I am very sad and sorry for the victims.

People try to recover their belongings after a landslide triggered by heavy rains, destroyed around 100 houses at the Valle de Flores neighborhood in La Paz, Bolivia, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
People walk next to an area where around 100 houses were destroyed after a landslide was triggered by heavy rains at the Valle de Flores neighborhood in La Paz, Bolivia, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
People recover belongings after a landslide, triggered by heavy rains, destroyed around 100 houses at the Valle de Flores neighborhood in La Paz, Bolivia, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
People try to recover their belongings after a landslide triggered by heavy rains destroyed around 100 houses at the neighborhood of Valle de Flores in La Paz, Bolivia, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Members of a rescue team attempt to recover a motorcycle trapped under the debris of a collapsed building after a landslide in the Kupini and Valle de las Flores districts in La Paz February 27, 2011. REUTERS/David Mercado
Members of a rescue team attempt to recover a motorcycle trapped under the debris of a collapsed building after a landslide in the Kupini and Valle de las Flores districts in La Paz February 27, 2011. REUTERS/David Mercado
A general view shows the destruction after a landslide in the Kupini and Valle de las Flores districts in La Paz February 28, 2011. REUTERS/David Mercado
People walk on a destroyed road after a landslide in the Kupini and Valle de las Flores districts in La Paz February 28, 2011. Heavy rains triggered landslides in the area on Sunday, leaving two people dead, dozens injured and destroying hundreds of houses, according to local media. REUTERS/David Mercado
A general view shows the destruction after a landslide in the Kupini and Valle de las Flores districts in La Paz February 28, 2011. REUTERS/David Mercado
Members of a rescue team look at the destruction after a landslide in the Kupini and Valle de las Flores districts in La Paz February 28, 2011. REUTERS/David Mercado