What's happening: The strongest effects of the earthquake were felt in Kokopo, with a population of 26,000, and Rabaul, with a population of 8,000. Kokopo experienced "very strong to severe" shaking, consistent with causing moderate to heavy damage. NOAA is not anticipating a tsunami threat to Hawaii or the West Coast of the U.S. or Alaskan coast.
Midwest faces lethal floodwaters, Canada copes with extreme flooding aftermath
Why now: These floods are the result of spring snowmelt and a series of storms that have added to the amount of water flowing into the Mississippi River.