Natural disasters

Papua New Guinea hit by 7.5 magnitude earthquake

A tsunami threat came and went after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Papua New Guinea on Tuesday morning ET, per NOAA and USGS.

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

In this image, two cars float in the flood water between two buildings. This picture is a birds eye view of flood waters in a city.
Flood waters surround area businesses near the main breach in the Mississippi River in Davenport, Iowa on Friday, May 3, 2019. Photo: KC McGinnis/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

At least 4 people across the Midwest have died from historic flooding in the region, while heavy rain and flash flood watches go into effect across America's South on Saturday morning.

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.