Cyclone Ana Wreaks Havoc in Fiji; Heavy Rains, Flooding Continue

Do You Live Near A Giant Impact Crater? This Website Lets You Find Out

Once upon a time, several billion years ago, Earth was pelted with giant asteroids and comets with horrifying frequency. These would-be worlds and distant ice balls can still pop into our planetary neighbourhood from time to time, but the era of frequent planetary pinball games looks to be over. In the eons since, massive impacts became less frequent, but every now and then a sizeable chunk of rock slammed into the Earth, giving it a brand-new scar.

The pits these momentous meetings of planet and space rock have left behind have often succumbed to erosion, but some still remain. The problem is that you wouldn’t often know you’re wandering into one of them because, well, civilisation happened and the raw earth was paved over. Fortunately, as spotted by Twitter user and space aficionado Jason Major (@JPMajor), there’s a website (click here!) that can lets you know if you live near one of these preserved rocky cauldrons…

Cyclone Ana Wreaks Havoc in Fiji; Heavy Rains, Flooding Continue

Rewa River burst its banks during Cyclone Ana 
Photo: Fiji Roads Authority. Full story: Intensity of Cyclone Ana surprises many in Fiji | RNZ News

Tropical cyclone Ana, the first one to hit Fiji this year, has caused extensive damages to the South Pacific island nation. According to a statement by Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS) on Sunday, at around 10 p.m.on Saturday night, the centre of the tropical cyclone moved past the northern part of the Yasawa islands and headed towards Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu before strengthening into a category 2 system, reports Xinhua news agency.

At 6 a.m. on Sunday morning, the cyclone made landfall near Rakiraki in the northern part of Viti Levu and continued to track south-southeast over the central part of Fiji towards the capital area of Suva. By midday on Sunday, the centre of Ana was located over the coast of Viti Levu between Suva and Navua, a town about 38 km west of Suva heading towards Kadavu in the southern part of Fiji…

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