A magnitude 5.7 earthquake rattled central Japan on Monday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. A second quake - magnitude 4.6 quake - struck about 11 minutes later.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said no tsunami alert has been issued.
The quake, which took place at 4:24 p.m. local time, was centered about 143 kilometers (89 miles) north-northwest of Tokyo at a depth of 9.9 kilometers (6.2 miles), according to the USGS.FULL STORY
Call it winter weather, part two.
Just days after a storm walloped the Great Plains, a second one - bringing with it heavy snow and strong winds - was slamming the region early Monday, forcing airline cancellations and school closures from Colorado to Texas.
National Weather Service forecasters warned the storm was bringing potentially "life threatening" and "crippling" blizzard conditions with freezing temperatures to portions of southeast Kansas, northwest Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle overnight.FULL STORY
Duke the English bulldog has given new meaning to the word "dogsled."
His owner, Karen Blue, shot a video of the 75-pound pooch barreling down a slope near Kansas City, Missouri, on a bright red sled, barking all the way. He appeared to enjoy himself, and Blue got a warm chuckle out of it.
"He is obsessed with his sled," Blue wrote, when she posted the video to CNN's iReport on Thursday.
Bystanders let out whoops and cheers, as the stocky fellow stepped off the sled when the ride was up. A man shouted: "He wants more!"
Kansas probably doesn't.
The state got the brunt of the snow as a winter storm moved past, heading toward the northeast.
Wichita saw its second-highest storm snowfall total on record with 14.2 inches over two days, the weather service said.
Weather conditions across America may give a good many of us an excuse to stay indoors until Friday.
A blanket of white could fall on most of the United States and some of Canada this week, while violent thunderstorms roll in off of the Gulf of Mexico, threatening to flood parts of the Deep South.FULL STORY
A storm system in the U.S. West is expected to pose a triple threat to the country over the next three days, eventually bringing snow to the Southwest, a blizzard to the Central Plains, and severe storms to Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas, according to CNN's weather unit.
Portions of California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado, especially those at higher elevations, face winter storm conditions over the next 24 hours.
Then, the National Weather Service says portions of Kansas and Nebraska could see more than a foot of snow by Thursday. Meanwhile, significant ice buildup could make travel treacherous in the southern Plains. The weather service advises postponing travel until after the storm passes if possible.
Additionally, areas farther south including Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi, could see severe thunderstorms with possibly strong tornadoes from this weather system, CNN's weather unit says.
Later on in the week, the storm system could dump up to six inches of rain on areas from Mississippi to Georgia.
[Updated at 9:55 a.m. ET] The injury count in Friday's meteor blast over Russia is rising as the day goes on.
About 1,000 people – including 200 children – have been reported hurt by shockwaves or fragments from a meteor that exploded over central Russia, according to Russia's state-run RIA Novosti news agency. Most were hurt by broken glass, and about two-thirds of the injuries were very minor, RIA Novosti reported, citing the Chelyabinsk region's governor.
More than 250 buildings have sustained damage – mostly broken glass – as a result of the shock waves caused by the blast, said Vladimir Stepanov, of the National Center for Emergency Situations at the Russian Interior Ministry.
[Posted at 3:49 a.m. ET] A meteor shower sparked an explosion that left 250 people injured Friday in southern Russia, state media reported.
Of the hundreds, at least three were critically injured by broken glass, state-run RIA Novosti reported.
A bright white flash appeared in the sky for a few seconds, followed by a heavy "bang" that sounded like a blast, according to Russian News Agency Itar-Tass.FULL STORY
Hurricane Sandy is expected to rank as the second-costliest tropical cyclone on record, after Hurricane Katrina of 2005, and will probably be the sixth-costliest cyclone when adjusting for inflation, population and wealth normalization factors, the National Hurricane Center said in a report released on Tuesday afternoon.
The number of deaths caused by Sandy is estimated to be 147. In the United States, 72 deaths occurred, making Sandy the deadliest U.S. cyclone outside of the southern states since Hurricane Agnes of 1972, the report said.
Meteorologists classify hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions as tropical cyclones.
A major winter storm whipped the Upper Midwest early Monday, just after a historic snowfall buried much of the Northeast.
The latest blizzard dumped 8 to 15 inches of snow across parts of seven states, but saved most of its fury for the Dakotas and Minnesota, the National Weather Service said.
Snow showers and blowing snow were expected to linger Monday across the area.
More than 1,000 miles away, residents of the Northeast spent the weekend digging out from a storm that dumped several feet of snow across the region.
In the Southeast, at least 15 tornadoes formed across southern Mississippi and Alabama Sunday afternoon as a cold front moved in. Major damage was caused by a tornado that struck Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The Mobile, Alabama, National Weather Service Office was to begin conducting damage surveys Monday.
According to Storm Prediction Center reports, nearly 70 people were injured in Sunday's storms, with at least 61 of those in Hattiesburg.FULL STORY
A major winter storm whipped the Upper Midwest early Monday, just days after historic snowfall left much of the Northeast buried and without power.
The blizzard dumped up to 8 to 15 inches of snow across parts of seven states, but saving most of its fury for the Dakotas and Minnesota, the National Weather Service said.
Snow showers were expected to linger across the area Monday.
More than a thousand miles to the east, residents of the Northeast spent the weekend digging out from a historic storm that dumped several feet of snow in the region.FULL STORY
A tornado has caused at least three injuries and damaged structures in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, officials there say.
At 5:28 p.m. CT, Terry Steed from the Emergency Management District in Hattiesburg confirmed that a tornado was on the ground in Hattiesburg and that there was damage. Brett Carr with the Mississippi Emergency
Management Agency in Marion County said at least three people were injured.
The mammoth blizzard that buried the Northeast under feet of snow has drifted away, leaving millions on a path of hefty recovery.
At least nine deaths in three states and Canada are blamed on the snowstorm, which was spawned by two converging weather systems.
Residents from Pennsylvania to Maine are trying to dig out from as much as 3 feet of snowfall.
"There's just really no place to put the snow," Bostonian Allison Rice said, trying to shovel away what she could.FULL STORY
[Updated at 8:42 p.m. ET] Authorities are now saying at least nine people were killed in accidents related to the storm – five in Connecticut, according to the governor, two in Canada, one in New York and one in Massachusetts.
[Updated at 7:05 p.m. ET] The storm has apparently resulted in more deaths. Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy said in a news conference that "we believe there are now five fatalities" tied to the storm. At least six deaths had been reported earlier: two in Canada, two in Connecticut, one in Massachusetts, and one in New York. It isn't clear whether the two deaths reported earlier in Connecticut were among the five Malloy mentioned.
Up to 30 inches of snow. That's how much some predicted could be dumped on Boston by the time this blizzard was done - which would amount to a new all-time snowfall record for the Massachusetts city, one hardly unfamiliar with winter storms.
These kind of forecasts, throughout the Northeast, were matched by frequent calls by officials to hunker down. The governors of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut ordered cars off the roads. In Boston, that translated to largely empty streets - spare a few plows - on what would have been Friday rush hour.
That meant fewer people out to experience the elements - in the form of small, icy snowflakes blowing in winds that, in some places, gusted up to 60 mph. That intensity of snow, and wind, was expected to continue - if not get even stronger - into Saturday morning.
[Updated at 6:17 p.m.] The storm has taken a toll on flights to and from the Northeast.
U.S. airlines have cancelled more than 4,700 flights that were to take off from Thursday to Sunday.
The winter weather storm that's set to wallop the Northeast is a combination of two fronts: a rainy weather system coming up from the mid-Atlantic and a cold snow system coming off the Great Lakes. It's already dumping heavy snow on the states near the Great Lakes as it makes it way toward the heavily populated northeast United States, the National Weather Service said.
The worst snowfall is predicted in southern New England, from eastern Massachusetts to Maine, creating white-out conditions. Airports are closing, and thousands of flights are canceled. Blizzard warnings are in effect for most of the Northeast coastal communities from New Jersey north to the Canadian border in Maine.
Up to 12,000 students scheduled to take the ACT on Saturday could be affected by a massive winter storm that's expected to engulf much of the Northeast this weekend.
Approximately 80 test sites out of 190 in the region have canceled ahead of the storm, Ed Colby, a spokesman for the tests, told CNN.
Each site will reschedule the test, and students and parents can get information at http://www.actstudent.org/.
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Elizabeth Frazier grabbed the last bottles of water in sight, then left the store.
"It's a zoo in there," she said. "There's nothing left on the shelves," the Reading, Massachusetts, resident told CNN affiliate WHDH.
A gathering snowstorm is driving droves of New Englanders into shops to seize up the last supplies, then dash home to stock their cupboards, baton down the hatches and brace for a potentially long haul. Its icy rage will commence Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service predicts, and will last into Saturday.FULL STORY
[Updated at 8:04 p.m. ET] Nearly 3,000 flights have now been canceled in anticipation of the inclement weather, most of which is expected late Friday into Saturday.
Amtrak also has canceled many trips in the Northeast corridor. The rail transit company said on its website that northbound service from New York's Penn Station would be suspended after 1 p.m Friday.
[Updated at 6:51 p.m. ET] Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy says utility companies there are bringing additional crews from out of state to deal with potential power outages. Metro-North rail lines could also be closed at any time should winds exceed 40 mph.FULL STORY