Beginning in May extreme weather sweeps across China, causing damage to people’s property.
Many provinces in the north, and east of China have experienced savage hailstorms in early summer.
An eastern coastal province of China, Zhejiang Province was hit by hailstorms on June 24. Hail with a diameter of over 1 inch has been reported in many locations, including Haishu District, Jiangbei District, Yinzhou District, and other places in Ningbo city.
People posted videos showing the hailstones of many sizes, some of them as big as eggs.
Some videos showed hailstones destroying local crops such as watermelons.
Another video showed that hail hit the glass of the car with a cracking sound, even smashing some windows.
From April to June, most of the hailstorms occurred in the late afternoon and evening when the temperature is high, and the air is humid.
The Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in the north of China was also hit by hail storms.
It occurred in the towns of Baoshi (宝石), Xuetian (学田), and other places in Tuquan (突泉) County, Hinggan (兴安) League, Inner Mongolia.
Meanwhile, heavy rain with hail and gusts above level 12 also hit Baicheng (白城) City, Jilin (吉林) Province.
A business owner surnamed Wang in Baoshi Town, Tuquan County, Hinggan League, told the Chinese media Jimu News that a hailstorm struck at 1:30 p.m. on June 20 and lasted around 10 minutes.
The awnings and colored steel tiles of nearby stores were damaged. Vehicles parked in nearby streets were smashed.
Ms. Wang said the hailstones were as big as eggs. They had a diameter of over 2 inches. [Video]
A villager in Xuetian (学田) Town, Tuquan (突泉) County, said that around 2 p.m. that day, hail began to fall in the surrounding villages. Crops in several places were damaged.
Two townships in Taonan City, Baicheng, experienced strong winds of level 12 and above, blowing off many trees. [Video]
In addition, hail hit Taonan City and six towns. The largest hailstones were up to about 1.5 inches in diameter. Many crops were damaged. [Video]
In Beijing, a sudden hailstorm also hit Miyun District on June 12.
The recent hailstorm in Beijing recorded hailstones the size of an egg
Videos and photos of a variety of these enormous hailstones and the considerable damage caused by some of them became a trending topic online.
A resident named Ma from Miyun District said the hail was dense and lasted for dozens of minutes. The hailstones hit car windows, punching holes right through.
Mr. Ma said that the rain in Miyun district was so heavy that he saw two cars flooded at the neighborhood entrance across the street.
When the rain stopped, the resident went downstairs and saw that many cars’ windows were shattered. A thick layer of ice had accumulated on the road.
Hebei a northern province of China, was also heavily hit by a hailstorm.
At about 11 p.m on June 14, heavy rain accompanied by hail hit some towns in the Qingyuan district.
The disaster significantly impacted local agricultural productivity and people’s lives. Among them, seven townships in the district were severely affected.
Preliminary statistics show that the disaster caused damage worth about $15 million to 6000 acres of local crops such as watermelon, wheat, and sunflower. The disaster also affected about 32,700 people.
Also in Hebei province, Baoding city was hit by a strong sandstorm on the evening of June 23.
The videos show strong winds carrying dust and blowing down trees, and passers-by almost getting hit.
The sandstorm wind is so strong that it is impossible to see any distance.
Some colored steel houses on a construction site were toppled, and some roofs were ripped off.
The mainland’s “Green Hornet” video reported on June 24 that it learned from the Baoding Xushui District Power Supply Company that about 38 power lines were damaged by the extreme weather.
While the northern and eastern provinces of China were hit by hail, western China suffered consecutive earthquakes.
Twelve consecutive earthquakes occurred in Malkang 马尔康 City, Aba 阿坝 Prefecture, Sichuan 四川 Province on June 10. The highest magnitude of the 12 consecutive quakes was 6.0 in the area. Local authorities estimate that four people were injured at that time.
According to preliminary statistics, as of June 11, the swarm-type earthquake had affected 25,790 people in Malkang City to varying degrees and severely damaged infrastructures such as roads, farmhouses, many bridges, and culverts.
On the Weibo page of the Sichuan Earthquake Administration, citizens stated that earthquakes strike virtually every day, causing physical and mental health problems. One of them mentioned having symptoms such as dizziness and tremors, and another claimed that the earthquakes caused them to have hallucinations.
Several earthquakes hit Maerkang City of Aba Tibetan-Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China’s Sichuan Province.
According to China Earthquake Networks Center, an earthquake of magnitude 5.8 hit Maerkang City at 0:30 on June 10.
Nearly two hours later, there was another 6.0-magnitude earthquake.
From 0:30 a.m. to 5:45 a.m. on June 10, a total of 11 earthquakes with a magnitude of 3 or above rattled Aba Tibetan-Qiang Autonomous Prefecture. Ten tremors were in Maerkang City, and one was in Hongyuan County.
The Global Times reported no casualties were reported as of 9 a.m. on June 10.
A magnitude 6.1 quake hit Lushan County, Ya’an City, Sichuan Province on June 1.
The earthquake caused a landslide at the Huaneng Minzhi Power Station in Baoxing County, Ya’an, and the river’s upstream water level rose dramatically due to the congestion.
On June 3, Local authorities estimate one hundred thirty-five homes were destroyed, and about 4,500 suffered general damage. The natural disaster also caused four deaths and 42 injuries and affected more than 14,000 people.
Many cities in western and northern China experienced snowfall in summertime.
People in Huang Anba (黃安壩) Scenic Spot, Chengkou (城口) County, Chongquing (重慶) Province, experienced unseasonal snowfall on May 14.
On the same day, rain and snow also pour down in Huashan (华山) Scenic Area in the southern province of Shanxi. The mountains were dressed in snowflakes.
Snow also fell in different areas in Shaanxi( 陝西) province. The roads were freezing with snow and ice. Authorities warned passing vehicles to pay more attention to safety.
Three days earlier, the temperature dropped quickly in Shijiazhuang (石家莊), Hebei (河北), creating heavy snowfall. This was the second off-season snow in this area this year.