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Indonesia's Mount Sinabung erupts again emitting ash 2,000 meters

A photo taken from Tiga Serangkai village in Karo, North Sumatra, shows Mount Sinabung spewing volcanic ash in the distance on September 23, 2015.
Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, erupted forcefully once again on Wednesday and may threaten the opening of the Lake Toba Festival by Tourism Minister Arief Yahya in Berastagi, also in Karo, slated for Thursday.

No casualties were reported following the eruption, but pyroclastic flows drifting to the southeast affected a number of villages that have long been abandoned by residents. "The current wind direction is directed to the southwest, but if it blows to the east the Lake Toba Festival will be disrupted as the spread of ash would reach Berastagi," Mt. Sinabung Observation Station staff member Deri Hidayat told The Jakarta Post.

Deri said the volcano discharged the clouds at 1:47 a.m. and 9:28 a.m. He added the pyroclastic clouds, which drifted as far as 3.5 kilometers, affected Bekerah and Simacem villages. He said both villages had long been left empty as they were inside a designated danger zone. Deri added that Mt. Sinabung had also emitted volcanic ash to a height of 2,000 meters toward the southwest. He said the spread of ash could disrupt the Lake Toba Festival if the wind changed direction in coming days.

He said volcanic activity could increase within the week, adding that the volcano could discharge a bigger volume of pyroclastic flows and ash. "The biggest eruption took place on Tuesday, when the volcano discharged pyroclastic clouds 13 times, compared to only twice today," said Deri. According to him, the potential for pyroclastic flows remained great due to a lava dome buildup on the southeastern section of the peak. Deri said the lava dome could collapse anytime and trigger huge pyroclastic flows.


Massive fish kill on Sanibel beach, Florida


Fish kill on Sanibel Island
A massive fish kill on Sanibel Island could keep beachgoers out of the water and off of the sand.

Before walking out on the beach at Gulfside City Park Wednesday night, you could certainly smell that something fishy was going on as thousands of dead fish have washed ashore.

When Erin Neitzlt and her friend Joyce Nardo made their way to the Gulfside Beach, they were looking for a little getaway.

"I just like the sea air. It smells good out here, listening to the waves. It's a good way to relax out here and beat some stress," said Neitzlt. "To relax, hear the waves, I love it here."

They likely didn't expect to find thousands of dead fish strewn across the beach, which could likely be the result of red tide.

The latest reports released Wednesday by Florida Fish and Wildlife indicate the algae bloom, which is common in November, has made its way to Southwest Florida.


Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes off Japan's Bonin islands

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Bonin islands, Japan.
An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck 112 km (70 miles) southeast of Japan's Bonin islands on Friday, about 1,000 km south of the capital Tokyo, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake at a depth of 10 km (6 miles), hit at 0540 GMT.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Source: Reuters

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Lightning strikes kill two women in Sri Lanka

Met. department states that many areas in the island might receive thunder showers during today afternoon.

The on duty weather forecaster Nimal Bandara Ekanayaka forecasts that lightning accidents also could occur along with the thunder showers and warns the public to be vigilant.

Meanwhile two persons have been killed by lightning.

A 50 year old person has been killed by lightning yesterday while working in a paddy field in Kanthale-Agbopura- Ginipetty Palama area.

And a woman has also been killed by lightning yesterday while working in paddy field in Anuradhapura Gomarankadawala area.


Magnitude 3.2 earthquake hits Bárðarbunga volcano, Iceland

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Holuhraun in December 2014.
Eyes are back on Iceland's Bárðarbunga volcano following a magnitude 3.2 earthquake that hit the caldera of the volcano yesterday.

Monitoring by the Icelandic Met Office has recently revealed significantly greater seismic activity than any time since the 2014-15 eruption in the adjacent Holuhraun lava field.

Bárðarbunga is one of Iceland's most powerful volcanoes and is located under the country's famous Vatnajökull glacier.

The Met Office's Einar Hjörleifssonhas indicated that the situation is being monitored closely.

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Video shows giant sinkhole in Bangladesh swallowing house with terrifying speed

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Going...going...gone. The house in Bangladesh as it sunk.
This is the terrifying moment a house was swallowed whole by a sinkhole.

Footage of the natural phenomenon shows a home cordoned off by police on a beach shoreline in Bangladesh.

As locals stand beside the property, the ground underneath the house can be seen sliding into the sea with astonishing speed.

Moments later, there is no sign the house was ever there.

No injuries were reported but local authorities are investigating what may have caused the sinkhole to form.

Comment: See the sinkholes topic section for more examples of this escalating phenomena. A few recent incidents include:


Severe thunderstorms bring gigantic hail, flooding rain and a tornado to Argentina

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Infrared satellite image showing the cluster of severe thunderstorms over northern Argentina on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. The most vigorous thunderstorms are indicated by the red cloud tops near Santa Fe and Rosario, Argentina.
Severe thunderstorms tore through parts of northern Argentina and southern Brazil Wednesday into early Thursday, dumping damaging hail, flooding rain, even spawning a tornado.

Hail up to the size of tennis balls pelted parts of Córdoba and Santa Fe provinces, west and northwest of the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires on Wednesday.

Comment: Just over one week ago more apocalyptic weather pounded parts of Argentina.


Super rare lancetfish from the deep ocean found on New Plymouth shore, New Zealand

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A rare Longsnouted lancetfish has been found just offshore at Fitzroy beach in New Plymouth.
The lancetfish is no Finding Nemo but one has been found a long way from home.

A lancetfish - usually found around 1000 metres deep - has been found just offshore at Fitzroy beach in New Plymouth.

Nik Pyselman was running with his friend Cam Twigley along Fitzroy beach on Wednesday evening when he saw an iridescent blue shape in the water.

"It looked like it had been washed in and was sruggling to swim back out to sea," he said.

"I've heard of people catching them on long lines but I've never seen one myself."

"I've also heard them called cannibal fish before because they eat their own kind."

Comment: See also: Rare, mysterious deep sea fish washes ashore along North Carolina coast


5.0 magnitude earthquake shakes Nepal; epicenter near Kathmandu


A 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal with epicentre at Nimlung in Sindhupalchok district of Nepal.
An earthquake measuring 5.0 on Richter scale rattled Nepal once again on Thursday morning with epicentre near Kathmandu.

The tremors were felt at 9:45 am.

According to US Geological Survey, the fresh tremors were felt 25 miles northeast of Kathmandu.

National Seismological Centre (NSC) is reported to have said that the epicenter was at Nimlung in Sindhupalchowk district, The Kathmandu Post reported.

The NSC also said that the fresh earthquake was an aftershock of the 25 April Great Quake of 7.9 magnitude.


Another strange rocket trail caught on camera - this time over southern Siberia (VIDEO)

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Streaking fireball provoked jokes about aliens and Batman's calling card, but no-one could definitively explain a flying object.
Described as 'scary but beautiful', the streaking fireball provoked jokes about aliens and Batman's calling card, but no-one could definitively explain a flying object that was also seen far to the south in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.

Footage highlighted by major media outlet LifeNews showed the UFO flashing fast track over the local IKEA furniture store in Omsk, heading in an easterly direction. Yet it is one of a number of recent unexplained flying objects over Siberia - links to others are here.

Astronomers at the planetarium of the Siberian State University of Geosystems and Technologies in Novosibirsk said of the early evening 17 November sightings: 'It is definitely not a comet.'

Their theory was that 'the object was the second stage of intercontinental ballistic missile Topol launched at 15:12 Moscow time (or 18:12 Novosibirsk time) from Kapustin Yar cosmodrome in Astrakhan region.'

Comment: The displays these things produce nowadays as they cross through layers of the atmosphere suggest that the electro-chemical composition of the atmosphere itself has changed in a relatively short period of time. We suspect that this accounts for the 'glowing plasma' effect, where the object's tail fans out spectacularly. ICBMs have been launched into the upper atmosphere for decades, but these eerie trails are a new phenomenon.