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Intense earthquake swarm in Mt. Herðubreið continues, strong quake in Bárðarbunga, Iceland

Herðubreið A solitary extinct volcano which towers over the surrounding highland desert.
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Herðubreið A solitary extinct volcano which towers over the surrounding highland desert.
An intense earthquake swarm in Mt. Herðubreið in the NE Central Highlands shows no sign of slowing down. Nearly two hundred quakes have been detected just south of the volcano since the swarm began shortly after nine yesterday morning. At quarter to seven yesterday evening the Herðubreið swarm was joined by a 3.4 magnitude quake in the central caldera of the Bárðarbunga system.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office located the epicenter of the 3.4 magnitude Bárðarbunga quake at a depth of only 800 m (o.5 mi) in the NE part of the caldera. A second 3.6 magnitude quake was detected in the same area on Monday morning.

Attention

Incredible pictures capture moment Mount Etna erupts sending lava and huge columns of gas into night sky

The 700,000-year-old volcano is a huge 24 miles wide and is virtually active constantly.

The 700,000-year-old volcano is a huge 24 miles wide and is virtually active constantly.
Mount Etna in Sicily roared back into spectacular volcanic action early this morning, sending up plumes of ash and spewing lava into the air.

Dramatic images show the moment molten lava began to trickle down the side of Europe's most famous volcano which is a whopping 700,000-years-old and 24 miles wide.

A huge column of gas could also be seen over the Italian volcano, which is located in the city of Catania, between both Messina and Catania.

Attention

20 volcanoes across Indonesia currently showing above normal activity

Mount Agung as seen from Karangasem
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Mount Agung as seen from Karangasem on the resort island of Bali on Sept. 24, 2017.
The Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) has noted that there are 20 volcanoes with above normal levels of activity across the country.

"One of them has the status of awas [danger], two are on siaga [watch] and the remaining 17 mountains are on waspada [caution]. The awas is Mount Sinabung [North Sumatra], and the siaga are Mount Agung [Bali] and Mount Soputan [North Sulawesi]," said Kristianto, PVMBG's head of the western region volcanic mitigation subsector, as quoted by tempo.co.

Kristianto said a number of volcanoes were popular tourist destinations during the Christmas and New Year holiday period. The PVMBG has coordinated with the respective tourist area managers, he added.

"For Mount Tangkubanparahu [West Java], Dieng [Central Java], Papandayan [West Java], Gede [West Java] and Bromo [East Java], we have given the direction to remain cautious and coordinate with us at the PVMBG or with the Volcano Observation Post, which is on stand-by to provide information," Kristianto said.

Arrow Down

'I thought it was an earthquake': Giant sinkhole opens on busy Indonesia road

An aerial view of the sinkhole on Jl. Raya Gubeng
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An aerial view of the sinkhole on Jl. Raya Gubeng in Surabaya, East Java, on Dec. 19.
A giant sinkhole has appeared in the middle of a busy road in Surabaya, East Java, on Tuesday night, swallowing part of the four-lane Jl. Raya Gubeng and measuring roughly 30 meters wide and 15 meters deep.

The police have cordoned off the area and arranged a traffic detour.

Thousands of vehicles pass the road every day. It usually takes five minutes to travel the entire length of Jl. Gubeng, but now takes roughly one hour.

Rudianto, 47, a resident of Kertajaya subdistrict who was about to drive through the location said he saw trees and lampposts rocking on the roadside just before the incident.


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Shallow 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off Easter Islands

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An earthquake measuring 6.2 on Richter scale struck Easter Islands in South Pacific Ocean on Wednesday.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the jolts were registered at 7.07 am (IST) with its epicentre located in the southeastern part of the Easter Islands.

The focus of the earthquake was located at the depth of 10.0 kilometres.

No immediate casualties or damages have been reported.

Source: ANI

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Powerful, rare tornado rips through Seattle area causing significant damage

seattle tornado damage
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A powerful tornado tore through a Seattle-area town on Tuesday afternoon, damaging homes and vehicles along its path.

The twister touched down just before 2 p.m. local time, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), raking through the Puget Sound community of Port Orchard, about 13 miles west of Seattle.

Images of significant damage to homes and trees in the area quickly started appearing on social media as well as via local news agencies. There are no reports of any injuries at this time.

The NWS will send a survey team on Wednesday morning to asses the damage and classify the intensity of the storm. "Until we conduct a tornado survey tomorrow morning, we can not speculate on the strength of the tornado," the weather agency said via Twitter.


Attention

'Stay well back ... or risk certain death': Giant waves slam California coast

Large waves crash ashore in California
© Kent Porter, AP
Large waves crash ashore at Duncan's Landing north of Bodega Bay, Calif., Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, as a large swell train arrive on the Sonoma Coast.
Storm systems, driven by persistent low pressure near Alaska, are churning waters to dangerous levels along the West Coast of the United States.

The focus of the punishment from massive waves is from southern Washington state through central California. The San Francisco Bay area is one region taking the brunt, with waves expected to reach 30 to 40 feet in height through Tuesday. It's even been enough to postpone a surfing competition.

This event is huge, and truly affecting the whole West Coast. High surf warnings extend from north of the Oregon and Washington border to about a two-hour drive north of Los Angeles. High surf advisories or gale warnings stretch from the Canada to Mexico border.

"The dramatic wave heights are related to a consistent fetch of wind action that . . . has origins up near Alaska," Marshall Shepherd, professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Georgia, writes at Forbes.


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Dozens of dead seabirds wash ashore in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

It was one of dozens of dead birds to wash up last weekend in North Myrtle Beach.

A dead pelican that washed up. It was one of dozens of dead birds to wash up last weekend in North Myrtle Beach.
Dozens of dead birds have washed ashore in North Myrtle Beach.

Now, the city is trying to figure out what is causing the problem.

One man took pictures of the birds in the Cherry Grove area over the weekend.

The city then sent samples of each species to a lab in Georgia for a full investigation.

There is talk on social media that beach nourishment dredges killed the birds, those claims are unconfirmed.


Propaganda

Ice Age Farmer Report: 21st Century snake oil: Geoengineering to "fix" Global Warming

The billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates is backing a group of climate scientists lobbying for geoengineering experiments
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The billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates is backing a group of climate scientists lobbying for geoengineering experiments
The history of geoengineering is a checkered one, full of hoaxes and frauds...and the new, highly publicized Harvard experiment by David Keith is par for the course. Christian breaks down how the "experiment" seeks to front-run global cooling in the Grand Solar Minimum.


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Snowflake Cold

Up to 2.5 metres (98 inches) of snow in last 7 days in North America

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Ski areas in the Pacific Northwest region of Canada and the USDA have reported huge snowfalls over the past week, and there's much more in the forecast for the week ahead.

Mt Baker in Washington state in the Northwest corner of the USA, which holds the record for the most snowfall in the world in a single season, as well as the average biggest snowfall every season, has had 98 inches (over 8 feet or 248cm) of snowfall in the last seven days and is expected to get over a metre more by Thursday.


Comment: See also: From zero to hero: 80 inches of snow in 8 days for the Cascades - Mount Baker 92 inches in 7