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More explosions and lava flows at Volcan De Fuego, Guatemala

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Comment: At the same volcano two days earlier: Explosions at Volcan De Fuego, Guatemala


Snowflake

Tasmania wakes up to SNOW on the second day of summer in Australia

Residents in Tasmania woke up to snow (pictured) while the rest of the country sweltered through a heatwave

Residents in Tasmania woke up to snow (pictured) while the rest of the country sweltered through a heatwave
While parts of Australia sweltered through the hottest November on record, regions in Tasmania woke to a dusting of summer snow.

Tuesday night's blustery cold front brought falls to the summit of Hobart's Mount Wellington and elevated areas of the central highlands on the first and second day of summer.

Great Lake Hotel duty manager Truen Johns said sleet in the early evening turned to snow which was several inches deep by the morning.

'I woke up to everything covered in white,' he said.

Bureau of Meteorology's Tristan Oakley explained that Tasmania's low pressure system is what led the state to miss out on the heatwave over the weekend.


Comment: Related: First day of summer in Australia sees temperatures reach a blistering 48C while SNOW is forecast for one state


Seismograph

Taal Volcano in the Philippines records 5 earthquakes in 24 hours

Taal Volcano (taken October 26, 2020).
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Taal Volcano (taken October 26, 2020).
Five volcanic earthquakes were recorded in Taal Volcano in the last 24 hours, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said Wednesday.

In its 8 a.m. volcano bulletin, Phivolcs said Taal Volcano also emitted steam-laden plumes at the main crater vents.

Weak to moderate degassing activity in Daang Kastila Trail were also recorded in the volcano.

The agency also noted that the northwestern part of the Taal Caldera still has inflation while the southwestern part showed no changes after the Taal eruption.

Ice Cube

British Columbia glaciers 38% thicker than expected, surprising study finds

Ben Pelto, Kindy Gosal, Alexandre Bevington and Jesse Milner take radar measurements while towing the radar high on the Nordic Glacier in the southern B.C. Interior.

Ben Pelto, Kindy Gosal, Alexandre Bevington and Jesse Milner take radar measurements while towing the radar high on the Nordic Glacier in the southern B.C. Interior.
Extensive radar surveys on five glaciers in the Columbia River Basin has found the ice is 38 per cent thicker than originally believed, according to a new study from the University of Northern British Columbia.

Lead author Ben Pelto and his colleagues skied cross country on the glaciers over 182 kilometres, pulling a sled-mounted ice-penetrating radar system to collect thousands of measurements.

They found the total volume of ice in the basin is roughly 122 cubic kilometres, or about 23 per cent more than computer modelling had estimated.

"I was surprised that the models were off by that much," said Pelto, who completed the work with support from the University of Victoria's Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and from B.C. Hydro. "There are about 17,000 glaciers in B.C. and until now we only had ice measurements from a handful of them."

Seismograph

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Balleny Islands region, South Pacific Ocean

Balleny islands quake map
© Volcano Discovery
Date & time: 1 Dec 2020 08:52:58 UTC - 10 hours ago
Local time at epicenter: Wednesday, 2 Dec 6.52 am (GMT +10)
Magnitude: 6.0
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 62°S / 154.53°E

Comment: A 6.1 magnitude earthquake also hit the Balleny Islands region last week on Nov. 25, 2020.


Attention

Semeru volcano erupts on Java, Indonesia

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About 550 people fled home as the Semeru volcano on Indonesia's main Java Island released incandescent lava and hot clouds on early Tuesday, according to the Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency.

The agency spokesperson Raditya Jati said that 300 of these people fled to an observation post, and the rest stayed at shelters located in the Supiturang village.

The volcano, located in the Lumajang district of the East Java province, erupted at 1:23 a.m. local time on Tuesday. It released lava of up to 1 km and hot clouds of up to 11 km towards the Besok Kobokan area, southeast of the summit.

At 3:00 a.m. local time, rain fell with the rain water mixed with the volcanic ash around the observation post.

"We estimate this condition happened due to the quite strong potential hot lava," Jati said.


Comment: Two days earlier in the same region: Large ash content erupts from Ile Lewotolok volcano in Indonesia


Fish

Stunning dragon-like sea creatures wash up on beach in Cape Town, South Africa

Glaucus Atlanticus

Glaucus Atlanticus
Dozens of strange blue dragon-like sea creatures have washed up on a beach near Cape Town in South Africa.

The animals appear to be Glaucus atlanticus, a type of sea slug that is also known as the sea swallow and the blue angel among other nicknames.

The creatures were found on Fish Hoek Beach, where they were photographed by Maria Wagener, who runs a Facebook page about the shore and its sealife.

Ms Wagener said she found around 20 on the beach, adding that she had never seen the creatures before, despite living near the beach for most of her life.


Fish

Rare nine-legged octopus discovered by fisherman off the coast of Japan

The nine-legged octopus was one among the four that the fisherman had caught. It measured a little more than 15 centimetres.

The nine-legged octopus was one among the four that the fisherman had caught. It measured a little more than 15 centimetres.
An extremely rare nine-legged octopus was recently discovered off the coast of Japan.

The unusual creature with an extra limb was caught by a fisherman in Shizugawa Bay in the town of Minamisanriku. Interestingly, he had no idea about the extra limb until he was boiling it in a pot for dinner.

Although fisherman contacted the Minamisanriku Nature Center (MNC) for help, the octopus did not survive the boiling water. It is now preserved in alcohol being showcased to the public at the Shizugawa Nature Center.

A researcher at the MNC, Takuzo Abe, said that octopuses have the ability to regenerate severed legs and the extra appendage may have grown when the creature was regenerating a lost leg.

Fish

Anglers off coast of Virginia reel in massive fish usually found in tropical waters, possibly set record

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You never know what you're going to catch.

A group of anglers was shocked to reel in a massive fish 80 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. It wasn't just the size of the animal that surprised them, however. When they realized what they caught, they realized they may have made the history books.

Michael MacTaggart, Jon Wetherington and Nick Kemp were out last week near Norfolk Canyon in Virginia hoping to catch swordfish, My Fox 8 reports. According to him, the group was about to give up for the day when they felt a tug on the line.

When they reeled the fish in, they were not expecting to see a giant opah fish on the end of the line. MacTaggart described the moment as "surreal."

Sun

First day of summer in Australia sees temperatures reach a blistering 48C while SNOW is forecast for one state

Some parts of central NSW, Queensland and SA peaked at 18C above average on Tuesday

Some parts of central NSW, Queensland and SA peaked at 18C above average on Tuesday
Australians have sweated and shivered on a day of extreme weather across the country on the first day of summer.

The brutal weekend heatwave has continued in large parts of the country's east and south, with temperatures reaching well into the mid-forties in central NSW, Queensland and South Australia.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued an extreme heatwave warning on Tuesday after temperatures peaked as high as 18C above average.

On the other end of the scale, snow is due to hit alpine regions in Tasmania on Wednesday.