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1 dead after further floods and landslides in south Thailand - up to 6 inches of rain in 24 hours

Royal Thai Army distributes relief supplies in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province floods, 03 December 2020.
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Royal Thai Army distributes relief supplies in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province floods, 03 December 2020.
Thailand's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) reports that the strong northeast monsoon over the Gulf of Thailand caused further heavy rain and strong winds in southern provinces from 16 December, resulting in floods and landslides.

DDPM said that, as of 21 December, over 125,000 people from around 32,000 households were affected in total, with most of them in Narathiwat Province (28,836 household affected), and others in Pattani (2,304) and Yala (863 households). Over 400 people in Narathiwat have evacuated their homes and moved to evacuation centres.


Better Earth

Iceberg size of Delaware heading for collision with South Georgia Island splits into two pieces

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An iceberg the size of Delaware that was heading straight for a penguin colony island has broken into two pieces Strong underwater currents caused the massive iceberg to turn nearly 180 degrees and break into two pieces.

An iceberg the size of Delaware, which was on course to crash into an island populated by a penguin colony, has broken into two pieces, scientists tracking its journey said on Friday.

In the last few weeks, the iceberg, dubbed A68a, came dangerously close to South Georgia Island in the south Atlantic, threatening to cut off vital ocean access for the island's penguin and seal population.

Comment: As noted in the following article, calving, whereby an ice berg splits off from a glacier, is caused by glacial expansion, and thus a process associated with cooling, not warming: Iceberg the size of London calves off Antarctica - Caused by a glacier EXPANDING, not melting

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Attention

Hawaii volcano: Kilauea erupts on state's Big Island followed by magnitude 4.4 earthquake

Kilauea volcano erupting on Sunday night (NPS/B Hayes
© NPS/B Hayes
Kilauea volcano erupting on Sunday night (NPS/B Hayes
Kilauea volcano has erupted on Hawaii's Big Island, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The eruption began late on Sunday within the Halema'uma'u crater, shortly after 9.30pm local time.

Observers at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) noticed the eruption started within the crater at Kīlauea's summit, according to the USGS, who was in contact with the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake was reported in the area shortly after the eruption began, according to news outlets.


Snowflake

Winter strikes early in North Africa with snow blanketing the Sahara

Europe's "beyond exceptional" week of snow also sunk south impacting North Africa — large areas of both Morocco and Algeria have registered heavy and disruptive out of season accumulations.

Here was the scene in the northern Algerian city of Tlemcen Sunday, Dec. 6:

SNOW
"A lot of snow" has also been hitting Algeria's Djurdjura Mountains this month:


Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Antarctica cycle, Sahara winter storm and the procession shift

Scientists say the seismic activity in Antarctica since the end of August is unusual.

Scientists say the seismic activity in Antarctica since the end of August is unusual.
As we shift signs from Pisces to Aquarius in the procession of the equinox, a quickening of energies is expected which would explain the 30,000 earthquakes in Antarctica a 20X increase. Record snows are blanketing the N. Hemisphere leaving forecasters shocked at the depths and speed of accumulations.


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Seismograph

Shallow magnitude 6.3 earthquake jolts Aomori Prefecture area in Japan

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A magnitude 6.3 earthquake, which measured a weak 5 on the shindo (intensity) scale, was detected at a depth of 10 kilometers off eastern Aomori Prefecture, on Monday at 2:23 a.m.

There is currently no tsunami warning in effect.

As a precaution, those near coastal areas are advised to move to higher ground.


Attention

Environmental disasters across world in 2020

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Storms, flash floods, landslides affect lives of millions of people around world

The year 2020 saw many environmental disasters that have fueled climate change and vice versa across the world, including tropical storms, hurricanes, landslides, and deadly floodings caused by heavy rains.

Thousands of people have been killed and millions of more have been displaced due to these disasters as well as states of calamity announced in different countries.

The following are the major global environmental disasters of 2020 compiled by Anadolu Agency:

Boat

More evacuated as floods worsen in Terengganu, Malaysia

6,623 people from 1,572 families have been evacuated to 28 flood relief centres in Kemaman.
© NSTP/GHAZALI KORI
6,623 people from 1,572 families have been evacuated to 28 flood relief centres in Kemaman.
The flood situation in the east coast of the peninsula has worsened, with the number of victims evacuated to temporary relief centres (PPS), at of 8 am today, rising to 7,308 evacuees compared to 6,627 yesterday evening.

In Terengganu, the number of victims increased to 6,305 people from 1,663 families as of 8 am compared to 5,776 people (1,478 families) at 4 pm yesterday, which led to the opening of three more PPS, making it 49 PPS in total so far.

Terengganu disaster management committee secretariat chief lieutenant colonel (PA) Che Adam A Rahman said Kemaman district was the worst hit with 5,108 evacuees (1,238 families) placed in 25 PPS as opposed to 4,729 people (1,135 families) yesterday.

In Dungun, the number of evacuees rose to 381 (104 families), all placed in 10 PPS, compared to 326 (95 families) in seven PPS before this while in Hulu Terengganu, there are now 806 evacuees (318 families) compared to 710 (245 families) yesterday evening.


Cloud Precipitation

UK weather: Landslides and flooding after half a month's rain falls in one day

Emergency services rescued a delivery van driver stranded in flood water in Newbridge on Usk, Wales

Emergency services rescued a delivery van driver stranded in flood water in Newbridge on Usk, Wales
There is more heavy rain for western parts of the UK, with flood warnings and alerts still in place.

Caravans were evacuated and drivers rescued after parts of the UK saw half a month of rainfall in one day.

On Saturday, a delivery van driver had to be rescued from flood water at Newbridge on Usk in Wales.

And on Friday night, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said it was called to a caravan site on the border with Devon after water breached flood defences.


Christmas Lights

Impressive light pillars recorded over Tyumen in Western Siberia

Light pillars over Siberia
© Yevgenia
Local resident and photographer Yevgenia shared pictures and video of the spectacular natural phenomenon, recorded at the beginning of December in Tyumen.

Dozens of vertical lights appeared in the sky just before midnight, and were visible for several minutes, prompting many residents to rush outside to enjoy the sight.

She posted on her Instagram: 'It was exactly midnight and quite cold outside, -15C degrees. I quickly grabbed the camera, pulled on my pants, put a pair of the most compact lenses in my jacket pockets, 50mm and 35mm, and run outside.

'My hands were stiff from the cold, but I managed to capture the lights!