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Iceland raises alert level for Grímsvötn volcano after deformation, glacial flooding, and rise in earthquakes

Grímsvötn volcano iceland
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The Grímsvötn is located in a remote area of central Iceland.
Iceland has raised its eruption alert level for the country's most active volcano, Grímsvötn, after several recent earthquakes.

Authorities said on Monday that one of the nearby quakes was recorded at a magnitude of 3.6.

But although seismic activity had increased, officials say they have not detected any tremors that have caused a surge in underground magma.

The volcano last erupted in 2011, generating a major ash cloud that partially disrupted air traffic across Europe and cancelled 900 flights.

Comment: On the 4th December, Volcano Discovery reported on the glacial flooding at Grimsvötn:
The meltwater rate has been increasing since the last update. The IMO's hydrologists measured 1600 cubic meters per second at 10:15 and 12:20 local time today in Gígjukvísl.

The latest measurements confirm estimated forecasts and if continue to be in line with them, the glacial flood will likely reach its peak on Sunday. Based on the latest data, the maximum discharge rate is expected to be about 4000 m3/s.
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Eastern view from Skeiðarárjökull glacier where meltwater flow runs from Grimsvötn
The ice sheet has continued to drop and reached already about 27 m in total subsidence.

Higher-than-usual gas emissions levels have been detected at the glacier rim of the volcano.

Recent eruptions at the volcano occurred every 5-10 years and based on current measurements and observations, volcanologists agree that an impending eruption is highly expected.
The following tweets, translated by Twitter, show the flooding, deformation, and melt at Grimsvötn volcano:
'The water that was under the glacier that covers the volcano Grímsvötn , began to come out. A Jökulhlaup began to be created that rose more than 4 m, it is a matter of days before we begin to see columns of steam and ash in the main crater.'


1st Tweet: 'The last flyby of the ice cap at Vatnajökull shows that part of the ice sheet covering the volcano's craters Grímsvötn is collapsing. The volcanic danger traffic light has been raised to orange due to the recent earthquakes and collapses.'

2nd post: 'The boiler limits of Grímsvötn also show shear and collapse effects. After the water comes out, the volcanic system is losing pressure which may generate an eruption in the next few days, creating plumes of steam and ash.'


Whilst Grímsvötn volcano may be considered to erupt with some regularity, this comes amidst an uptick of seismic and volcanic activity elsewhere in Iceland, as well as across much of the planet: Also check out SOTT radio's: As well as SOTTs monthly documentary SOTT Earth Changes Summary - October 2021: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs




Fire

Residents flee massive ash cloud from erupting Semeru volcano in Indonesia - At least 22 dead (UPDATE)

Mount Semeru: Indonesia volcano erupts sending ash '40,000ft into sky' as locals flee

Mount Semeru: Indonesia volcano erupts sending ash '40,000ft into sky' as locals flee
A volcano erupted on the Indonesian island of Java on Saturday, reportedly obscuring the sun with a massive cloud of ash, and sending locals into a panic.

A clip on social media has captured people, who live at the foot of Semeru volcano, fleeing in fear ahead of a cloud of black ash descending from the 3,676-meter-tall mountain.

The author of the footage is heard shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) in face of this truly apocalyptic sight.


Comment: Update: TASS reported on December 6:
At least 22 people died and 20 more are reported missing after Mount Semeru, a volcano on Indonesia's Java island, erupted, a spokesman for the local emergencies agencies told the DetikNews portal on Monday.

"Rescuers found more dead bodies, so, the overall death toll has reached 22," he said, adding that five bodies have not yet been identified.


The local authorities said earlier that at least 27 local residents were reported missing after the volcano spewed ash on December 4. More than 50 people were injured.

Semeru, the highest mount on Java, is one of Indonesia's nearly 130 active volcanoes.




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'Sharks are amassing': Tracker shows great white sharks gathering on East Coast US

great white shark
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“We have tagged 83 white sharks in the NW Atlantic,” an Ocearch said.

A Twitter user recently raised the alarm by posting a screenshot of a tracker app showing about 100 sharks gathering in the Atlantic Ocean near the East Coast of the US.

A platform user with the handle @punished_stu tweeted early Wednesday "sharks are amassing on the east coast" with an accompanying screenshot of about 100 sharks along the US coast line. The tweet went viral, garnering more than 6,000 retweets and 53,000 likes.

"I occasionally log in to check that the nearest Great White is at least 2000 miles away," the Twitter user followed up.


Attention

Massive waves pound the coast of Sochi, Russia

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In Sochi, the storm continued for two days in a row, it became the strongest since 2012. This was reported by the press service of the city.

The strength of the wave reached seven points on the night of November 30 to December 1. "The last time a similar phenomenon was recorded in 2012, then the blow of the elements fell on the Imereti region," the press service of the city administration said.

They noted that on the night from December 1 to December 2, the storm was three-point, it subsides and calm is expected on December 3.


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Bus full of choir singers swept away in flood killing at least 20 in Kenya

More than 20 people died after a bus was washed away by a violent flood in Kenya

More than 20 people died after a bus was washed away by a violent flood in Kenya
A bus carrying members of a choir was swept away as it tried to drive through floodwaters in Kenya.

More than 20 people drowned in the incident as dozens on board frantically tried to scramble out of the bus while it was quickly submerged in the muddy waters.

The yellow school bus had been hired to take the church choir to a wedding ceremony on Saturday, when it encountered a flooded road with rapidly-flowing water.

It attempted to cross with people on the other side of the river acting as a guide.


Arrow Down

8 buried under snow, 3 killed while skiing due to avalanche in Austria

About 20 people a year have been killed annually by avalanches in Austria. (Representational)

About 20 people a year have been killed annually by avalanches in Austria. (Representational)
An avalanche in the Salzburg region killed three people and injured two while they were skiing off-piste, Austria's Red Cross said Saturday.

The accident happened Saturday about 2,400 metres (7,800 feet) up in the Lungau district, soon after 1:45 pm local time, Red Cross spokesman Anton Schilcher told the APA agency.

The snow buried eight of the group up to 4.5 metres deep, local emergency response official Christoph Wiedl told local media.

Two of the victims were already dead when their bodies were recovered, while the third died after being airlifted to hospital in Klagenfurt.

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Strong earthquake of magnitude 6 hits Indonesia

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A strong and shallow earthquake of magnitude 6.0 on the Richter Scale jolted Indonesia on Sunday.

The quake was reported at 5:17 am with its epicentre at 259 km north of Tobelo in Indonesia, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The depth of the quake was 174.3 km.

Snowflake

Summit camera captures timelapse of snowfall over Hawaii peak, rare blizzard warning issued

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Snow blankets Mauna Kea summit in Hawaii. Video credit: Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope

A time lapse of surveillance camera footage from the top of dormant volcano showed a wintry scene on the tropical island of Hawaii.

The video was filmed on December 1 and 2 at the Mauna Kea summit around the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFH Telescope) observatory.


Info

Scientists racing to Canary Island volcano to study it

Cumbre Vieja volcano
© Emilio Morenatti/ AP
Scientists with the Canary Islands' volcanology institute, Involcan, inspect as the lava flows from a volcano on the Canary island of La Palma, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021.
As a volcano continues to spew hot lava on a little island in Spain, scientists from around the world are racing to the area to study and learn about the rare eruption.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano has been erupting since September on La Palma, a small island in the Canary Islands of Spain. So far, nearly 1,150 buildings and surrounding land has been destroyed, according to Reuters.

According to an analysis by The Associated Press, volcanic eruptions to this degree are incredibly rare, occurring once, or at most twice, in a generation in the Canary Islands. Parts of the Canary Islands are actually still growing, as magma accumulates underneath and, as is happening in La Palma, lava peninsulas are forming beyond the coastline.

The Smithsonian Institution estimates there are currently 48 volcanoes currently in "continuing eruption status" worldwide.

In order to help ease the devastation the Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to cause, scientists are flocking to La Palma to study the eruption up close. They're hoping to learn how volcanoes form, develop and how and when they stop erupting.

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Intense 2021 Atlantic hurricane season comes to an end: Lots of storms but a slow finish

Hurricane Ida damage 2021
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Fran Tribe and her dog Dave sit outside home destroyed by Hurricane Ida in Houma, LA. Monday, Aug. 30, 2021.
The intense 2021 Atlantic hurricane season comes to its official end Tuesday, a season that saw 21 named tropical storms and hurricanes.

This was the third-most for any hurricane season, behind only 2020's record 30 storms and the 28 storms that formed in 2005. A typical season sees 14 storms.

And for the second year in a row, the entire list of names for the season was used up, from Tropical Storm Ana in May to Tropical Storm Wanda in November.

It was also a record sixth consecutive year of above-normal activity.

Comment: Whew. An entire article without trying to tie the increasing intensity of the storms to 'global warming'. There are many other factors that figure into the increasing destructiveness of hurricanes.