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M6.2 earthquake hits Indonesia's Sulawesi killing at least 73 people (UPDATE)

People look at the damaged office of governor of West Sulawesi following an earthquake in Mamuju, West Sulawesi province.
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People look at the damaged office of governor of West Sulawesi following an earthquake in Mamuju, West Sulawesi province.
At least 34 people have been killed and hundreds injured following a strong earthquake that shook Indonesia's Sulawesi island early on Friday morning, prompting landslides and destroying houses.

Thousands of people fled their homes to seek safety when the 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit just after 1am local time on Friday morning. The epicentre was six kilometres north-east of Majene city in West Sulawesi.

Hundreds of buildings have been destroyed or damaged, including a hospital, which has collapsed with more than a dozen patients and staff remain trapped beneath it.

"The hospital is flattened," said Arianto, who goes by one name, from the rescue agency in Mamuju city, near to Majene. Rescuers were also trying to reach a family of eight buried beneath the rubble of their destroyed home, he added.

The death toll includes 26 people in Mamuju city. "That number could grow but we hope it won't," said Ali Rahman, head of the local disaster mitigation agency. "Many of the dead are buried under rubble."


Comment: Update: The Daily Mail on January 17 reports:
Death toll rises to 73 in Indonesia earthquake that saw 28,000 flee their homes

The death toll from an earthquake that struck Indonesia's West Sulawesi province on Friday has risen to 73 as experts warn another quake could trigger a tsunami.

More than 820 people were injured and over 27,800 fled their homes after the 6.2-magnitude quake hit, a spokesman from the disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) said.


Some sought refuge in the mountains, while others rushed to cramped evacuation centres, witnesses said.

BNPB spokesman Raditya Jati said police and military officers have been deployed to crack down on looting in several parts of the region.

An emergency response status, intended to help rescue efforts, has also been put in place for two weeks, he said.

The epicentre of the quake which struck at around 1.30am on Friday was 22 miles south of the city of Mamuju and it had a relatively shallow depth of 11 miles, the United States Geological Survey said.

An aerial picture shows flattened homes in Mamuju, West Sulawesi

An aerial picture shows flattened homes in Mamuju, West Sulawesi
The earthquake came after a 5.9-magnitude tremor and at least 26 aftershocks the previous day, in a string of disasters which caused three landslides and damaged bridges to regional hubs such as the city of Makassar.

The tremors also damaged more than 60 homes, two hotels and the provincial governor's office. Electricity in the area is also out.

Jati's comments came as Dwikorita Karnawati, the head of Indonesia's meteorological, climatology and geophysical agency (BMKG), warned that another quake in the region could potentially trigger a tsunami.



Fire

Thousands evacuate as wildfires turn the sky red in Chile

Chile wildfires
© YouTube/Global News (screen capture)
Wildfires raged in Chile's Valparaiso region on Friday, turning the sky red and forcing the evacuation of thousands of people from their homes.

Authorities said at least 10 properties were engulfed by the fires sweeping through the forest area near Quilpue city.

No deaths or injuries have been reported. Officials ordered the evacuation of some 25,000 residents and hundreds of firefighters were deployed to help battle the fires.

Emergency authorities said the fires have blazed through some 400 hectares of forest, with firefighters concentrating their efforts on four focal points.

A local government official said authorities believe the wildfires were started deliberately.

Ice Cube

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: When climate collapse is no longer explainable to the public (distract)

Japan snow
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
As the 2nd magnetic field begins to form in the outer solar system with intercoupling of Jupiter / Saturn / Uranus / Pluto the magnetic intensification line was crossed at the Great Conjunction on the 2020 winter solstice. The extremes and difficulty moving forward with global food production will reset the civilization anyway. Snow near Yemen border, cross country skiing in Madrid after the blizzard, 10 feet of snow again in Japan, massive algae blooms off Namibia, record snow Morocco, 5+ARK storm west coast USA , this week.


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Boat

Sudden flash flood sweeps vehicles away in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

floods
An incredible flash flood causes disruption in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. January 15th 2021.


Comment: Elsewhere in South America within the last few days:


Umbrella

Severe storm hits the Peruvian city of Huaraz

storm
In Peru, in the city of Huaraz, there was a strong storm, as a result of which the streets of this high-mountainous city were flooded.

Recall that Huaras is a city in Peru, the administrative center of the Ancash department. The population of the city is about 120,000 people. Located 407 kilometers north of Lima, the Pan American Highway runs through the city. Located in the Callejón de Huaylas Valley, on the Santa River, in the central part of the region, 3000 meters above sea level.


Cloud Lightning

More than 43,000 lightning strikes within 50km of Newcastle, Australia overnight

LIGHTNING
Thursday brought a wild array of weather to the Hunter as high temperatures, excessive lightning and even hail hit the region.

A wild storm came in during the evening after the mercury climbed past 30C in parts of the Hunter during the day.

There were more than 43,000 lightning strikes within a 50 kilometre radius of Newcastle overnight, according to Weatherzone, most of which occurred between 6pm and 10pm.


Snowflake

289 settlements cut off by masses of snow in Turkey

SNOW
In the Kurdish province of Hakkari, life has come to a standstill due to heavy snowfall.

Hundreds of settlements are cut off from the outside world due to the masses of snow.

Some 289 settlement areas are currently cut off from the outside world due to heavy snowfall. In addition to the Hakkari city center, the districts of Şemdinli and Gever (Yüksekova) are also affected.

The snowfall started during the Friday night. Nearly all roads and streets are covered in snow and in some places are icy; neither residential areas can be reached nor can villages be left. Public life has effectively come to a standstill.


Snowflake

Huge snowfall continues in the Alps, as much as 2 meters of new snow

snow
If you'd rather not see pictures of the huge amounts of snow that have fallen, then look away now. Most ski resorts remain closed and international travel is prohibited, but it does look fabulous for the lucky few able to enjoy it.


Comment: Also from the above linked weathertoski.co.uk site:
A lot of snow has fallen across the northern Alps this week, with the areas that have seen the most snow being the north-eastern Swiss and far western Austrian Alps, roughly in a line from Andermatt (central Swiss Alps) to St Anton (western Swiss Alps) taking in the likes of Flims, Klosters and the Montafon valley. These areas have seen around 1.5m of new snow since Tuesday, with as much as 2m reported at altitude in one or two favoured spots.

More generally there has been between 30cm and 90cm of new snow across the northern half of the Alps.



Attention

Indonesian Semeru volcano erupts, spews ash 5kms into sky

Semeru

Semeru
A volcano in Indonesia's East Java province erupted on Saturday, spewing ash and smoke as high as an estimated 5.6 kilometres into the sky, according to data from the geological agency at the country's energy ministry.

Indonesia has nearly 130 active volcanoes, more than any other country, and while many show high levels of activity it can be weeks or even months before an eruption.

The Semeru mountain erupted at just past 5 p.m. local time. Videos posted on social media showed grey ash clouds towering over houses.


Snowflake

Passengers stranded on train in Sweden by 2 feet of snow on tracks

snow
More than two feet (70cm) of snow leaves railway track impassable.
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12 Jan 2021 - Stranded train passengers received sandwiches. With video

Train passengers stuck since early Tuesday morning - got food from Långselehandlare. The train company was forced to evacuate the passengers in the afternoon.

In Långsele, the local trader Otto Lampinen has made sure that the stranded passengers on a train that is standing still now have something in their stomach.


Comment: Heavy snowfall hits Sweden, Finland - up to 2 feet in 24 hours - icy temperatures ahead