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Papua New Guinea volcano erupts sending smoke 50,000 feet into the air

Ash column rises from Mount Ulawun, as seen from an aeroplane window, Papua New Guinea November 21, 2023, in this picture obtained from social media.

Ash column rises from Mount Ulawun, as seen from an aeroplane window, Papua New Guinea November 21, 2023, in this picture obtained from social media.
A volcano in Papua New Guinea erupted on Monday, and the Japan Meteorological Agency said it was assessing a possible risk of a tsunami for Japanese coasts.

Mount Ulawun on the island of New Britain in Papua New Guinea erupted at around 3:30 p.m. (0630 GMT) Monday, spewing volcanic smoke as high as 15,000 meters (50,000 feet), the agency said, quoting the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center in Darwin, Australia.

The agency said it was assessing a possible impact, including the risk of a tsunami approaching Japan later Monday. First tsunami waves could reach Izu and Ogasawara islands about three hours after the shaking caused by the eruption, JMA said.


Mount Dukono in Indonesia erupted and sprayed ash 2 kilometers high

The eruption of new material as high as approximately 1,000 meters came out of the crater of Mount Dukono on Halmahera Island, North Maluku, Sunday (19/11/2023).
The eruption of new material as high as approximately 1,000 meters came out of the crater of Mount Dukono on Halmahera Island, North Maluku, Sunday (19/11/2023).
The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) recorded an eruption in the form of volcanic ash bursts as high as 2 Kilometers out of the crater of Mount Dukono in North Maluku. Mount Dukono Observation Post officer Bambang Sugiono in a report quoted by ANTARA, Sunday 19 November, said the eruption occurred at 07.24 WIT.

"The ash column was observed to be white, gray to black with thick intensity to northeast and east. When this report was made, the eruption was still ongoing," he said. Bambang appealed to tourists not to be active, climbing, and to approach the Malumpang Warirang Crater within a two-kilometer radius.

He also appealed to the community around Mount Dubono to always provide a mask or covering of the nose and mouth to avoid the threat of volcanic ash on the respiratory system. The Dukono Mountain which has a height of 1,335 meters is currently at Level II or Alert status. The closest settlement is at a distance of 11 kilometers from the peak of the volcano.


Three killed as hurricanes rage in Russia's Siberia

Three people were killed as hurricanes with winds reaching 38 metres per second hit several regions in Russia's Siberia on Sunday.

A fallen tree crushed two people to death in their car, in the Russian city of Novokuznetsk, TASS news agency quoted a regional official. The third victim was killed in Altai Krai, the regional emergencies ministry said in a statement, adding three people were hurt.

Sergei Kuznetsov, the head of Novokuznetsk, said an emergency had been declared in the city after strong winds damaged electricity lines and buildings, adding that local schools and kindergartens would not open on Monday. The neighbouring city of Prokopievsk also entered a state of emergency, its head said.

Cloud Lightning

Horrifying moment Brazilian tour guide is killed by freak lightning strike on clifftop

Leilson de Souza was standing over a rock when he was struck by lightning at Tijuca National Park in Rio de Janeiro. He was declared dead on the scene

Leilson de Souza was standing over a rock when he was struck by lightning at Tijuca National Park in Rio de Janeiro. He was declared dead on the scene.
An experienced tour guide has been killed by a freak lightning strike in Brazil after he warned his group it would rain.

Leilson de Souza, 36, was leading hikers through a trail at Tijuca National Park in Rio de Janeiro when he was he was jolted Sunday morning.

Karlla Araújo, 26, was recording a selfie video and showed the group standing on top of a large rock and de Souza pacing over another moments before he was struck.

A loud sound could be heard in the background as the woman screamed instantaneously before the video came to an end.


Are you prepared for the cataclysmic earth changes that are on the way?

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An absolutely massive volcanic eruption in Russia has created a cloud of dust and ash that is a thousand miles long. Yeah, that is "normal". In recent days we have also seen a spectacular eruption of lava at Mt. Etna in Italy, volcanic activity has caused a brand new island to emerge off the coast of Japan, and thousands of people have been forced to evacuate in Iceland as volcanic magma races to the surface near the town of Grindavik. If you understand the period of world history that we are living in, then you already know that what we are experiencing now is just the tip of the iceberg. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the population is completely and utterly unprepared for the apocalyptic "Earth changes" that are rapidly approaching.

Personally, I was stunned when I heard about what was taking place in Russia.

I knew that there had been an eruption, but I didn't know that it had actually created a cloud of dust and ash that is 1,000 miles long...
Eurasia's tallest volcano has violently erupted, throwing a 1,000-mile-long (1,600 kilometers) cloud of dust and ash into the air, new NASA satellite images show.

Klyuchevskoy, sometimes referred to as Klyuchevskaya Sopka, is an active stratovolcano in Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, which is home to more than 300 other volcanos. Klyuchevskoy's peak stands at 15,584 feet (4,750 meters) above sea level, making it taller than any other volcano in Asia or Europe, according to the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT).


Anchorage, Alaska sees its snowiest November since records began in 1953, with 13 days of the month remaining

People help push a car after the car got stuck in
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People help push a car after the car got stuck in heavy snow on Knik Avenue in Anchorage’s Turnagain Neighborhood on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023.
A squall that dropped barely an inch of snow Friday morning added just enough accumulation to make this the snowiest November in Anchorage since recordkeeping began in 1953.

The National Weather Service measured 1.1 inches at the agency's Sand Lake offices between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., according to meteorologist Kristine Chen. That puts the total snow accumulation at 39.1 inches, narrowly surpassing the 1994 total of 38.8 inches, she said.

Friday's measurement combined with several feet dumped in back-to-back storms last week and Monday set a record for the snow-weary city less than two-thirds of the way through the month.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rains flood several provinces in Iran

Several Iranian provinces have been inundated since the early hours of Monday after receiving heavier than normal precipitations.

The Iranian Meteorological Organization issued a red level alert of rainfall for seven provinces in the south and west of the country.

It also reported extensive flooding, rivers bursting their banks, blocking of rural roads and destruction of facilities due to heavy downpour.


It's not yet summer in Brazil, but a dangerous heat wave is sweeping the country

water fountain at Madureira Park
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People cool off in a water fountain at Madureira Park amid a heat wave in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023.
It's still spring in Brazil, but a dangerous heat wave is sweeping across large swathes of the country, forcing Rio de Janeiro's vendors off the streets due to health alerts and driving up energy demand amid reports of power outages.

Most Brazilian states face "great danger" from the heat, according to the National Institute of Meteorology. The institution issued a red alert for the center-west, southeast and parts of the north warning of "a high probability of major damage and accidents, with risks to physical integrity or even human life."

The heat index — a combination of temperature and humidity — hit 58.5 degrees Celsius (137 Fahrenheit) Tuesday morning in Rio, the highest index ever recorded there. Actual temperatures dropped slightly on Wednesday, but were forecast to rise again to 40 degrees Celsius (104 F) on Thursday.

Cariocas — as residents of Rio are known — have always seen sun, heat and the beach as part of their identity, said Núbia Beray, coordinator of Rio de Janeiro Federal University's GeoClima laboratory. But this is too much even for many of them, she said.

"Cariocas come home from work in buses without air conditioning. Street vendors cannot work because they sometimes faint. The heat kills," Beray said.

Cloud Precipitation

Greater Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic under water, flooded and without power - at least 21 dead (UPDATE)

The streets of Greater Santo Domingo are experiencing considerable urban flooding this Saturday night due to the torrential rains which have affected the country and which have left an unofficial toll of at least three people dead in events that occurred in San José de Ocoa due to the collapse of a bridge and the failure of a wall in the overpass of Máximo Gómez Avenue and 27 de Febrero.

After 9:20 p.m., different streets of the capital have puddles that hinder the circulation and the mobility of vehicles due to the large amount of rain that continues to fall.

Users have reported power outages in several areas, such as Villa Mella, Gascue, Cristo Rey, Invivienda, Mendoza, Hainamosa, Villa Carmen, and Simón Bolivar.

Several areas of Greater Santo Domingo remain in darkness.

Comment: Update November 20

The BBC reports:
At least 21 people have died in the Dominican Republic after heavy rain over the weekend which displaced thousands of residents, officials say.

An investigation has been launched after nine people died when torrential rain caused a highway tunnel wall to collapse in the capital Santo Domingo.

More than 13,000 people were evacuated to secure areas after heavy downpours

The Emergency Operations Center (COE) said rain caused flooded homes, power cuts and damaged bridges and roads.

Three children were among those killed.

Dominican President Luis Abinader called it the "largest rainfall event ever" in the country's history, following torrential storms over the past 48 hours.

The Caribbean nation has been battered by torrential rainfall with footage on social media showing torrents of water flowing through streets and washing away vehicles.

More than 2,500 people were rescued and more than 2,600 homes affected by the storm, the COE said.

It added that 45 communities were without communication as of Sunday afternoon.

The rainfall, which resulted from a tropical depression, is expected to continue across parts of the country into Monday, the US embassy said.

A majority of the nation's 32 provinces remain under red and yellow weather alerts, it added.

President Abinader said classes have been suspended until Wednesday "in order to evaluate the schools that may have been affected" and "guarantee the safety of our young people".

He posted on X, formerly Twitter, that he was "deeply shocked by the loss of life due to the heavy rains" and offered "unconditional support to all those affected by this emergency".

Four of those killed were US nationals, and three were from neighbouring Haiti, AFP news agency reported.

Related: Tropical disturbance hits west Caribbean, causing floods in Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba


Extreme weather claims 2 lives in Bulgaria and leaves many in the dark

Gale-force winds and heavy rain and snow hit large parts of Bulgaria on Sunday, claiming the lives of two people and causing severe damage and disrupting power supply in towns and villages, officials said on Sunday.

Residents in eastern Bulgaria, that was hit hardest by the storm said they had never experienced such weather.

A state of emergency has been declared in the Black Sea city of Varna, where officials said the extreme weather poses serious risks to the population. The port city was struck by gale-force winds and torrential rain mixed with snow.