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Large landslide hits Eyjafordur, northern Iceland

Iceland landslide
© Facebook/Northeast Iceland Police
A large, "impressive" landslide occurred in the Eyjafordur area of northern Iceland on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Local reports said a similar landslide has not occurred in the area since 2006. Slope failures continue to occur at the site as of Friday, October 9.


Landslide induced mega-tsunami 'could happen at anytime' at Alaska's Barry Glacier

barry glacier

Barry glacier June 2019
While kayaking in Barry Arm fjord in June 2019, Valisa Higman, an artist-in-residence at Alaska's Chugach National Forest, noticed some odd fractures on a cliff overlooking the fjord. Curious if the slope might be in the process of collapsing, she emailed photos (see one of them below) to her brother, Bretwood Higman. "Hig" is a geologist with Ground Truth Alaska, and he has studied landslides and tsunami deposits for decades.

He was soon inspecting the area using Google Maps, zooming in to the maximum extent possible and searching for signs of slippage. He saw the cracks as well, but nothing about them struck him as strong evidence of a big landslide. "But it turns out I had made a geology 101 error," he said. "I hadn't zoomed out enough, and I missed the big picture." Still, he kept Barry Arm on a list of possible landslides to investigate more someday.

A few months later, Chunli Dai offered that chance. The Ohio State researcher was working on a NASA-funded project to develop new ways to automatically detect landslides in the Arctic, and she was looking for test sites to check how well the tool was working. Her project makes use of a high-resolution dataset called ArcticDEM and machine learning to automatically search for and flag landslides.

Comment: From giant fissures, gaping sinkholes, and epic landslides to methane deposit explosions, earth movements of all kinds appear to be on the increase: For insight into what may be driving this shift, SOTT radio reports:

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 3 teens in the Philippines

Three teenagers were killed and their relative was injured by a lightning strike while swimming on a beach in Barangay Lingsat here Saturday night.

Police Lt. Col. Orly Pagaduan, city police chief, identified the fatalities as brothers Ivan and Christian Apayo, 18- and 15-years-old; and Rhian de Guzman, 17.

Injured was Patrick de Guzman, 21. He was taken to the Ilocos Training Regional and Medical Center in Barangay Parian here.


Early snow covers local ski hills in British Columbia - up to 10 inches in depth

Gnorm the Powder Gnome (27cm | 10.6in tall)

Gnorm the Powder Gnome (27cm | 10.6in tall)
Several ski resorts hit by first significant snowfall of the season

Ski and snowboard fanatics rejoice, as it looks like we are getting closer to the winter season.

Ski resorts across the Interior got their first taste of the snow season Saturday night, ranging from a light dusting to serious snowfall.

Silver Star Mountain got its first significant dump Saturday night, covering the village with a blanket of snow Sunday morning. The hill got a dusting of snow at the end of September, but this Thanksgiving weekend marks the first real snowfall up on the mountain.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 4 people, 35 buffalo and 9 goats across Telangana, India

Four, including two teenagers, died after being hit by lightning in Nirmal, Kamareddy and Jayashankar Bhupalpally districts on Saturday.

In Jayashankar Bhupalpally district, lighting claimed the lives of two buffalo ranchers at Jilukalagutta (hillock) near Garmillapally village. The deceased were Salupala Komuraiah (45) and Merugu Naresh (17) of the same village. Besides, 35 buffalos were also killed in the incident. Komuraiah is survived by his wife and three sons.

Cloud Precipitation

Hundreds of migrating swallows found dead in south west France due to bad weather

Swallows usually migrate in September but the mild start to October has left them stuck in the Lot in southwest France

Swallows usually migrate in September but the mild start to October has left them stuck in the Lot in southwest France
French bird protection association La Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux (LPO) in the Lot in southwest France has launched a campaign to save swallows, after hundreds have been found dead due to bad weather.

Residents in the Lot, in the Midi-Pyrénées, Occitanie, have reported that many swallows have been suffering in the cold and wet weather conditions, and have been dying from exhaustion after becoming drenched and freezing.

Stéphanie Plaga Lemanski, director at LPO Lot, told local newspaper La Dépêche: "One school in the department counted almost 50 dead swallows in its playground, and the commune of Corn found around 20 dead. It's a massacre; a desolate spectacle of corpses."


Flash floods cause traffic chaos in Accra, Ghana - roads turn into raging rivers up to 1 metre deep

Flooding struck in Accra and surrounding areas in Ghana on 10 October after heavy rainfall.

Media reported a heavy downpour lasting several hours, early on 10 October, causing floods in areas of Accra and neighbouring Kasoa in Central Region. Just over 78 mm of rain was recorded at Kotoka International Airport in Accra in 24 hours to 10 October.

The floods caused traffic chaos, with some reports of vehicles being abandoned or swept away. Images shared on Social Media showed roads turned to rivers, with raging flood water up to 1 metre deep. Reports also suggest homes have also been damaged, although there are no reports of displacements or fatalities.


Widespread flooding leaves at least 10 dead across Cambodia - 40,000 hectares of crops inundated

The heavy rains have caused flashfloods throughout Cambodia.
© Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology.
The heavy rains have caused flashfloods throughout Cambodia.
Days of heavy rainfall in South East Asia have caused flooding in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. More severe weather is on its way as Tropical Storm "Linfa" approaches central Vietnam.


Flooding in parts of Cambodia over the last few days has left at least 10 people dead and thousands affected.

The first of the recent spate of flooding began in early October 2020 when around 150 people were evacuated from their homes in areas of Banteay Meanchey province, in particular Ou Chrov District close to the border with Thailand.

Several other provinces were also affected by heavy rain at the time, including Pursat, Battambang, Kampong Speu and Kampong Chhnang.


Small pod of pilot whales stranded in Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania only weeks after mass stranding at the same location

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks,

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment are responding to reports four whales have become trapped in Macquarie Harbour, on Tasmania's west coast where 470 of the mammals were stranded last month (pictured)
A small pod of pilot whales have become stranded in Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania's rugged west coast, only weeks after a mass stranding in the same harbour left hundreds dead.

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment are responding to reports a large pilot whale became stuck in the harbour near Strahan on Saturday afternoon.

Three smaller pilot whales, which were swimming with the large whale before it became stranded, also remain in the harbour.

The whales appear to be healthy and should be returned to sea on Sunday, wildlife biologist Sam Thalmann says.

Comment: 380 whales dead in worst mass stranding in Australia's history


Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Easter Island Region, Chile

Easter Islands region quake
© Volcano Discovery
Date & time: Saturday, 10 October 2020 13:14 UTC
Local time at epicenter: 10 Oct 6:14 am (GMT -7)
Magnitude: 6.0
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 28.67°S / 112.3°W (Chile)