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Ship loses record number of containers while crossing the Pacific - hit by waves 16 meters (52.5 feet) high


Uncontained containers
Ship returned to Japan after encountering severe weather (wave heights of up to 16 meters, or 52.5 feet, the height of a five-story building).

The ONE Apus suffered the incident after encountering severe weather on Monday, November 30, during its voyage from Yantian, China to Long Beach, California. The vessel was approximately 1,600 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii at the time.

The ONE Apus is a 14,000 TEU containership built in 2019 measuring 364-meters in length and sailing under the Japanese flag. The vessel is operated by Japan's Ocean Network Express on the Far East Pacific 2 (FP2) Service.

Blue Planet

New study shows that contrary to climate alarmism and media coverage, reef islands are GROWING despite rising sea

Jeh Island big rising sea level
Jeh Island today, with its 1943 outline in red.
Against all odds, low-lying reef islands actually appear to be growing in some parts of the world, despite rising sea levels, increasing their footprint and defying doomsday predictions.

Geomorphologist Murray Ford from the University of Auckland in New Zealand led a team of researchers who examined Jeh Island, one of the 56 islands that make up the Ailinglaplap Atoll in the Marshall Islands, itself one of the most endangered nations on Earth.

Ford and his team pored over aerial and satellite imagery of the island from above and made the startling discovery that not only has Jeh increased in total land area by 13 percent since 1943, it may actually have once been four separate islands which have now morphed together due to net land-mass gains.

Comment: Mother Nature knows what she's doing. What a shock. And should an island subside, it's a sure bet there was a good reason for it.

In the immortal words of George Carlin, "The planet is fine."


Severe floods hit Uberlândia, Brazil

(Translated from Brazilian Portuguese): A heavy rain that fell early tonight (8) in Uberlândia (MG), located in the Triângulo Mineiro, left the city with several flooding points. The Santa Monica neighborhood and the center were the most affected places. Drivers had their cars stopped because of flooding on public roads and some vehicles were driven by the current. Teams from the Civil Defense, the Fire Department and the Military Police (PM) were called in to respond to the occurrences.

Earlier, the Civil Defense issued an alert and confirmed that the city is on yellow alert due to the forecast of heavy rains. In case of emergency situations, residents should call the Fire Department (193), PM (190) or the agency itself (199). On Saturday (5), the city was also hit by a thunderstorm.


French rescue helicopter crashes in the Alps during bad weather, killing 5

This picture taken on Dec. 9, 2020, shows houses and a church under snow at the entrance of Bonvillard, France, where a helicopter crash left five dead with only the pilot surviving but badly wounded.
This picture taken on Dec. 9, 2020, shows houses and a church under snow at the entrance of Bonvillard, France, where a helicopter crash left five dead with only the pilot surviving but badly wounded.
Five people were killed when a rescue helicopter crashed in poor weather in the French Alps Tuesday.

The Eurocopter EC135 was flying at an altitude of about 5,900 feet when it came down near the town of Bonvillard, about 10 miles from Albertville in the Savoie area of the French Alps, according to a government news release.

Local authorities said weather conditions were particularly bad at the time, the Associated Press reported. It was overcast with low cloud ceilings and some snow was falling in the area Tuesday night, according to weather.com meteorologists.

Six people were on board, including the pilot, a pilot in training, two rescue personnel and two winch operators, according to the BBC.


4 killed, 3 injured in bear attack in Chhattisgarh, India

Four people, including two women, were killed in a bear attack in Koriya district of Surguja division in Chhattisgarh, officials said on Monday.

The bear attacked the villagers when they were returning from a nearby jungle on Sunday evening after which the district administration, police and forest department launched a rescue operation, which went on till late night.

"A group of local tribals of Angwahi village were returning home after collecting forest produce from the jungle when a bear attacked them. Four of them were killed while some people climbed on trees. We got information and launched a rescue operation inside the jungle. During the rescue operations, four bodies were recovered and the rescue team managed to save a person who climbed a tree. Three others who were injured in the attack were also rescued by the team," Inspector General of Police, Surguja Range, Ratanlal Dangi told HT.

Cloud Lightning

More than 200,000 lightning strikes recorded across Mackay, Australia

Incredible shades of purple were captured in the lightning storm around Mackay.
© Marty Strecker
Incredible shades of purple were captured in the lightning storm around Mackay.
A terrific light show overnight has given the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday region a vibrant kick-off to the storm season.

Ergon Energy said more than 200,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the region since Tuesday afternoon.

"Mackay and surrounds ... in a 100-kilometre radius it was more than 76,500 lightning strikes," spokeswoman Emma Oliveri said.

Moranbah recorded 35,000 and Airlie Beach clocked up 30,000.

Cloud Precipitation

Floods after heavy rainfall leave 18 dead in Democratic Republic of Congo

Heavy rainfall in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) in early December 2020 caused deadly flooding in the city of Mbanza-Ngungu in Kongo Central Province in the western part of the country.

Radio Okapi reported 13 people died after torrential rain and strong winds overnight, 01 to 02 December, 2020. Four people were injured and several houses were destroyed or severely damaged. Five further fatalities were reported from 02 to 03 December after flooding in other areas of the city.

Deadly flooding affected eastern parts of the country in late November in South and North Kivu provinces.

More recently, heavy rainfall was reported in the capital, Kinshasa, with 69mm of rain falling in 24 hours to 07 December 2020.


Extremely rare winter tornado hits Trieste, Italy

Trieste tornado
© YouTube/Matej Tratnik (screen capture)
"Today, on Dec 7th, 2020, an intense supercell storm rolled across the North Adriatic Sea and produced a tornado that hit the Port of Trieste city, Italy in the evening hours. Severe weather with large hail and damaging winds blasted across the Slovenian coast, and also the city of Trieste itself," reports Severe Weather Europe.

"Call it rare, historic, or whatever possible, the event is extremely rare! Lets us repeat... it is December 7th, a winter month and the Adriatic Sea and the city of Trieste are located in central Europe."


Whale shark washes up in Bali, Indonesia - 2nd in recent months

Whale sharks are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
© BPSPL Denpasar
Whale sharks are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
A whale shark washed ashore Candidasa Beach, Karangasem regency and was pronounced dead upon discovery, authorities said, making this the second time in recent months that a member of the species was found in Bali.

The Coastal and Marine Resources Management Center (BPSPL) in Denpasar said that the whale shark was found by local residents at 5am on Sunday. A team from the center was then dispatched to the location, wherein they proceeded to move the carcass to Bugbug Beach for burial, as Candidasa was determined to be too rocky to do so.

The whale shark, a female, was estimated to be around 5 meters long and weighed about 1 ton. Authorities said there was bleeding around the whale shark's mouth due to suspected collision with coral reefs, and that it had died only a few hours before it was found.


Historic levels of snow falls in parts of the Alps - up to 3 meters, with another meter forecast

Up to 3m has fallen in parts of Italy and Austria. The huge storm started on Friday and though it has eased, it is still falling in places with a further 1m expected.

Winter has struck with a vengeance in some parts of the Dolomites in Italy and in southern Austria.

Here is the snow coming down in Madonna di Campiglio:

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