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Thousands displaced, at least 15 dead after more floods and landslides in Minas Gerais, Brazil - 8 inches of rain in 24 hours

Floods in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, January 2021.
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Floods in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, January 2021.
Heavy rainfall of more than 200mm in 24 hours in some areas has caused further flooding and landslides in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, where at least 15 people have died in the last few days.

Around 1,200 people have been displaced after wide areas of Brumadinho Municipality were flooded from the overflowing Paraopeba River on 11 January. Civil Defence also reported that 5 people died in a landslide caused by heavy rain in the municipality. Brumadinho is the location of the tailings dam tragedy of January 2019 where 270 people died.

Over 10,000 people were displaced by flooding from the overflowing Doce River in Governor Valadares municipality from around 12 January 2022. Minas Gerais Civil Defence reported around 55,000 people affected by the floods.


Geomagnetic storm watch issued for Earth: Impact possible late Saturday

NASA equipment can help scientists determine the impacts from coronal holes.
NASA equipment can help scientists determine the impacts from coronal holes.
According to NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), G1-class geomagnetic storm is forecast to impact the planet on January 15.

In the latest update from the SWPC, they say the area of impact will primarily be poleward of 60 degrees Geomagnetic Latitude. In this region, weak power grid fluctuations can occur on Earth. In space, minor impact on satellite operations are possible. Elsewhere, Mother Nature may light up the skies more south than usual; aurora could be visible at high latitudes across the northern tier of the United States, such as northern Michigan and Maine.

"Enhanced conditions are expected late on January 15 as a recurrent, negative-polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) becomes geoeffective," said the SWPC in their latest Forecast Discussion.

Eye 2

Rare snowy owl soars over Washington DC

An American Flag flies in the distance as a rare snowy owl looks down from its perch atop the large stone orb of the Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain at the entrance to Union Station in Washington, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022
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An American Flag flies in the distance as a rare snowy owl looks down from its perch atop the large stone orb of the Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain at the entrance to Union Station in Washington, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022
A snowy owl apparently touring iconic buildings of the nation's capital is captivating birdwatchers who manage to get a glimpse of the rare, resplendent visitor from the Arctic.

Far from its summer breeding grounds in Canada, the snowy owl was first seen on Jan. 3, the day a winter storm dumped eight inches of snow on the city.

Since then, it's been spotted in the evenings flying around Washington's Capitol Hill neighborhood, landing on Union Station, the National Postal Museum, various Senate buildings, and Capitol Police headquarters.

Late last week about three dozen people in thick coats trained their binoculars on the football-sized bird with bright yellow eyes as it perched on the stone head of Archimedes, a famous ancient Greek mathematician, carved above the train station entrance.

The nocturnal hunter appears to be targeting the city's plentiful downtown rat population.


Wolf population growing near Athens, Greece

Wolf populations near Athens have been growing ever since the fire on Mt. Parnitha in 2007.
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Wolf populations near Athens have been growing ever since the fire on Mt. Parnitha in 2007.
A recent incident in which a wolf approached a man and his daughter and attacked their dog on Mt. Parnitha just outside of Athens on Saturday shocked many Greeks all across the country.

Most residents of the Greek capital certainly had no idea whatsoever that wolves roamed the mountainous slopes located so close to the metropolis.

The Greek wildlife protection organization Callisto, which is dedicated to conserving the country's native wolf populations, announced after the incident that at least 25 wolves live in the area spanning from central Greece to the mountainous outskirts of Athens, but the actual number may be higher.

Wolf attack near Athens

This is an increase compared to past years, when wolf populations outside of Athens struggled. It is believed that a recent surge in the numbers of local deer, which occurred after a massive forest fire razed much of Mt. Parnitha in 2007, led to an increase in the wolf population.


Dead whale washes ashore in Little Compton, Rhode Island

A property owner in Little Compton was greeted with an unpleasant surprise Saturday: a dead humpback whale had washed ashore.

Mike Healey is a spokesperson for the Rhode Island DEM. Healey says, "It's a young male, 25 feet long, 20,000 pounds, and we don't know how it died."

It's beached near Church Cove in Little Compton, on private property, and that's making it a little more complicated for officials to address the situation.

Healey says, "It's a very rocky beach. It's totally exposed to the surf."

Beached whales are not uncommon in our area, but this time around the whale is young and doesn't immediately appear to have been injured.


Man dies after being attacked by dogs inside house in Lampeter, Wales

dog attack
A man has died in west Wales after reportedly being attacked by three dogs.

The incident happened at a property in Lampeter in Ceredigion on Monday evening.

A man in his 60s, who has not been named, died at the scene and a woman was arrested on suspicion of being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control.

A police investigation into the death is now under way.


Hundreds of thousands left without electricity amid record-breaking heatwave in Buenos Aires, Argentina

buenos aires cafe
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People sit in a café at over 40 degrees where the electricity has failed. Greater Buenos Aires

A record-breaking heatwave has hit Argentina, with temperatures soaring to 45C (113F) in some parts of the country. An associated spike in energy demand has caused grid failures, leading to power cuts.

At least 700,000 people were left without power in Buenos Aires on Wednesday, as residents of the Argentine capital endured sweltering temperatures amid a historic heatwave.

Electricity firms blamed the outage on a huge spike in demand for energy, which in turn caused technical failures and power cuts. The outage came as the temperature rose above 41C in the capital.

The 41.1C recorded on Tuesday at 4.05pm local time is the second-highest reading in the capital since 1906, according to city authorities. Temperatures are forecast to remain high on Thursday and Friday before finally abating on Sunday.

Snowflake Cold

Snow storms hit northern, northeastern Japan - foot of snow in just 3 hours

Rapidly developing low-pressure systems are bringing snowstorms to Japan's northern prefecture of Hokkaido and northeastern region of Tohoku.

The Japan Meteorological Agency says the wintry pressure patterns caused by the two low-pressure systems -- one in the Sea of Japan and the other near Hokkaido -- are bringing heavy snow in northern Japan, Hokuriku and the central region of Tokai.

Otoineppu Village in Hokkaido saw 31 centimeters of snowfall during the three hours to 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

Strong winds are blowing mainly in coastal areas. Gusts of nearly 130 kilometers per hour were recorded in Honbetsu Town, Hokkaido, during the three hours.

Weather officials are warning that blizzards in northern Japan could make driving difficult with nearly zero visibility.


Waterspout in the Bali Strait, Indonesia

It was observed on Tuesday 11th from the ASDP Ketapang harbour, in the city of Banyuwangi, on the eastern tip of the island of Java, Indonesia.


Shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake in northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

UTC time: Monday, January 10, 2022 23:26 PM
Your time: Monday, January 10, 2022, 11:26 PM GMT
Magnitude Type: mww
USGS page: M 6.0 - northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge
USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist
Reports from the public: 1 person
10 km depth