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Guatemala's Fuego volcano has started to erupt

Fuego volcano erupts
© AP Photo/Moises Castillo
Fuego volcano
Guatemalan rescue services reported that the Fuego volcano, located 50km away from the capital city of Guatemala, has started to erupt, Prensa Libre newspaper report says.

Lava flows reach up to 1.5 km long, and a column of ash rises above the volcano, spreading up to 5 km away, the report says. There were no reports of evacuation yet.

Last time, Fuego erupted on June 3, 2018, which led to deaths of over 200 people.


Snowflake

Winter storm dumps over 9 inches of snow on Boise, Idaho

People walking through the snow in downtown Boise

People walking through the snow in downtown Boise

Winter arrives in the Treasure Valley with a vengeance, dumping over nine inches of snow on everything. The snow set the stage for a February snow day complete with show shoveling, hazardous roads, and a trip to favorite sledding hills.


Snowflake Cold

Snow and ice blanket US north-west, leaving hundreds of thousands without power - ice-laden trees fall on power lines

People walk by a collapsed tree in Lake Oswego,
© Gillian Flaccus
People walk by a collapsed tree in Lake Oswego, Ore., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. The tree fell during an ice and snowstorm that left hundreds of thousands of people without power and disrupted travel across the Pacific Northwest region.
A winter storm blanketed the Pacific north-west with ice and snow on Saturday, leaving hundreds of thousands without power and disrupting travel across the region.

Freezing rain left roads, power lines and trees coated in ice in the Portland, Oregon, region, and by Saturday morning more than 270,000 had lost power. The extreme conditions, loss of power and transportation problems prompted Oregon governor Kate Brown to declare a state of emergency.

"Crews are out in full force now and are coordinating with local emergency response teams on communications for emergency services, such as warming centers," Brown said. "I'm committed to making state resources available to ensure crews have the resources they need on the ground."


Cloud Precipitation

Over 30 fatalities reported after weeks of flooding in South Africa

The flood gates of the Vaal Dam near Johannesburg South Africa were opened on 11 February, 2021 after days of heavy rain.
© DWS South Africa
The flood gates of the Vaal Dam near Johannesburg South Africa were opened on 11 February, 2021 after days of heavy rain.
Flooding continues to affect parts of South Africa, with 10 fatalities reported in Limpopo province over the last few days.

Parts of the country were badly hit by flooding after heavy rainfall brought by Tropical Cyclone Eloise from around 23 January 2021.

Eloise has long since dissipated but heavy rainfall has continued to fall throughout the first weeks of February, causing further flooding and dam levels to rise. As of 11 February, authorities began releasing water from the Vaal Dam, situated about 75km south of Johannesburg.


Arrow Down

Pair of avalanches kill 3 mountain climbers in Slovenia

AVANCHE
Two avalanches in Slovenia killed three mountain climbers and injured three more people Saturday, authorities said.

The avalanches happened in the area of Kamnik-Savinja Alps, around 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Slovenia's capital Ljubljana, said the Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief.

Police said four climbers were in the area of Mt. Storzic when the first avalanche killed two on the spot and buried the other two up to their waists.

The second avalanche struck during the rescue operation some some three hours later, killing another climber and seriously injuring the other. Two rescuers were also injured, one seriously, police said.


Police said the four climbers were the only ones in the area. Authorities issued an avalanche alert and warned against climbing during an ongoing spate of extremely cold and windy weather.

Source: AP

Snowflake

Cold front Medea brings snow to northern Greece

snow
© Greek Reporter
After a period of unseasonably warm weather across the country, the cold front "Medea" brought frigid temperatures and snowfall to northern Greece on Saturday.

Currently, snowfall and ice-cold temperatures have been recorded across Northern Greece, particularly in Florina, Kozani, Kastoria, Kavala, Katerini, and Thessaloniki.

The cold front will continue through the weekend, with more snowfall and frigid weather expected in Athens and the rest of the country on Monday.

Along with low temperatures and snowfall, meteorologists also predict that Medea will bring about strong thunderstorms around Greece late Saturday through Sunday.


Snowflake Cold

"Extreme freeze" - Record low February temperatures across the UK

cold map
Records fall, not just for the day, but for the entire month of February. Some records broken by "quite some way".
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Fifteen weather stations across the UK recorded their lowest temperatures ever for February overnight on Wednesday, according to the Met Office.

The forecaster's station in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, recorded a temperature of minus 23C, the lowest in the UK since 1995.

And the "extreme freeze" also saw the mercury plummet in areas in the Scottish Highlands, such as Kinbrace and Strathallan, to minus 21.3C and minus 18.2C respectively.

Snowflake Cold

Russia's capital Moscow hit with the worst snowfall in decades

Moscow snow
© Sputnik/ Yevgeniy Biyatov
The Russian capital has been hit with the worst snowfall in decades, with freak weather disrupting air travel and bringing traffic to a halt. Several people have been injured as a result of roofs collapsing in Moscow Region.

The adverse weather befell the city and its surrounding region on Friday, and snow continued falling for two straight days. A snowfall this intense hasn't been registered in the city for some 50 years, with the current record dating back to 1973.

The mountains of snow resulted in the closure of multiple roads across the city overnight.


Comment: Meanwhile a major winter storm impacted the Pacific Northwest. A total of 11.1 inches of snow fell in Seattle between February 12-13. the daily snowfall for February 13 is 8.9 inches making it the snowiest day in Seattle in 52 years!




Seismograph

Strong earthquake: M6 quake has struck near Kandrian in Papua New Guinea

Earthquake
© Associated Press
A earthquake magnitude 6 (ml/mb) has occurred on Saturday, 121 km S of Kandrian, Papua New Guinea (75 miles).

Id of earthquake: us6000dhfg. Event ids that are associated: us6000dhfg. Exact location of event, depth 51.75 km, 149.3972° East, -7.2933° South. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

The temblor was picked up at 15:33:57 / 3:33 pm (local time epicenter). The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 51.75 km (32 miles) below the earth's surface. Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 13/02/21 / 2021-02-13 15:33:57 / February 13, 2021 @ 3:33 pm.

Earthquakes 6.0 to 6.9 may cause a lot of damage in very populated areas. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days one and in the last 365 days six earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that was reported nearby. Each year there are an estimated 135 earthquakes in the world.

Seismograph

Almost 10 years to the day since mega-quake, another powerful earthquake strikes off Fukushima, Japan

quake
A powerful magnitude 7.1 earthquake, which measured a strong 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale — the second-highest level — jolted Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures in the Tohoku region late Saturday night.

The quake, which also felt in Tokyo, where it registered a 4 on the Japanese scale, struck around 11:08 p.m., according to the Meteorological Agency. A tsunami warning was not issued.

As a precaution, however, those near coastal areas were advised to move to higher ground as aftershocks could continue.


Comment: This one has since been updated to a 7.3M quake. Japanese authorities report no deaths but around 150 injuries, and even though its strongest impact on land was just 40km from the Daichi nuclear power plant, they're reporting 'nothing to worry about there'. Which they would, given what happened last time...

This quake comes just a month shy of the 10-year anniversary of the 9.0M earthquake and tsunami that devastated eastern Japan on 11 March 2011.

We're reminded of Mexico City experiencing its strongest quake in recent years on the 32-year anniversary of its worst in modern times. Is some 'mass mind effect' involved (sometimes) in the timing/release of certain planetary/cosmic energies?