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Shallow M6.3 earthquake strikes near Papua New Guinea

PNG quake map
Date & time: 7 Feb 2021 05:45:55 UTC - 3 hours 18 minutes ago
Local time at epicenter: Sunday, 7 Feb 2021 3:45 pm (GMT +10)
Magnitude: 6.3
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 3.56°S / 145.92°E (Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: unnamed (91 km / 57 mi)


Magnitude 6.3 earthquake rattles southern Philippines

Philippines quake map
© Phivolcs
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck at Magsaysay, Davao del Sur past noon on Sunday noon, state seismologists reported, noting aftershocks were expected.

In an earthquake bulletin, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, or Phivolcs, said the tremor struck 6 kilometers southeast of Magsaysay at 12:22 p.m.

It had a depth of 15 kilometers and was tectonic in origin, indicating it was caused by a movement in the Earth's crust.

Intensity 5, rated by Phivolcs as "strong," was felt in Kidapawan City, Arakan, Carmen, Kabacan, Makilala and M'Lang, North Cotabato; City of Koronadal and Banga, South Cotabato; Matalam, Cotabato; Bansalan, Hagonoy, Magsaysay and Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

Intensity 4 or "moderately strong" was recorded in Davao City; Banisilan and Midsayap, North Cotabato; Don Carlos, Bukidnon; Polomok, Sto. Nino and Norala, South Cotabato South Cotabato; Alabel, Kiamba and Malapatan, Saranggani; Palimbang and Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat.


Skies and snow turn orange as massive Saharan Dust load spreads across south-central Europe this weekend

A massive amount of Saharan Dust has advected across the Mediterranean into central Europe this weekend, thanks to the favorable pattern turning the jet stream into southerly directions. High dust concentrations have turned skies and snow to orange across southern and central parts of Europe, creating an apocalyptic scenery.

It has been a dynamic pattern establishing across Europe this week, with a persistent upper-level High over the Arctic region and northern Europe. But to the south, an atmospheric river is dragging storm systems from the Atlantic into the southern parts of Europe.

One of these systems has deepened across southwestern Europe this weekend and turned the jet stream into south-southwesterly directions. This means the flow comes directly from the Saharan desert and it normally raises the potential to receive Saharan Dust particles across the European continent.

This time, the result is the significant advection of Saharan Dust into the Mediterranean region and into central Europe. Including the Alps and areas further north where reports of orange snow and skies are coming from the public.

Comment: Related: Severe Saharan sandstorm hits Algeria

Snowflake Cold

Snowfall in Shimla, India highest in the last 30 years - nearly 2 feet of snow in a day

Following snow and rain in most parts of Himachal Pradesh, the weather largely cleared up in the state on Friday and is expected to remain dry over the next week, meteorological officials said.

Snowfall in Shimla was the highest in the last 30 years, the meteorological centre said.

Heavy snowfall, however, has led to the disruption of transport and power supply in parts of the state, especially Shimla district. Kufri and Shimla received nearly two feet of snow on Thursday while Shillaro and Khadrala received 55 and 49 cm each.

PWD officials said that three national highways, one state highway and 461 link roads in the state are currently blocked with snow. The primary roads of Shimla, including the circular road and the bypass road, were cleared of snow on Friday, but authorities have warned motorists to drive with precautions due to a layer of black ice on the road, which is slippery and accident-prone.

Cloud Precipitation

Bodies of 3 swept away in flash flood recovered in Jordan

Authorities in Jordan have recovered the bodies of three people who went missing after their vehicle was swept away in a flash flood early Friday
© File/AFP
Authorities in Jordan have recovered the bodies of three people who went missing after their vehicle was swept away in a flash flood early Friday
Authorities in Jordan have recovered the bodies of three people who went missing after their vehicle was swept away in a flash flood early Friday.

The Public Security Directorate said the brother of one of those missing died during the search near the town of Ruwaished, some 300 kilometers (190 miles) east of the capital, Amman.

Jordan often experiences flash flooding this time of year as heavy seasonal rains send torrents of water through its desert valleys.

Source: AP


Snowed in! Family opens front door to discover 9 foot wall of snow in Glenrinnes, Scotland

The snow wall that greets the Robertson Family
© Laurie Robertson
The snow wall that greets the Robertson Family
Usually, it's the neighbours that come knocking, however, a huge snow wall has formed outside the front door of this Moray family's home - completely blocking access.

The Robertsons from Glenrinnes have watched as snow crept closer towards their home over the last few days.

And now, after several heavy drifts, the family are now unable to use their front door.

Mum Laurie Robertson took to social media to share images of the entrance to her house completely blocked.

Mrs Robertson said: "We are up one of the back roads so if there is snow, more often than not its drifts if there is any wind.


Terrible swarms of locust invade Saudi Arabia

Scary signs ! Terrible swarms of locusts invades Saudi Arabia, Al-Qassim, Al-Rass

Comment: Somalia declares state of emergency over locust invasion

Arrow Down

Avalanches leave 9 people dead in past week across U.S.

Searchers dig a tunnel into 20 feet of snow that buried three victims after an avalanche in San Juan County, Colorado, on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021.
© (San Juan County Office of Emergency Management
Searchers dig a tunnel into 20 feet of snow that buried three victims after an avalanche in San Juan County, Colorado, on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021.
Nine people are dead after avalanches in four different states in the past week, highlighting the danger that comes during the peak of avalanche season and winter weather.

The latest incident happened Thursday in Colorado, where a backcountry skier was caught up in a slide near Vail.

Avalanches also killed three hikers Tuesday in Alaska, one skier Jan. 29 in Utah, three Monday in Colorado and one Tuesday in New Hampshire.

Ethan Greene, director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, said such incidents aren't out of the ordinary for this time of year but recent days have been especially lethal.

"What I think is less usual is the number of fatalities in a short period of time," Greene told weather.com Thursday.


Woman killed by family dog in Birmingham, UK

dog attack
A woman has been found dead after being attacked by a dog at her home, police say.

West Midlands Police officers were called to Sunbeam Way, Shard End in Birmingham, shortly after 14:00 GMT on Friday by a relative.

A 25-year-old woman was found dead at the scene after suffering serious injuries believed to have been caused by a family dog.

The dog, believed to be a Staffordshire cross, has been signed over to police.


Puna district on Hawaii island gets rare hail and waterspout

More sweater-and-socks weather is in store for the Hawaiian Islands this weekend and next.

"This weekend's going to be rather clear, with clouds and isolated showers in windward areas," National Weather Service forecaster Will Ahue said Friday.

Temperatures will get down into the 50s in places like Wahiawa, and in the 60s elsewhere. Daniel K. Inouye International Airport hit 60 degrees Friday.

"Another system early next week will mix up the air mass a little bit," Ahue said. "Behind that air mass will be cold weather, but not as cold as this week."

Puna on the Big Island got a rare treat of hail and a waterspout Friday afternoon.