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Norway landslide: Seventh body found as rescuers continue to search Gjerdrum site

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Seven bodies have now been found in the search for the missing after a massive landslide that destroyed homes in Norway last week, police have said.

Four bodies were discovered on Friday and Saturday, and another three on Sunday. The first victim to be found was named as Eirik Grønole, 31.

Several people remain missing following the hillside collapse that sent mud into the village of Ask on Wednesday.

Rescuers are working to find survivors, but chances of this are fading.

Police said the latest body was recovered near where two others had been found, but they gave no further details.

Five of the victims have been identified, including a 40-year-old man and his two-year-old daughter.

Another 10 people were injured.

The king and queen of Norway visited the site of the landslide on Sunday.


Comment: Huge landslide hits residential area after large amounts of precipitation in southern Norway, 10 hurt, 26 unaccounted for


Seismograph

Shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolts Aleutian Islands near Alaska

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The islands, located off southwestern Alaska, belong to the northern part of a seismically active area known as the Ring of Fire, which is regularly affected by powerful earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

A powerful tremor hit 243 kilometres from Adak, Alaska, with the epicentre of the quake situated at a depth of 17 km, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

No tsunami warning has been issued by the authorities. There also have not been any reports about victims or damages caused by the quake.

Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Signs Earth's climate is starting to fall out

Record cold in China
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
In the same day the highest barometric pressure reading ever recorded on Earth occurred over Mongolia, but in the N. Pacific the lowest ever recorded barometric pressure in a extratropical storm was recorded bringing five feet of snow to Japan and smashing cold records back to the Ming Dynasty in China.


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Snowflake Cold

Huge New Year's snowfalls at ski resorts in Japan - one gets over 7 feet in 3 days

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Leading ski areas in Japan have reported up to a metre (40 inches) of snowfall in 72 hours to see in the New Year.

However one, Geto Kogen, has reported 220cm (over 7 feet) falling in three days, including 105cm in the past 24 hours alone.

The latest big falls come a fortnight after the country's ski areas reported up to three metres (10 feet) of snowfall in seven days in the lead up to Christmas.

According to SnowJapan.com, which published the Geto Kogen figure above, Nozawa Onsen (Pictured on New Year's Day) reported 76cm (2.5 feet) of snowfall in 48 hours over New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Niseko to the north reported an identical total as part of 1.2 metres (four feet) more snowfall in the past week. Appi Kogen has had 158cm (over five feet) of snowfall in the same period and other areas have reported similar big falls.


Attention

Lava lake continues to grow in Halema'uma'u in the Kilauea volcano, Hawaii

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The lava lake within the Halema'uma'u Crater at the Kilauea volcano continues to grow on Friday, Jan. 1, nearly two weeks after the eruption resumed.


Attention

'Bomb cyclone' breaks records off Alaska - lowest ever sea level pressure for the state - 51 foot wave recorded

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Bomb cyclone off the Aleutian Islands
A ferocious and record-setting storm hammering the far western Aleutian Islands on Thursday was not expected to cause major damage to communities in the region, weather forecasters say.

That's only because of where the storm is centered: over uninhabited islands and ocean in the very far western Aleutian Islands, said Rick Thoman, a climate scientist with the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment & Policy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

"Kind of like a tornado in a cornfield versus in the center of a city," he said.

The storm, which has been described as a "bomb cyclone," has already set records for the lowest sea level pressure ever recorded in Alaska and is considered the "deepest" cyclone in the state since record keeping began in the 1950s, according to climatologist Brian Brettschneider.

Early Thursday afternoon it was windy in Adak, but not remarkably so, said Barbara Tolliver, who operates a hunting lodge with her husband on the island.

Cloud Precipitation

Severe hailstorm leaves thick white crust over desert in Al Qassim, Saudi Arabia

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Hailstorm in Qassim, Saudi Arabia desert!


Question

Over 1,000 endangered migratory birds found dead in Himachal Pradesh, India

Going for a drink? Bar-headed geese

Going for a drink? Bar-headed geese
Besides the bar-headed goose, the other species were the shoveler, the river tern, the black-headed gull and the common teal.

Biologists on Saturday sounded the alarm with over 1,000 migratory birds, largely the endangered bar-headed goose, a highest-altitude migrant, were found dead over the past one week or so in Pong wetlands -- one of the largest in northern India in Himachal Pradesh.

Chief Conservator Wildlife (Pong wetlands) Upasna Patyal told IANS the reason for the deaths is still a mystery as their carcasses have been sent to different laboratories to determine their cause of death, but it could take days or at least a week to get results.

The number of deaths was now more than 1,000. Besides the bar-headed goose, the other species were the shoveler, the river tern, the black-headed gull and the common teal.

Some birds -- including the bar-headed goose -- were seen acting strangely before their deaths, she said.



Red Flag

Caribbean island residents told to evacuate as dormant volcanoes come back to life

La Soufriere began spewing ash along with gas
© La Soufriere began spewing ash along with gas University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre
La Soufriere began spewing ash along with gas and steam, in addition to the formation of a new volcanic dome, caused by lava reaching the Earth’s surface
Officials issued alerts on the island chain of St Vincent and the Grenadines, home to more than 100,000 people, as scientists rushed to study the renewed activity.

The government raised the alert level to orange for the volcano La Soufriere indicating it could erupt within 24 hours, and recommended people living nearby should leave their homes immediately.

La Soufriere began spewing ash along with gas and steam, in addition to the formation of a new volcanic dome caused by lava reaching the Earth's surface, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency said.



Snowflake Cold

Coldest New Year's Day in Delhi for 15 years

Cold weather in Delhi
© Sandeep Saxena
Staff at a government office being welcomed in a style with drum beats on the first day of New Year even as a severe cold wave swept the capital.
A severe cold wave swept through Delhi on New Year's Day as the mercury plummeted to 1.1 degrees Celsius, the lowest in 15 years, and "very dense" fog lowered visibility to "zero" metres, affecting traffic movement.

On January 8, 2006, the city had recorded a minimum of 0.2 degree Celsius. The all-time record is minus 0.6 degrees Celsius registered in January, 1935.

The lowest minimum temperature recorded in January last year was 2.4 degrees Celsius, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the IMD's regional forecasting centre, said "very dense" fog lowered visibility to "zero" metres at Safdarjung and Palam at 6 a.m.

According to the IMD, "very dense" fog is when visibility is between 0 and 50 metres. In case of "dense" fog, visibility is between 51 and 200 metres, "moderate" 201 and 500 metres, and "shallow" 501 and 1,000 metres.

The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative data for the city, recorded a minimum of 1.1 degrees Celsius, the lowest in January in 15 years.

Comment: 26-year October cold record broken in Delhi, India