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Shallow M4.4 earthquake hits Granada, Spain

(Translated from Spanish): An earthquake of intensity 4.4 on the Richter scale shook the city of Granada and its metropolitan area at 12:15 pm on Saturday. The earthquake has caused a slight injury and many damages in homes, supermarkets, schools and some heritage elements in the city of Santa Fe, 12 kilometers from the capital, where the earthquake has had its epicenter. According to the National Geographic Institute (IGN), the earthquake occurred five kilometers deep.

Read more (article in Spanish): https://elpais.com/espana/2021-01-23/...

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'It's all coming!' Northern California landslide caught on camera

Caltrans crews captured on video a landslide that partially closed a highway in Northern California's Siskiyou County on Tuesday.

In the video shared on on social media, rocks tumble down a slope along Highway 96, four miles west of Happy Camp, and then trees begin to slide down. There's a loud rumbling, and a worker is heard yelling, "It's all coming!" The post calls the slide, which completely covered the section of roadway, "jaw dropping."

This landslide happened near one that happened in the past couple of weeks.


Locust swarms invade southern Saudi Arabia


Locust swarms invade southern Saudi Arabia, (Jizan).

Comment: Kenya braces for return of devastating locust swarms


Unbelievable supercell storm hit Lleida in Spain with winds of 150 km/h

super storm
Storm front caused by the storm Hortense as it passes through Tàrrega (Lleida).

The front has left strong gusts of wind of more than 190 km / h, hail and snow in the mountains

It has crossed a good part of the NE peninsula and the Balearic Islands.

Comment: Freak storm causes damage across the island of Majorca, Spain


Freak storm causes damage across the island of Majorca, Spain

Storm Hortense causes damage.

Storm Hortense causes damage.
High winds and rains battered the island this morning as storm "Hortensia" hit Mallorca At the Parc Bit technology park eyewitnesses spoke of cars being damaged by falling trees and debris.

The high winds and bad weather also caused traffic havoc across the island and disrupted the demonstration over bar and restaurant closures.

In central Palma palm trees in the Paseo Marítimo and Plaza de la Reina were damaged by the high winds.


3 die, 1 missing in Indonesia's Manado floods - up to 13 feet deep water

Three people died and one was missing in the floods that have submerged eight sub-districts in Manado City, North Sulawesi province, according to a local official on Saturday.

Head of the Manado City Disaster Management Agency Donald Sambuaga said that the eight subdistricts are Malalayang, Wanea, Sario, Paal Dua, Pikkala, Wenang, Tuminting, and Singkil.

"Rains with high intensity since Friday have caused the Sawangan and Tondano rivers, which run through Manado City, to overflow," Sambuaga said.


Authorities in Indonesia report 185 disasters in first weeks of January, 2021

Landslide in Cimanggung District, Sumedang Regency, West Java Province, Indonesia, 09 January 2021, where 24 people died.
© BPBD Sumedang Regency
Landslide in Cimanggung District, Sumedang Regency, West Java Province, Indonesia, 09 January 2021, where 24 people died.
Authorities in Indonesia say the country has seen 185 disasters since the start of the year, including earthquakes, tornadoes, landslides and floods.

According to the National Disaster Management Agency, BNPB, hydrometeorological disasters dominate the list, with 127 flood events and 30 landslides recorded in several regions of the country during the period 01 to 21 January 2021.

At least 166 people have died in the disasters, including 91 in earthquakes, 41 in landslides and 34 as a result of floods.

Cloud Precipitation

Severe floods hit Mozambique and Zimbabwe

Africa flooding
© YouTube/Disasters news (screen capture)
Severe floods have hit some residential areas in Gweru in Zimbabwe following heavy rains. Also severe floods hit other many areas in Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Snowflake Cold

Aerial view of rare snow on Taklimakan Desert, China

Taklimakan Desert

Snow covers Taklimakan Desert
View from up high: Sit back and enjoy the winter scape splendor of the in NW China.

Comment: From Wikipedia:

Because it lies in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, Taklamakan is a cold desert climate. Given its relative proximity with the cold to frigid air masses in Siberia, extreme temperatures are recorded in wintertime, sometimes well below −20 °C (−4 °F), while in summer they can rise up to 40 °C (104 °F). During the 2008 Chinese winter storms episode, the Taklamakan was reported to be covered, for the first time in its recorded history, entirely with a thin layer of snow reaching 4 centimetres (1.6 in), with a temperature of −26.1 °C (−15 °F) in some observatories.

Snowflake Cold

Mongolia facing 'one of the most extreme winters on record'

Mongolia is facing one of the most extreme winters on record, with temperatures forecast to plummet to lows of -50C for days on end. This has triggered the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to release emergency funds to quickly assist some 2,000 vulnerable herder families.

The extreme winter - known as dzud - threatens the health and livelihoods of thousands of Mongolian herders living in the country's remote central and southern provinces.

Hence, as a pre-emptive tactic, the Mongolian Red Cross Society has delivered cash assistance and livestock nutrition kits in target areas to assist them in meeting their immediate needs and save their livestock, which is the main source of livelihoods for the people of Mongolia.