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10 years on from Christchurch disaster, powerful earthquakes strike off New Zealand (UPDATES)


Comment: This keeps happening. In the last couple of years, strong quakes have been occurring on or very close to significant anniversaries (from the point of view of the afflicted country)...


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Quake centred at 10km depth, about 178km from town of Gisborne, where people felt shaking

Authorities in New Zealand have issued a tsunami warning after a shallow, powerful earthquake struck off the country's north-eastern coast in the early hours of Friday.

The quake measured a preliminary 6.9 magnitude and was centered at a depth of 10km (six miles) approximately 178km north-east of the city of Gisborne, the US Geological Survey said. Residents of Gisborne reported light to moderate shaking, it said.

There were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties, but the New Zealand National Emergency Management Agency warned people who had felt a powerful tremor to move to higher ground, writing in a tweet:

Comment:

UPDATE 2100 CET

An other, even bigger, quake has struck off NZ. This one has been recorded at 8.0M, and thankfully it struck much further to the north, near the Kermadec Islands. Tsunami warnings have sounded across North Island's northern coastline.

Last month, Fukushima, Japan, felt its strongest quake since the March 2011 disaster. In September 2017, Mexico City felt its strongest since the horrendous 1985 quake struck there - on the same day, 32 years earlier.

Now, we're not saying that anthropocentric dating is the key factor here, but these recent examples of 'resonating dates' do suggest some kind of role for mass consciousness in natural, otherwise 'random' events.

Human-cosmic connection, anyone? Is some 'mass mind effect' involved (sometimes) in the timing/release of certain planetary/cosmic energies?

UPDATE 6 March 2021

A second strong quake has struck off New Zealand's northeast, this one a 6.1 magnitude earthquake, 140km east of Te Araroa, off the North Island, at a depth of 33km at around 1.14pm on Saturday.


Attention

Environmental disasters across globe in February 2021

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At least 51 people killed when glacier breaks in northern India, Europe's tallest active volcano Mt. Etna erupts

February saw a host of environmental disasters, including floods in Turkey and Japan, a powerful volcanic eruption in Italy's Mt. Etna, and heavy monsoon rains in Indonesia.

Here is a timeline compiled by Anadolu Agency.

Feb. 1:

- The US northeast is in the midst of a massive snow storm with some areas expected to receive up to 2 feet of snow.

Feb. 2:

- Heavy rainfall in western Turkey floods some parts of Izmir province, leaving two dead.

Attention

Major flooding continues South as new storm to bring snow to California and Southwest

Loose marina floats down Kentucky River

Loose marina floats down Kentucky River
There are 18 states are on alert for flooding on Wednesday.

Rivers continue to flow out of their banks from Texas to West Virginia where 18 states are on alert for flooding on Wednesday.

The Kentucky River and Ohio River are most at risk for major to moderate flooding to continue for the next several days as entire towns continue to be submerged under water in Kentucky where a state of emergency has been declared.


The rain, however, should stay away from the flooded region for the next several days.


Doberman

Mother walking to corner store killed by pack of dogs in Porter, Texas

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Deann Stephenson walked to the corner store near her home almost every day until Feb. 15, when her family says four dogs that belong to a neighbor escaped their front yard and bit her to death.

The midday incident in Porter, north of Kingwood, happened about a year after the family moved to the area for a fresh start: A new home, church and friends.

"I'm devastated," said Stephenson's husband, Bruce Clark. "They took everything. I got nothing."

Clark is disabled and Stephenson was also his caretaker. He said they have two children together.


Attention

Scientists in Iceland say 'strong signs' volcanic eruption is imminent

Mount Keilir, Iceland
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Mount Keilir, about 20 miles south of Reykjavik. Scientists said there was no immediate danger to the public.
Scientists in Iceland have said there are now "strong signs" that a volcanic eruption may be under way following several days of near-constant seismic activity near Mount Keilir about 20 miles south of the capital, Reykjavik.

"We are not saying we have signs an eruption has begun," Kristín Jónsdóttir of the Icelandic meteorological office told local media on Wednesday. "But this looks like the type of activity we expect in the run-up to an eruption."

Víðir Reynisson of the island's civil defence force told a mid-afternoon news conference it was "more likely than not" that an eruption - the first in the area since the 12th century - was about to begin, and could happen within the next few hours.

But Víðir said there was "no disaster going on and everyone can get on with their daily lives". There was no immediate danger, he said, although people should avoid travelling to the area on the Reykjanes peninsula.

Thousands of tremors measuring up to 5 on the Richter scale have been recorded on the peninsula during the past week. Freysteinn Sigmundsson, a geophysicist, said that if it came, the eruption could also be delayed by several days.

Comment: Shallow 5.6-magnitude tremor strikes near Reykjavik, Iceland


Fire

Guatemala's Pacaya volcano erupts, officials warn of burning projectiles

Pacaya volcano eruption
Guatemala's Pacaya volcano erupted on Wednesday, expelling lava for several hours and prompting the country's meteorological institute to warn that incandescent volcanic blocks could rain down on nearby towns.

Officials stopped short of ordering evacuations following the so-called strombolian eruption, explosions that consist of relatively mild blasts but eject burning cinders and lava bombs.

One of the Central American country's most active volcanoes, Pacaya began to expel lava at dawn, creating an immense column of smoke, video footage from the institute showed.

"The Pacaya volcano has a very high level of activity, which has generated a strombolian type eruption, with strong explosions," the meteorological institute, Insivumeh, said in a statement.


Comment: Guatemala: There's nowhere to hide - hundreds of thousands live in the shadow of 3 erupting volcanoes


Cloud Precipitation

Deadly floods and landslides in Colombia - at least 4 people killed

Civil Defence Search Operations in Rivera,
© Civil Defence Colombia
Civil Defence Search Operations in Rivera, Huil, Colombia March 2021.
Recent heavy rainfall in Colombia has caused flooding and landslides in which at least 4 people have died.

In Huila Department, emergency teams recovered 3 bodies from a vehicle that had become trapped in flood waters of the Frio River in the municipality of Rivera on 01 March 2021. According to Colombia's Civil Defence, the deceased included the consul of Panama. Firefighters were able to rescue the driver and two passengers.


Snowflake

Snow piles up as winter storm impacts Maine - 28 inches recorded - thousands of power outages reported

Gusty winds on Tuesday blow across Turner Street in Presque Isle.
© Paula Brewer / The Star-Herald
Gusty winds on Tuesday blow across Turner Street in Presque Isle. The extreme windy conditions caused several crashes throughout the region.
Thousands of power outages were reported in northern and eastern Maine as blowing winds and whiteouts impacted the area on March 2, the National Weather Service said.

Local officials called on residents of the area to stay at home. The Caribou Police Department warned, "Road conditions are very bad with the wind, whiteout conditions and low temperatures."

A local meteorologist measured 28 inches of snow accumulation on Tuesday morning, he said on Twitter.


Snowflake Cold

Winter's almost over, yet Atlantic Canada is blasted with 50 cm of snow

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The beginning of March brought some harsh winter conditions to Atlantic Canada, particularly in Newfoundland, which was hit hard Tuesday.

The intense winter storm that powered through the Maritimes Monday -- the first day of meteorological spring -- also delivered a swift dose of heavy snow, howling winds and blizzard conditions to Newfoundland Tuesday.

Because of the storm, most government offices and municipal services were either delayed with opening or closed for the day early Tuesday. Conditions quickly began to deteriorate Monday overnight and into the pre-dawn hours Tuesday morning.


Arrow Down

Closures along South Klondike Highway due to avalanches after 'way, way above average' snowfall

A snowplow clears a path on the South Klondike Highway. On Tuesday, the highway was shut down.
© Colin MacKenzie
A snowplow clears a path on the South Klondike Highway. On Tuesday, the highway was shut down.
The large snowfall in southern Yukon has caused lots of problems for highway staff, and contractors tasked to deal with avalanches. This weekend, avalanche activity was reported along the South Klondike Highway, and it seems that highway staff had their hands full.

Colin MacKenzie, an avalanche contractor for Yukon's Department of Highways and Public Works, explained that these avalanches are caused by storms coming off the Pacific Ocean. These storms are bringing winds, snow, and warmer temperatures with them.