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Congo and DR Congo - Damaging flash floods in Kinshasa and Brazzaville - 4 children killed

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Heavy rainfall on 16 March 2021 caused severe flash flooding in the neighbouring cities of Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), and Brazzaville, capital of Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville.

As of 17 March 2021 local media reported evacuations in areas close to the Tsiemé river in Brazzaville after flood water invaded homes. Flooding also caused severe traffic problems in the city.

Local media in DR Congo reported 4 children died in the floods, with several houses swept away in Kisenso municipality in the east of Kinshasa.

The Ndjili bridge collapsed causing severe transport problems, in particular to and from N'Djili International Airport. The collapse of the bridge also left some communities of Tshangu district cut off from the rest of the city.


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Arizona Snowbowl receives 4 FEET of fresh snow over weekend

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Li Cui with Arizona Snowbowl joins FOX 10's John Hook to talk about the fresh snow that fell in Northern Arizona over the weekend, providing the snow needed to keep the winter-sports season going.


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Child dead after dog attack in New Jersey

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A dog attack in New Jersey has left a child dead, authorities say.

The incident happened in the backyard of a home on East Laurel Street in Carteret, Middlesex County.

It is possible others were critically injured as well.


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M6.6 earthquake strikes SSE of Ust'-Kamchatsk Staryy, Russia

Russia quake map
© Volcano Discovery
Date & time: 16 Mar 2021 18:38:22 UTC - 15 hours ago
Local time at epicenter: Wednesday, 17 Mar 2021 5:38 am (GMT +11)
Magnitude: 6.6
Depth: 22.1 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 54.7018°N / 163.2077°E (North Pacific Ocean, Russia)
Nearest volcano: Vysoky (158 km / 98 mi)

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Strong M5.4 earthquake hits Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland

Iceland earthquake map
© Volcano Discovery
An earthquake of magnitude 5.4 hit the Reykjanes peninsula, Southwest Iceland, at 2:15 pm yesterday, mbl.is reports. Its source was 5.4 km southwest of Fagradalsfjall mountain. Residents as far away as Sauðárkrókur, North Iceland, reported having felt it, as well as ones in Vestmannaeyjar islands and Kirkjubæjarklaustur, South Iceland.

It was followed 20 seconds later by another quake of magnitude 4.0, prolonging the vibration of people's houses and increasing the sensation of being rocked by a boat. Earlier in the day, at 12:34 pm, an earthquake of magnitude 4.6 had already hit the area.

The M5.4 quake was the second largest since the swarm of earthquakes began with one of magnitude 5.7 on February 24.

Scientist are closely monitoring the area for the possibility of a volcanic eruption.

A recording from the security camera of the rescue team Þorbjörn's building in the town of Grindavík, on the Reykjanes peninsula, clearly shows how the quake shook vehicles, stored inside the building, located less than 5 km from the source. The video was posted by the rescue team on Facebook.


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Blizzard drops up to 4 feet of snow across the Front Range, Colorado

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The blizzard that hit Colorado over the weekend was a historic storm that brought Denver's biggest snow in 18 years. Snow totals ranged from a foot to 4 feet across the Front Range. With Buckhorn Mountain in Larimer County, coming in just a bit over 48 inches.

The weekend storm officially brought 27.1 inches of snow to Denver as measured at the airport (DIA). It was a rare storm where DIA got more snow than virtually anywhere else in the Denver metro area.


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15 dead, thousands affected after weeks of severe weather in Colombia

Landslide Antioquia, Colombia, March 2021
© DAGRAN Antioquia
Landslide Antioquia, Colombia, March 2021
Colombia's National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD) reported that 15 people have lost their lives due to severe weather so far this year (01 January to 12 March 2021).

UNGRD added that a further 16 people have been injured and 2 are still missing. A total of 5,854 families have been directly affected. During this period there have been 289 severe weather events, including 146 landslides, 45 floods and 32 flash floods.

Severe weather events have been registered in 176 municipalities in 23 departments, in particular in Nariño, Huila, Cauca, Cundinamarca, Antioquia and Valle del Cauca.

Parts of Valle del Cauca have seen heavy rain resulting in floods and landslides since around 08 March, 2021. The heavy rain caused flooding in parts of Santiago de Cali, capital of Valle del Cauca Department, on 10 March. Two people died in a landslide in the Siloé district of the city.

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Ebeko volcano erupts as high as 2500 meters in Russia's Kuril Islands

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According to the Russian satellite network, the press service of the Sakhalin State Administration of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations announced that on the morning of the 14th local time, the Ebeko volcano in the Northern Kuril Islands erupted 2500 meters high Ash column.

According to the news, "On the morning of March 14, the Crisis Management Center of the Sakhalin State Administration of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations received news that the volcanic ash erupted from Ebeko volcano was as high as 2500 meters."

The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations issued a message that according to the unified duty dispatch department, North Kurilsk had not observed a drop of volcanic ash.

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Taal volcano, Philippines generates 252 volcanic earthquakes in 24 hours

Taal Volcano, Philippines
© SHUTTERSTOCK VIA CNN PH
Taal Volcano stays on alert level two on Monday after the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology recorded 252 volcanic earthquakes in the last 24 hours.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Monday maintained alert level 2 over Taal Volcano after it generated 252 volcanic earthquakes in the last 24 hours.

Under alert level 2, the volcano is seen to be under "increased unrest" as activities within the crater "indicate increased magmatic activity at shallow depths beneath the edifice," Phivolcs said in its 8 a.m. advisory.

"Sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, minor ashfall, and lethal accumulations or expulsions of volcanic gas can occur and threaten areas within the Taal Volcano Island," it said.

Last month, Phivolcs warned of Taal's possible eruption over a year since it last spewed ash and hot rocks, covering parts of Batangas, Cavite, and Laguna with mud and grime.

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: What happens when volcanic ash begins to fall globally?

Etna lava flow
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Etna ashfall making its way to the Great Lakes in the USA, Pinatubo awakens again, Iceland readies for massive eruption and lumber prices reach all time record high so if you do want to build a greenhouse, its going to cost far more money.


Comment: Ash from volcanic eruptions, together with particulates from meteor 'smoke' and wildfire smoke, all jointly contribute to the increased dust-load in the atmosphere. This changes its electric charge rebalancing mechanisms, producing more intense storms and precipitation in the form of record rainfall, hail, lightning strikes, planetary cooling, atmospheric 'anomalies' etc.

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