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Huge sinkhole appears in a street in Ceuta, Spain

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© Mohamed Ali
RESIDENTS in Ceuta were alarmed when a huge sinkhole appeared in the road near the entrance to the Barriada del Principe.

The sinkhole, which measured several metres in diameter, took up part of the pavement and the road, by the old Quemadero bridge and the football field, in the Spanish enclave city in North Africa.

The leader of the local Caballas Coalition party, Mohamed Ali, tweeted about the sinkhole, which left residents in the area shocked over how dangerous it could have proved.

The area was cordoned off and barriers were placed around the sinkhole.


Windsock

Six killed, over 80 missing after heavy dust storm hits Mongolia

Mongolia dust storm
© YouTube/CGTN (screen capture)
Six people, including five herdsmen and one child, were found dead after a heavy dust storm hit Mongolia, the country's emergency management department said on Monday.

In a statement, the department said it had received reports of 548 missing people from nine provinces across the country between Saturday night and Monday morning.

So far, 467 people have been found and rescuers were trying to locate 81 who were still unaccounted for, it said.

Meanwhile, local media reported that some areas in western Mongolia experienced large-scale power cuts over the weekend due to the storm.

Neighboring China was also affected by the dust storm with large areas in the north, including the capital Beijing, experiencing the largest sandstorms in a decade on Monday.

Comment: The sandstorm created surreal scenes in Beijing, with thick dust turning the sky orange over the Chinese capital. The storm caused an unprecedented spike in air pollution measurements with Beijing's air quality index showed a reading of 999, a level described as "hazardous," the worst possible tier.

Beijing sandstorm
© REUTERS/Thomas Peter
A woman walks past Drum Tower during morning rush hour as Beijing, China, is hit by a sandstorm, March 15, 2021.



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Colorado snow totals so far: Sunday, March 14 - over 2 feet deep in places

Woodland Park
© Debbie Kelley
Woodland Park
A list of Colorado snow totals so far for Sunday, March 14, 2021.


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2,000+ flights canceled in Denver due to Winter Storm Xylia - Interstates closed

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More than a dozen roads in Colorado are shut down due to Winter Storm Xylia, including portions of two interstates.

The closures include Interstate 70 in both directions between Burlington and Limon and I25 in both directions from Wellington to the state line.

Other roads affected include several U.S. and state highways.

Air travel is being snarled, too. More than 2,000 flights were canceled this weekend at Denver International Airport.


Seismograph

Shallow mag. 6.0 earthquake in the South Sandwich Islands region

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© Associated Press
Date & time: 14 Mar 2021 12:05:16 UTC -

Local time at epicenter: Sunday, 14 Mar 2021 10:05 am (GMT -2)

Magnitude: 6

Depth: 10.0 km

Epicenter latitude / longitude: 59.7°S / 29.7°W (South Atlantic Ocean, South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands)

Nearest volcano: Thule Islands (134 km / 83 mi)

Road Cone

Massive landslide cuts off access to Kauai's north shore, Hawaii

Hawaii landslide
© YouTube/KHON2 News (screen capture)
A night of heavy rain has caused rocks, branches, and mud to dump onto Kuhio Highway Thursday.


Comment: Recent heavy rain also prompted evacuations after a dam breach in Maui, Hawaii.


Attention

Powerful eruption of Sakurajima volcano in Japan

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Natural disaster March 2021. The ground is shaken! Powerful eruption of the Sakurajima volcano in Japan.


Snowflake Cold

Our cooling atmosphere: Curious circular clouds appear over Swiss Alps alongside an iridescent cloud

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© 20min.ch
These mysterious cylindrical clouds over the Swiss Alps aren't natural... But, of course, scientists have no clues how they may have formed...


Comment: There are scientific explanations for how these kinds of clouds form, but what is notable is that they're not a common sight and their appearance points to an atmosphere that is undergoing significant cooling; and this is just one of an increasing number of examples.


How did these eerie cylindrical clouds formed in the sky over the Eiger in the Swiss Alps? via

The eerie sky formation hovered over the Eiger, a 3,967-metre (13,015 ft) mountain of the Bernese Alps.

This picture shows the two mysterious cylindrical clouds in the sky over the Swiss Alps on March 10, 2021. via 20min.ch

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Attention

Sicily's Mount Etna erupts for 12th time in a month

Mount Etna eruption
© YouTube/Chave weather (screen capture)
The twelfth eruption of Mount Etna in a month take place, continuing increased volcanic activity in Catania, Sicily, Italy. March 12th 2021.


Comment: The recent uptick in volcanic activity worldwide continues.


Snowflake

Snowfall returns to west Las Vegas valley in March

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Snowfall has returned to the west Las Vegas valley on Friday.

The National Weather Service in Las Vegas reports a band of rain and snow showers was moving into the south Las Vegas Valley as of 7:45 a.m.

Snow is common in the surrounding mountains when it rains in the valley.

Nevada Highway Patrol says there is snow on Mt. Charleston, which means chains, snow tires or four-wheel drive are required for anyone driving up.

It last snowed in the west valley in late January.