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Shallow 6.0-magnitude earthquake hits Kermadec Islands

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 jolted Kermadec Islands region at 09:53:28 GMT on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 29.1007 degrees south latitude and 176.6725 degrees west longitude.

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Alaska DOT: Epic avalanche cascade shuts down Hatcher Pass Road for days

Avalanche debris covers two stretches of the Hatcher Pass Road after last weekend’s storm.
© Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center
Avalanche debris covers two stretches of the Hatcher Pass Road after last weekend’s storm.
A rare cascade of avalanches over the weekend has shut down the Hatcher Pass Road, and it will remain closed for several days as crews wait for conditions to stabilize before clearing avalanche debris.

Forecasters with the Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center say that five different avalanches crossed the upper stretch of the road, and one of those extended so far that it hit a second, lower stretch of the road, beneath a switchback. The center, in a Facebook post, said that was the first time such a slide had taken place since the 1980s.

Photos posted by the center show ribbons of avalanche debris covering the upper stretch of the road in several areas, as well as massive piles of snow burying large stretches of Archangel Road, which is groomed for skiing and walking during the winter.

Cloud Precipitation

3 dead, 3 missing after floods in north Haiti

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Civil Protection in Haiti reported on 05 April 2021 that at least 3 people have died and 3 are missing after days of heavy rain caused flooding in northern and central areas of the country.

The Civil Protection Agency said heavy rainfall began on 02 April 2021. As of 05 April, flash floods and overflowing rivers were reported in Centre, Nord, Nord-Est and Nord-Ouest departments.

One person was killed and 149 homes damaged after floods in Jean-Rabel commune in Nord-Ouest department. Two deaths were recorded in the commune of Bois de Lance in Nord Department, with three people also reported missing. More than 1,270 houses were flooded in the municipalities of Terrier-Rouge, Caracol and Trou-du-Nord in Nord-Ouest. Around 137 families were evacuated in Terrier-Rouge and Caracol.


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Skier dies in avalanche on mountain in Banff National Park, Alberta

Haddo Peak in Banff National Park
© THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Parks Canada
Haddo Peak in Banff National Park is seen in an undated handout photo. A skier from Alberta has died in an avalanche while he and another skier were on a mountain in Banff National Park.
One skier managed to escape, but the second was swept away and killed in the slide

A skier from Alberta has died in an avalanche while he and another skier were on a mountain in Banff National Park.

Parks Canada says two male skiers from Canmore, Alta., were on the northeast face of Haddo Peak in the Lake Louise area on Monday when the avalanche was triggered.

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Indonesia, East Timor flood death toll surges past 150

Villagers carry the body of a victim after flash floods in Lembata, East Flores, Indonesia on Monday.
© AFP
Villagers carry the body of a victim after flash floods in Lembata, East Flores, Indonesia on Monday.
At least 118 people have now been confirmed dead in the flash floods and landslides in Indonesia and East Timor.

More than 100 others are still missing.

Torrential rains were triggered by a passing cyclone. Now, as conditions begin to improve, rescue workers are trying to reach communities in need.

Al Jazeera's Jessica Washington reports.


Snowflake Cold

Temperatures in UK plunge to -6C as Arctic blast strikes - more snow forecast

UK cold spell
© Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS
There will be frost, snow and ice in places
Brits are bracing for another bitterly cold day with warnings of more snow as well as bouts of rain as Arctic winds continues to sweep the nation.

Up to 3cm of snow is predicted to fall in parts of Scotland while the mercury is likely to drop to sub zero temperatures again on Wednesday.

Lows of -6C will hit central parts of England this morning and forecasters warned that it will be 'a cold start for all of us.'

It comes after temperatures plunged as low as minus 4.2C overnight in parts of the UK, while some regions had 11cm of snow fall.

Today, a yellow weather warning for snow remains in place for parts of northern Scotland until 10am.

The severe weather warning states that 'snow showers may lead to some transport disruption' in the affected regions, with up to 3cm set to fall.

London is set to record the coldest start to April in eight years, after St James's Park saw the coldest average over the first six days of the month back in 2013, the Star reports.


Comment: Historic Arctic cold blast hits Europe: Damaging frost and snow expected across most of continent




Windsock

Thunderstorm with extreme winds slams Qatar

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! The Wind Takes Everything In Qatar! Thundery rain and strong wind reported in north of Qatar


Cloud Precipitation

3 killed in Caquetá landslide, hundreds affected by floods across Colombia

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Civil Defence in Colombia reports that heavy rain has affected several departments in the country over the last few days, causing floods and landslides which have damaged homes and left at least 3 people dead.

The 3 fatalities were reported after heavy rain triggered a landslide in Florencia, capital of Caquetá Department, on 05 April 2021. The landslide caused a building to collapse, killing 3 of the inhabitants.


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The Yukon phenomenon: record Whitehorse snow nearly 300% of normal

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Even taking into account the city's Arctic locale, this past winter was epically snowy for the Yukon capital.

It snowed before Halloween, and it never really stopped snowing.

As of April 5th, there's 70 cm of snow on the ground across Whitehorse, Yukon; for the city of 25,000, it's a tremendous amount - the most on record for April 4th.

For reference, the snowpack usually peaks around 30 cm of snow, and by late April, the snow base remarkably diminishes to near zero. The sheer resiliency of the Yukon snowpack is quite peculiar.

Fire

Lava spews from new fissures at Fagradalsfjall volcano, hikers evacuated

Reykjanes Peninsula
© Marco Di Marco/Marco Di Marco
Steam and lava spurt from a new fissure on a volcano on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland, Monday, April 5, 2021.
Steam and lava spurted Monday from a new fissure at an Icelandic volcano that began erupting last month, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of hikers who had come to see the spectacle.

The new fissure, first spotted by a sightseeing helicopter, was about 500 meters (550 yards) long and about a kilometer (around a half-mile) from the original eruption site in the Geldinga Valley.

The Icelandic Department of Emergency Management announced an immediate evacuation of the area.

It said there was no imminent danger to life due to the site's distance from popular hiking paths.

Comment: See also: 34,000 quakes in two weeks near Fagradalsfjall volcano, Iceland - 900% increase in activity compared with whole of 2020