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Earthquakes shake North Iceland

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An earthquake measuring 5.6 was felt in towns and villages in North Iceland on Saturday afternoon, RÚV reports.

The quake occurred just after 3pm, and was centered offshore, roughly 20 km northeast of Siglufjörður. According to the Icelandic Met Office, it came on the heels of a similarly sized quake, measuring 5.3, in the same area, and was felt by residents in Dalvík, Hofsós, Siglufjörður, and Akureyri, and as well as those in the municipality of Hörgársveit, further inland.

The Tjörnes fracture zone started experiencing an earthquake swarm on Friday afternoon, peaking with the 5.6 quake on Saturday. Following this, there were a number of smaller quakes, many of which were measured at a 3.0 or higher.

Though the largest earthquake was felt all around the region, it doesn't seem to have caused any substantial damage and police in the area said they received fewer calls about it than expected, most likely because sunny weather had taken most people outdoors on Saturday afternoon.

Comment: Iceland's Grímsvötn volcano showing signs of increased activity, eruption possible


Fireball 2

Krakatoa And The Great Comet of 1882: Exploring The Real Engine of 'Climate Change'

Eruption of Perbuatan volcano on Krakatoa Island, 26 August 1883.
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Eruption of Perbuatan volcano on Krakatoa Island, 26 August 1883.
In May 1883, the captain aboard the German ship Elizabeth observed ash spewing above Krakatoa, an island in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. In the following weeks, other vessels reported hearing thunder and seeing incandescent clouds. Locals would also report earthquakes as small volcanic eruptions rumbled across the island.

Little did they know that these were the early signs of what would become one of the biggest volcanic eruptions in recorded history. Krakatoa erupted on Sunday August 26th 1883, sending volcanic dust as high as 24km (15miles) into the atmosphere. The following day on August 27th, two enormous explosions were heard as far away as Australia, with the final eruption destroying two-thirds of the island and triggering a powerful tsunami that wiped away entire settlements and was felt all the way across the Indian Ocean in South Africa. It's estimated that 36,000 people died in this natural disaster.

The eruption also had a marked impact on the global climate, sending a very large amount of sulfur dioxide (SO2) into the stratosphere, which led to a global increase in sulfuric acid concentration. This in turn increased cloud coverage that dimmed sunlight, sending global temperatures down by at least 0.4°C the following year. As submarine telegraph cables were already in use, news about the eruption was relayed rapidly across the globe, hitting the newspapers in New York, London and Paris by August 28th.

Blue Planet

'Abnormally large dust cloud' making 5,000-mile trek across Atlantic

dust storm
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Satellite imagery of the dust plume from the Sahara trekking across the Atlantic toward the Americas on June 18, 2020.
Crimson sunrises and sunsets will paint the eastern Texas sky this week, most likely not as any ill omen for the remaining months of 2020, but from dust.

An "abnormally large dust cloud" from the Sahara is making about a 5,000-mile trek across the Atlantic, heralding the chance of red sunrises and sunsets across the Gulf Coast and suppressing tropical development in the Atlantic Basin. However, it may also pose a possible health hazard to those living along the Gulf coast.

Although it isn't uncommon for the Trade Winds to carry dust from the Sahara to the Gulf Coast, this plume has caught the attention of a few meteorologists.

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Boat

Summer flooding hits Moscow

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Severe flood hits Moscow - RUSSIA, June 20, 2020.


Apple Red

Cherry production in Aragon, Spain affected by rainfall - almost 100% of early varieties damaged, 50% of later types

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Rain has had a big impact on this year's Aragonese cherry campaign. Both in the Valdejalón and Calatayud regions, cracking problems have affected almost 100% of the early varieties and more than half of the later varieties. A lot of fruit has actually rotted on the trees or is affected by disease.

Emilio Garza, a producer of Arándiga, says that "when it rains, it pours, and this year has been tough, because rains have been recorded almost every week or every 10 days, so all varieties have been hit by it."

Growers are therefore unable to make forecasts and are facing losses. "It is a disaster; we are talking about just 30-40% of the usual harvest, and with 60 to 80% of those affected by cracking," says Garza.

Attention

Indonesia's Mt Merapi erupts, spewing ash 6 km high

A view of Mount Merapi following an eruption, as seen from Sawit village, Boyolali, Central Java Province, Indonesia June 21, 2020
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A view of Mount Merapi following an eruption, as seen from Sawit village, Boyolali, Central Java Province, Indonesia June 21, 2020
Indonesia's Mount Merapi, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupted twice on Sunday, sending clouds of grey ash 6,000 meters into the sky, the country's geological agency said.

The two eruptions lasted around seven minutes, according to the agency, and prompted local authorities to order residents to stay outside a three-kilometer no-go zone around the rumbling crater near Indonesia's cultural capital Yogyakarta.

The agency did not raise the volcano's alert status after the eruptions, but it advised commercial planes to be cautious in the area.

Local media reported that people in neighboring areas including Sleman and Klaten heard strong rumbling sounds this morning.


Info

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Food, wealth and bees gone

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China finally confirming publicly 4/5 of regular harvest incoming this year, but other sources now saying 1/3 lost, this explains why a giant campaign to get farmers back to the country side to start farming while the central government raises vegetable prices to give newly resettled farmers a livelihood opportunity. New study out about "bee friendly" pesticides, they are not so "bee friendly" after all. Global trade and travel in shatters.


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Sun

Russia's far north records highest-ever temperature in Arctic: 38 degrees Celsius

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The small town of Verkhoyansk, home to 1,000 people in Russia's Yakutia region, broke the record on Saturday for the highest temperature ever recorded within the Arctic Circle, hitting a maximum of 38 degrees Celsius.

Verkhoyansk already held the record for the place with the greatest temperature range on Earth. Prior to today, temperatures in the small town have ranged between -68 and +37 degrees Celsius - a 105-degree difference. In Fahrenheit, that's between -90 and +98.

In July, the average high daily temperature is 19.9 degrees Celsius - much lower than Saturday's sweltering 38.

The record-shattering heat was shared far and wide on social media, most prominently by Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg.


Comment: What Greta did not notice, however, is that the same region experiences record COLD temperatures just a few weeks ago...

Bone-chilling cold sweeps Northeast Russia, records from the 1950s and 1960s fall


Fish

Rare deep-sea unicornfish pops up in fishing net off Imizu, Japan

North Pacific Crestfish

North Pacific Crestfish
When Taku Suganuma hauled up his fixed fishing net off the coast of Imizu, he made a catch of the day that he had never seen before.

The strange fish had a unique face with a protruding head, rippling its dorsal fin and shaking its 1-meter-long silver body.

Suganuma, 24, caught the fish on the Shintokumaru fishing boat, which sails out of Imizu, in the early hours of May 15, when the firefly squid fishing season was coming to an end.

At first, he thought it was a lowsail ribbonfish, which is often caught in nets during this season. However, a younger colleague knowledgeable about fish species said it might be a deep-sea North Pacific crestfish, aka unicornfish.

Suganuma decided to give the fish to the Uozu Aquarium because of its rarity.

Cloud Precipitation

13,000 affected by fresh floods in Assam, India

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Altogether 13,197 people were affected in fresh floods at 50 villages or localities of six Revenue Circles across the districts of Barpeta, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Nalbari, and Jorhat on Saturday.

The Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger level at Neamatighat (Jorhat), the Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing (Sonitpur), the Disang at Naglamuraghat (Sibsagar), and the Dhansiri (S) at Numaligarh (Golaghat).

The total crop area affected is 1,733.50 hectares, stated a bulletin of ASDMA.