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Elephant kills 2 persons in Odisha, India - record 102 such deaths for the year in state

Charging elephant
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Charging elephant
The man- elephant conflict in Odisha seems to be worsening by the day with a district in Odisha on Friday declaring shutting down of about 600 schools in a mineral-rich district after a stray tusker killed 2 persons on Thursday evening.

Jajpur district education officer Krushna Chandra Nayak said the district administration ordered closure of more than 600 schools in Korei, Danagadi and Sukinda blocks as a precautionary measure after the tusker killed 2 persons on Thursday evening. "The elephant is hiding in a forested area somewhere close to Jajpur town. We do not want to take any chances with the safety of the school children and thus ordered one day shutdown. This could be the first time that so many schools were shut down in the district due to elephant attack," said Nayak.

Odisha forest and wildlife officials said the 10-year-old tusker that strayed from a herd from Keonjhar district few days ago had gone on a rampage through Korei block of chromote-rich Jajpur district on Thursday evening. As the agitated villagers tried to drive it away lighting torches and bursting firecrackers, the tusker ran into Sankachila village where it tossed 62-year-old Chintamani Ram and trampled upon the head of 55-year-old Iswar Das, both of them snacks sellers from a nearby village. Both of them immediately died. At least 10 other villagers were also injured in the stampede as the elephant rampaged through.


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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Ancient warnings, modern solutions

Rök stone
© Alfredo Dagli OrtiRex/Shutterstock
The Rök stone in Sweden bears the longest runic inscription in the world.
1200 year old unknown and previously undecipherable Viking stone code has been cracked, and it tells of the Sun driving the civilization cycle termed "The Rhythm of Light" a pattern of low solar activity that brings and takes civilization. UAE could seeding brought record snow and heaviest rains in 24 years. Now LG is showcasing a new grow device for leafy greens to feed a family form the convenience of your home. Indoor agriculture brought to you by LG.


Comment: Recurring, natural climate change: 9th century Viking runestone records fears of '3-year-long winter'


Cloud Precipitation

Storm Gloria causes major damage to agriculture in Spanish regions of Murica and Valencia

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Delays in the vegetable harvest and severe impact on citrus crops

Many vegetable fields in the Spanish Region of Murcia have been flooded after more than two days of intense rainfall.

The abundant water covering part of the leafy vegetable crops, as well as the broccoli, cauliflower and artichoke fields, is making it difficult to carry out the harvesting tasks. For many producers, it will be impossible to enter the fields in the next few days, so delays in harvests and shipments are expected.


The intense cold and the cloudy days are slowing down the vegetative growth, which is taking a toll on the supply. This is significant, taking into account that Murcia is the main producer for this type of vegetables in Europe during the winter months. Broccoli and cauliflower prices are the ones that have risen the most so far since the temperatures started falling.

Comment: ...for the fourth year running:


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One meter of heavy snowfall shuts roads, closes schools in south east Georgia

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© Shuakhevi City Hall
Heavy snowfall in mountainous villages of the Adjara region resulted in the weather-related closure of 17 schools.

The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture reported that students were not able to get to schools due to snow on the roads. The snow has reached the height of one meter in Khulo.

The heavy snowfall also caused problems with electricity, the Khulo district Government reports.


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Major 6.8M earthquake strikes eastern Turkey - At least 20 dead, felt as far south as Tel Aviv

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© Reuters
On 23 January, a 5.4 magnitude earthquake hit the western Turkish province of Manisa with no people being injured or killed in the incident, according to provincial Governor Ahmet Deniz.

A strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey at 17:55:10 GMT, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported. The epicentre of the earthquake was located 210 kilometres northeast of Gaziantep and 10 kilometres north of Doganyol, Turkey at a depth of two kilometres, according to the centre.

According to the EMSC, the earthquake was felt in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Israel.

Comment:

UPDATE 21:15 CET

The death toll has risen to 4, and the quake was reportedly felt in Tel-Aviv, Israel. The damage looks bad. Expect the death toll to rise.

Update: 25th Jan. 09.09 CET

Anadolu Agency reports:
At least 20 people were killed and more than 1,015 injured Friday after a deadly earthquake rattled eastern Turkey, according to authorities.

The 6.8-magnitude quake hit eastern Elazig province at 8.55 p.m. local time, with its epicenter in Sivrice district, along with neighboring provinces and countries including Syria and Georgia.

The Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) said 922 others were injured; 560 in Elazig, 226 in Malatya, 37 in Kahramanmaras, 34 in Sanliurfa, 34 in Diyarbakir, 25 in Adiyaman, 6 in Batman.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced the updated death toll, saying: "We have approximately 30 residents under the wreckage in Elazig."

The search and rescue operations are continuing and the death toll could rise, said Koca.

Update 26 Jan 15:00 CET

24 hours later, a mother and her baby have been rescued from the rubble in Elaziq:





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Mount Baker Highway in Washington closed because of avalanche danger after 2 feet of snow in 24 hours

SNOW SLIP
Mount Baker Highway was closed from early Thursday morning to Friday morning because of avalanche danger, the Washington state Department of Transportation said.

"The safety of the traveling public is our top priority, so WSDOT will close the highway at milepost 37, east of Glacier, at 4 a.m. due to anticipated avalanche risk," WSDOT spokeswoman Andrea Petrich said in an email.

Mount Baker Highway, also called state Highway 542, was last closed for avalanche danger in 2009, Petrich said.

A powerful sub-tropical storm is dumping rain in the Whatcom County lowlands and heavy snow in the higher elevations of the North Cascades, the Nation Weather Service said in online forecasts.


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Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado cops 15 inches of snow in 24 hours

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Thursday is serving up another great powder day across most mountains in Colorado.

Breckenridge Ski Resort received 15 inches of fresh powder over the last 24 hours, with 10 inches of fresh flakes falling overnight and 5 more inches of snow Thursday morning (and counting).

Eleven lifts are spinning, with more than 2,700 acres and 171 trails open for exploring.



Attention

6 new mud volcanoes emerge in a week on Trinidad

MUD VOLCANO
Senior Geologist Xavier Moonan has revealed six new mud volcanoes along this country's southwestern coast.

Moonan stated that samples were collected for analysis and the activity was being monitored.

He posted photographs of the mud volcanoes to social media.

Moonan wrote, "New mud volcanoes!!! At least 6 new mud volcano cones have appeared over the last week in RE Trace, Los Iros. The new cones all occur along the trace of the August 21st 2018 earthquake fault rupture which completely offset the roads along RE Trace."

He said an oil sheen and strong sent of hydrocarbons accompanied the mudflow.


Rainbow

Rare fogbow photographed on the Cardigan Bay coast, Wales

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© Brett Critchley
Brett Critchley captured the meteorological phenomenon in Tywyn, Gwynedd
A rare white rainbow has been pictured over a seaside resort in Gwynedd.

The meteorological phenomenon was spotted by people in Tywyn on the Cardigan Bay coast on Thursday morning.

Also known as a fogbow, cloud bow or ghost rainbow, the arc is formed when sunlight interacts with small water droplets contained in fog, mist or cloud.

Comment: Strange and rare sights in our skies are becoming ever more common:


Binoculars

Wrong place, wrong time: 3 summer tanagers that normally winter in Central, South America turn up around San Francisco

A bright red summer tanager made San Francisco's Glen Park Canyon home in January 2019.
© SF Rec And Park
A bright red summer tanager made San Francisco's Glen Park Canyon home in January 2019.
A brilliant red bird — the sort you'd expect to find in a tropical forest — has made an unusual appearance in San Francisco's Glen Canyon Park.

The summer tanager is what birders call a "vagrant," a bird that ends up far from its usual migratory destination.

The medium-size song bird typically breeds in southern portions of the United States and migrates to Central America and northern South America for the winter. Dylan Hayes, who has worked in the canyon as a San Francisco Recreation and Parks naturalist for more than 15 years, said he has never seen this species in the city.