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Shiveluch volcano starts erupting in Russia's Far East

Shiveluch volcano
© ITAR-TASS/Alexander Petrov
Shiveluch volcano
Volcanologists have registered increased activity at the Shiveluch volcano since the start of December

Volcanologists have registered an eruption of the Shiveluch volcano in Russia's Far East, the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT) told TASS on Thursday.

"The eruption of the Shiveluch volcano has started. Lava is coming down the slopes," KVERT said.

Volcanologists have registered increased activity at the Shiveluch volcano since the start of December. Over the last weeks, the volcano has been shooting colums of ash into the air almost every day. Scientists do not rule out that this may mean that a powerful eruption is about to happen.

The volcano is 3,283 m high. It last erupted in 2010.


Volcano erupts in southern Japan, no evacuation warning

A smoke column rises from Shindake volcano after its eruption in Kuchinoerabu island, southern Japan, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019.

A smoke column rises from Shindake volcano after its eruption in Kuchinoerabu island, southern Japan, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019.
A volcano erupted on a remote island in southern Japan on Thursday, the meteorological agency said, but the warning level was kept below the scale requiring evacuation.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the volcano on Kuchinoerabujima island, roughly 1,000 km (620 miles) southwest of Tokyo, erupted at 9:20 a.m. (0020 GMT). Live images showed thick black smoke billowing out of the mountain.

The eruption had released pyroclastic flows, or flows of super-heated ash and gas, Kyodo News said, but the flows had not reached residential areas.

Arrow Down

Road near Delhi Metro station caves in, vehicles trapped in huge sinkhole

Road caves in  Delhi Minister Gopal Rai reached the spot to inspect it

Road caves in Delhi Minister Gopal Rai reached the spot to inspect it
A portion of a busy road in Delhi caved in, creating a huge sinkhole and trapping a car and an auto-rickshaw. The incident took place near the Maujpur-Babarpur Metro station on Monday evening.

Two people were in the car while the auto had one person. All the people were rescued soon after their vehicles got trapped in the sinkhole. The vehicles were later pulled out with the help of cranes.

The pictures from the incident showed both the auto-rickshaw and the car in the pit. A large crowd had gathered around the sinkhole after the incident.


Two pit bull terriers kill 5-year-old girl in South Africa

Two pit bull terriers have been put down after they attacked and killed a 5-year-old girl from White River in Mpumalanga on Tuesday afternoon.

The attack happened around 17:00 at the home of a local crèche teacher in Sederberg Street, Whiteriver.

According to police spokesperson Sergeant Cynthia Mbokodo, the girl was attacked by two pit bull terriers moments after she got out of her teacher's car.

"The girl was declared dead at the scene by paramedics. The child had numerous serious bite and tear wounds on her body."

A case of culpable homicide is being investigated by the police.


Mass fish die off and 'burnt' smell reported around Mayotte, source of strange seismic event that 'shook' the planet last November

A large number of dead fish have been discovered by fishermen around the French Indian Ocean island of Mayotte, which has recently had an abnormal earthquake swarm, consisting of more than 1,440 tremors with a magnitude of 3.5 on the Richter scale since May 10 last year.

As well as visual observations of dead fish, including dolphins and manta rays, there have been reports of a strong "burnt" smell, which was "not bearable" that which covered "an area of ​​several kilometers," according to a representative of fishermen as reported by 20minutes.fr.


Storm dumps up to 18 inches of snow in a day on Lake Tahoe resorts, blizzard warning issued for next 24 hours

Heavenly Mountain

Heavenly Mountain
Some Lake Tahoe ski resorts are reporting over 1 foot of snow Wednesday morning, less than 24 hours into several days of winter storms.

Snow started falling late Tuesday morning and continued throughout the day. After a brief break, snowfall picked back up Wednesday morning.

Here are the 24-hour totals reported by resorts in the South Lake Tahoe and Incline Village areas:

Kirkwood Mountain Resort reports 14 inches.

Ice Cube

Debunking the latest WaPo Antarctic ice propaganda piece

WaPo ice story
Ice loss from Antarctica has sextupled since the 1970s, new research finds.

An alarming study shows massive East Antarctic ice sheet already is a significant contributor to sea-level rise

Chris Mooney and Brady Dennis

January 14 at 3:00 PM (Washington Post)

Antarctic glaciers have been melting at an accelerating pace over the past four decades thanks to an influx of warm ocean water - a startling new finding that researchers say could mean sea levels are poised to rise more quickly than predicted in coming decades.

The Antarctic lost 40 billion tons of melting ice to the ocean each year from 1979 to 1989. That figure rose to 252 billion tons lost per year beginning in 2009, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. That means the region is losing six times as much ice as it was four decades ago, an unprecedented pace in the era of modern measurements. (It takes about 360 billion tons of ice to produce one millimeter of global sea-level rise.)

Snowflake Cold

Turkey hit by harsh winter, snowfall

Roads to thousands of villages covered by thick snow

Harsh winter conditions dominate many parts of Turkey, affecting daily life.

An old woman in eastern Bingol province was killed when an avalanche of snow fell over her from the roof of her house.

The roads to thousands of villages across Turkey were covered with snow. In Ovacik district of eastern Tunceli province, the height of snow reached three meters (10 feet).

Roads between Ankara-Izmir, Afyonkarahisar-Usak and Afyonkarahisar-Kutahya cities in western Turkey were blocked early Wednesday due to heavy snow.


Red tide episode kills record number of sea turtles around Florida

Sea turtles washing up dead on FL islands

Sea turtles washing up dead on FL islands
Wildlife officials say manatee deaths are not far behind.

A Florida red tide outbreak close to 16 months old has killed more sea turtles than any previous single red tide event on record, and manatee deaths are not far behind.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission attributed 589 sea turtles and 213 manatee deaths to this episode of red tide, which began in late 2017. It had killed 127 bottlenose dolphins as of Dec. 20, leading the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to declare an unusual mortality event.

Because of the partial U.S. government shutdown, NOAA has not provided updates for dolphins on its UME website. Dolphin strandings spiked in August and November, but have begun to slow down as red tide shows signs of weakening along the Southwest Florida coast.


ENORMOUS 'spinning ice disk' appears on river in Maine - Largest one yet?

maine ice disk
A very unusual and impressive sight took shape in Maine this week, a nearly perfect disc of ice -- forming in the Presumpscot River.

The massive ice disc drew curious onlookers to the banks of the river. It's not clear how or exactly when it formed.

According to an official with the city of Westbrook, the disc is roughly 100 yards across and is spinning in a counter clockwise direction.

That same official captured this breathtaking drone footage of the amazing sight.

Comment: That thing's almost 100m across!!!

It is an unusual sight, and so why are these ice disks, and a number of other out of the ordinary but related phenomena, suddenly occurring all over the globe?