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Deadly cold front continues as dam bursts in Bulgaria

The toll from Europe's killer cold snap kept climbing Monday with nine new victims found in Poland, most of them homeless, and at least three people died after a Bulgarian dam burst.

Torrential rains and snowstorms lashing southern Bulgaria broke through the dam early Monday, submerging the small village of Biser under 2.5 metres (eight feet) of water, emergency services said.
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Biser mayor Zlatka Valkova told state news agency BTA three elderly men had drowned in their homes and a massive rescue effort was under way in the village of about 800 people.

"People are in panic," regional mayor Mihail Liskov said on national radio. "Ninety percent of the village is under water."

Igloo

Death toll from Europe cold snap passes 300

The deadly cold snap that has gripped Europe for more than a week wrought more havoc across the continent Sunday, straining emergency services, grounding flights and pushing the death toll past 300.

The homeless population has borne the brunt of the suffering, with dozens of transients freezing to death in unheated apartments, fire escapes or in makeshift street shelters.
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Swiss temperatures plunged to minus 35.1 degrees Celsius in the eastern Graubuenden canton on Sunday night
French authorities on Sunday found the body of a homeless man who had frozen to death, bringing to at least 306 the number of cold-related deaths reported across Europe.

With night-time temperatures plunging as low as minus 40 Celsius (minus 40 Fahrenheit) in Finland, the grim winter toll also rose in other countries.

Bizarro Earth

6.8 quake in Philippines kills 43, buries homes

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artolome Bautista, deputy director of Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), points to the epicenter of the magnitude 6.8 earthquake which hit central Philippines on Monday Feb. 6
A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the central Philippines on Monday, killing at least 43 people and causing widespread panic, officials said.

The powerful quake hit in a narrow strait between the heavily populated island provinces of Negros and Cebu, causing buildings to collapse, cracking roads and bridges, and shutting down the power supply.

In Cebu city, a popular tourist destination and city of 2.3 million, hotel guests scrambled to higher floors as unfounded rumours that a huge tsunami was bearing down spread by text message.

At least 29 were killed by landslides while 10 others were crushed by collapsing buildings in the mountainous town of of Guihulngan in Negros, said regional military official Colonel Francisco Patrimonio.

Igloo

The Littlest Ice Age: Europeans Beg for the Return of "Global Warming"

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A man walks past an ice covered car on the frozen waterside promenade at Lake Geneva in Versoix, near Geneva, Switzerland, early Feb. 5. The death toll from the vicious cold snap across Europe has risen to more than 260, with the winter misery set to hit thousands of those seeking to escape it as air traffic was hit.
How cold is the Winter of 2010-2011 in Great Britain and Ireland? Well, it has been "referred to as The Big Freeze by national media. In the UK it was the coldest December ever, since Met Office records began in 1910, with a mean temperature of -1°C. It broke the previous record of 0.1°C in December 1981."

And it obviously broke records for cold set before the "Met Office records began in 1910" as indicated in this souvenir:
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Bizarro Earth

Philippines - Earthquake Magnitude 6.7

© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Monday, February 06, 2012 at 03:49:16 UTC

Monday, February 06, 2012 at 11:49:16 AM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
9.964°N, 123.246°E

Depth:
46.6 km (29.0 miles)

Region:
NEGROS - CEBU REGION, PHILIPPINES

Distances:
72 km (44 miles) N of Dumaguete, Negros, Philippines

74 km (45 miles) WNW of Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines

80 km (49 miles) WSW of Cebu, Cebu, Philippines

569 km (353 miles) SSE of MANILA, Philippines

Igloo

Japan: Record lows recorded at 38 locations

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Ice fishermen cast lines Friday in Lake Yamanaka in Yamanashi Prefecture.
Well below zero from Kyushu to Hokkaido and more cold looms

The country experienced severe cold weather Friday and morning temperatures dropped to record lows at 38 locations nationwide, the Meteorological Agency said.

From Tohoku to Kyushu, 16 prefectures recorded their lowest temperatures ever, including the town of Kusu in Oita Prefecture, where the mercury fell to minus 14.7 degrees, and Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, where the temperature plunged to minus 8.4.

Temperatures were below zero early Friday at more than 90 percent of 927 observation points across Japan, the agency said.

The lowest figure was minus 32.6 in Esashi, Hokkaido.

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UK: Snow Forces Heathrow to Cancel Half its Flights

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Heathrow Airport has cut around half of the 1,300 flights scheduled for Sunday after snow and freezing temperatures hit much of England on Saturday.

"Heathrow is open. Our runways, taxiways and stands have been cleared of snow. Our snow plan has worked far better than in previous years, and the airport is getting back to normal. However, there will still be disruption for passengers, as indicated Saturday," Heathrow owner BAA said in a statement.

Around 10 centimetres of snow fell over Britain in 24 hours.

BAA was criticised in December 2010 after heavy snowfall led to the virtual shutdown of Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport, leaving thousands of passengers stranded.

Snowflake

Snow Traps Thousands in Bosnian Villages

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A Bosnian man walks on snow-covered road in the village of Breteljevici, near Kladanj, 100 kilometers north of Sarajevo, Bosnia, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012.
Bosnia used helicopters on Sunday to evacuate the sick and deliver food to thousands of people left stranded by its heaviest snowfall ever, while Pope Benedict XVI donned an overcoat to bless the few pilgrims who braved Rome's unusually cold weather to visit St. Peter's Square.

"The snow is beautiful, but let's hope spring comes soon," the pope told the pilgrims, looking out over remnants of Rome's biggest snowstorm since 1986.

Across Eastern Europe, thousands of people continued to dig out from heavy snow that has fallen during a cold snap that struck more than a week ago and has killed hundreds of people.

In Ukraine, the hardest hit area, temperatures have fallen as low as minus 33 Fahrenheit (minus 36 Celsius). The government said Sunday the country's death toll now stands at 131, including many homeless people. About 2,300 other Ukrainians have sought treatment for frostbite or hypothermia.

Bizarro Earth

Vanuatu - Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - 5th Feb 12

© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Sunday, February 05, 2012 at 16:40:38 UTC

Monday, February 06, 2012 at 03:40:38 AM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
17.950°S, 167.170°E

Depth:
4.3 km (2.7 miles) (poorly constrained)

Region:
VANUATU

Distances:
123 km (76 miles) WSW of PORT-VILA, Efate, Vanuatu

267 km (165 miles) S of Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

283 km (175 miles) NW of Isangel, Tanna, Vanuatu

1795 km (1115 miles) ENE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia

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Europe's cold snap kills hundreds, affects transport, tourism

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A photo taken on February 4, 2012 shows an snowman in front of the ancient Colosseum in Rome after a snowfall.
A weeklong cold snap has now claimed more than 220 lives across Europe, with forecasters warning that the big freeze - which has even blanketed Rome in snow - would tighten its grip over the weekend.

A weeklong cold snap has now claimed more than 220 lives across Europe, with forecasters warning that the big freeze - which has even blanketed Rome in snow - would tighten its grip over the weekend.

A total of 223 people have died from the cold weather in the past seven days, according to Agence France-Presse, in what has become the harshest European winter in decades.

Ukraine suffering the highest toll - with 101 deaths recorded since the cold snap began. Temperatures plummeted as low to -16.6 degrees in the capital Kiev. Poland, Bulgaria and Romania also recorded high death tolls.

According to AFP, the dead included hundreds of homeless people who have frozen to death.

The cold has extended as far south as Serbia, where thousands were trapped under heavy snow and blizzards in the country's mountain villages.

In Italy, up to three inches of snow fell in some districts of the Italian capital, and the Colosseum was closed to prevent visitors slipping on ice or damaging the structure.