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Volcano in Vanuatu spills heavy ash as acid rain falls from the sky, evacuation fears for 11,000 residents

A state of emergency has been declared for Vanuatu's Ambae Island as a volcano continues to spill heavy ash

A state of emergency has been declared for Vanuatu's Ambae Island as a volcano continues to spill heavy ash
A state of emergency has been declared for Vanuatu's Ambae Island as a volcano continues to spill thick heavy ash.

Thousands of residents who call the island home have been warned they may need to evacuate after up to 1cm of ash has fallen in some areas north of the island on Tuesday night.

The situation was described as 'becoming critical in some areas' and national EMT coordinator Dr Basil Leodoro told Vanuatu Daily Post they had 'received reports of houses collapsing due to the weight of the ash.'

Attention

Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico erupts and sends huge plume of smoke and flaming debris into the sky

The smoke begins to turn a dark red colour as it continues spewing out of the volcano

The smoke begins to turn a dark red colour as it continues spewing out of the volcano
This is the incredible moment a volcano explodes into life sending a huge cloud of smoke into the sky and flaming debris flying.

The Popocatepetl volcano, located between the central Mexican states of Morelos, Puebla and Mexico, burst into life.

In the video, a huge plume of black smoke can be seen coming out from the volcano's crater.


Arrow Down

Film of huge avalanche powering down mountainside in Tignes, France

The avalanche came crashing down onto the road submerging it in snow

The avalanche came crashing down onto the road submerging it in snow
This is the shocking moment a team of workers had to run for their lives from a powerful avalanche.

The huge snow mass cascaded down the mountainside for several minutes in Tignes, France on Tuesday afternoon.

In the clip, which was filmed by Yves Queffeulou who works in the snow removal department, the road is completely submerged in snow.


Snowflake Cold

Atlantic Ocean circulation system is weakest in over 1,000 years - temperatures in Europe expected to drop

Atlantic Ocean circulation system is weaker now than it has been for more than 1,000 years map
© WHOI
The circulation system plays a "significant role" in regulating the Earth's climate by distributing heat around the globe.
A significant shift in the system of ocean currents that helps keep parts of Europe warm could send temperatures in the UK lower, scientists have found.

They say the Atlantic Ocean circulation system is weaker now than it has been for more than 1,000 years - and has changed significantly in the past 150.

The study, in the journal Nature, says it may be a response to increased melting ice and is likely to continue.


Comment: So they can't be sure what's causing it and it began 150 years ago. By most reports, ice accumulation is increasing, below the sea however, appears to be another story entirely:


Researchers say that could have an impact on Atlantic ecosystems.

Scientists involved in the Atlas project - the largest study of deep Atlantic ecosystems ever undertaken - say the impact will not be of the order played out in the 2004 Hollywood blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow.

Comment: As usual the scientists involved are doing mental gymnastics to incorporate their erroneous belief of global warming with the facts they're presented with. What is clear, and surprisingly even they are able to admit it, is that the Atlantic Ocean circulation is slowing down and consequently there will be cooling, which when taken into account with data from elsewhere shows that it's a global trend, as is to be expected as we enter an ice age: Also check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?


Ice Cube

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Devastating hail across the planet under reported in the media

Giant hailstone in Argentina
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
The amount of large hail coming from our skies is increasing day by day. Now come in reports of arrow shaped hail. What these accounts have in common is that 2lb hail and arrows from the heavens match with accounts from the Maunder and Sporer Grand Solar Minimums. We have snow storms in Saudi Arabia in April, 23 feet of snow pack in Switzerland, massive injuring hail across India, Bangladesh and Nepal but the media is downplaying it as a one off. Now twice in a month a new world record hail stone is found.


Comment: A small selection of severe hailstorms and giant hail posted on SOTT.net from around the world during the last year include: It is likely that atmospheric dust loading from increased comet and volcanic activity is contributing to these 'intense' or 'freak' hailstorms, the cooling effect of which causes ice crystals to form.


Bizarro Earth

Billions of purple jellyfish-like creatures wash up on beach in the south of France

Jellyfish on French beach
© Screengrab France 3/YouTube
A popular beach in the south of France has been invaded by billions of purple creatures and it's made for an impressive sight.

Residents of the southern French seaside town of Palavas-les-Flots, got a shock when they took their usual morning stroll along the beach this week. On Tuesday morning the sand at the town just south of Montpellier on the Mediterranean coast looked a little different. A lot more purple than sandy brown.

That's because billions of jellyfish-like creatures known in French as the "vélleles" (Velella in English), recognised for their oval shape and purple colour had washed up on the shores. "I first thought petrol had spilled in the sea, seeing as all the beaches are covered for miles, but no, these are jellyfish" one resident told FranceInfo radio.

In fact the Velella are not officially jellyfish although they are lumped in the same family of creatures known as Cnidaria. They are often called "by the wind sailors" or "sea-rafts". The strange incident happened because these jellyfish, which usually move together in large groups in the sea, have been pushed for three weeks by heavy winds towards the shores.

It's reportedly the first time an invasion of this type of jelly fish has happened in the south of France. These kind o jelly fish are normally found further north of the coast of Britain and Ireland. A clean-up operation was due to take place on Wednesday and Thursday.

Arrow Down

Huge landslide leaves 1 dead and 5 missing in Oita Prefecture, Japan

An early morning mudslide April 11 sent tons of rocks, trees and dirt tumbling down a mountainside in the Yabakei district of Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture.

An early morning mudslide April 11 sent tons of rocks, trees and dirt tumbling down a mountainside in the Yabakei district of Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture.
A section of mountainside here came crashing down in the early hours of April 11, swallowing homes and leaving one person dead and five others unaccounted for.

The victim was identified as Yoshinori Iwashita, 45, by his relatives. His body was pulled from the debris around 1:15 p.m. The landslide swallowed three homes and damaged another.

The Oita prefectural government requested assistance from the Self-Defense Forces to search for the missing people in the Yabakei district of Nakatsu.

An evacuation order has been issued for eight nearby households comprising 19 residents.

The missing people range in age from 21 to 90.


Snowflake

The weather is raging in the French Eastern Pyrenees with nearly 16 inches of snow accumulation in 24 hours and it is not yet finished

Fontpédrouse, snow
© DR
Panic on the roads in Fontpédrouse, for example, where motorists are trapped.
Snow has been falling in large quantities since Wednesday morning in the upper canton. The southern massifs, the Canigou and the Conflent are the most affected by this depression which should last until the end of the week.

Winter is back. It even seems to be settling permanently this week in the department where snowfall is announced in the upper canton until Friday included, according to Météo France. It must be said that in the mountains, this new snowy episode is not surprising given the significant drop in temperatures in recent hours.


Comment: Cassandra said: 'Forget global warming, prepare for Ice Age'


Snowflake

Heavy snowfall expected in Morocco until Friday

Morocco snow 2018
© jbdodane - Flickr
The Middle Atlas under snow.
The weather in Morocco is raging. Heavy snowfalls, heavy rains and strong winds are forecast until Friday in several regions of the kingdom, says the National Meteorological Directorate (MND) in an alert bulletin.

Major snowfalls from 1,500 m are scheduled from Thursday from 18:00 to Friday at 24:00 in the provinces of Ifrane, Beni Mellal, Midelt, Khenifra, Azilal, Al Haouz, Sefrou, Boulemane, Taza, El Hajeb, Ouarzazate, Tinghir and Taroudant.

Windsock

'Unprecedented' 200,000 homes without power as major storm hits Auckland, New Zealand

New Zealand storm
© EMELYN MCHARDY/STUFF
The storm caused widespread damage in Franklin downing many trees, including this one in Reynolds Rd, Pukekohe.

Vector says around 110,000 home and businesses in Auckland are still being affected by ongoing power outages after last night's storm.

In a tweet today Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says winds "caused outages for up to an unprecedented 200,000 properties".


Comment: While this major storm hit New Zealand's North Island, a 'very unusual' April snowfall surprised many on the South Island.