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Russia's capital Moscow hit with the worst snowfall in decades

Moscow snow
© Sputnik/ Yevgeniy Biyatov
The Russian capital has been hit with the worst snowfall in decades, with freak weather disrupting air travel and bringing traffic to a halt. Several people have been injured as a result of roofs collapsing in Moscow Region.

The adverse weather befell the city and its surrounding region on Friday, and snow continued falling for two straight days. A snowfall this intense hasn't been registered in the city for some 50 years, with the current record dating back to 1973.

The mountains of snow resulted in the closure of multiple roads across the city overnight.


Comment: Meanwhile a major winter storm impacted the Pacific Northwest. A total of 11.1 inches of snow fell in Seattle between February 12-13. the daily snowfall for February 13 is 8.9 inches making it the snowiest day in Seattle in 52 years!




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Strong earthquake: M6 quake has struck near Kandrian in Papua New Guinea

Earthquake
© Associated Press
A earthquake magnitude 6 (ml/mb) has occurred on Saturday, 121 km S of Kandrian, Papua New Guinea (75 miles).

Id of earthquake: us6000dhfg. Event ids that are associated: us6000dhfg. Exact location of event, depth 51.75 km, 149.3972° East, -7.2933° South. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

The temblor was picked up at 15:33:57 / 3:33 pm (local time epicenter). The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 51.75 km (32 miles) below the earth's surface. Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 13/02/21 / 2021-02-13 15:33:57 / February 13, 2021 @ 3:33 pm.

Earthquakes 6.0 to 6.9 may cause a lot of damage in very populated areas. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days one and in the last 365 days six earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that was reported nearby. Each year there are an estimated 135 earthquakes in the world.

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Almost 10 years to the day since mega-quake, another powerful earthquake strikes off Fukushima, Japan

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A powerful magnitude 7.1 earthquake, which measured a strong 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale — the second-highest level — jolted Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures in the Tohoku region late Saturday night.

The quake, which also felt in Tokyo, where it registered a 4 on the Japanese scale, struck around 11:08 p.m., according to the Meteorological Agency. A tsunami warning was not issued.

As a precaution, however, those near coastal areas were advised to move to higher ground as aftershocks could continue.


Comment: This one has since been updated to a 7.3M quake. Japanese authorities report no deaths but around 150 injuries, and even though its strongest impact on land was just 40km from the Daichi nuclear power plant, they're reporting 'nothing to worry about there'. Which they would, given what happened last time...

This quake comes just a month shy of the 10-year anniversary of the 9.0M earthquake and tsunami that devastated eastern Japan on 11 March 2011.

We're reminded of Mexico City experiencing its strongest quake in recent years on the 32-year anniversary of its worst in modern times. Is some 'mass mind effect' involved (sometimes) in the timing/release of certain planetary/cosmic energies?


Arrow Down

Skier killed, others injured in avalanches near Blackcomb Glacier, British Columbia

One dead, two injured in avalanche

One dead, two injured in avalanche
A skier is dead and two others are injured after getting caught up in backcountry avalanches Friday afternoon.

Authorities initially said an avalanche struck around 3:20 p.m. in the Poop Chutes area, sweeping up at least four skiers, one of whom was not hurt.

Mounties later clarified that there were actually two avalanches. The one in the Poop Chutes area involved three skiers, while the other was on Spierhead Glacier and seriously injured one person.

Members of the Whistler RCMP detachment, Whistler Blackcomb ski patrol and Blackcomb Helicopters were dispatched to the area with avalanche technicians and search dogs to check for other victims.

Anyone who knows of a skier or snowboarder who was nearby and is "overdue" should contact Whistler RCMP, authorities said.

Doberman

Girl, 1, dies after vicious dog attack at family home in Rivadavia, Argentina

Micaela Rufina Mendoza (left), 1, was mauled

Micaela Rufina Mendoza (left), 1, was mauled to death by her family's Argentinian Dogo (pictured right is a stock image).
A one-year-old girl has died after her throat was torn out by the family dog.

The fatal attack happened in the city of Rivadavia in the Argentine province of Mendoza last Friday.

The victim, identified as Micaela Rufina Mendoza, was only one year and seven months old when an Argentinian Dogo attacked her while she played on her home patio.

Micaela managed to get onto the patio due to "a momentary lapse of care" on the part of her grandparents and aunt who were in the kitchen at the time of the incident, local media reported.

Attention

Mount Sinabung eruption sends hot cloud, lava flying two kilometers in North Sumatra, Indonesia

Mount Sinabung

Mount Sinabung
Mount Sinabung in Karo District, North Sumatra Province, erupted again, spouting hot cloud and incandescent lava as far as two kilometers away.

The eruption occurred on the night of Friday (Feb 12), and the lava glided reportedly to the east and southeast of Mount Sinabung, Armen Putra, head of the Mount Sinabung Observation Post, stated here on Saturday.

The volcano also spewed hot cloud to a height of some one kilometer toward the east, southeast, and south of Mount Sinabung. Hot clouds of the eruption were recorded to have an amplitude of 120 mm, while the earthquake's duration was 159 seconds.

"The weather was cloudy, and weak to moderate wind was blowing to the east and southeast. The temperature was recorded at 17-23 degrees Celsius," he stated.

The emergency status of the 2,460-meter-high Mount Sinabung is declared at Level III (alert).


Attention

Series of stronger explosions, emissions to 18,000 ft at Raung volcano in East Java, Indonesia

Ash emissions produced by the explosion
© PVMBG
Ash emissions produced by the explosion yesterday reached up to approx. 18,000 ft altitude
The explosive eruption of the volcano continues at elevated levels. A series of stronger explosions occurred during the past 2 days as emissions of steam and ash generated by the explosions reached up higher-than-usual altitude of approx. 18,000 ft (5,500 m) and extended to the E-SE.

Frequent steam glow continues to be active and visible from the summit crater at night. Glow suggests continued rise of fresh magma that could be rising inside the volcano's conduits.

The warning bulletin states that ballistic impacts of volcanic bombs could affect an area of about 2 km distance from the main crater.


Source: Pusat Vulkanologi dan Mitigasi Bencana Geologi volcano activity update 11 February 2021

Snowflake Cold

41 record lows set in Alberta, as Britain suffers -22.9C (-9.2F)

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Extreme cold has been gripping our planet for the past few months, driving its average temperature down (UAH) and the NH snow mass up (FMI).

41 RECORD LOWS SET IN ALBERTA

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) says 15 new record lows were set in Alberta on Monday alone due to an "unseasonably cold" arctic ridge of high pressure.

These are in addition to the 26 new lows set over the weekend.

As reported by globalnews.ca, of the 15 communities with new record lows on Monday, the coldest was in Red Deer, which saw its thermometers sink to -43.9C (-47F) and bust the city's previous record of -40.6C (-41F), set back in 1936 (solar minimum of cycle 16).

Below is a full list of Monday's fallen low temperature records (courtesy of ECCC and globalnews.ca):

Ice Cube

The Northern Hemisphere's Big Freeze

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Low temperatures records have been tumbling across the planet of late, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere — North America, Europe, and Asia have each logged thousands of new cold records this winter, and now the situation looks set to intensify even further...

Latest GFS runs show a hemisphere-wide hyperborean invasion starting now and running all of next week, with brutal Arctic air masses occupying the majority of the mid-latitudes by Monday, Feb. 15.

The below graphic is the forecast for Wednesday, Feb. 17:

Snowflake

Italian has to wade through FIVE-FEET high snow to leave his house

Marco Malcangi wanted to take advantage of the recent snow fall and do some powder skiing, but found he was snowed in and needed to wade through five-foot snow to leave his home

Marco Malcangi wanted to take advantage of the recent snow fall and do some powder skiing, but found he was snowed in and needed to wade through five-foot snow to leave his home
An Italian man had to wade through five-feet high snow just to leave his house after large parts of central and northern Europe were blanketed.

Marco Malcangi said he wanted to take advantage of the recent snow fall and do some powder skiing.

But the 22-year-old got more than he bargained for as he was greeted with snow that was five feet deep where he was staying in Valle d'Aosta, in the Italian alps.

In a video shared by the Italian, only his head and shoulders are visible as he wades through the snow towards the camera, with his home in the background.

Wearing a large red ski jacket, goggles, mittens and a winter hat with a GoPro mounted on top, he is seen using his ski poles to help fight through the snow.