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Massive waves pound the coast of Sochi, Russia

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In Sochi, the storm continued for two days in a row, it became the strongest since 2012. This was reported by the press service of the city.

The strength of the wave reached seven points on the night of November 30 to December 1. "The last time a similar phenomenon was recorded in 2012, then the blow of the elements fell on the Imereti region," the press service of the city administration said.

They noted that on the night from December 1 to December 2, the storm was three-point, it subsides and calm is expected on December 3.


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Bus full of choir singers swept away in flood killing at least 20 in Kenya

More than 20 people died after a bus was washed away by a violent flood in Kenya

More than 20 people died after a bus was washed away by a violent flood in Kenya
A bus carrying members of a choir was swept away as it tried to drive through floodwaters in Kenya.

More than 20 people drowned in the incident as dozens on board frantically tried to scramble out of the bus while it was quickly submerged in the muddy waters.

The yellow school bus had been hired to take the church choir to a wedding ceremony on Saturday, when it encountered a flooded road with rapidly-flowing water.

It attempted to cross with people on the other side of the river acting as a guide.


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8 buried under snow, 3 killed while skiing due to avalanche in Austria

About 20 people a year have been killed annually by avalanches in Austria. (Representational)

About 20 people a year have been killed annually by avalanches in Austria. (Representational)
An avalanche in the Salzburg region killed three people and injured two while they were skiing off-piste, Austria's Red Cross said Saturday.

The accident happened Saturday about 2,400 metres (7,800 feet) up in the Lungau district, soon after 1:45 pm local time, Red Cross spokesman Anton Schilcher told the APA agency.

The snow buried eight of the group up to 4.5 metres deep, local emergency response official Christoph Wiedl told local media.

Two of the victims were already dead when their bodies were recovered, while the third died after being airlifted to hospital in Klagenfurt.

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Strong earthquake of magnitude 6 hits Indonesia

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A strong and shallow earthquake of magnitude 6.0 on the Richter Scale jolted Indonesia on Sunday.

The quake was reported at 5:17 am with its epicentre at 259 km north of Tobelo in Indonesia, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The depth of the quake was 174.3 km.

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Summit camera captures timelapse of snowfall over Hawaii peak, rare blizzard warning issued

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Snow blankets Mauna Kea summit in Hawaii. Video credit: Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope

A time lapse of surveillance camera footage from the top of dormant volcano showed a wintry scene on the tropical island of Hawaii.

The video was filmed on December 1 and 2 at the Mauna Kea summit around the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFH Telescope) observatory.


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Scientists racing to Canary Island volcano to study it

Cumbre Vieja volcano
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Scientists with the Canary Islands' volcanology institute, Involcan, inspect as the lava flows from a volcano on the Canary island of La Palma, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021.
As a volcano continues to spew hot lava on a little island in Spain, scientists from around the world are racing to the area to study and learn about the rare eruption.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano has been erupting since September on La Palma, a small island in the Canary Islands of Spain. So far, nearly 1,150 buildings and surrounding land has been destroyed, according to Reuters.

According to an analysis by The Associated Press, volcanic eruptions to this degree are incredibly rare, occurring once, or at most twice, in a generation in the Canary Islands. Parts of the Canary Islands are actually still growing, as magma accumulates underneath and, as is happening in La Palma, lava peninsulas are forming beyond the coastline.

The Smithsonian Institution estimates there are currently 48 volcanoes currently in "continuing eruption status" worldwide.

In order to help ease the devastation the Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to cause, scientists are flocking to La Palma to study the eruption up close. They're hoping to learn how volcanoes form, develop and how and when they stop erupting.

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Intense 2021 Atlantic hurricane season comes to an end: Lots of storms but a slow finish

Hurricane Ida damage 2021
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Fran Tribe and her dog Dave sit outside home destroyed by Hurricane Ida in Houma, LA. Monday, Aug. 30, 2021.
The intense 2021 Atlantic hurricane season comes to its official end Tuesday, a season that saw 21 named tropical storms and hurricanes.

This was the third-most for any hurricane season, behind only 2020's record 30 storms and the 28 storms that formed in 2005. A typical season sees 14 storms.

And for the second year in a row, the entire list of names for the season was used up, from Tropical Storm Ana in May to Tropical Storm Wanda in November.

It was also a record sixth consecutive year of above-normal activity.

Comment: Whew. An entire article without trying to tie the increasing intensity of the storms to 'global warming'. There are many other factors that figure into the increasing destructiveness of hurricanes.


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Residents flee massive ash cloud from erupting Semeru volcano in Indonesia

Mount Semeru: Indonesia volcano erupts sending ash '40,000ft into sky' as locals flee

Mount Semeru: Indonesia volcano erupts sending ash '40,000ft into sky' as locals flee
A volcano erupted on the Indonesian island of Java on Saturday, reportedly obscuring the sun with a massive cloud of ash, and sending locals into a panic.

A clip on social media has captured people, who live at the foot of Semeru volcano, fleeing in fear ahead of a cloud of black ash descending from the 3,676-meter-tall mountain.

The author of the footage is heard shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) in face of this truly apocalyptic sight.


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Rare gull that normally lives above the Arctic Circle found in Hastings, Minnesota

Ross’s Gull at Point Douglas, Nov. 2021
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Ross’s Gull at Point Douglas, Nov. 2021
A bird that normally lives its whole life above the Arctic Circle was spotted this week at Point Douglas, at the confluence of the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers. The Ross's Gull (Rhodostethia rosea) was first observed and identified by birder Ben Douglas on Saturday, Nov. 27. The bird was born just this year somewhere in the far north.

"It had a flight that was dainty and buoyant while it hunted for food under the nearby bridges (car and rail) spending the majority of time in Washington County, MN waters, but did circle in Pierce County, WI and later made brief flights over Dakota County, MN waters as well," Douglas reported on eBird. It took a trained eye to pick the rare bird out of flocks of common gulls it was among.

Over the next few days, hundreds of enthusiasts visited Point Douglas Park, hoping to catch a glimpse. Many were rewarded.

"We watched it catch quite a few small fish (~15) in the evening before heading up the river to roost," reported Steve Kolbe.


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Season's first snowfall blankets Turkey with up to 50 centimeters (19.6 inches) of snow

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Winter has officially arrived in Turkey as several cities across the nation experienced their first snowfall of the season, which left drivers struggling on slippery roads and children rejoicing in the pristine playground Mother Nature provided.

In the east, in Muş, where the snow had reached a depth of 50 centimeters (19.6 inches), several roads to villages were closed due to the heavy snowfall overnight, and teams set out to clear the roads in the morning after four hours of arduous work.

The mountainous landscape was straight out of a postcard as the ranges of mountains were covered with blankets of snow.