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Magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits Oaxaca, Mexico

Mexico earthquake map
A magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook southern Mexico on Saturday night; the authorities were not immediately able to estimate the number of casualties or extent of damage.

The epicentre was located at a depth of 10 km, 38 km southeast of Union Hidalgo in the southern state of Oaxaca on the nation's Pacific coast, Mexico's Seismology Service reported in its Twitter account.


Arrow Up

Smoke and deception blanket Australia

We've been hearing much fake news about the Australian bush fires supposedly having been caused by man-made climate change. Yet it has emerged that Australian authorities were warned years ago that poor land management practices were in fact escalating the risk of devastating fires, according to an expert.

Forest fuel level highest in 1000 years

In 2015, bush fire scientist David Packham warned of a "huge blaze threat" and urged an "increase in fuel reduction burns".

"Forest fuel levels had climbed to their most dangerous level in thousands of years," wrote Darren Gray here in 2015. Today the public is being misled by climate alarmists and the media on the real causes of the devastating bush fires now taking place.

In fact NASA data shows that the area burned by global wildfires dropped by 25% since 2003, according to the Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF)

Temperature Trends Australia
© NASA GISS

Attention

11 whales ground themselves, 4 die on Matarangi Spit, New Zealand

One of the dead whales had been cordoned off.
© LEIGH-ANN WIIG
One of the dead whales had been cordoned off.
The seven whales that survived a grounding at the Matarangi Spit have been shepherded out of the Matarangi Harbour by boats across the bar and out to sea.

A spokesperson from the Department of Conservation said the whales "were seen swimming strongly and being active and it's hoped they will remain at sea."

DOC staff are burying the four dead whales above the high tide mark at Matarangi together with local iwi who have worked closely with DOC staff in managing the stranding and refloat.

"We're asking people in the area to keep an eye out for the refloated whales possibly re-stranding in the next 24 hours or so. If people see any stranded whales please contact DOC's 24-hour number 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468)," the spokesperson said.

They also expressed thanks to everybody that has helped with the whales on the beach and in successfully refloating them this afternoon.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 95 people in Cambodia in 2019

lightning
© Johannes Plenio
Lightning strikes had claimed 95 lives in Cambodia in 2019, down 14 percent from 110 deaths in a year earlier, a disaster control spokesman said on Thursday.


Besides the fatalities, thunderbolts injured 83 others during the January-December period last year, said Keo Vy, the spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management.

He attributed the decline to people's awareness of protecting themselves from being struck by lightning.

Snowflake

Athens-Lamia highway in Greece shuts down due to heavy snowfall

snow road
The Athens-Lamia Highway shut down completely for approximately five hours on Monday afternoon due to heavy snowfall.

The highway is the main artery which connects the city of Athens with Lamia and then continues all the way north up to Thessaloniki.

Police decided to shut the highway down near the Afidnes tollbooth in Attica, because of the extremely poor weather and road conditions which were prevailing in the area.


Ice Cube

560 kilometers of China's Yellow River frozen solid

Photo taken on Jan. 3, 2020 shows the frozen Linhe section of the Yellow River
© Xinhua/Li Yunping
Photo taken on Jan. 3, 2020 shows the frozen Linhe section of the Yellow River in Bayan Nur City, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Driven by cold temperatures, the frozen section of China's Yellow River in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has reached 559.9 km as of Jan. 3, according to local authorities.
Driven by cold temperatures, the frozen section of China's Yellow River in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has reached 559.9 km as of Jan. 3, according to local authorities.

The flood control headquarters of the Yellow River announced the river entered its 2019-2020 frozen period at 10 a.m. on Dec. 6, 2019.

The meteorological and hydrology departments in the region and local authorities along the river have taken precautions against ice-jam flooding and dam breaches, said Qiao Jianzhong with the water affairs bureau in Linhe District, Bayan Nur City.

Snowflake Cold

Greenland just set a new all-time record low temperature

Summit camp, Greenland


Summit Camp, also known as Summit Station, is a year-round research station on the apex of the Greenland Ice Sheet. It is located some 10,500 ft (3,200 m) above sea level, and it's data is often cited by climate alarmists claiming "Greenland Is Melting Away Before Our Very Eyes" and other such nonsense...


Adding to the list of temperature measurements those alarmists will likely ignore -or won't even get to hear about given the mainstream media's warm-bias- is Summit Camp's preliminary low of -86.8F (-66C) set at 11:13 PM on January 02, 2020.

The reading, once confirmed by the DMI, will enter the books as Greenland's coldest-ever recorded temperature-not only at Summit Camp, and not only in January, but of anywhere across the island, and of any month of the year.

Summit camp temps table
Somehow, in what we're to believe is a linearly warming world, Greenland -the poster boy for global warming- is currently the coldest we've ever known it to be.

Comment: Gulf Stream is 15% weaker, region south of Greenland coldest in 1,000 years


Cloud Precipitation

At least 5 dead and thousands affected by floods in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique

bridge over Montepuez river in Cabo Delgado destroyed by the floods
© Zenaida Machado
Bridge over Montepuez river in Cabo Delgado destroyed by the floods
Severe weather including heavy rain and flooding has left 5 people dead in Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique.

Local media, quoting officials from Instituto Nacional de Gestão de Calamidades (INGC), said that Cabo Delgado Province saw heavy rain and strong winds from around 26 December, 2019. As of 31 December, at least five people had died, 51 injured, 1,700 houses damaged and around 8,600 people affected. Schools were also damaged, affecting around 1,500 students.

Local TV reported that the Messalo, Megaruma and Montepuez rivers were all above flood alert, endangering over 60,000 people living close to the river banks.

Attention

21 people killed by elephants in 12 months across Goalpara district in Assam, India

Charging elephant
© Getty
Charging elephant
21 people died in 12 months in Goalpara including two in the last week of December according to AID-R

Assam's Goalpara district recorded the highest number of man-elephant conflict in 2019, an NGO has said.

According to the AID-R, an NGO studying conflict cases, 21 people died in 12 months, including two in the last week of December. Five elephants also died during the same period.

The worst instance of the conflict was on October 29 when a male elephant trampled five persons to death in Matia under Rangjuli range forest. Later, it died in Orang National Park following a heart attack when it was tranquillised and translocated by the forest department from Goalpara.

The death sparked a controversy as the tranquillisation involved Padma Hazarika, a legislator with elephant handling experience but not from the forest department.

Cloud Precipitation

Back-to-back wettest years on record for the Tennessee River basin

damn
© TVA
Wettest year on record two years in a row.

It's official, 2019 was the second wettest year on record for the Tennessee River basin with 66.47 inches - 2018 was the wettest with 67.02 inches.

Previously, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) said 2018 was the wettest on record for the 41,000 square-mile Tennessee River Valley.

When you realize that the entire state of Vermont has only 9,263 sq miles, you begin to realize how big an area we're talking about here.

The two wettest years on record, back-to-back!