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Mount Merapi spews lava, smoke in Indonesia

Merapi volcano

Merapi volcano
The Merapi volcano on Java island has begun to spew lava as smoke and ash bellowed 50 meters (164 feet) above its crater following the eruptions on Sunday, Indonesian officials reported.

The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazar Mitigation (PVMBG) said in a statement that lava flowed from the volcano 36 times within a period of six hours, descending up to 1,500 meters down its southwestern slope.

Authorities currently are not planning to bring back residents who had been evacuated earlier amid previous volcanic activity, warning people not to venture within five kilometers (3.1 miles) of the volcano which is now under "orange" alert status.


Comment: Indonesian Semeru volcano erupts, spews ash 5kms into sky


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Residents of Harrison Lake, British Columbia watch multi-day mountain landslide in awe

A still photo from a video recorded on Jan. 13, 2021 of a landslide on the east side of Harrison Lake, B.C.
© Terry Kozma
A still photo from a video recorded on Jan. 13, 2021 of a landslide on the east side of Harrison Lake, B.C.
A multi-day landslide on Harrison Lake has residents in awe.

The slide brought trees, rocks and mud splashing down into the east side of Harrison Lake, which is located just north of Agassiz, B.C.

"It was going on for two days," said Tery Kozma, a resident who saw and heard the slide from the balcony of a home across the water from the action.

A portion of the landslide from Wednesday was filmed and posted to social media where it took off. The video shows debris sliding down the side of a mountain and water splashing on the lake below as the debris hits the surface. The audio on the video includes a person cursing in amazement.


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Thousands of families affected by floods in Concepción, Paraguay - 9 inches of rain within a day

SEN teams distribute aid supplies to flood victim
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SEN teams distribute aid supplies to flood victims in Concepción, Paraguay, 17 January 2021.
Paraguay's National Emergency Secretariat (SEN) reports it is distributing humanitarian supplies to around 4,000 families affected by flash floods in the Municipality of Concepción.

Flash floods struck in around 7 districts of the city from 16 January, 2021. As of 18 January, around 1,000 families remained displaced as of 18 January.

Almost 230 mm of rain fell in the city on 17 January 2021. Levels of the Paraguay River jumped from around 1.6 meters on 17 January to 2.28 meters the following day.


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Avalanches due to heavy snowfall kill at least two in Switzerland

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Heavy snowfall in the Alps has led to avalanches that killed two people in Switzerland and led to several rescue operations.

Police said a 49-year-old skier was killed in the canton of Schwyz when he was buried by an avalanche.

Another person died in the canton of Oberwalden buried by snow masses.

The search for other persons possibly buried by avalanches was stopped in the early evening, police said.

Comment: Huge snowfall continues in the Alps, as much as 2 meters of new snow


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Severe flooding after heavy rainfall in Loch Vaal, South Africa - 3 inches in an hour

An Oryx helicopter airlifted an elderly couple to safety after flooding in the Loch Vaal area at the weekend.
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An Oryx helicopter airlifted an elderly couple to safety after flooding in the Loch Vaal area at the weekend.
'We have lived here for 35 years and we've never seen anything like it': Residents describe Loch Vaal flooding after heavy rains

Flooding at Loch Vaal in Vanderbijlpark at the weekend resulted in dramatic scenes with families having to evacuate and an access road becoming impassable.

Localised flooding had occurred after heavy rains over recent days, with a report of 80mm falling in an hour late last week.

The police Waterwing and K9 units as well as rescue services resulted in six people being rescued from the Rietspruit dam area after becoming trapped in their homes.


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At least 20 killed and tens of thousands evacuated amid Indonesia floods up to 10 feet deep

January 15, 2021, by the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) shows rescuers evacuating villagers by rubber boat in a flooded area in the Tanah Laut districts, South Kalimantan.

This handout photo taken and released on January 15, 2021, by the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) shows rescuers evacuating villagers by rubber boat in a flooded area in the Tanah Laut districts, South Kalimantan.
Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated and more than a dozen have been killed in recent days in flooding on Indonesia's Borneo island, officials said Sunday.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Raditya Jati said floods brought by intense rains caused floodwaters as high as 3 meters (10 feet).

As of Sunday, 39,549 people had been evacuated and at least 15 had been killed due to floods that affected 10 districts and cities in South Kalimantan province on Borneo island.


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M6.2 earthquake hits Indonesia's Sulawesi killing at least 73 people (UPDATE)

People look at the damaged office of governor of West Sulawesi following an earthquake in Mamuju, West Sulawesi province.
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People look at the damaged office of governor of West Sulawesi following an earthquake in Mamuju, West Sulawesi province.
At least 34 people have been killed and hundreds injured following a strong earthquake that shook Indonesia's Sulawesi island early on Friday morning, prompting landslides and destroying houses.

Thousands of people fled their homes to seek safety when the 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit just after 1am local time on Friday morning. The epicentre was six kilometres north-east of Majene city in West Sulawesi.

Hundreds of buildings have been destroyed or damaged, including a hospital, which has collapsed with more than a dozen patients and staff remain trapped beneath it.

"The hospital is flattened," said Arianto, who goes by one name, from the rescue agency in Mamuju city, near to Majene. Rescuers were also trying to reach a family of eight buried beneath the rubble of their destroyed home, he added.

The death toll includes 26 people in Mamuju city. "That number could grow but we hope it won't," said Ali Rahman, head of the local disaster mitigation agency. "Many of the dead are buried under rubble."


Comment: Update: The Daily Mail on January 17 reports:
Death toll rises to 73 in Indonesia earthquake that saw 28,000 flee their homes

The death toll from an earthquake that struck Indonesia's West Sulawesi province on Friday has risen to 73 as experts warn another quake could trigger a tsunami.

More than 820 people were injured and over 27,800 fled their homes after the 6.2-magnitude quake hit, a spokesman from the disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) said.


Some sought refuge in the mountains, while others rushed to cramped evacuation centres, witnesses said.

BNPB spokesman Raditya Jati said police and military officers have been deployed to crack down on looting in several parts of the region.

An emergency response status, intended to help rescue efforts, has also been put in place for two weeks, he said.

The epicentre of the quake which struck at around 1.30am on Friday was 22 miles south of the city of Mamuju and it had a relatively shallow depth of 11 miles, the United States Geological Survey said.

An aerial picture shows flattened homes in Mamuju, West Sulawesi

An aerial picture shows flattened homes in Mamuju, West Sulawesi
The earthquake came after a 5.9-magnitude tremor and at least 26 aftershocks the previous day, in a string of disasters which caused three landslides and damaged bridges to regional hubs such as the city of Makassar.

The tremors also damaged more than 60 homes, two hotels and the provincial governor's office. Electricity in the area is also out.

Jati's comments came as Dwikorita Karnawati, the head of Indonesia's meteorological, climatology and geophysical agency (BMKG), warned that another quake in the region could potentially trigger a tsunami.



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Thousands evacuate as wildfires turn the sky red in Chile

Chile wildfires
© YouTube/Global News (screen capture)
Wildfires raged in Chile's Valparaiso region on Friday, turning the sky red and forcing the evacuation of thousands of people from their homes.

Authorities said at least 10 properties were engulfed by the fires sweeping through the forest area near Quilpue city.

No deaths or injuries have been reported. Officials ordered the evacuation of some 25,000 residents and hundreds of firefighters were deployed to help battle the fires.

Emergency authorities said the fires have blazed through some 400 hectares of forest, with firefighters concentrating their efforts on four focal points.

A local government official said authorities believe the wildfires were started deliberately.

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: When climate collapse is no longer explainable to the public (distract)

Japan snow
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
As the 2nd magnetic field begins to form in the outer solar system with intercoupling of Jupiter / Saturn / Uranus / Pluto the magnetic intensification line was crossed at the Great Conjunction on the 2020 winter solstice. The extremes and difficulty moving forward with global food production will reset the civilization anyway. Snow near Yemen border, cross country skiing in Madrid after the blizzard, 10 feet of snow again in Japan, massive algae blooms off Namibia, record snow Morocco, 5+ARK storm west coast USA , this week.


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Sudden flash flood sweeps vehicles away in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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An incredible flash flood causes disruption in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. January 15th 2021.


Comment: Elsewhere in South America within the last few days: