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6.0 magnitude earthquake reported off coast of Mexico

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An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 was reported off the coast of Jalisco, Mexico Wednesday evening.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake was recorded around 3 p.m. 135 miles southwest of La Cruz de Loreto.

The agency reported that the tremor could be felt along the coast of Mexico.

At this time, no damage has been reported.

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Two Russian servicemen killed by avalanche in South Ossetia

The site of the avalanche.
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The site of the avalanche.
Two others have been retrieved and hospitalized with medium-severity frostbites

One Russian serviceman was found dead and another died on the way to the hospital after they were hit by an avalanche in South Ossetia, the nation's government agencies said.

A total of five servicemen were hit by the avalanche, and one is still missing. Two others have been retrieved and hospitalized with medium-severity frostbites of the extremities, an Ossetian Health Ministry representative said.

The avalanche trapped a total of five servicemen who stood watch at a tunnel of the Transcaucasian Highway.

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Avalanche kills two 17-year-olds skiing and snowboarding on Idaho mountain, officials say

An avalanche killed two 17-year-old teens in Idaho, officials said
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An avalanche killed two 17-year-old teens in Idaho, officials said
An avalanche killed two 17-year-old boys who were skiing and snowboarding on an Idaho mountain, officials said.

The teens were buried in an avalanche near Relay Ridge west of Driggs in East Idaho on Friday, Dec. 17, the Teton County Sheriff's Office said.

"The reporting party advised the sheriff's office that one person was riding a snowmobile and another was skiing at the time the avalanche occurred," the sheriff's office said in a news release.

Their bodies were recovered from the site of the avalanche near Ryan Peak. The Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center said both were 17. The avalanche's cause is under investigation. The sheriff's office did not release the names of the teens.


Snowflake

Record snowfall in the Alps for the time of year - up to 33 inches of snow

Katy Dartford skiing powder in Crans Montana
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Katy Dartford skiing powder in Crans Montana
Tumbling headfirst into a huge pillow of snow I curse my skis for being totally inappropriate for the conditions. Too long, too skinny. After digging out a ski buried in thigh-deep powder, I resolve to exchange them for something more suitable.

Crans Montana, the Swiss ski resort stretching from the Rhone valley to Plaine Morte Glacier at 3000 meters is said to be the sunniest place in the Alpine country. And today it's certainly lived up to its reputation.

Yesterday, however, the destination that was once the home to former James Bond star, Roger Moore, was grey and cold. Its views over a string of mountain peaks that unfold from Bietschhorn to Mont Blanc via the Matterhorn, blocked by non-stop snowfall, leaving little distinction between skiing on or off-piste.

This week much of the Alps and the Pyrenees have experienced similar conditions: "best snow ever," I hear all around me; "it's dumping down!" others cry.


Attention

Snow is seen GLOWING in Russia after tiny bioluminescent animals wash ashore from the White Sea: This is the first time in 80 years that faint blue lights are spotted in the Arctic

The holidays are filled with lights hanging from homes and store fronts, but in remote part of Russia biologists are seeing festive twinkles in the snow

The holidays are filled with lights hanging from homes and store fronts, but in remote part of Russia biologists are seeing festive twinkles in the snow
The holidays are filled with lights hanging from homes and store fronts, but in remote part of Russia biologists are seeing festive twinkles in the snow.

This was observed by biologists working in the Arctic off the coast of the White Sea, who spotted faint blue lights glowing in the white powder.

Vera Emelianenko, a microbiologist staying at a remote field station, collected some of the snow, placed it under a microscope and found the glow was from tiny bioluminescent animals called copepods.

Dubbed the bugs of the sea, these creatures are typically found in the ocean at depths of up to 300 feet during the day and then just a few feet at night.

Better Earth

Ozone hole of 2021 finally closing, 3rd longest-lasting & 11th largest on record

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This year's hole in the Earth's ozone layer — which grew to be larger than Antarctica, as pictured here on Oct. 15 — is finally set to close this week, atmospheric scientists have said
This year's hole in the Earth's protective ozone layer — which grew to be larger than Antarctica — is finally set to close this week, atmospheric scientists have said.

Acting like a shield, ozone absorbs UV light from the sun. Its absence means more of this high-energy radiation reaches the Earth, where it can harm living cells.

The ozone layer is depleted by chemical reactions, driven by solar energy, that involve the by-products of human-made chemicals that linger in the atmosphere.

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Snowflake Cold

Indian Meteorological Department issues red alert as severe cold wave conditions prevail in northern states of India

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The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a red alert with a 'cold wave to severe cold wave' conditions to persist in several states and union territories for this week. States like Delhi, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh are likely to witness very cold conditions for the next two days.

Meanwhile, certain areas of Northwest India will witness a rise by 3-5°C and a rise of nearly 2-4°C over Central & East India and Maharashtra thereafter. IMD has also said that light to moderate rainfall and snowfall are expected over the western Himalayan region between December 22 and 25 under the influence of two Western Disturbances.


IMD latest prediction of weather conditions:

Blue Planet

Rare mud volcano erupts in New Zealand, throws large rocks 50 metres away

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Murry Cave: The mud volcano on Monowai Station spewed large rocks 50metres.
A mud volcano that burst to the surface on a farm near Gisborne threw large rocks 50 metres and is continuing to "bubble away", 10 days after it erupted.

Gisborne District Council scientist Murry Cave​ said the mud volcano appeared on Monowai Station in the head of the Waimata Valley, about 25km north of Gisborne, about 7.45pm on December 10.

"It was accompanied by a sound that the landowners initially thought was thunder," Cave said.

He said mud volcanoes were a natural but rare phenomenon in New Zealand, and Gisborne/Tairawhiti had quite a few. This latest one is about 2km from the last mud volcano eruption in the area, which occurred in December 2018.

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Attention

Signs and Portents: Shock as 'mutant' two-headed calf born in Brazil - and nobody knows how it happened

People are unsure why the calf was born with two heads

People are unsure why the calf was born with two heads
Farmers have been left baffled after one if its cows has given birth to a two-headed mutant calf.

The poor creature was born on a farm in the Brazilian municipality of Nova Venecia in the state of Espirito Santo on the evening of December 13, and is unable to stand up or feed naturally.

Delci Busatto, the son of the calf's owner, told local media that the mutant calf lives on the family's farm and has trouble feeding from its mother and needs to feed from a bottle.

He said: "The calf is very debilitated. It has to lie down and cannot get up. Because it can't stand up, the calf has to be fed from a bottle."


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6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of Eureka, California no tsunami expected, officials say

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A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck the Northern California coast on Monday, bringing significant shaking but likely minimal damage to the sparsely populated area.

A tsunami was not expected to follow, the National Weather Service said.

The earthquake occurred just after noon and was centered off the coast about 210 miles (337 kilometers) northwest of San Francisco, just off a tiny town called Petrolia that's home to fewer than 1,000 people. The nearest population center, Eureka, is about 45 miles (72 kilometers) north.

That left only about 25,000 people in the range of strong or very strong shaking, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, though residents as far away as Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area reported feeling trembling.