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5.3-magnitude earthquake hits New Zealand day after fatal volcano eruption

New Zealand quake
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The earthquake struck 25 kilometres south of Gisborne, but was felt across the island just one day after a deadly volcano eruption on White Island
A strong 5.3-magnitude quake shook New Zealand's North Island, just hours after a lethal volcanic eruption killed five and left eight others missing. No damage or casualties have been reported following the latest tremor.

The quake struck at a shallow depth of some 25km (15 miles) around Gisborne on Tuesday, about 150km (93 miles) south of the recently erupted submarine volcano on White Island.

While local news reports said the seism could be felt in neighboring towns - including Cambridge, Hunterville, Dannevirke and Wellington - there are currently no reports of damage or injuries, nor any danger of a tsunami, according to Gisborne Civil Defense Manager Wiremu Tamati.

Comment: White Island Volcano erupts in New Zealand: At least five people dead & cruise ship tourists missing - UPDATE


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Eruption warning for Russian city as volcano Avachinsky sitting on the Pacific ring of fire wakes up

Avachinsky
© Artyom Vinogradov
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky city of 180,000 is just 26 km from 'waking' Avachinsky on Pacific's ring of fire.
Avachinsky - also known as Avacha - and its big sister volcano Koryaksky tower over the Kamchatka capital of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, giving it one of the most spectacular city views anywhere in the world.

Recent days have seen signs of activity on stratovolcano Avachinsky - 2,741 metres (8,993 ft) - prompting warnings to locals and tourists to stay away.

Vulcanarium website warned: 'Today, December 9, early in the morning, the first outbreaks were recorded in the crater of the volcano.

'Avacha has high gas contamination, you cannot get to the top.'

Comment: Another volcano on the ring of fire erupted just today: White Island Volcano erupts in New Zealand: At least five people dead & cruise ship tourists missing - UPDATE


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Backcountry skier killed in northern Colorado avalanche - record or near-record snowfall since September

avalanche
A 29-year-old woman has died in an avalanche while skiing in northern Colorado, where communities along the Rocky Mountains have seen record or near-record snowfall since September.

The unidentified woman from Fort Collins was buried in the powerful slide Sunday, authorities said. Other members of her ski party her dug her from the snow, but found that she wasn't breathing, according to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.


The woman, whose name was not immediately released, was declared dead at the scene.

The avalanche happened at Diamond Peak just north of Rocky Mountain National Park. A 2- to 3-foot (.6- to 9.-meter) sheet of snow, ice and rock plummeted 500 vertical feet (152 meters) over a wide area, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rainfall, floods wreak havoc in Pretoria, South Africa

flood
Heavy rains are a cause for concern as low lying bridges and other areas are flooded and traffic has ground to a halt on various roads in the City of Tshwane.

Tshwane motorists, in particular those driving in the flood prone suburb of Centurion, have been moving at tortoise pace as the rain renders numerous rads unsafe to drive on.

Pedestrians also had their fair share of challenges as many could be seen trying to jump over flooded areas.

Traffic congestion was caused by accidents that occurred on busy roads like the N1 highway through Centurion.


Cloud Precipitation

Severe storm hits Northern California, causing flooding and rock slides

Flooding at 15th Avenue and Wawona Street in San Francisco.
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Flooding at 15th Avenue and Wawona Street in San Francisco.
A severe storm flooded parts of Northern California, including San Francisco, and led to rock slides near Big Sur this weekend. In San Francisco's West Portal neighborhood, torrential rains overwhelmed intersections and waist-deep floodwaters poured into homes, CBS San Francisco reported.

The storm system will track from the Rockies to the Great Lakes through Monday, the National Weather Service said. The storm is expected to bring heavy snow, gusty winds and hazardous travel conditions.

Storm total snowfall of 4 to 8 inches is expected by Monday evening from North Dakota into north-central Minnesota and northern Wisconsin, the National Weather Service said. Some of the snow will be heavy at times, with accumulations approaching 1 foot over northern Wisconsin and Minnesota.


Cloud Precipitation

Delays in citrus and leaf vegetable deliveries due to storms in southern Spain

floods
Heavy and persistent rains and storms, accompanied by hail in some cases, have hit the southern half of Spain's Mediterranean regions: Almeria, Murcia, Alicante, Valencia and the Balearic Islands. Between Wednesday and Thursday, the storms have moved towards Castellón and Catalonia.

The worst damages have again been recorded in the Region of Murcia and Alicante, where roads have been cut to traffic and classes have been suspended. The most affected Murcian municipalities have been San Javier and Los Alcázares, where there have been significant floods.

Campo de Cartagena is the area where agriculture has been most affected, even though the rain actually seems to have been beneficial for some producers. Hail has fallen in San Javier, where more than 120 liters per square meter have been recorded.

Snowflake

Another storm delivers up to 28 inches of snow on mountains at Lake Tahoe in 3 days

at the base of Sierra at Tahoe

The base of Sierra at Tahoe
A three-day storm exiting Lake Tahoe Sunday evening has so far dropped about 2 feet of snow on the mountains and a few more inches are expected before the clouds move out of the area.

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe received 16 inches Saturday and leads the Tahoe Basin with 28 inches of fresh snow heading into Sunday.

Several mountain resorts received a foot or over Saturday including Northstar California with 16 inches, Heavenly got 15, Homewood received 13 and Kirkwood got a foot of fresh snow overnight. Sierra at Tahoe received 6 inches.


Attention

Over 12 dead dolphins found washed up on King Island, Tasmania, Australia

King Islander Anne Marie Sutor-Micic took these photos between Disappointment Bay and Three Sisters.

King Islander Anne Marie Sutor-Micic took these photos between Disappointment Bay and Three Sisters.
More than a dozen dead dolphins were found washed up on a beach on the northern coast of King Island.

The bodies were reported to the Parks and Wildlife Service several weeks ago but came to public attention when photos were shared on social media by King Islander Anne Marie Sutor-Micic.

Mrs Sutor-Micic said she stumbled upon the carcasses last weekend while walking on the remote coastline between Disappointment Bay and Three Sisters.

"We went for a fish with my husband and our daughter and we saw these dead dolphins on the beach," she said.

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: China begins to isolate itself, mega yachts sales sink, subliminal food price signals

Super yacht
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
China begins to close its nation to preserve resources to survive the Grand Solar Minimum now requiring by 2021 all PC and Software must be China made, no more imports. Billionaire mega yacht sales plunge indicating an imminent recession. Subliminal messages in hyper-inflated currency where a banana will cost $120,000. Greg Allison explains what the Voyager space craft experienced crossing into interstellar space.


Cloud Precipitation

Floods kill at least 12 people in western Uganda as country is battered by torrential rain

Red Cross volunteers are assisting with relief and recovery efforts in Uganda
© UGANDA RED CROSS
Red Cross volunteers are assisting with relief and recovery efforts in Uganda
Twelve people have been swept to their deaths by floods in western Uganda, the Red Cross said on Saturday, as the East African country is battered by torrential rain.

"We have recovered 12 bodies from the water and one person has been rushed to hospital with serious injuries," said Diana Tumuhimbise, Red Cross branch manager in the Bundibugyo district.

"The rain started last night and continued until 9:00 am (0600 GMT)," she told AFP on Saturday.

"Several houses have been swept away, roads have been blocked and some washed away completely."