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Magnitude 6.8 earthquake jolts northern Japan

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A 6.8 magnitude earthquake that also measured a strong 5 on the shindo (intensity) scale struck off Japan's northeastern coast on Saturday but no tsunami warning was issued, Japanese and U.S. authorities said, with no immediate reports of damage.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the midmorning quake hit at a depth of 47 kilometers (29 miles) in the Pacific, off Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, near the epicenter of the huge March 2011 quake that triggered a towering tsunami, killing more than 18,000 people.

The USGS and Meteorological Agency said there was no tsunami risk following the jolt, which produced strong shaking along parts of the eastern coast and was also felt in Tokyo.

Snowflake

Lesotho covered in early snow overnight, and flurries are now on their way to South Africa

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Our neighbours are rejoicing on Friday, after snow blanketed vast patches of land in Lesotho: These scenes bode well for snow-chasers in South Africa, too.

Let it snow, let it snow, Lesotho! The Mountain Kingdom has experienced something of a blizzard overnight, with large parts of the country now completely draped in the white stuff. What's more, this weather is now heading to South Africa.


Fish

'Smelly, terrible sight': Thousands of dead fish found on Eastern Auckland coastline in New Zealand

Thousands of fish have been found dead along Auckland's Beachlands coastline, leaving a strong stench and worrying locals.

Thousands of fish have been found dead along Auckland's Beachlands coastline, leaving a strong stench and worrying locals.
Thousands of fish have been found dead along Auckland's Beachlands coastline, worrying locals as a strong stench lingers.

Mandy Reeves was going for a walk on Monday when she noticed a smell near the Pine Harbour marina.

But it wasn't until around 1pm on Tuesday when she discovered a sea of dead fish.

Reeves told the Herald there were thousands of the same type of fish dead in the water and on the rocks.

"There are thousands of them. On Monday there was a smell but no sign of fish. Tuesday I was down near the marina and I thought oh gosh what is that stuff?

"And the coastline was covered in white. There were thousands of them.

"They were white-silvery long fish. It's very smelly, it really stinks down there. But the water looks relatively clear."

Attention

In Florida, a worrying uptick in manatee deaths in 2021 with 674 recorded from January to mid-April

Baby manatee Lativa is recovering from severe exposure to brevetoxins, which affect the nervous system -- she is one of the lucky animals to survive a crisis affecting the gentle marine mammals in Florida
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Baby manatee Lativa is recovering from severe exposure to brevetoxins, which affect the nervous system -- she is one of the lucky animals to survive a crisis affecting the gentle marine mammals in Florida
Baby manatee Lativa was so sick that her caregivers had to put a flotation device on her to allow her to come to the surface to breathe.

Others have not been so lucky: the gentle marine mammals are dying at an unprecedented rate in Florida, and there are not enough animal hospital "beds" to handle the crisis.

When two-year-old Lativa was rescued earlier this month, she was suffering from severe exposure to brevetoxins, potent neurotoxins produced by red tides or algae blooms that have contaminated some bodies of water in the US state.

"She was found beached and they never beach themselves... she was completely unresponsive," recounts Molly Lippincott, animal care manager for ZooTampa at Lowry Park.


Snowflake

Unseasonal snowfall covers mountains in Gangwon Province, South Korea

Mount Seorak in the northeastern province of Gangwon is covered with snow on April 30, 2021, in this photo provided by Seoraksan National Park Office.

Mount Seorak in the northeastern province of Gangwon is covered with snow on April 30, 2021, in this photo provided by Seoraksan National Park Office.
Unseasonal snowfall blanketed mountainous areas of Gangwon Province, east of Seoul, on Friday, the last day of April usually known in South Korea as a season of early summer-like warm weather.

Late-night rain turned into snow in the Gangwon mountains 1,300 meters above sea level early Friday morning, with 15 centimeters of snow recorded on and around the peak of Mount Seorak, about 200 kilometers east of Seoul, as of 9 a.m., according to national park officials there.

Similar amounts of snow also piled up on other renowned Gangwon mountains, such as Mount Balwang and Mount Odae, offering unseasonal winter scenery, they said.


Cloud Precipitation

St Vincent and the Grenadines - Heavy rainfall triggers mudflows and flash floods - up to 5 inches of rain in 6 hours

Lahar / mudflows in the Red Zone on the Windward side of St.Vincent and the Grenadines, from Georgetown to Owia, April 2021.
© Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)
Lahar / mudflows in the Red Zone on the Windward side of St.Vincent and the Grenadines, from Georgetown to Owia, April 2021.
Heavy rain has caused floods, landslides and lahars (volcanic mudflows) in several areas the Caribbean island country of St Vincent and the Grenadines according to the country's National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO).

As of 30 April the worst affected areas were in parts of the main island of St Vincent. NEMO reported rainfall accumulations ranging from 75 to 125 mm during a 6 hour period on 29 April 2021.

Flooding brought traffic to a standstill after roads were swamped in areas around the capital Kingstown. Landslides blocked roads on the city's outskirts. At least 2 houses collapsed and several others were damaged in areas around the capital.

The country is still struggling with the effects of ongoing eruptions of the La Soufriere volcano that began 09 April 2021. Following the heavy rain the government issued warnings to residents and drivers, saying "persistent rain and ash build-up on the roads and in drains have created conditions for flooding."


Fire

Iceland's Fagradalsfjall Volcano continues spectacular eruption after being dormant for 6,000 years

Fagradalsfjall volcano eruption
© YouTube/Ruptly (screen capture)
Iceland's Fagradalsfjall volcano has been putting on a spectacular display of new eruptions, over a month since it first erupted, as onlookers continue to gather to watch fiery fountains and rivers of lava.

The lava flows erupting from Fagradalsfjall volcano near Geldingadalir on the Reykjanes Peninsula were captured in day and nighttime footage from RT's Ruptly video agency. A new fissure opened at the site on Thursday.

Eruptions in the region of southwestern Iceland began on March 19, following heavy seismic activity in the area. The Reykjanes Peninsula has not seen a volcanic eruption in nearly 900 years - and Mount Fagradalsfjall itself is believed to have been dormant for hundreds of years.

The latest continuous eruptions have already modified the local landscape, with flowing lava filling up mountain valleys. Some onlookers seen in the footage have been lucky enough to witness the process. Authorities say the burning rivers are not flowing fast enough to pose an immediate danger, so visitors have been permitted to visit the site.


Comment: See also: 34,000 quakes in two weeks near Fagradalsfjall volcano, Iceland - 900% increase in activity compared with whole of 2020


Ice Cube

Fierce hail storms batter Texas, Oklahoma: 'Billion-dollar' damage likely from 'gargantuan' hail

Storm damage to cars in Norman, Oklahoma
© CHRIS LANDSBERGER/THE OKLAHOMAN
Storm damage to cars in Norman, Okla., on April 29, 2021, after a hail storm hit the area the day before.
Residents in Texas and Oklahoma were recovering Thursday after hail as large as softballs battered portions of the states a day earlier, leaving behind shattered windows on cars and in homes.

In Oklahoma, at least one injury was reported when large hail hit Norman and surrounding areas Wednesday evening, officials said. A National Weather Service spotter reported hail in excess of 3 inches in diameter around 9 p.m. in the Norman area.

A wind gust of 69 mph was measured in the area at 9 p.m. as the storm pushed through.

In all there were 38 reports of severe hail across the two states, according to the Storm Prediction Center.

"Yesterday was certainly a billion-dollar hail loss day across the U.S.," Northern Illinois University meteorologist Victor Gensini said. "San Antonio and Fort Worth, Texas - along with Norman - were all impacted with large to significant hail. In addition, there was one gargantuan (4 inch) hail report near Hondo, Texas."


Comment: Last year the world was hammered by a record 50 billion-dollar weather disasters.

It is becoming more apparent that erratic seasons, extreme weather patterns and natural disasters are increasing, which is not a consequence of "human-caused climate change" (formerly known as man-made 'global warming') as parroted relentlessly by the MSM, but part of a natural cycle.

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Snowflake

Heavy spring snow falls on Flagstaff, Arizona

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Snows in Flagstaff, Ariz. on April 27. The snow was falling at a rate of two inches per hour, but warm temps were expected to keep snow from accumulating.
Source: STORYFUL


Comment: In nearby Coconino National Forest:




Ice Cube

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Why is this information being released now in 2021?

AI sunspot cycles
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Artificial Intelligence has forecast Grand Solar Minimum level sunspot activity beginning now through 2050, this has made it through the main stream media. Interestingly, the same information was released in 2015 by Valentina Zharkova but denied and dismissed. Why is this solar activity information being released at this moment ? Is it to explain why all continents are experiencing crop damage and yield reductions from abnormal cold? My findings and thoughts are explained in the video. Thank you for watching.


Comment: We're entering an ice age. Its effects will likely be felt within the coming year, and its devastating consequences over the next 3-5 years.

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