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10,000+ killed in Türkiye-Syria earthquakes

Debris of a collapsed building in Malatya, Türkiye
© AP Photo / Emrah Gurel
Rescuers look for survivors in the debris of a collapsed building in Malatya, Türkiye, February 8, 2023.
Rescuers in both countries continue to clear the rubble and look for survivors 48 hours after the disaster.

The death toll from the catastrophic earthquakes in southern Türkiye and northwestern Syria has now moved past 10,000, officials said on Wednesday.

Rescuers, meanwhile, continue to clear the rubble and look for survivors. Teams from dozens of countries are helping locals in both states.

In Türkiye, over 8,500 people were killed and nearly 50,000 injured, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters after arriving in Kahramanmaras, a city in the province where the epicenter of the 7.7 magnitude quake was recorded.

According to Erdogan, nearly 6,500 buildings were destroyed. Vice President Fuat Oktay said earlier that more than 450,000 residents who had lost their homes were being housed in student dormitories.

People are still being found alive under the rubble. Anadolu news agency reported that two women were rescued after spending 48 hours trapped in the debris of a destroyed apartment block in Hatay Province.

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Bolivia - Floods affect thousands in La Paz, Beni and Santa Cruz Departments

Floods in Guanay, La Paz Department, Bolivia,
© Ministerio de Defensa Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia
Floods in Guanay, La Paz Department, Bolivia, February 2023.
Over 5,500 families have been affected by flooding across La Paz, Beni and Santa Cruz Departments in Bolivia over the last few days. Two fatalities were reported, and dozens of homes and wide areas of crops have been damaged or destroyed.

La Paz Department

Flooding affected Guanay, Mapiri, and Tipuani Municipalities in Larecaja Province in La Paz Department in early February 2023 following heavy rain and the overflow of the Tipuani and Mapiri rivers.

The government reported over 1,375 families affected across La Paz Department, including 400 families in Guanay, where one fatality was reported. Local officials in Guanay said gold mining activities in the area have blocked many of the rivers and tributaries, exacerbating the floods.

At least 20 homes were damaged or destroyed in Mapiri. Camps were set up to accommodate families who lost their homes.

Cloud Precipitation

Peru - Heavy rainfall triggers deadly landslide and floods in Arequipa Department - 40 killed (UPDATE)

Floods and mudslides struck in Mariano Nicolas Valcarcel District in Camaná Province of Arequipa Department from 05 to 06 February 2023.
Floods and mudslides struck in Mariano Nicolas Valcarcel District in Camaná Province of Arequipa Department from 05 to 06 February 2023.
Landslides and floods have caused devastation in parts of the Arequipa Department in Peru following heavy rainfall. Several districts in the Lima Department have also seen damaging mudslides in the past few days.

Arequipa Department

Areas of Mariano Nicolas Valcarcel District in Camaná Province of Arequipa Department are the worst affected. The National Civil Defense Institute (INDECI) is providing assistance and relief supplies to affected communities in Secocha, Infiernillo, Pampa Blanca, Urasqui, Venado de Oro, Pampaylima, Miski, Posko Miski and San Martín in the district. The Peruvian army has also deployed helicopters to the region.

INDECI teams are also operating in the district of Toro in La Unión Province, where flooding and mudslides have damaged homes and roads.

Comment: Update February 8

Anadolu Agency reports:
40 dead from floods, landslides in Peru

At least 40 people have been killed in floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains in the South American nation of Peru, according to the National Emergency Operations Center (COEN).

The casualties occurred mostly in the regions of Arequipa, Secocha and Camana.

A total of 5,495 houses, 538 kilometers (334 miles) of roads and 34 bridges were damaged in the landslides, according to reports.

Thousands of people were left homeless as a result of the landslides. Search and rescue efforts remain underway.

Meanwhile, a state of emergency was declared in the Arequipa region, where the damage was the most severe.

Authorities announced that efforts remain underway to deliver aid to those affected by the devastation.


Barbara weather front pounds Greece for 3rd day, meter of snow on Evia island

The coastal town of Aidipsos in Evia is covered in snow.
© Greek Reporter/Korina Pantazi
The coastal town of Aidipsos in Evia is covered in snow.
The Barbara weather front continues to bring low temperatures, frost, and heavy snowfall in several parts of Greece for a third day on Tuesday.

Residents in the Central Greece regional units of Viotia, Fthiotida, Magnesia and Evia have been urged to "drastically limit movements and follow the instructions of the authorities" due to heavy snowfall in their area.

The warning was issued via the 112 service to mobile phones shortly before 9.30 a.m. as the Barbara cold weather front caused schools in various parts of the country to close for a second day.

Parts of the city of Volos were reported to be covered in up to 20 centimeters of snow, with heavy snowfall was also reported in Pilio and Zagora, all of which are in Thessaly.

Heavy snow is also reported in Hania, Crete, with parts of Evia island covered in up to a meter of snow. Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator said it was on alert for power cuts due to the weather, and had placed over 150 people on call on Evia, hard hit by snow.


Heavy snowfall disrupts Slovakia

Strong winds and snow storms have caused traffic disruptions in Slovakia. With some rail routes and the main east-west highway being closed due to heavy snowfall.


Unchartered territory: Icy-cold waterspout forms over Vermont lake in dead of winter - Media names it 'steam devil'

A steam devil was seen churning over Lake Champlain from Burlington, Vermont, on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023.

A steam devil was seen churning over Lake Champlain from Burlington, Vermont, on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023.
Record-low temperatures chilled New England on Friday, leading to a cold-weather phenomenon that's rarely seen in the United States.

Comment: Er, how about never-before-seen?! At least, not in the modern era...

A handful of folks in Burlington, Vermont, caught sight of a funnel over Lake Champlain Friday afternoon, but this was no waterspout. The funnel instead drew in steam fog, also referred to as sea fog, creating what is referred to as a "steam devil."

Comment: Oh 'tis referred to as that, eh? Or did y'all just make that up on the spot?!

Comment: Right!...

Clearly, they don't know what they're talking about.

More likely, this is yet another manifestation of differing electric potential between surface and atmospheric layers of the planet.

Cloud Precipitation

Chile - Floods in north as wildfires blaze in southern regions

Flooded roads in Calama, Chile, February 2023
© Government of Calama
Flooded roads in Calama, Chile, February 2023
Dozens of families were left isolated after flash floods cut roads in El Loa Province in the region of Antofagasta, northern Chile, on 04 February 2023.

The local government reported heavy rain and flooding in several parts of the province. Around 50 families were left isolated in the town of Lasana after damaging floods washed away parts of the road network. Areas of the city of Calama were also affected and the important road connecting Calama to San Pedro de Atacama was blocked.

Videos shared on Social Media showed homes and streets inundated and water cascading down mountainsides.

Bizarro Earth

Buffalo, New York, area is hit with the strongest earthquake in 40 years

Buffalo NY earthquake
A magnitude-3.8 earthquake was felt in Buffalo, N.Y., on Feb. 6, 2023.
A 3.8-magnitude earthquake struck Monday morning near Buffalo, New York, the strongest recorded in the area in 40 years.

The quake hit 1.24 miles east-northeast of West Seneca, New York, with a depth of 1.86 miles around 6:15 a.m., according to the United States Geological Survey.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said no damage reports have been received so far in West Seneca, a suburb of Buffalo that sits near the U.S.-Canada border.

He added he spoke with the Erie County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services' Deputy Commissioner Gregory J. Butcher, who said a "confirmed quake was felt as far north as Niagara Falls and south to Orchard Park."

"It felt like a car hit my house in Buffalo. I jumped out of bed," Poloncarz said.

Yaareb Altaweel, a seismologist at the National Earthquake Information Center, said Northeast earthquakes "happen all the time" and quakes can strike anywhere at any time.


Turkey hit by second major earthquake, magnitude 7.5 - UPDATE: Turkey/Syria rocked by third quake, magnitude 6.0

Turkey has been hit by a second huge earthquake

Turkey has been hit by a second huge earthquake , hours after an earlier catastrophic quake devastated the region, killing more than 1,900 people and injuring thousands more, while toppling thousands of buildings. Pictured: The Turkish city of Hatay is seen after Monday morning's quake levelled buildings across the region
Thousands are feared dead after Turkey was hit by a second massive earthquake, just hours after an earlier catastrophic quake killed more than 1,900 people and plunged the region into an unfolding humanitarian crisis.

The initial 7.8-magnitude night-time tremor, followed hours later by a slightly smaller one, wiped out entire sections of major Turkish cities in a region filled with millions of people who have fled the civil war in Syria and other conflicts.

The later 7.5 magnitude quake struck at 1.24pm (1024 GMT) two-and-a-half miles southeast of the town of Ekinozu and around 60 miles north of the first quake that has wrought devastation across Turkey and Syria.

Comment: About 9 hours earlier: Devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake hits Turkey, numerous aftershocks including a 6.7 - at least 2,300 killed

Aftershocks continue to cause damage:

UPDATE 23/02/06: The Republican World.com reports:
A powerful earthquake of 6.0 magnitude hit Turkey at 12:02 UTC, marking the third major jolt in 24 hours, according to the US Geological Survey. The latest quake hit Turkey's central region just when the middle eastern nation was only beginning to pick up the pieces of the long trail of destruction left behind by a 7.8 earthquake that hit earlier in the day and claimed the lives of over 1,500 people.

The earthquake, which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called the "biggest disaster since the 1939 Erzincan earthquake", was quickly followed by major aftershocks of 7.7 magnitude and 6.0, the latest.

At least 1,014 people have died and 7,003 people were injured following the earthquake in Turkey, as per Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD).

Earthquake knocks out power and internet connectivity

Following the series of calamities striking Turkey, the country has been pushed into widespread power and internet outages, thus affecting crucial communications.

"A 7.8 magnitude earthquake has knocked out power and internet connectivity in parts of southern #Turkey; the impact to communications may affect the public's ability to seek assistance, with hundreds of casualties reported," tweeted NetBlocks, a cybersecurity watchdog.

Addressing a press conference shortly after the first earthquake hit, Erdogan urged the people of Turkey to unite to overcome the calamity that has reduced the southeastern regions to rubble.

"Everyone is putting their heart and soul into efforts, although the winter season, cold weather and the earthquake happening during the night make things more difficult," he said.

"We do not know how high the casualty numbers will go as efforts to lift the debris continue in several buildings in the earthquake zone. Today is a day for 85 million to be together as one heart," he added.

Snowflake Cold

The New Pause lengthens again: 101 months and counting ...

warming pause
As the third successive year of la Niña settles into its stride, the New Pause has lengthened by another month (and very nearly by two months). There has been no trend in the UAH global mean lower-troposphere temperature anomalies since September 2014: 8 years 5 months and counting.

As always, the New Pause is not a prediction: it is a measurement. It represents the farthest back one can go using the world's most reliable global mean temperature dataset without finding a warming trend.

The sheer frequency and length of these Pauses provide a graphic demonstration, readily understandable to all, that It's Not Worse Than We Thought - that global warming is slow, small, harmless and, on the evidence to date at any rate, strongly net-beneficial.

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