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Huge avalanche caught on camera in Himachal Pradesh, India

An avalanche was reported in Morang village in tribal district Kinnaur, HimachalPradesh, India, on March 12, 2020.

It made a thunderous sound, hearing which locals came out and some of them recorded the avalanche through their mobile phones.

No loss of property was reported but it is presumed that the avalanche might have caused damage to the forest.

This led to the closure of National Highway-5.


6.3 magnitude earthquake in the Kermadec Islands region

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Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.3

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2020-03-14 10:01:12

Depth (Hypocenter) : 30 km

Cloud Precipitation

Landslide due to heavy rainfall kills 3 in Darjeeling, India

Three people died after a landslide occurred at Lodhama area in Darjeeling district on Friday night.

The landslide occurred due to heavy rainfall in the area.

According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), thunderstorm accompanied by lightning and squally wind is likely to occur over Gangetic West Bengal on Saturday.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 3 in Bihar, India

Three persons were killed by lightning strikes in Sasaram as many places in Bihar witnessed showers and thunderstorm on Friday. Weathermen have claimed that the same weather is likely to continue over the next two days as well, though its intensity will gradually reduce.

With regard to deaths in Sasaram, additional district magistrate of Rohtas Lakshman Prasad told TOI that three persons were killed by the lightning strike around 7am. "The process is underway for giving compensation to the family members of the deceased," Prasad said.

According to sources, the deceased have been identified as Ramachela Rajwar (30), Guruchela Rajwar (55) and Rajaram Yadav of Gijuwahi village under Sasaram Mufassil police station.

Blue Planet

Solar minimum: Atmospheric radiation up 12% in 3 years

Artist rendition of cosmic rays
© Antartctic Glaciers
Artist rendition of cosmic rays
We're back from the Arctic, and we have some new results to share. In January 2020, the students of Earth to Sky Calculus and Spaceweather.com traveled to Abisko, Sweden, to launch a pair of cosmic ray balloons. We'd been there before, launching three identical balloons in March 2017. Putting all the data together, 2017+2020, we find that radiation has increased +12% in the past 3 years:

The graph shows radiation dose rate (uGy/hr) vs. altitude (feet) all the way from ground level to the stratosphere. Radiation appears to be increasing at nearly all altitudes--even in the range 25,000 ft to 40,000 ft where airplanes fly. Polar flight crews and passengers are therefore absorbing ~12% more cosmic radiation than they did only a few years ago.

What's causing the increase? Solar Minimum. At the moment, the sun is near the bottom of the 11-year solar cycle. During Solar Minimum, the sun's magnetic field weakens, allowing extra cosmic rays from deep space to penetrate the solar system. These cosmic rays are hitting Earth's atmosphere, creating a spray of secondary cosmic rays that shower toward the ground below.

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Cloud Precipitation

Torrential rains cause flooding in Syria's capital

Torrential rains in the last 24 hours caused heavy flooding and road closures in the Syrian capital and nearby areas on Friday, with no reported casualties and some material damage.

Especially in the nearby towns of Yabrud and Bloudan, north of Damascus, there were roadblocks and landslides due to the continuous rainfall that began to diminish in the night hours of this Friday.


M5.2 earthquake rattles Iceland, strongest since 2013

Reykjanes peninsula
© Golli
Reykjanes peninsula
A magnitude-5.2 earthquake has rattled southwestern Iceland, the Icelandic Met Office says.

There were no immediate reports of any damage or injuries.

The earthquake was the largest to hit the Reykjanes peninsula, southwest of the capital, since 2013.

The Met Office has recorded a lot of seismic activity there in recent weeks.

Comment: Iceland review reports:
Vísir also spoke to Njarðvík resident Karl Ottesen: "I was sitting on the sofa and everything kind of rippled." Karl told reporter Kolbeinn Tumi Daðason that his daughter, who also lives in the area, had "never felt such a powerful tremor in the region."
Just a few weeks ago visitors were warned to stay away from Iceland's Eldvörp caves due to the presence of deadly gases.

Cloud Precipitation

Storm kills two people in Latvia

Fallen tree on Ventspils - Grobiņa road

Fallen tree on Ventspils - Grobiņa road
In Aksnīte the storm winds caused a tree to fall on a passenger car killing two people inside. Eyewitnesses in Liepāja also reported seeing the metal siding fly off at the XL Sala shopping center during high winds. Also in Liepāja a decorative 40 square meter brick wall in Kārļa Zāles Square had collapsed in the wind.

By 10:00 p.m. on Thursday the State Fire and Rescue Service had received 99 calls related to wind damage throughout Latvia. Rescuers were mainly involved in clearing fallen trees, but on several occasions buildings were also damaged in Rīga and Liepāja.

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Landslide kills 2 people with 6 missing after heavy rain in the Solomon Islands

Flooding in Eastern Guadalcanal (file photo).
© Katelyn Mola
Flooding in Eastern Guadalcanal (file photo).
Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have been deployed to Lambi, west Guadalcanal today to investigate a landslide which has reportedly covered eight people following the current bad weather affecting the whole country.

Initial reports say eight people including children were covered by the landslide when it washed down to the village from a nearby hill yesterday (12 March 2020). Two dead bodies have already been recovered while the others are still missing.

Acting Commissioner of Police, Mostyn Mangau says, "Our officers arrived at Lambi this morning by a patrol boat and are helping members of the surrounding communities to continue the search for the missing people. More officers are being deployed from Honiara to join in the search."

"My condolence to the immediate families, friends and relatives for the loss of their loved ones in this sad incident."


21 injured in suspected wolf attack in Uttar Pradesh, India


Indian wolf
As many as 21 villagers were injured in a possible wolf attack in Dhaurahra area of Lakhimpur Kheri district on Sunday night. The attacks took place in a span of a couple of hours after sunset. All the victims belonged to eight villages adjacent to the buffer zone of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. All are located within a 16-km radius comprising some 20 villages.

Some of the victims claimed that a lone wolf had attacked them. However, forest department officials are yet to ascertain if it was a wolf or a jackal. However, they are certain that the same carnivore attacked all the victims. They are trying to locate the animal that has created panic among the residents of nearly 20 villages in Dhaurahra. They suspect that the animal may have lost its senses after failing to get a mate and is attacking everyone or it may have become rabid.

A recent census by WWF-India had confirmed the presence of 100 Indian wolves in the Dhaurahra forests. The Indian wolf is protected under schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.