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Shallow M5.6 magnitude earthquake rattles Iran, 25 injured

Iran quake map
© Iranian Seismological Center
An earthquake of 5.6 magnitude earthquake hits Iran late on Wednesday, leaving 25 injured. On late Wednesday, a 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit the southwestern Iranian province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, said the head of the country's emergency medical services.

The epicenter was located 10 kilometers (over 6 miles) from the city of Sisakht. Previously, media reported about 10 injured people."About 20 people have been sent to [the city of] Yasuj. The earthquake has hit the outskirts of Sisakht, there have been no problems in nearby settlements.

No people have died, the situation has stabilized," Pirhossein Kolivand said on late Wednesday, as quoted by the government's information portal.He added that 25 people had been left injured as a result of the earthquake.Iran is located in a seismically active zone as lies along the border between the Arabian and Eurasian tectonic plates and often suffers from powerful earthquakes. The deadliest earthquake in the country's history occurred in 856 AD, killing some 200,000 people.

With agency inputs

Comment: The Iranian Seismological Center (ISMC) reported the quake at a 10 km depth.


'Greening' of economy to blame for Texas power outages as half its wind turbines freeze solid during winter storm

wind turbines winter snow

Great job, Greenies, Govts.
The message that we need to electrify everything that currently uses fossil fuels to generate energy has become the dominant message of the energy transition. Solar, wind, and energy storage — perhaps with the help of hydropower and some nuclear — can handle the energy needs of mankind, the argument goes, and do it with a much lower carbon footprint.

Yet, the Arctic cold wave that is sweeping across the United States has seriously undermined this argument.

Natural gas prices exploded last week in many parts of the U.S. and are still rising higher, as are electricity prices. In Texas, a state unaccustomed to such weather, wholesale electricity prices hit $9,000 per MWh on the spot market, prompting at least one retail power supplier to urge its clients to switch to another provider to avoid huge utility bills.

Blackouts are now a fact, with two million households across Texas without power at the time of writing. Authorities, meanwhile, are urging people to conserve energy by limiting their consumption. ERCOT has said the blackouts will be rolling, lasting for 45 minutes per area. This may not be a lot, but it does indicate the presence of a problem.

Comment: Great analysis. We would just add that there may be one additional factor in play here: saboteurs taking advantage of the cold spell to pile pressure on Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who the Deep State has on its Black List because of past support for President Trump.

Cloud Lightning

Flash-flooding strikes Afriski Mountain Resort, South Africa - 2 inches of rain in just 30 minutes

Afriski Mountain Resort in Lesotho was hit by its most brutal flood since opening its doors, with 60mm of rain in 30 minutes on February 15.

That is the equivalent to one-tenth of Johannesburg's annual rainfall in 30 minutes. The damage to internal roads, infrastructure and buildings are extensive.

Thankfully no lives were lost, with staff and guests remaining safe, but the destruction caused by the floods will amount to millions of rands.

Afriski has recorded unprecedented levels of rainfall in the Maluti Mountains of over 800mm since December 2020, while recording only 400mm the previous year. Although the floods have come as a shock, rain can be scarce in this area and remains vital for the entire operation.


6.1-magnitude earthquake hits off Wallis and Futuna in south Pacific Ocean - 3rd for the region within 24 hours

© Associated Press
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted 160 km ESE of Alo, Wallis and Futuna at 15:30:50 GMT on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 14.8785 degrees south latitude and 176.7413 degrees west longitude.

Comment: The 2 others: 6.2-magnitude earthquake hits off Vanuatu - 2nd strong quake in the region in 8 hours

Shallow M6.1 earthquake strikes off Loyalty Islands


Attica Penninsula, Greece sees heaviest snowfall in 40 years - almost 10 inches

The duration of the snowstorm in Attica this week was 36 hours.

The beautiful snow blanketed the Acropolis and other ancient monuments in Athens, but it also caused power cuts and disrupted road traffic and public transportation.

The weather also halted COVID-19 vaccinations.

Athens was brought to a standstill.

Arrow Down

1 dead, 9 missing after floods and mudslides triggered by heavy rainfall in Cusco, Peru

Flood and mudslide debris in La Convencion,
© Provincial Municipality of La Convencion
Flood and mudslide debris in La Convencion, Cusco, Peru, 17 February 2021
At least 1 person has died and 9 are missing after flooding and mudslides in the region of Cusco in southern Peru.

Peru's National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI) reported that the disaster, triggered by heavy rainfall, occurred on 16 February in the Santa Ana district on the outskirts of the city of Quillabamba in La Convención Province.

Initial assessments suggest that 13 homes were destroyed along with 2 bridges and 2 schools. Around 11 other homes and buildings were damaged, as were roads, crops and power infrastructure. Search operations are ongoing. INDECI is distributing relief items including food to the affected community.


6.2-magnitude earthquake hits off Vanuatu - 2nd strong quake in the region in 8 hours

© Associated Press
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 jolted 147 km SSW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu at 06:37:30 GMT on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 19.0092 degrees south latitude and 167.8888 degrees east longitude.

Comment: About 8 hours earlier in the same region: Shallow M6.1 earthquake strikes off Loyalty Islands

Snowflake Cold

73% of lower 48 US states covered in snow

This satellite image captured February 16, 2021,
© NASA/NOAA Suomi National Polar Orbiting Partnership via Stephen A.Wood/Maxar
This satellite image captured February 16, 2021, shows snow cover in the lighter white areas across the US. You can also see clouds in the brighter white areas above north-central Texas and up the Gulf Coast up toward Tennessee.
A large winter storm impacted a large portion of the United States over the Valentine's Day holiday and through Monday.

The storm impacted areas in Texas-Louisiana-Oklahoma all the way through Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, and up through Illinois-Ohio-Indiana. Even areas on the upper east coast all saw snow from this same system.

Because of the snow and ice, as of Tuesday morning, over 4 million people in Texas are still without power after this powerful storm and many are having to conserve power.

Here's a look at some of the highest snowfall reports from February 14-15. Areas near Lake Michigan, like Chicago, Milwaukee, and the northwest corner of Indiana dealt with very impactful lake-effect snow bands that caused some of these high totals.

Snowflake Cold

Ice Age Farmer Report: RED ALERT: Food Supply Chain Shutting Down as Blackouts Spread - Grand Solar Minimum

ice farmer
Texas' Ag Commissioner has issued a RED ALERT as the power grid is down and our food supply is grinding to a halt. Agriculture is not "critical infrastructure," and reports of blackouts tonight extend to ND, SD, NE -- livestock producers unable to provide water to their animals, and farmers unable to deliver to grain elevators that are shut down. Welcome to the Grand Solar Minimum. Christian breaks down the latest on this developing situation.


Snowflake Cold

'Just a real mess': 100 million people from the South to the East Coast in path of a new winter storm; 2.1M power outages across 8 states

winter weather USA
Winter's brutal assault continued Wednesday night as another snowstorm roared its way across the nation through the end of the week, hitting areas where millions were already without electricity in record-breaking cold.

More than 100 million Americans are in the path of the storm as it tracks from the southern Plains to the East Coast over the next few days, the National Weather Service said.

But the nation's heartland will get some relief over the weekend, the weather service reported, as the frigid air will begin to moderate over the next couple days.


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