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Heavy rain causes deadly landslides in East Java, Indonesia - at least 5 people were killed

Landslide damage in Pamekasan Regency, Indonesia, 24 February 2021.
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Landslide damage in Pamekasan Regency, Indonesia, 24 February 2021.
Heavy rainfall triggered deadly landslides in Pamekasan Regency, East Java Province, Indonesia, on 24 February 2021.

The landslides struck in the early hours, affecting the villages of Jepun and Bindang in Pasean District. Disaster authorities reported at least 5 people were killed. Two houses are thought to have been buried, while around 20 other homes and a school were also damaged.

Surabaya City recorded 78mm of rain in 24 hours to 24 February, while Semarang City in Central Java recorded 155mm.


Cloud Precipitation

3 people killed by flash floods in Papua New Guinea

FLOOD
Continuous heavy rains and flash floods have killed three (3) people in Maprik, East Sepik Province last Friday.

Two (2) men and one (1) woman from different villages were using the Amaku and Nynnum rivers respectively when they were washed away by the flash floods.

The bodies of the two (2) men have been recovered over the weekend, whilst the search is continuing along the Amaku River for the body of the woman believed to be from the Kumunimbis village.

This incident is part of the continuous heavy rains and floods that hit the province last week, which also affected major road networks in the province.

According to locals in the area, especially Maprik, rains are still continuing with the rivers still brown and dirty with debris.

Seismograph

Shallow 5.6-magnitude tremor strikes near Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland
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Reykjavik residents reported shaking buildings
Parts of Iceland were rocked by a 5.6-magnitude earthquake on Wednesday as residents reported shaking buildings and strong tremors.

The quake's epicentre was recorded about 25 miles away from Reykjavik, in the Reykjanes Peninsula region, on Iceland's southeast coast.

The effects of the quake, which struck at a depth of around six miles, were felt in Reykjavik and the surrounding areas.

It was not immediately clear if there had been any damage to property or injury to life.

"Spent the morning shaking around the office, geologists all running around like excited puppies. So much shaking," Rob Askew, a geologist at the Icelandic Institute of Natural Science in Reykjavík, tweeted.

Another Twitter user wrote: "WOW....! Just now! #earthquake swarm on Reykjanes Peninsula #Iceland - very strongly felt in Reykjavík. My home office was shaking! Felt 2 large ones and many small ones."

Another said: "I've experienced more earthquakes in the past couple of hours than the rest of my life combined. And I've spent most of my life in Iceland and Japan. Something's up. I don't like it."

Cloud Precipitation

200 coffins drift in the Golfo Paradiso after Italian cemetery collapses into the sea

The old cemetery at Camogli

The old cemetery at Camogli near Genoa fell into the sea on February 22, 2021
Erosion, erosion, please tell me when the next cemetery will collapse into the sea!
The old cemetery at Camogli near Genoa, Italy collapsed into the sea on February 22, 2021, with at least 200 coffins now drifting in the Golfo Paradiso.

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Fish

Freshwater fish in "catastrophic" decline, one-third face extinction

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Thousands of fish species are facing "catastrophic" decline — threatening the health, food security and livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people around the world. New research shows that one-third of all freshwater fish now face extinction.

According to a report published Tuesday by 16 global conservation groups, 18,075 species of freshwater fish inhabit our oceans, accounting for over half of the world's total fish species and a quarter of all vertebrates on Earth. This biodiversity is critical to maintaining not only the health of the planet, but the economic prosperity of communities worldwide.

About 200 million people across Asia, Africa and South America rely on freshwater fishers for their main source of protein, researchers said in "The World's Forgotten Fishes" report. About one-third of those people also rely on them for their jobs and livelihoods.

Despite their importance, freshwater fishes are "undervalued and overlooked," researchers said — and now freshwater biodiversity is declining at twice the rate of that in oceans and forests.

Eighty freshwater species have already been declared extinct — 16 of them in 2020 alone.


Snowflake

Over 375 inches of snow measured in Snoqualmie Pass, Washington this season - snow banks reaching 12 feet in height

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This week over 375 inches of snow were measured in Snoqualmie Pass, surpassing the ten-year average, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

The snow banks are also reaching heights of up to 12 feet, and stunning people who live near the mountain pass.

"I mean this weather has been pretty crazy," said Glenn Vickery. "We've actually had some really good light snow, but it's been a lot of snow and it's been unique with this pebble-like snow, so it's been a crazy year with a lot of different weather conditions. It's been pretty cool."

Silas Wild is an avid skier and drove down Snoqualmie Pass to North Bend before sunset. "Coming up you could see all the trucks were stopped to chain up and the plows were plowing and causing a little slowdown, so I'm glad I'm going down and not up," said Wild.

Since November, I-90 to Snoqualmie Pass was closed for more than 40 hours due to collisions, spinouts and avalanche control work.


Attention

About 100 dolphins found dead on Mozambique beach - 3rd mass stranding of cetaceans globally within 5 days

The cause of death is still unknown
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The cause of death is still unknown
The bodies of about 100 dead dolphins have been found on an island off the coast of Mozambique.

Eighty-six more carcasses were found on Bazaruto Island, north of the capital Maputo, on Tuesday, after a first group was washed ashore on Sunday.

The cause of the deaths is still unknown, the country's environment ministry said, and more experts are heading to the site.

One possible experts are investigating is if a cyclone may have contributed.


Comment: This incident happened amid similar recent mass strandings of cetaceans in other regions of the world, see: Recommended reading:


Fire

Spectacular Mount Etna eruption stuns volcano enthusiasts

Mount Etna lava flow
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Large streams of red hot lava flow as Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, leaps into action, as seen from the village of Fornazzo
Europe's most active volcano has been erupting for more than a week, creating spectacular images of lava, ash and volcanic rocks lighting up the Sicilian sky at night.

Mount Etna's latest eruption overnight petered out on Tuesday morning, according to Italy's National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology.

Rivers of lava were seen gushing from the volcano's southeast crater, with clouds of debris rising several kilometres above its summit.

The red and orange glow of the magma resulted in mesmerising photographs. Nearby Catania Airport was forced to close temporarily due to the amount of ash being spewed forth from Mount Etna.

Residents in the town of Pedara said during one day last week, it appeared as though it were raining rocks as a thick blanket of ash covered the town.


Comment: The intense activity of Sicily's Mount Etna continues. A few days ago it erupted for the fourth time in four days.


Snowflake Cold

This February (to the 20th), the U.S. broke 9,075 low temperature records vs just the 982 for warmth

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The Arctic invasion that recently swept the United States was truly historic, and the record books prove it.

According to warm-mongers NOAA - who willfully ignore the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect - the month of February, 2021 has so far (to the 20th) seen 9,075 daily cold-minimum and cold-maximum temperature records fall across the United States vs just the 982 for warmth.

Of these, 693 also qualified as new monthly record lows.

And of these, a staggering 198 were also new all-time never-before-witnessed benchmarks - often in record books dating back 150+ years.

Sun

Beijing sees warmest February day in 70 years

A packed rooftop cafe in Wudaoying Hutong
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A packed rooftop cafe in Wudaoying Hutong.
Beijing recently recorded its highest February temperatures in 70 years.

Records from the meteorological observatory in Daxing district (南郊观象台) showed that at around 4pm on February 21, temperatures reached a high of 25.6 degrees Celsius. It was the warmest temperature on record in Beijing in February since 1951.

Many That's Beijing readers took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather. Outdoor activities included rock climbing, relaxing at rooftop bars and cafes, exploring Beijing via scooter and more.

An acoustic band made up of Beijing expats wore t-shirts as they sat by the Liangma river and serenaded passers-by.

However, the "fake summer" has been somewhat short-lived as temperatures will likely return to normal soon. Reports suggest that on February 22 and 23, there will be a high of just 14 degrees Celsius.

It could be a while before the capital experiences such high temperatures again. At least some of the city's residents were able to enjoy the warm weather while it lasted.

Comment: Yet last month a cold wave froze parts of China, as vegetable prices hit record highs due to the historically cold winter.