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Lava spews from Guatemala's Pacaya volcano

Pacaya Volcano

Pacaya Volcano
Guatemala's Pacaya Volcano erupted on Friday, June 19, spewing lava and ash into the air.

The country's National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) confirmed the volcano emitted a continuous flow of lava and explosions on Friday and said it would continue to monitor the situation. No injuries or damage were reported.

Credit: Deybin Garcia Tomas via Storyful


June snowfall in the Krasnoyarsk region of Russia

In the Krasnoyarsk Region, summer has been interrupted by a strong cold wave.

June 21 is snowing. Winter visited the Sayan pass on the border of Khakassia and Tuva.

In Novosibirsk, a strong cooling occurred last weekend. At night, the thermometer showed +5, and frosts were observed in some places.

Another video showing lots of snow here.

Thanks to Martin Siebert for this link.


Shallow 4.5 magnitude earthquake hits off Northwest French coast

earthquake graph
Earthquakes of 4 - 5 magnitude, which are considered moderate, rarely occur in France. In November 2019, two earthquakes measuring 5.1 and 5.7 were detected in southern France.

A 4.5-magnitude earthquake struck on 27 June off the coast of France, data from the French seismological service showed.

The agency said that it registered the quake 105 kilometres (65 miles) southeast of the town of Douarnenez at 10:59 GMT. The epicentre was located at a depth of two kilometres (1.2 miles).

There are no reports about casualties or damages caused by the quake. No tsunami warning has been issued.

Comment: A 4.8 magnitude earthquake struck southeast France on November 11 last year, causing an unusual crack in the Earth's crust, puzzling scientists.


Heaviest rainfall in 20 years hits China's Yichang City on Dragon Boat Festival holiday

Yichang flooding
© YouTube/CGTN (screen capture)
Torrential rain battered Yichang City of central China for three hours on the last day of the Dragon Boat Festival holiday. The city saw up to 140 mm of daily rainfall, the biggest in 20 years. Many areas were soon soaked in water. Local authorities then issued Level IV emergency response orders. The city will see less rainfall over the next two days.

Comment: Three Gorges Dam flood alert after heaviest rainfall

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Video catches moment massive landslide buries road in eastern Indonesia

A massive landslide swept away a mountain road in rural Indonesia today (June 26) in this shocking video.

The Trans Sulawesi Road which connects the cities of Palopo and Tana Toraja, was cut off due to a landslide which completely buried the road and swept away a building.

One local resident captured the seconds of the collapse of the main road at Battang Barat, Wara Barat District. No casualties were reported.


Strong eruptions at Nishino-shima volcano, Japan - ash plume 8,500 ft above summit

High activities continue at the Nishinoshima volcano

High activity continues at the Nishinoshima volcano
The activity of the volcano continues at elevated levels.

The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) observed strong explosions that generated a dense dark ash plume, which reached approx. 8,500 ft (2,600 m) above the summit. Volcanic ash is extending about 330 km to the northeast of the volcano.

Lava effusions continue to be active on the northeastern slopes of the volcano.

Very high thermal anomaly was observed in satellite images.

Source: Japan Meteorological Agency volcano activity update 25 June 2020

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Flood situation worsens in Assam, India - death toll reaches 16, over 253,000 affected

Flood waters entered 16 districts of Assam on Friday, affecting over 2.53 lakh people, while the death toll due to the deluge rose to 16 after one more person died, officials said.

Dhemaji remains the worst-hit district in the state, followed by Tinsukia, Majuli and Dibrugarh.

The deluge claimed one life in Dibrugarh district, according to the daily flood bulletin of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).

The Brahmaputra river and its tributaries are flowing above the danger level at several places and have flooded Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Udalguri, Darranf, Baksa, Nalbari, Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts, the officials said.


Wrong place, wrong time: Short-tailed Shearwater that breeds in Australia found in Ireland - new Western Palearctic record

Short-tailed Shearwater, Tramore Bay, Co Waterford, 22 June 2020
© Arlo Jacques
Short-tailed Shearwater, Tramore Bay, Co Waterford, 22 June 2020
A shearwater washed up on the beach at Tramore Bay, Co Waterford, on Monday 22 June adds to the recent run of stunning seabirds recorded in Europe so far this summer.

The bird was in an extremely poor state when found during Monday's gale and, unfortunately, it has subsequently died while in a rehabilitation centre. At the time, it was recovered by Arlo Jacques and Adrian Allen and rested overnight. Initially, it was expected to be a Manx, but as it dried out and the true colour and pattern of the underparts became obvious, the identification turned towards it being a Balearic Shearwater.

Before being sent on to the experienced rehabilitation facility, some key measurements were taken. The bird was in moult and missing three inner primaries, making very accurate measurements of wing length quite difficult to assess but they exceed and thus rule out any variant of Manx and Balearic Shearwater, while falling well short for Sooty Shearwater. Critically, though the bill measurements are just at the maximum known range, a careful assessment of this character provides adequate evidence that this is in fact a Short-tailed Shearwater.

Comment: For further details to some of the astounding extralimital records of the seabirds mentioned above, see:


Brazil declares crop emergency bracing for a biblical plague of locusts

The invasion of insects has already devastated India, Pakistan, Africa and some parts of the Middle East, causing billions of dollars in damages. In Somalia locusts destroyed 500 acres of cropland and plunged one million people into a food crisis.

Brazil's Agriculture Ministry declared a crop emergency on Thursday as the country braces for a plague of locusts of biblical proportions. The move will help authorities to implement steps to suppress the invasion of voracious insects and take other emergency measures should the locusts reach the fertile southern states Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina. However, the ministry noted that such a scenario is unlikely.

The swarm of locusts, which consists of 40 million insects, first hit Paraguay and then travelled to Argentina and is now 100 kilometres from Brazil's border. Argentina and Brazil are some of the largest producers of corn and soy. Officials in Buenos Aires say so far the crop-munching insects have not caused as much damage as they did in Pakistan and India (the latter saw 600,000 hectares of the crops destroyed). Officials say low temperatures prevent insects from moving and reproducing.

Comment: 450 billion locusts have been killed this year, but devastating swarms still ravage Africa, India and the Middle East


Two pit bulls kill 72-year-old owner in Mandeville, Louisiana

A 72-year-old woman was attacked by her two pit bulls on Thursday at her home near Mandeville. She died later from her injuries.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office responded to the call at around 2: 15 p.m. in the 600 block of Chereuil Street.

"This is very sad," Sheriff Randy Smith said. "My thoughts and prayers go out the victim's family and to the neighbor who was injured trying to help her. I also thank the deputies who responded and provided medical care in an effort to try and save this woman's life."

After neighbors reported the attack, police arrived on the scene, where the attack was still happening.