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Avalanche kills woman in Hokkaido, Japan

Avalanches triggered by warm weather struck two municipalities in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido on Feb. 28, claiming the life of a 44-year-old woman, police said.

The avalanches occurred in the village of Akaigawa and in the town of Kamikawa. In Akaigawa, Remi Otsuka, an office worker from Tokyo's Setagaya Ward who was part of a group of six backcountry skiers, was caught in the avalanche at about 12:35 p.m. on Feb. 28. Police said she was later rescued but was confirmed dead at a hospital.

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High water rescues after flash floods in Kentucky - 5 inches of rain in 24 hours

A truck can be seen passing Miller Creek Road
© Ryan C. Hermens | Lexington Herald-Leader
A truck can be seen passing Miller Creek Road in Estill County as floodwaters cover it.
A flash flood emergency has been declared for parts of Kentucky, USA, after heavy rainfall from 28 February. Several locations in the state saw more than 5 inches (127mm) of rain in 24 hours to early 01 March 2021.

Flash flooding affected parts of Kentucky and Tennessee on 28 February. Local media reported several high water rescues, mostly involving motorists attempting to drive through flood water.

The National Weather Service (NWS) declared a "Flash Flood Emergency" for parts of Todd County.

NWS Paducah, KY said: "A Flash Flood Emergency has been issued for Todd County KY. This is an extremely dangerous, life-threatening situation unfolding for the Elkton, KY and surrounding areas of the county. Do not attempt to travel in this area unless you are fleeing an area subject to evacuations."


'Tsunami' of plastic covering Brazilian beaches

According to Oceana Brazil's report, the South American country throws some 325,000 tons of plastic into the sea

According to Oceana Brazil's report, the South American country throws some 325,000 tons of plastic into the sea
Some of Brazil's beaches have been covered by a "tsunami" of rubbish, leaving once pristine coastlines completely engulfed in everything from plastic bags and bottles to children's toys and dead fish, Brazilian environmentalists have said.

On a tour of a beach just 20 kilometres from Rio de Janeiro's iconic Copacabana, environment protection activist Ricardo Gomes explained the gravity of the situation as he tried to clean up some of the waste on Isla do Catalao.

"These are the 8 million tonnes of plastic that reach the ocean each year, suffocating marine life and threatening the existence of Man on the planet," Mr Gomes said.

"This is a crime, it is not just a crime against the City of Rio de Janeiro, it is not a crime only against the population of Rio de Janeiro. This evil that we do in Rio de Janeiro, what the people of Rio de Janeiro do, what we do to the Ocean is a global crime," he added.

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1 dead, over 90,000 affected by floods in Semarang City, Indonesia

Heavy rain triggered landslides in Samarang City,
© BPBD Semarang City
Heavy rain triggered landslides in Samarang City, Indonesia, Late February 2021, with emergency workers carrying out rescues.
Flooding has affected over 90,000 people in Semarang City, Central Java, Indonesia over the last few days. One person died after flood waters caused parts of a wall to collapse.

Flooding began on 23 February 2021 after heavy rainfall during the previous days. Floods affected the districts of East Semarang, North Semarang, West Semarang, Pedurungan, Genuk, and Gayam Sari, with flood water 75cm deep in some areas.

According to local disaster authorities, 90,590 people from over 18,000 families have been affected. As many as 9,169 houses were inundated.

One fatality was reported in Tegalsari after flood waters caused a wall or fence to collapse, Semarang City Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) reported. The heavy rain also caused several landslides in Gajahmungkur, where emergency workers rescued at least 3 people trapped under mud and rubble.

As of 26 February flood water remained in Genuk but had mostly subsided in other areas.


Spectacular eruption at Mount Etna for the 7th time recently


Mount Etna is at it again! This is the 7th outbreak in the last few weeks.

Living up to its name as one of the most active volcanoes on Planet Earth


Eruption at Sakurajima Volcano, Japan on February 28

Sakurajima Volcano

Sakurajima Volcano
With all the cameras on Sakurajima, this is the only one that caught this eruption at 10:00 JST.

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Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts with ash plume 15000 ft high

Fuego volcano eruption
© YouTube/Ultramix TV (screen capture)
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 15000 ft (4600 m) altitude or flight level 150.

The full report is here.

Comment: Guatemala: There's nowhere to hide - hundreds of thousands live in the shadow of 3 erupting volcanoes


Body of dead humpback whale on Maryland beach being removed

Crews are working to remove the body of a humpback whale that was stranded along the Maryland coast last week.

The whale, which the state's Department of Natural Resources said was a Gulf of Maine humpback whale named Pivot, was found stranded Thursday night.

Officials are still working to determine what led to Pivot's death, adding Tuesday the whale's body was being removed from the surf.

In a Facebook post, the Assateague Island National Seashore urged people not to go near it, adding whales can spread diseases to humans and pets.


Dead humpback whale calf washes ashore in West Cork, Ireland

The male whale measured 10 metres in length and the IDWG said it was not an individual previously documented in Irish waters.
© IDWG via Robbie Shelly and Helen Tilson of SchullSea Safari
The male whale measured 10 metres in length and the IDWG said it was not an individual previously documented in Irish waters.
A young dead whale has washed up and been stranded off the West Cork coast.

The humpback whale came ashore off Coney Island, west Roaringwater Bay yesterday afternoon.

While humpback sightings are rare, they have been increasing in recent years.

Humpback strandings are very rare, however. According to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) only eight have been recorded in Ireland since 1893.

This is only the second such stranding of a humpback ever recorded in Cork.

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At least 4 people killed, 5 injured by landslide in Himachal Pradesh, India

Photo for representation. — iStock

Photo for representation. — iStock
Four people were killed and five sustained grievous injuries in a road accident under Aut police station in Mandi district on Saturday evening.

According to police, nearly 12 people were travelling in a jeep on Kalhani-Thunag link road under Seraj assembly segment of Mandi district, when a landslide occurred at Kashaud. The debris hit the vehicle, pushing it off the road and down the hill.

It is believed that all victims were natives of Mandi district.