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Japan's Sakurajima volcanic eruption sends plumes of smoke and ash into the air

Sakurajima volcano erupts in Japan.

Sakurajima volcano erupts in Japan.
Japan's Sakurajima volcano sent large plumes of smoke and ash over Kyushu Island, images and videos shared online on Friday showed.

Located on the southernmost main island of Kyushu, Sakurajima is considered one of the world's most active volcanoes. It spews ash and lava every four to 24 hours.

The volcano also sits off the coast of Kagoshima, a city of about 600,000 people.

Snowflake Cold

Up to 164 cm (65 inches) of snow in Tuapse region of Krasnodar Krai, Russia

A child plays in deep snow in the city of Krasnodar, southwest Russia during a snowstorm.

A child plays in deep snow in the city of Krasnodar, southwest Russia during a snowstorm.
Can you believe that snow was house-deep in Russia?

Snow Apocalypse in Russia! Heavy Snowfall hits Krasnodar.

Record snowdrifts in Krasnodar, RUSSIA.

It has been snowing in the city for the third day. Schools have been canceled due to bad weather. Krasnodar airport again suspended work - 32 flights were delayed.


Shallow 6.1 magnitude earthquake off Panama

6.1 magnitude earthquake 282 km from Punta de Burica, Chiriquí, Panama

UTC time: Friday, January 28, 2022 11:14 AM
Your time: Friday, January 28, 2022, 11:14 AM GMT
Magnitude Type: mww
USGS page: M 6.1 - 282 km SW of Arenas, Panama
USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist
Reports from the public: 3 people

10 km depth

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Rain triggers deadly landslides and floods in Tolima, Colombia

Landslides in Tolima Department, Colombia, after heavy rainfall late January 2022
© Alcaldía Municipal de Palocabildo
Landslides in Tolima Department, Colombia, after heavy rainfall late January 2022
At least 2 people have died, one was injured and dozens of homes and roads were damaged after heavy rain caused flooding and landslides in Tolima Department in central Colombia.

Heavy rain from 24 January 2022 caused landslides and flooding in the municipalities of Palocabildo, Fresno, Falan, Armero Guayabal, Herveo and Casabianca in Tolima Department.

Two young people died when a landslide destroyed a house in Palocabildo, where a further 25 homes were damaged and gas supply interrupted. One person was hospitalized after being rescued from a landslide in Falan.


Rare snowfall hits the city of Tinejdad, Morocco - Unusual scenes in desert climate

In unusual scenes, snow covers alleys of the southeastern city of Tinejdad.

Inhabitants of Tinejdad, a city near Errachidia, today woke up to scenic and unexpected views as snow covered the city's kasbahs and palm trees.

Located in the southeastern provinces of Morocco, Tinejdad is known for its dry climate, making rare snowfall an event to be cherished among the city's inhabitants.

The city is an attractive destination for tourists willing to experience the Amazigh culture, visit the city's breathtaking historic monuments, and share local inhabitants' generous hospitality.


Woman brutally mauled, killed by pack of stray dogs in Uttar Pradesh, India

dog attack
A 30-year-old woman in India was brutally mauled and killed by a pack of stray dogs while walking home.

The incident occurred in the Amroha district of Uttar Pradesh on Monday evening. The woman, identified as Nathia, was on her way home with cattle fodder when the dogs attacked her. Nathia lost consciousness by the time people became aware of the attack. She was rushed to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries, Times Now reported.

According to the woman's family, Nathia had critical wounds on her face, stomach and throat. She had been bitten several times all over her body.

Ice Cube

It's so cold in the eastern Mediterranean, the Aegean Sea in Greece is freezing

greece sea ice
© Greek Reporter
Sea ice appeared in northern Greece as sub-zero Celsius temperatures followed the blizzard
Sea froze in Greece in a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon that appeared on Tuesday at the village Sagiada in Thesprotia, Epirus. Sea ice, usually found in more northern and polar oceans, appeared in Greece as the country was hit with sub-zero temperatures.

Comment: Once in a liftetime? That remains to be seen...

Videos uploaded on social media show a thin layer of ice on the surface of the sea, which is unique in Greece. Sea Ice usually occurs in northern Atlantic, Arctic and Antarctic, not Greece.

Sea ice is simply frozen salt water. It forms, grows, and melts in the ocean. In contrast, icebergs, glaciers, ice sheets, and ice shelves all originate on land. Sea ice occurs in both the Arctic and Antarctic as well as the northern Atlantic.

Snowflake Cold

Rare Middle East snow brings both joy and misery

Children build a snowman in front of the Dome of the Rock, in Jerusalem’s Old City, January 27, 2022.
Children build a snowman in front of the Dome of the Rock, in Jerusalem’s Old City, January 27, 2022.
Snow carpeted Jerusalem and the eastern Mediterranean Thursday as a rare storm turned the holy city into a winter wonderland but brought misery to the region's Syrian refugees.

The cold snap, which has already caused major disruption in Athens and Istanbul, saw heavy snowfall in areas better known for their summer heat.

In the alleyways of Jerusalem's walled Old City, children pelted each other with slushy snowballs after the first flakes fell late on Wednesday.

By morning, snow crowned the golden-tipped Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam's third holiest site and carpeted the esplanade in front of the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray.

Israel's meteorological service reported that between 15 and 25 centimetres of snow had fallen overnight.

Cloud Precipitation

Madagascar, Mozambique and Malawi - Tropical Storm Ana death toll climbs to at least 70

Floods in Chikwawa, Malawi, after Tropical Storm Ana, January 2022.
© Malawi Red Cross
Floods in Chikwawa, Malawi, after Tropical Storm Ana, January 2022.
At least 70 people have now died after as a result of floods and severe weather in Madagascar, Mozambique and Malawi over the last few days. Flooding began after heavy rain in Madagascar on 17 January, and worsened after heavy rain brought by Tropical Storm Ana which passed over the countries from 22 January 2022.


Heavy rain affected areas of Analamanga Region in Madagascar, including the capital Antananarivo, several days before Tropical Storm Ana passed over the island. At least 10 fatalities were reported as of 19 January.

Since then the country's disaster management agency BNGRC reports that a total of 41 people have now died as a result of sever weather since 17 January 2022. Furthermore 110,394 people have been affected across 10 regions of the country: Analamanga, Mangoro, Atsinanana, Boeny, Diana, Matsiatra Ambony, Sofia, Vakinankaratra, Analanjirofo and Itasy. Around 10,000 houses have been damaged and as of 26 January, 71,781 people had been displaced from their homes, including 55,859 in Analamanga.

BNGRC reported some people in areas of the capital and Analamanga had started to return to their homes after levels of the Ikopa and Sisaony rivers had started to fall.

Snowflake Cold

Bomb cyclone threatens New England region Jan 28-29, 2022

Bomb cyclone New England January 28-29 2022
© Strange Sounds
Bomb cyclone threat for New England January 28-29 2022
A still-developing winter storm is set to become a major nor'easter that will bombard New England with heavy snow and blizzard conditions this weekend.

Winter storm watches were issued for portions of eastern Massachusetts, eastern Connecticut and Rhode Island on Wednesday in anticipation of some of the worst conditions from the storm.

The watches will go into effect at 12 a.m. on Saturday. Areas farther south in the mid-Atlantic will not escape the storm as several inches of snow and major travel disruptions are expected.

"The area that we think will be hit the hardest and will be at risk for closures will be central and eastern Long Island to New England," AccuWeather Chief On-Air Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said.