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Snow-covered Mt. Etna sends clouds of smoke into the sky - 40 quakes in a few days

Mount Etna, Europe's largest volcano, sends clouds of smoke up to the sky amid a period of intensified volcanic activity. Over the last few days, around 40 earthquakes with a 3.8 magnitude rumbled the southern flank of the mountain.


Thousands without power in Nova Scotia after winter storm blasts Maritimes

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Thousands are without power after a winter storm brought up to 25 cm of snow to the province.

At approximately 8:30 a.m. there were approximately 20,500 Nova Scotia Power customers without electricity.

The website for Nova Scotia Power's listed 13,967 customers affected by 248 outages as of 1 p.m.

Cape Breton had the largest outages, with more than 9,000 customers without electricity in Sydney, N.S.

Estimated restoration times vary from Sunday afternoon to late evening.

Nova Scotia Power spokeswoman Andrea Anderson said the outages were caused by the region's first snowstorm of 2021, which blew across most of the province on Saturday and ended overnight.


Tropical Cyclone Imogen brings 105km/h winds to north-west Queensland

Tropical Cyclone Imogen
A satellite view of Tropical Cyclone Imogen over north-west Queensland and the Gulf of Carpentaria coast.
A tropical low has intensified overnight and formed Tropical Cyclone Imogen, which made landfall in north-west Queensland and brought 105km/h winds to the area.

However, the Bureau of Meteorology expects the category one cyclone to weaken and be downgraded to a tropical low again later on Monday. However, severe weather warnings remain in place.

Tropical Cyclone Imogen formed about 7pm on Sunday and crossed the Gulf of Carpentaria coast just to the north of Karumba, about 530 kilometres west of Cairns, about 9pm on Sunday.

It generated sustained winds near the centre of 75km/h with wind gusts up to 100km/h. A wind gust of 105km/h were recorded near Normanton on the southwestern flank of the cyclone.

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'Humongous cluster' of lightning strikes pings North Island, New Zealand - over 1600 in 2 hours

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More than 1600 lightning strikes have pinged the country in just two hours this afternoon - and MetService warns of many more to come as thunderstorms hit.

MetService recorded 1686 lightning strikes over two hours until 3pm today, including a "humongous cluster" near Dannevirke.

MetService meteorologist Tuporo Marsters expects more strikes this afternoon and evening.

"She's climbing. Most of them are right through the middle of the North Island, and the Canterbury region, close to Timaru, has had a bundle of sparks go off, and inland Dunedin."

Arrow Down

Norway landslide: Seventh body found as rescuers continue to search Gjerdrum site

Seven bodies have now been found in the search for the missing after a massive landslide that destroyed homes in Norway last week, police have said.

Four bodies were discovered on Friday and Saturday, and another three on Sunday. The first victim to be found was named as Eirik Grønole, 31.

Several people remain missing following the hillside collapse that sent mud into the village of Ask on Wednesday.

Rescuers are working to find survivors, but chances of this are fading.

Police said the latest body was recovered near where two others had been found, but they gave no further details.

Five of the victims have been identified, including a 40-year-old man and his two-year-old daughter.

Another 10 people were injured.

The king and queen of Norway visited the site of the landslide on Sunday.

Comment: Huge landslide hits residential area after large amounts of precipitation in southern Norway, 10 hurt, 26 unaccounted for


Shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolts Aleutian Islands near Alaska

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The islands, located off southwestern Alaska, belong to the northern part of a seismically active area known as the Ring of Fire, which is regularly affected by powerful earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

A powerful tremor hit 243 kilometres from Adak, Alaska, with the epicentre of the quake situated at a depth of 17 km, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

No tsunami warning has been issued by the authorities. There also have not been any reports about victims or damages caused by the quake.

Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Signs Earth's climate is starting to fall out

Record cold in China
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In the same day the highest barometric pressure reading ever recorded on Earth occurred over Mongolia, but in the N. Pacific the lowest ever recorded barometric pressure in a extratropical storm was recorded bringing five feet of snow to Japan and smashing cold records back to the Ming Dynasty in China.

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Snowflake Cold

Huge New Year's snowfalls at ski resorts in Japan - one gets over 7 feet in 3 days

Leading ski areas in Japan have reported up to a metre (40 inches) of snowfall in 72 hours to see in the New Year.

However one, Geto Kogen, has reported 220cm (over 7 feet) falling in three days, including 105cm in the past 24 hours alone.

The latest big falls come a fortnight after the country's ski areas reported up to three metres (10 feet) of snowfall in seven days in the lead up to Christmas.

According to SnowJapan.com, which published the Geto Kogen figure above, Nozawa Onsen (Pictured on New Year's Day) reported 76cm (2.5 feet) of snowfall in 48 hours over New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Niseko to the north reported an identical total as part of 1.2 metres (four feet) more snowfall in the past week. Appi Kogen has had 158cm (over five feet) of snowfall in the same period and other areas have reported similar big falls.


Lava lake continues to grow in Halema'uma'u in the Kilauea volcano, Hawaii

The lava lake within the Halema'uma'u Crater at the Kilauea volcano continues to grow on Friday, Jan. 1, nearly two weeks after the eruption resumed.


'Bomb cyclone' breaks records off Alaska - lowest ever sea level pressure for the state - 51 foot wave recorded

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Bomb cyclone off the Aleutian Islands
A ferocious and record-setting storm hammering the far western Aleutian Islands on Thursday was not expected to cause major damage to communities in the region, weather forecasters say.

That's only because of where the storm is centered: over uninhabited islands and ocean in the very far western Aleutian Islands, said Rick Thoman, a climate scientist with the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment & Policy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

"Kind of like a tornado in a cornfield versus in the center of a city," he said.

The storm, which has been described as a "bomb cyclone," has already set records for the lowest sea level pressure ever recorded in Alaska and is considered the "deepest" cyclone in the state since record keeping began in the 1950s, according to climatologist Brian Brettschneider.

Early Thursday afternoon it was windy in Adak, but not remarkably so, said Barbara Tolliver, who operates a hunting lodge with her husband on the island.