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Caribbean island residents told to evacuate as dormant volcanoes come back to life

La Soufriere began spewing ash along with gas
© La Soufriere began spewing ash along with gas University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre
La Soufriere began spewing ash along with gas and steam, in addition to the formation of a new volcanic dome, caused by lava reaching the Earth’s surface
Officials issued alerts on the island chain of St Vincent and the Grenadines, home to more than 100,000 people, as scientists rushed to study the renewed activity.

The government raised the alert level to orange for the volcano La Soufriere indicating it could erupt within 24 hours, and recommended people living nearby should leave their homes immediately.

La Soufriere began spewing ash along with gas and steam, in addition to the formation of a new volcanic dome caused by lava reaching the Earth's surface, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency said.

Snowflake Cold

Coldest New Year's Day in Delhi for 15 years

Cold weather in Delhi
© Sandeep Saxena
Staff at a government office being welcomed in a style with drum beats on the first day of New Year even as a severe cold wave swept the capital.
A severe cold wave swept through Delhi on New Year's Day as the mercury plummeted to 1.1 degrees Celsius, the lowest in 15 years, and "very dense" fog lowered visibility to "zero" metres, affecting traffic movement.

On January 8, 2006, the city had recorded a minimum of 0.2 degree Celsius. The all-time record is minus 0.6 degrees Celsius registered in January, 1935.

The lowest minimum temperature recorded in January last year was 2.4 degrees Celsius, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the IMD's regional forecasting centre, said "very dense" fog lowered visibility to "zero" metres at Safdarjung and Palam at 6 a.m.

According to the IMD, "very dense" fog is when visibility is between 0 and 50 metres. In case of "dense" fog, visibility is between 51 and 200 metres, "moderate" 201 and 500 metres, and "shallow" 501 and 1,000 metres.

The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative data for the city, recorded a minimum of 1.1 degrees Celsius, the lowest in January in 15 years.

Comment: 26-year October cold record broken in Delhi, India

Snowflake Cold

20 weather stations in China reach or break lowest temperatures recorded for December, affecting 80% of the country

Cold wave sweeps across China

Cold wave sweeps across China
Many people across China are ending the year on a chilly note.

A strong cold wave from the south has swept the central and eastern parts of the country since Monday, prompting the National Meteorological Center to issue its highest cold wave warning alert for the first time in four years.

Some 20 weather stations across the country have reached or broken the lowest temperatures recorded for December since such record keeping began. Meanwhile, Beijing's Foyeding meteorological station recorded -26.4 degrees Celsius, and Shanghai Pudong recorded -6.2 degrees Celsius late Tuesday night — both lower than the temperatures compared with previous years.

Snowflake Cold

Parts of Japan see record low temperatures, down to -32C° (-25.6F°)

The outside of Sukayu Onsen in late December 2012.
© Nogiuchi via Wikimedia Commons
The outside of Sukayu Onsen in late December 2012.
Japan is home to the snowiest inhabited place on Earth and has many world-renowned ski resorts.

A record breaking low pressure system, now centred over the Aleutian Archipelago in Western Alaska, is transporting the coldest airmass on the planet from Siberia and over the Pacific Ocean. This system triggered record low temperatures in many locations across northern Japan during the last week of 2020, with Horokanai bottoming out at a bone-chilling -32.6°C and many nearby regions seeing temperatures around -30°C.

This system also brought enormous amounts of snow to Japan that has many winter sport fans around the world impressed.

Comment: View videos here: Heavy snow continues in mountainous areas of Japan - up to 2 meters


Heavy snow continues in mountainous areas of Japan - up to 2 meters

Snow caused by a powerful frigid air mass is intensifying mainly in mountainous areas along the Sea of Japan coast on New Year's Day.

The Meteorological Agency says heavy snow is falling along the Japan Sea side of the Hokuriku and Tohoku regions.

Snow has accumulated in mountainous areas and on lower ground. At 6 a.m. on Friday, there were two meters of snow in Okura Village in Yamagata Prefecture, and 141 centimeters in Uonuma City in Niigata Prefecture.

The snow is expected to continue through Sunday. More snow will likely accumulate on the plains as well.


Mysterious explosive sound and massive flash rattles Elk Grove, California

An explosion and massive flash rocked an Elk Grove neighborhood in the middle of the night.

The flash was captured in home surveillance video from Feickert Drive.

The Elk Grove Police Department said the incident is just one example of loud booms people have been reporting for weeks.

"We both jumped out of bed because one of the pictures fell from the wall," said Amy Mantanane.


Elephant disembowels man, tramples him to death in Kenya

File photo: An elephant is pictured at the Tsavo East National Park in Kenya, nearby to where a man was disemboweled and trampled to death on December 30.
File photo: An elephant is pictured at the Tsavo East National Park in Kenya, nearby to where a man was disemboweled and trampled to death on December 30.
A man was disemboweled and trampled to death by an elephant in a vicious attack in Makueni, Kenya.

Charles Mutisya, 73, was killed on Wednesday morning while tending to his farm in the Nthunguni area of Kibwezi East sub-county.

The wild animal had strayed from the nearby Tsavo East National Park when it attacked the elderly man around 7 a.m.

"Police from Mtito Andei police station and Kenya Wildlife Services rangers visited the scene of the incident and found the body having visible injuries with intestines hanging outside the stomach," Makueni County Police Commander Joseph Ole Naipeyan told Kenya News Agency on Wednesday.

Comment: Elephants have also killed during the past week in Nepal and in the Indian states of Orissa (2 deaths), Karnataka, Tamil Nadu (2) and Assam.


Сars washed away by floodwater in Sao Paulo, Brazil

In the Brazilian state of São Paulo, in the Capao Redondo region, a heavy downpour caused flooding. The water washed away the parked cars. Eyewitnesses of this event filmed the flood and shared it on social networks.

Arrow Down

Hundreds of dead birds found in Rome after New Year fireworks

dead birds
© Roma Today
Hundreds of dead birds covered a central Rome street in the aftermath of last night's fireworks for New Year.

The birds, believed to be starlings, were found at the Termini train station end of Via Cavour by a motorist who posted footage of the disturbing scene on YouTube.

The disorientated birds, startled by the explosions, are thought to have died after flying into windows and high voltage electricity cables just after midnight.

The incident occurred amid a New Year firework ban which was completely ignored, as in previous years, leading to numerous cases of dogs running away from their homes in fear.

Snowflake Cold

Provisional world record for high air pressure set in Mongolia as majority of Asia hit by historic cold

Mongolia air pressure record

A new world record for high air pressure has provisionally been set in a high mountain valley in Mongolia.

An automatic weather station in Tsetsen-Uul, western Zavkhan province, recorded a mean sea-level pressure of 1,094.3 millibars along with bitter temperatures of -45.5C (50F).

If verified, it will top the previous world record of 1089.4 millibars also set in Mongolia exactly 16 years ago on Dec. 30.

Stephen Burt, a research fellow in meteorology at the University of Reading, told The Independent: "This looks as if it's a genuine record, it's from an official synoptic reporting station.

"There are other stations that are reporting very high pressures as well. So this isn't just a reading error or a transmission error.

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