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Sandstorm in southeastern Iran disrupts visibility and traffic

Head of the state meteorological office in Sistan and Baluchestan announced on Monday morning, that a sand storm with a speed of 112 kilometers per hour hit Zabul in the north of the province, reducing visibility to 300 meters.

"Dust from the storm in the northern part of the province is expected to gradually penetrate into some eastern and central parts of the province, reducing visibility as well as air quality," Mohsen Heydari told state-run ISNA news agency. According to a report, the sandstorm has disrupted traffic on the northern roads of the province, and in particular the Zahedan-Zabul freeway.

Red Flag

Largest underwater eruption makes new volcano bigger than Empire State Building

A stock photo showing lava pouring
A stock photo showing lava pouring into the ocean at Kīlauea Volcanic eruption in Hawaii on the Big Island, unrelated to the underwater volcano. Scientists have recorded the largest underwater volcanic eruption of lava, which created a new volcano on the seafloor in the Indian Ocean.
The largest underwater eruption ever recorded has created a volcano on the seafloor that is 2,690 feet tall.

The volcano, which is twice as tall as the Empire State Building, was not present off the eastern coast of the island of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean before an earthquake shook the island 2018.

The underwater seismic event generated over 11,000 detectable earthquakes in what the authors of a Nature paper documenting it describes as a "major magmatic event." The event, which caused the deformation of the seafloor was so great it was registered beyond the Indian Ocean and around the globe.

"Volcanic eruptions shape Earth's surface and provide a window into deep Earth processes," the authors said. "This is the largest active submarine eruption ever documented."


Hundreds of birds suddenly drop dead from the sky in cemetery on Bali, Indonesia

Hundreds of dead sparrows have been found dead in a cemetery
Hundreds of dead sparrows have been found dead in a cemetery
On September 9, 2021, footage was released of hundreds of sparrows falling from the sky and dying in Bali's Gianyar regency, with authorities initially dumbfounded by the whole situation.

The incident occurred in a cemetery, and was recorded by a local who could be heard being extremely puzzled at the sight of hundreds of dead (or nearly dead) avians on the ground.

Reports coming from the area indicated that the mass die-off happened immediately after a period of rainfall and heavy wind, and some social portals even guessed that it was the weather conditions that had caused the phenomenon.


Mysterious 'bird flu' feared to have wiped out 7,000 seabirds in the north-east of Crimea, Russia

Dead birds scattered along the Sivash Bay in Crimea
© Grigory Prokopov
Dead birds scattered along the Sivash Bay in Crimea
A mysterious suspected 'bird flu' is feared to have wiped out thousands of seabirds.

Scientists are urgently investigating the cause of up to 7,000 deaths of black-necked grebes, sea doves, and gulls.

Disturbing videos show the dead birds along the Arabat Spit and Sivash Bay in the Azov Sea.

Harrowing footage shows one tragic bird still alive but with evident damage to its nervous system, losing its orientation.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rain triggers floods and deadly landslides in West Sumatra, Indonesia - 7 killed

Rescuers search through landslide debris in Padang Pariaman Regency, Indonesia, September 20201.
© BPBD Padang Pariaman Regency
Rescuers search through landslide debris in Padang Pariaman Regency, Indonesia, September 20201.
Seven people have died after heavy rain caused landslides and flooding in Pariaman Regency, West Sumatra Province, Indonesia.

Severe weather including strong winds and heavy rain struck on 29 September 2021. An eight victim died as a result of wind damage.

The heavy rain caused at least 9 landslides in the area, according to disaster officials, with the most severe reported in Lubuk Alung district. Seven people died, 5 were injured and 280 families were affected.

Flooding also affected the area, with flood waters up 2 metres deep reported. A total of 338 houses were damaged, with 12 severely damaged or destroyed. Wide areas of crops and dozens of vehicles were also damaged.


Major magnitude 7.3 earthquake in South Pacific Ocean, Vanuatu Islands region

Major magnitude 7.2 earthquake at 525 km depth

Date & time: Oct 2, 2021 06:29:18 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 6:29 pm (GMT +12)
Magnitude: 7.2
Depth: 525.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 21.06°S / 174.76°E↗

Comment: Later revised to a 7.3 magnitude by USGS.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods and strong hailstorm sweep the city of Puebla, Mexico

Flash floods and a strong hail storm sweep the city of Puebla, Mexico

Snowflake Cold

September blizzard hits Chukotka, Russia

September blizzard hit Chukotka, Russia! Lessons in schools have been canceled, buses have stopped, and the airport does not accept flights. The snow cyclone will rage for at least another day.

Arrow Down

Debris crashes down onto tunnel as landslide strikes SW China

Debris crashed down onto a tunnel as a mountain landslide occurred on September 30 at the entrance of Xier tunnel on the G347 line in Heishui County of Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Sichuan Province.

Cloud Precipitation

Large hailstones pound areas of Uruguay

Strong hailstorms hit Uruguay this Thursday. According to the Uruguayan Institute of Meteorology (Inumet), the storms hit points in the departments of Florida and Rivera.

The ice blocks in some localities were large, as in the case of Vichadero, in Rivera, very close to the Aceguá municipality, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, on the border of the two countries. The warm air that advances from the north favored the formation of clouds of great vertical development over the Uruguayan territory this Thursday.