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Fagradalsfjall Volcano spews fire again in Iceland

In full swing again.
© mbl.is/Kristinn Magnússon
In full swing again.
After taking an apparent break for eight and a half days, the main crater by Fagradalsfjall, Southwest Iceland, once again began spewing fire into the air on Saturday, mbl.is reports.

Scientists visited the site that day and made some interesting discoveries, according to the Facebook page the Volcanology and Natural Disaster Team of the University of Iceland, where they posted the accompanying videos. The team points out that there is every indication the eruption did not stop during this pause in surface activity. Clearly, the opening of the main vent clogged up, preventing magma from flowing into it.


La Palma volcano (Canary Islands): strong seismic swarm suggests magma intruding at depth

A strong earthquake swarm started under the area of La Cumbre Vieja volcano in the southern part of the Island yesterday. So far, more than 350 tremors have been detected, including 14 quakes of magnitudes above 3.0 and 226 quakes between 2.0 and 2.9.

The strongest was a magnitude 3.4 event at 00.46 am local time this morning, which was felt by nearby residents.

Most earthquakes are at shallow depths around 8-12 km, suggesting that new magma is currently intruding into a reservoir under the volcano. Whether or not this might be leading up to new volcanic activity is impossible to say at this stage, as there seem not to be other signs of significant volcanic unrest at this stage. Similar earthquake swarms have occurred in the past as well, most recently in late Dec last year; however back then, the quakes were deeper (at around 30 km depth), which could indicate that magma has now risen higher in the volcano's underground storage systems.

La Cumbre Vieja volcano last erupted in 1971, and it is considered one of the most active volcanoes of the Canary Islands. The situation clearly merits close monitoring.

Snowflake Cold

Larry delivers record-smashing summer snow to Greenland, +"Lives at stake" in European gas shortage

A webcam still showing blizzard conditions at Summit Station, a weather research station at Greenland's highest point.
© Arctic Research Support and Logistics Services
A webcam still showing blizzard conditions at Summit Station, a weather research station at Greenland's highest point.

Hurricane-force gusts topped 100 miles per hour at Kulusuk Airport near Greenland's southeast coast, while record-smashing accumulations of summer snow battered the world's largest island.

The snow reached blizzard conditions at Summit Camp, a weather station at the island's highest point more than 10,000 feet above sea level, with winds and snow so heavy that visibility was reduced to all-but zero.

"Ex-hurricane Larry is still haunting us," wrote the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

"Any way you cut it, this is going to be one for the record books," said Josh Willis, a lead scientist with NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland mission (who I assume will soon be out of a job).


800,000 stray dog attacks in the Indian state of Kerala over past 5 years with 42 people killed

Image used for representational purposes
© Express
Image used for representational purposes
The stray dog menace was a matter of wide discussion when a 65-year-old died after being attacked by a pack while out on an evening walk last December in Kuttippuram. But even after the state government and the respective local self-governing bodies announced ambitious projects to tackle the menace, government records reveal that the number of stray dog attacks has hardly come down.

Data sourced by RTI activist Raju Vazhakkala from the health department shows that 8,09,629 incidents of stray dog attacks were reported in the state from January 2016 to July 2021. As many as 42 persons lost their lives after they were attacked by strays. This year alone, 68,765 stray dog attacks have been reported. Stray dog attacks comprise nearly 50% of all animal attack cases -- which totals 16,95,664 - reported since January 2016.


Boy mauled to death by granny's pet rottweiler in Trinidad

Mother of Amaziah Lewis 4, is comforted by a relative as she leaves K. Allen and Sons Funeral Directors, Arima on Sunday.
© Angelo Marcelle
Mother of Amaziah Lewis 4, is comforted by a relative as she leaves K. Allen and Sons Funeral Directors, Arima on Sunday.
What was supposed to be a happy visit to a house where his grandmother was housesitting in Tacarigua on Sunday took a tragic and deadly turn for the Lewis family when their youngest member Amaziah Lewis, 4, was mauled to death by the grandmother's pet rottweiler.

Police said Lewis was at the Savannah Drive, home at around 11 am when he was attacked by the dog and killed.

Residents called the police who went to the scene and shot and killed the dog.

Newsday visited the home on Sunday afternoon and spoke with Lewis' aunt Rechaeline Stewart who is also the daughter of the dog's owner who said while she was not at home at the time of the incident, she was told what happened.


Spain wildfire: More towns evacuated on Costa del Sol as soldiers deployed

The wildfire has been raging since Wednesday

The wildfire has been raging since Wednesday
Two more towns have been evacuated and soldiers are being deployed as a wildfire continues to burn on Spain's Costa del Sol.

The battle is being made more difficult by "complicated terrain and the virulent behaviour of the fire", officials said.

The blaze - in a mountainous area above the resort of Estepona, popular with British tourists - has killed one emergency worker since it started on Wednesday.

Cloud Precipitation

2 killed in floods as Storm Conson dumps up to 908mm of rain on Vietnam

Storm Conson brought heavy rainfall to Vietnam from 10 September 2021.
Storm Conson brought heavy rainfall to Vietnam from 10 September 2021.
Storm Conson brought torrential rain to parts of Vietnam from 10 September, triggering flash floods which resulted in 2 fatalities and hundreds of homes damaged.

According to figures from the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority (VDMA), in a period from 10 to early 13 September, Storm Conson dumped 908 mm of rain in Binh Tan, Quang Ngai Province. During the same period Tra Hiep in Quang Ngai recorded 807 mm of rain; Thuong Lo in Thua Thien Hue saw 772 mm; Tam Tra in Quang Nam saw 772mm; and Tra Kot in Quang Nam recorded 685 mm.

VDMA said the worst of the flooding was in Quang Ngai, where 775 houses were damaged. Flooding also affected Quang Tri (10 houses damaged), Kon Tum (07 houses), Gia Lai (03 houses). Around 750 people from 215 households were evacuated from low-lying areas in Tra Bong, Ba To and Binh Son districts in Quang Ngai province. Over 8,000 hectares of rice and crops were flooded or damaged.


Argentina shaken by 6.2 magnitude earthquake

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SAN ANTONIO DE LOS COBRES, Argentina- According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Argentina was shaken by an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 early Monday.

The quake also impacted nearby countries such as Bolivia, Chile, and Paraguay.

Preliminary data reveals the quake was occurred at a depth of about 180 km, and its strength may have been tempered by its depth below the surface, which makes it feel weaker in absolute terms.

Experts say the quake was likely felt by many in the area but probably did not cause any injuries, deaths, or significant damage.

Cloud Lightning

17 cattle killed by lightning bolt in Odisha, India

As many as 17 cattle were killed while the three persons grazing them had a narrow escape after a lightning strike at Sudhakhunta village under Telerai gram panchayat in Kalimela block of Malkangiri district.

Reportedly, Erma Kabasi, Shanti Kabasi, and Rama Madkami of the village were returning home from a nearby hill after grazing the cattle yesterday evening when lightning fell on them.

As a result, around 17 cattle were killed and the three fell unconscious. After regaining their senses, they rushed to the village and informed their family members and villagers about the incident.

Immediately, villagers rushed to the spot and found the cattle, including nine cows and eight bulls, dead. Four more cows were also found missing.


Eruption at Popocatepetl Volcano, Mexico on September 11

Eruption at Popocatepetl
The same plume from three different cameras. Popo gearing up. Thank you to Webcamsdemexico! https://www.youtube.com/user/webcamsd...