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Mount Etna spews lava again after spectacular explosions

Mount Etna

Mount Etna
Europe's largest volcano, Mount Etna, is spewing lava again after a number of explosions signalled an increase in volcanic activity.


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Strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes Solomon Islands

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes Solomon Islands
© AFP
A 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit the Solomon Islands on Monday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The powerful quake struck just after 4 pm (0500 GMT) at a depth of 17.7 kilometres (11 miles) some 140 kilometres (90 miles) southeast of the Pacific nation's capital Honiara, the USGS added.

The Solomon Islands Met Service said there was no tsunami threat from the undersea quake.

Garedd Porowai, marketing team leader for Solomon Islands Tourism, said the tremor was "not the biggest" he had felt but it "gave us quite a jolt here in the office".

There was no visible evidence of damage in Honiara's central business district, he added.

Wolf

Herder woman saves husband from wolf attack in Mongolia

Wolf
© wikipedia
A herder woman saved her husband from a wolf attack in western Mongolia with an axe, the country's state-owned news agency Montsame reported Friday.

The incident occurred in Nogoonnuur soum in western Mongolia's Bayan-Ulgii province on Wednesday.

"My husband rushed outside when he heard a dog barking and saw a wolf in front of the fence near our livestock animals," the woman, in her 40s, was quoted as saying. "The wolf then attacked him."

Cloud Precipitation

Further severe weather in Madagascar leads to 26 dead, 15 missing after floods in 7 regions (UPDATE)

floods
Further severe weather has affected parts of Madagascar over the last few days.

On 21 January FloodList reported that at least 6 people had died in floods and landslides in several parts of the country during a period of heavy rainfall from 07 January, with more severe weather forecast.

Since then the country's National Office for Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC) has reported further severe flooding in at least 7 regions of the country.

On 23 January, BNGRC said that 13 people have died in recent flooding, which has affected over 47,000 people in the regions of Diana, Boeny, Analamanga, Melaky, Sofia, Betsiboka and Alaotra Mangoro.


Comment: Update: Floodlist reports on Jan 26th:
The government of Madagascar has declared a national disaster in the face of ongoing torrential rain and flooding in the country.

The National Office for Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC) said that as many as 26 people have now died as a result of the recent severe weather, with 15 people reported missing.

Almost 93,000 people have now been affected, with the regions of Alaotra Mangoro (3 fatalities), Analamanga, Betsiboka (9), Boeny (13), Diana, Melaky and Sofia (1) among the worst affected.

Flooding and heavy rains have also caused severe material damages, in particular to housing. According to BNGRC, more than 10,000 homes have been flooded, with 46 completely destroyed. National roads are still cut in several locations. BNGRC said around 12,000 people have been displaced.

The government has distributed food, water treatment kits and medicine to affected areas and President Andry Rajoelina visited affected areas on 24 January. Rajoelina said many had been rescued by boats and helicopters but there still more victims in desperate need of help and relief.

Flood rescues in Madagascar, January 2020.
© Office of the President of Madagascar
Flood rescues in Madagascar, January 2020.



Cloud Precipitation

Floods and landslides kill at least 30 in Minas Gerais, Brazil - highest rainfall ever in Belo Horizonte (UPDATE)

Houses hit by flooding in Minas Gerais state.
© AP
Houses hit by flooding in Minas Gerais state.
At least 14 people have died after record rain caused flash flooding and landslides in Minas Gerais State in southeast Brazil.

The disaster comes just days after the deadly floods in Espirito Santo on 17 to 18 January, where 6 people died.

Minas Gerais Civil Defence reported 14 people have died in the Greater Belo Horizonte area, including in Belo Horizonte city and the municipalities of Ibirité and Betim. Many of the fatalities occurred as a result of landslides. Civil Defence added that 7 people have been injured and around 3,500 evacuated or left homeless.

Roads were turned to rivers as flood water raged through streets of the Greater Belo Horizonte area. Flooding and landslides damaged or destroyed buildings, including a city hospital. Belo Horizonte Civil Defence said that teams attended over 470 incidents of landslides and flooding across the region on 24 January, 2020.


Comment: Update: Sky News reports on Jan 26th:
Brazil: 30 killed in flooding and landslides after two days of torrential rain

Seventeen people are missing and 2,600 have been evacuated from their homes after 48 hours of heavy rain.

At least 30 people have died after two days of heavy rain caused flooding and landslides in southeast Brazil.

Seventeen people have been listed as missing and 2,600 were evacuated from their houses in Minas Gerais state, which has been buffeted by 48 hours of torrential rain.

Photos show people, including children, swimming through some of the flooded streets.

A child swims through a flooded street in Anama, Amazonas state

A child swims through a flooded street in Anama, Amazonas state
More rain is expected in Minas Gerais as well as other parts of Brazil, including Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

Around 2,600 people have been evacuated from their homes

Around 2,600 people have been evacuated from their homes

Around 2,600 people have been evacuated from their homes
On Saturday, the number of deaths stood at 11.

The fatalities were reported in the state capital of Belo Horizonte and in the state's interior.

The governor of Minas Gerais, Romeu Zema, will fly over the affected areas on Sunday to evaluate the damage.

The announcement of the deaths comes the same day as mourners elsewhere in Minas Gerais observe the first anniversary of a mining dam collapse that killed at least 250 people.



Cloud Precipitation

Freak hailstorm and flash floods strike Malaga, Spain

Cars have been left stacked upon one another in Campanillas

Cars have been left stacked upon one another in Campanillas
Malaga has reactivated its emergency protocol after areas of the province have been left heavily damaged by a fresh onslaught of stormy weather.

In Campanillas, cars have been dragged and stacked upon one another while another was thrown through a bank's shop window by more than metre-high rapids.

Maqueda, too, has been hit hard, with both areas seeing dozens of homes and businesses completely flooded.

The cost of the damage is estimated to be in the millions as the Andalucian president Juanma Moreno is set to visit Campanillas today.



Info

Ice Age Farmer Report: Coronavirus & empty shelves: Global bean shortage

no beans
Coronavirus has captured the worlds attention -- but have you noticed grocery stores struggling to keep food on the shelves? Whole Foods distributor goes bankrupt as dry bean prices are skyrocketing after 50%+ crop loss, causing global repercussions. Keep your eye on the ball, and start growing food.


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Shallow 5.6-magnitude quake hits off Amatignak Island, Alaska - USGS

Earthquake seismograph
A 5.6-magnitude earthquake jolted 65 km SW of Amatignak Island, Alaska at 0631 GMT on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 1.0 km, was initially determined to be at 50.924 degrees north latitude and 179.875 degrees west longitude.

Comment: A few days ago a shallow magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck near Adak, Alaska.


Bug

Unprecedented swarms of voracious locusts to hit East Africa, Mideast, leaving behind barren earth

locust
© European Press Agency
In just one day, a swarm of locusts the size of Paris could eat the same amount of food as half the population of France
A real plague of pests has been forecast for the region that saw unprecedented rainfall over the last three months of 2019, with the scale of it reaching well beyond the Horn of Africa, where it all started.

A United Nations report, cited in a press conference Friday, warns that petrifyingly large swarms of locusts are expected to hit East Africa, and the timeline is no less frightening - in the next few months, making it the worst infestation in Ethiopia for the past 25 years, and in Kenya in 70 years.

The invasion poses "an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods" in the area, says a report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), adding that the issue is "extremely" acute in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia, where locusts have already descended in eye-watering numbers - up to 150 million jumping critters per square kilometre (0.39 square miles.)

Comment: Another sign of Earth's environmental imbalance? A symbol of the elites' rapaciousness? Out-breaks seem to be increasing in the last five years


Snowflake Cold

New cold records set in Russia

TEMPS
Not much ice will be melting a -56C (-68.8F).

Every day of the past week in the Magadan region the frosts grew stronger, and over the past day the air temperature dropped below the norm by 8.5 degrees.

But in continental areas, temperature set new records. In the village of Talon, on January 24, the temperature dropped to -46.2C (-51.1 F), which is 0.2 degrees below the previous record set in 1978.

Comment: The latest report from the Yakutsk region has the temperature dropping to -70C on the morning of the 25th: