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'Weak explosion' & unusual seismic signals recorded at Mount Pinatubo - last erupted in 1991, considered 2nd largest eruption of the 20th century

FILE - The crater lake formed after Mt. Pinatubo erupted in 1991, shown in this file photo, has become a major attraction for outdoor enthusiasts, with trails opened in Tarlac and Zambales provinces.
A "weak explosion" was recorded at Mt. Pinatubo on Tuesday, said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

In its latest bulletin, Phivolcs said the explosion was recorded between 12:09 p.m. and 12:13 p.m.

"The event produced a plume that was detected by the Himawari-8 Satellite and reported to Phivolcs by the Tokyo Volcanic Ash Advisory Center," said Phivolcs.


Shallow 6.0-magnitude earthquake hits off Papua New Guinea

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 jolted 112 km off Kavieng, Papua New Guinea, at 10:36:18 GMT on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 3.5185 degrees south latitude and 151.1613 degrees east longitude.


Over 1 foot of snow shocks parts of Hudson Valley, New York - 16.5 inches of snowfall in Averill Park

Despite not much snow in the forecast, a number of local residents actually dealt with over one foot of "surprise" snow.

lHowever, parts of the upper Hudson Valley actually received over a foot of "surprise" snow Friday into Saturday!

"Everything comes together in a situation like this, to cause a localized heavy snow event over a rather small geographical area. The higher elevations saw in excess of ONE FOOT of snow from this difficult to predict event." Hudson Valley Weather stated. "Guidance suggested that a coating to 2 inches was likely in eastern Columbia county... but the actual result was dramatically different. The combination of available moisture, cold NW wind in just the correct direction, resulted in elevation enhanced snowfall. Part of what makes the Hudson Valley a unique area to experience unique weather events."


4 killed, 38 injured in heavy storms that battered Turkey

At least four people, including a foreign national, died and dozens of others were injured on Monday after heavy storms hit Turkey's biggest city Istanbul and its surrounding regions, the governor's office said.

Two women died in Istanbul's and Sultangazi districts, while a construction worker died when a collapsing wall crushed him in the northern province of Zonguldak.

Seas overflowed and roofs blew away in some provinces of Izmir, Kocaeli and Bursa. Turkey's weather agency issued an orange-level storm warning for 17 provinces, the second-highest of the four danger levels, and a yellow alert, the third-highest danger level, for 35 provinces.

In a statement on Twitter, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca confirmed four people lost their lives and 38 people were injured as of 5:30 p.m.

Comment: In addition there was a huge landslide on a roadway in the province of Urdu on November 29.

View also: Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Strange winds blowing across the Earth


Flock of 150 starlings drops from the sky in Galician city, Spain

Flock of 150 starlings drops from the sky in Galician city.

Flock of 150 starlings drops from the sky in Galician city.
A flock of about 150 starlings died around 9am this Friday, November 26. The flock of birds was reportedly in mid-flight, then suddenly all crashed onto Calle Alcalde Quintanilla Martinez street, in the Caranza neighborhood, of the A Coruña municipality of Ferrol.

This incredible incident saw the birds drop on top of vehicles in the street, and even onto the pedestrians who were passing by in the vicinity of the Ribera Juan Cardano Hospital. Residents quickly alerted the Ferrol Local Police force, who deployed a patrol to the Galician location.

Snowflake Cold

Giant snow drift towers at Scots wind farm following Storm Arwen

Giant snow drifts pictured at Scots wind farm
© Donald Powell
Giant snow drifts pictured at Scots wind farm
The massive ice walls were spotted at Dornell Wind Farm near Cabrach today.

Giant snow drifts pictured at Scots wind farm following Storm Arwen.

The massive ice walls were spotted at Dornell Wind Farm near Cabrach today.

Snow ploughs were forced to push through in an attempt to clear paths.


Shallow magnitude 6.3 earthquake off Japan

Major magnitude 6.3 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, Japan​

Date & time: Nov 29, 2021 12:40:43 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Monday, Nov 29, 2021 9:40 pm (GMT +9)
Magnitude: 6.3
Depth: 6.1 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 31.1809°N / 142.4851°E↗ JP.png (North Pacific Ocean, Japan)

Cloud Precipitation

Chennai in India grapples with floods again: Schools closed, traffic disrupted amid rain fury

Chennai residents are yet again grappling with waterlogging and floods after incessant rains. Many roads and subways have been closed for traffic, even as surplus water continued to be released from reservoirs.

Traffic diversions were enforced at many places and barricades were put up to caution road users. While there were disruptions in the state-run local bus services, suburban railway services were unhindered. Vehicles, mostly two-wheelers, were found stranded on several roads covered under sheets of water.

Reservoirs, including Poondi and Chembarambakkam here that cater to the drinking water needs of Chennai, released over 10,500 cusecs of surplus water in view of continuous showers in catchment areas, authorities said.

The release of surplus from Poondi dam in Tiruvallur district was stepped up (from an initial 4,253 cusecs to about 8,000 cusecs) in a phased manner up to about 12,000 cusecs by evening.


Powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake hits Peru

Video footage shows debris on a street after an earthquake, in Bagua, Peru
© AP
Video footage shows debris on a street after an earthquake, in Bagua, Peru

The U.S. Geological Survey says a strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.5 has struck in northern Peru.

The earthquake took place at 5:52 a.m. Sunday local time (10:52 GMT).

While it was extremely strong, it was relatively deep, — measured at 112 kilometers — which usually reduces damage and casualties.

The epicentre was 42 kilometers (26 miles) north northwest of the coastal city of Barranca.

Cloud Lightning

Seasonal farm worker dies after lightning strike near Darwin, Australia

The man had left his home in Timor-Leste to work on a mango farm in Berry Springs.
© Matt Brann
The man had left his home in Timor-Leste to work on a mango farm in Berry Springs.
A 34-year-old man has died overnight in hospital after being struck by lightning earlier last week, while working on a mango farm in Berry Springs.

NT WorkSafe said in statement "preliminary findings indicate three men were working from the back of a trailer being towed by a tractor on a mango farm when lightning struck a nearby tree."

"It appears the lightning has arced from the tree towards the trailer, injuring three workers."

The trio was taken to hospital.

Germenino De Deus, 34, was admitted to the intensive care unit at Royal Darwin Hospital and on Saturday died from his injuries.