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Cold wave hits South Korea with heavy snow

Workers clear snow on runway at Jeju
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Workers clear snow on runway at Jeju International Airport on Sunday.
Over the Christmas weekend, extreme cold with heavy snowfall hit large parts of Korea, with temperatures dropping to as low as minus 25.4 degrees Celsius in some regions and heavy snow leading to flight cancellations.

With the mercury beginning to fall from Saturday afternoon, the capital city's Sunday morning low reached minus 16 C, the coldest temperature in December in nearly 41 years. The lowest temperature ever recorded in Seoul in December was minus 16.2 C on Dec. 29, 1980.

The cold continued throughout the afternoon, with temperatures remaining under minus 7 C in the afternoon.

According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, cold wave alerts were issued in most regions in Korea over the weekend.

Cloud Lightning

Moment an umbrella is vaporised into a ball of flames after it is struck by lightning - security guard holding it miraculously survives in Indonesia

This is the incredible moment an umbrella being held by a security guard bursts into a ball of flames and sparks after it was struck by lightning.

The umbrella was zapped by a bolt which caused the man holding it to collapse.

Footage of the incident was filmed at a depot in the village of Sukapura in Cilincing, North Jakarta.

In the footage, the security guard walks across an open courtyard with an umbrella when lightning strikes.


6.1-magnitude earthquake hits 140 km east of Levuka, Fiji - USGS

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted 140 km east of Levuka, Fiji at 15:42:56 GMT on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 626.51 km, was initially determined to be at 18.0804 degrees south latitude and 179.3607 degrees west longitude.


Heavy snow falls across wide areas facing Sea of Japan - up to 32 inches in 24 hours

Pedestrians trudge through deep snow
© Shuichi Doi
Pedestrians trudge through deep snow accumulating in central Aomori on Dec. 25.
Heavy snow was forecast over northern and western parts of the country facing the Sea of Japan on Dec. 26 and warnings were issued urging residents to be vigilant against snow storms, surging waves and the deep chill.

The bad weather is expected to continue until Dec. 28, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency, citing a winter pressure pattern with a severe cold air mass spreading above the archipelago.

The agency also warned that low-lying areas on the Pacific side of Japan could experience heavy snow.

Over the 24-hour period through 2 p.m. on Dec. 26, Myoko in Niigata Prefecture recorded the largest single-day snowfall of 82 centimeters, followed by 72 cm in Daisen, Tottori Prefecture, and 69 cm in Minakami, Gunma Prefecture.


Arizona Snowbowl sees 22 inches of snow in 2 days

Arizona SnowbowL
Arizona Snowbowl saw lots of snowfall on Christmas 2021.

By afternoon on Christmas Day, nearly a foot of snow fell within the last 24 hours. In the last 48 hours, nearly two feet of snow fell.

More than half of the resort's trails have opened for the season, and the remaining lifts that haven't opened, are expected to be reopened on Dec. 25.

"We now have 63% of our trails open and 100% of our lifts are expected to open today," said officials with the resort.

Arrow Down

Colorado backcountry skier is killed after being buried by Christmas Eve avalanche

The area where the victim's body was later recovered by rescue crews from Jackson County and the Diamond Peaks Ski Patrol

The area where the victim's body was later recovered by rescue crews from Jackson County and the Diamond Peaks Ski Patrol
A Colorado backcountry skier died after he was buried alive in an avalanche on Christmas Eve.

On Friday an unidentified backcountry skier got caught in a 250-feet wide avalanche in Colorado on the northeast-facing slope on the South Diamond Peak near Cameron Pass around 2 pm, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center said.

The victim's partner was able to find him with a transceiver and probe pole and dig him out of the snow, but by then it was already too late.

The victim's body was later recovered by rescue crews from Jackson County and the Diamond Peaks Ski Patrol.


Surfer killed in shark attack at California beach, officials say

Great white shark
A male surfer was killed in a shark attack in Morro Bay, California, on Christmas Eve, the Morro Bay Harbor Department confirmed to CNN.

"Harbor, Police and Fire Departments responded to a report of a male victim unresponsive on the beach after he was pulled from the water suffering from an apparent shark attack," the Harbor Department said in a statement.

Officials located the male surfer at 10:48 a.m. PT off Morro Bay State Park beach, according to Harbor Director Eric Endersby. Morro Bay is 15 miles west of San Luis Obispo.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.


Waterspout filmed off the coast of Probolinggo City, Indonesia

Tourists at Mayangan Harbor, Probolinggo City were panicked by the appearance of a tornado in the middle of the sea on Thursday (23/12).

The waterspout, also known as the elephant trunk phenomenon, rotates and shifts to the north near Gili Ketapang Island.

Residents who were relaxing or who were soaking on the beach finally ran away because they were afraid that a tornado would approach them.

The natural phenomenon was recorded by a resident named Gogon Haroem and then re-uploaded on a number of social media until it went viral.

The tornado appeared around 17.00 WIB at that time, the sky was drizzling and overcast.


Tongans warned of acid rain after volcanic eruption

White gaseous clouds rise from the Hunga Ha'apai eruption, seen from near Tonga's capital Nuku'alofa
© Mary Lyn
White gaseous clouds rise from the Hunga Ha'apai eruption, seen from near Tonga's capital Nuku'alofa
A toxic cloud spewing from an erupting volcano in Tonga could dump acid rainfall across the Pacific kingdom, potentially poisoning drinking water and damaging people's skin and eyes, emergency services have warned.

The remote Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted Monday, sending plumes 18 kilometres (11 miles) into the air, Tonga Geological Services (TGS) said.

Police reported no injuries from the eruption but TGS said late Tuesday that the dust and gas could result in acidic rainfall if mixed with water in the atmosphere.

It advised residents to remove guttering systems from their rainwater storage systems until the all-clear was given.


Impressive footage of waterspout in Croatia

© Screenshot/News Online Network/Instagram
An impressive sight on the island of Korčula greeted locals on Christmas Eve as a waterspout made its way through the channel.

Not a common occurrence on the island, but there have been a couple in recent years, a waterspout is an intense columnar vortex that occurs over a body of water. In the common form, it is a non-supercell tornado over water. They are often weaker than most the land tornadoes.

Footage of the waterspout, which was captured from the Old Town of Korčula just after 10 am on Christmas Eve, was published by News Online Network.

Check out the footage of the waterspout below.