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Biggest rockfall in 60 years at UK's Jurassic Coast, more falls expected

Jurassic landslide

Huge Dorset Jurassic Coast rockfall revealed in drone footage
A huge section of a cliff on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset has collapsed on to a beach below and into the sea in the biggest UK rockfall in 60 years.

The rockfall happened just west of the south coast seaside town of Weymouth and Dorset council said more cliff was expected to be lost, with people being urged to stay away from the area. Parts of the coastal path were cordoned off.

A spokesperson for the council said: "Further movement is expected with fresh cracks affecting the fence line but not the coast path. We will monitor over the next few weeks to ensure that any further movement does not affect access.

"Now the ground is drying out, there is the possibility of more slips and falls and they can happen very quickly. For your safety, keep clear of tops and bases of cliffs when out and about."

Comment: It's likely that the rockfall is related to the rise in various and unusual sinkholes and landslides being reported all over the world:
See also: For insight into what's happening, check out SOTTs documentary Sinkholes: The groundbreaking truth

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Winter strikes back with more April snow in Hungary

© Zoltán Máthé/MTI
Snowy bicycle in Tés on April 14, 2021.
We were too hopeful last week in regard to a good weather forecast, as another snowy front arrived in the country. Seemingly, the weather does not care what month it is, as there was a real winter atmosphere in several regions of Hungary including Bakony, Kékestető, Pécs, Komárom-Esztergom county, and Normafa.

The snowfall that started on Tuesday continued overnight as the cold front and the stormy wind brought together 30 cm of snow in some settlements of Bakony.

Observers measured a snow thickness of 29 centimeters in Zirc and 24 cm in Tés. The unexpected weather has caused traffic disruptions in many parts of the country.


Hawaii: 34 earthquakes rattle world's largest active volcano, raising fears of eruption

A lava flow map of Mauna Loa on Hawaii’s Big Island
A lava flow map of Mauna Loa on Hawaii’s Big Island prepared by the US Geological Survey
Mauna Loa, the world's largest active volcano, covering half of the Big Island of Hawaii, was ratted by 34 small earthquakes on Sunday.

Though only registering small magnitudes, scientists have warned citizens that the mounting seismic activity could signal that an eruption may be possible in the near future.

There have been 155 earthquakes greater than 1.5 on the Richter scale in the past seven days, and 740 in the past month, including a 4.3 on 3 April.

Sunday's largest tremor was a 3.2 magnitude quake that struck Pahala, south of the summit of Mauna Loa at 8.08pm local time. A 3.0 tremor also struck in the afternoon.

In March, the US Geological Survey said that as the volcano continues to awaken from its slumber, it would be a good time for people to revisit their personal emergency plans in the event of an eruption.

Arrow Down

Several cars fall into sinkhole in St. Petersburg, Russia

Several cars fell into a sinkhole after a hot water pipe broke in the parking lot of a shopping centre in St. Petersburg on Monday.

Footage filmed by eyewitnesses shows the cars slowly falling into the hole.

According to the press office of the Fuel and Energy Complex, the reason behind the accident was a technological malfunction that caused a burst of the main pipeline.

The press service also added that reconstruction of the road is currently undergoing.

Better Earth

Cold weather causes unusual red algae bloom in Mexican lagoon

Santa Maria del Oro lagoon

Santa Maria del Oro lagoon
The mystic Santa Maria del Oro lagoon has turned brownish-red overnight, surprising locals and residents of Nayarit, Mexico.

The Santa Maria del Oro Laguna, nearly 2.25km long and 1.2km wide, is located inside a crater, formed by a meteorite fall thousands of years ago.

Lagoon in Mexico changes color overnight

Comment: All over the planet unusual algae blooms are occurring with an increasing frequency, and, historically, this tends to correlate with times of great shifts in climate and general upheaval:

Cloud Precipitation

17 people die as flood from heavy rainfall sweeps bus into culvert in Onitsha, Nigeria

bus flood
An eighteen seater Hummer bus loaded with passengers was swept inside a culvert at Lagos park axis of Enugu-Onitsha express road following Sunday night downpour, killing seventeen out of eighteen passengers on board, IgbereTV reports.

Eighteen people were in the bus and only two people were found while they are trying to break the culvert filled with debris to pull out others trapped.

One survivor (a woman) was rushed to Toronto hospital, Upper Iweka while rescue operation continued.

Speaking on the incident, the Medical Director of Toronto Hospital, Onitsha, Dr. Emeka Eze, advised drivers to be perceptive to the nature of roads and routes noting that some portions of the road are bad and the environmental condition not conducive during rainy season.

Cloud Precipitation

Damaging flash floods sweep through Villavicencio, Colombia

Flood damage in Villavicencio Colombia, April
© Municipality of Villavicencio
Flood damage in Villavicencio Colombia, April 2021
Heavy rain caused flash floods in the city of Villavicencio in Meta Department of Colombia.

Heavy rain fell from 11 April, triggering severe floods across Villavicencio. Local government said 200 families were affected. Emergency teams were attending incidents at 31 points of the city. Local media said at least 50 people were evacuated.

Colombia's Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (IDEAM) reported that the Guayuriba River at Villavicencio reached 6.2 metres on 12 April, above the danger mark of 6 metres.

Civil Defence in Colombia reported floods in other areas of Meta during the same period, with homes damaged in Guamal and Granada.

Earlier this month Civil Defence reported floods in El Dorado municipality, 06 to 07 April. Around 100 homes were damaged and 400 people affected.


Wild weather: Waterspout spotted over Napier, New Zealand

Waterspouts have been spotted ripping through Napier amid large thunderstorms pummelling across the North Island.

Aimee Whiting noticed the waterspout - which is a water funnel resembling a tornado - from Emerson St in the town's CBD, calling it "pretty crazy".

The wild wet water was due to a low-pressure system crossing the North Island, the MetService said.

Forecasters reported showers, squally thunderstorms and hail from the Tasman Sea was due to hit in the afternoon and would likely stick around until midnight.


Several funnel cloud sightings across southern Ontario

Delaware, ON.
© Jordyn
Delaware, ON.
There were several reports of funnel clouds across southwestern Ontario Monday afternoon.

Conditions were just right for the formation of several funnel clouds across southern Ontario Monday afternoon, prompting Environment Canada to issue a weather advisory for London and surrounding areas, which remained in place until 8 pm.

These types of funnel clouds are generated by weak rotation under rapidly growing clouds or even weak thunderstorms, when temperatures aloft are especially cold relative to the lower levels of the atmosphere.

"This temperature contrast creates instability, which causes clouds to grow vertically and stretches a column of the atmosphere," explains Michael Carter, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.


Two pygmy sperm whales die after washing up on Mahia Beach, New Zealand

A pygmy sperm whale about four metres in length beached itself at Mahia beach on April 10.
A pygmy sperm whale about four metres in length beached itself at Mahia beach on April 10.
A pygmy sperm whale was euthanised and another, which appeared injured, died after washing up on Mahia beach

The Department of Conservation (DOC) received a report that two pygmy sperm whales were stranded on Mahia Beach in the morning on April 9.

One measured two metres in length and the other four metres, which suggested they may have been an adult and a calf. Both were back out at sea before DOC arrived onsite.

But DOC east coast operations manager Chris Visser​ said the smaller whale beached itself again a few hours later.