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Shallow M3 earthquake shakes homes of Teeside, UK

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Teesside has been struck by an earthquake of 3.0 magnitude which woke people up and caused homes to shake.

The tremor was felt across Stockton, Billingham, Hartlepool, Wolviston and Middlesbrough just before 06:00 GMT.

People posted on social media to say they heard a rumbling or felt their houses shake. Emergency services said they received calls but there were no reports of damage.

The website Earthquake Track said it was six miles (10km) beneath Stockton.

Comment: Despite the geologist claiming that this is fairly normal because the UK sees these kinds of quakes "three times a year", there have in fact been a significant number more - below are just some recorded in the last year:


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Shallow magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes near Adak, Alaska - USGS

The location of a magnitude 6.2 earthquake Wednesday night in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands
© Los Angeles Times
The location of a magnitude 6.2 earthquake Wednesday night in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.
An earthquake with a reviewed magnitude of 6.2 shook west of city of Adak in Alaska on Thursday, according to the US Geological Survey.

The earthquake was recorded at 5:53 a.m. UTC. The quake's epicentre was located 22 kilometres east of the Tanaga volcano, which is part of the Aleutian Islands system. The epicentre lay at a depth of 10 kilometres.

No information was received regarding casualties and destruction. The tsunami threat was not announced.


Attention

Iguanas fall from trees in south Florida as temperatures drop

Frozen iguanas falling from trees in South Florida

Iguanas falling from trees in South Florida
Cold-stunned iguanas fell from trees in South Florida Wednesday morning as temperatures in Miami hit 40 degrees - the lowest recorded there in more than nine years.

The National Weather Service in Miami issued a "falling iguanas" alert on Tuesday.

"This isn't something we usually forecast, but don't be surprised if you see Iguanas falling from the trees tonight as lows drop into the 30s and 40s," the agency tweeted Tuesday. "Brrrr!"

Some residents of South Florida tweeted photos and videos of cold-stunned iguanas Wednesday morning.


Cloud Precipitation

Storm surge from Storm Gloria reaches at least 3km inland in Spain

Storm surge flooded 3 km inland along Spain’s eastern coast 20 to 22 January 2020.
© Copernicus EMS
Storm surge flooded 3 km inland along Spain’s eastern coast 20 to 22 January 2020.
A severe storm brought powerful winds, cold temperatures, snow and coastal flooding to wide areas of Spain from 20 January. Media blamed at least 4 deaths on the storm. Satellite images show storm surge swept 3km inland in Tarragona Province, resulting in severe damage to rice paddies and the ecosystem.

The storm, named "Gloria" by the State Meteorological Agency of Spain, AEMET, produced waves of over 8 metres along the coastline of south-eastern Spain on 20 January.

AEMET reported wind gusts of 115 km/h in Oliva, Valencia, on 20 January and 106 km/h in Barcelona the next day.

Heavy rain was also reported, with Barx in Valencia recording 190.4mm of rain in 24 hours to 20 January.

The following day Horta de Sant Joan in Tarragona Province, Catalonia, recorded 227.4mm.



Comment: Storm Gloria hits eastern Spain, dumping huge amounts of snow and battering coast with record-high waves


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Wrong place, wrong time: Cape May warbler that normally winters in the West Indies turns up in Las Cruces, New Mexico

The famed Cape May warbler of Las Cruces' Tellbrook Park pauses in a mesquite in January 2020.
© Jimmy Zabriskie
The famed Cape May warbler of Las Cruces' Tellbrook Park pauses in a mesquite in January 2020.
Even on its summer breeding grounds in Canada and the northernmost states of the US, Cape May warblers are by no means common. In the eastern states, they're most often seen during migration — in fall, mostly moving through the Appalachian Mountains and along the Atlantic coast, and in spring, usually east of the Mississippi Valley. They are extremely rare throughout the West. The great majority winters in the West Indies, with a few in southernmost Florida and along the Caribbean coast. Thus, for one to turn up in January most anywhere in the states but Florida, let alone a city park in Las Cruces, New Mexico, is downright astonishing, but one indeed did, at Tellbrook Park just a couple of weeks ago.

The tiny wayward bird was first spotted by a sharp-eyed local birder, who promptly reported the sighting to the online eBird community's rare bird network, and the news quickly spread. Beginning the next day, not only locals got to enjoy watching what proved to be an unusually obliging bird, but also some of the more serious birders from other parts of New Mexico traveled to see a bird that is hardly ever encountered in our state, and thereby add another species to their state or county bird list. Only once has a Cape May warbler been documented in neighboring El Paso County, that being in 1983, so this January 2020 occurrence, a definite first for Doña Ana County, was truly remarkable.

Snowflake

Snowfall blankets southern Jordan

Tafileh witnessed heavy snowfall on Tuesday
© Al Rai
Tafileh witnessed heavy snowfall on Tuesday
The Education Ministry's "abrupt" decision to cancel school on Tuesday following the circulation of videos of snowfall in the south on social media drew public criticism.

The ministry published the announcement at 7:56AM, after many teachers and students had already left their homes to begin the school day at 9am, as per the government's previous announcement on Monday.

"The decision did not consider those who left before 8am and waited in the cold for transportation, nor many of the students who left because their parents did not know about the decision," Ahmad Ameer commented on the ministry's official Facebook page.

"This decision should have been taken yesterday [Monday], as most students left and came back home. It was confusing," another comment said.

Petra witnessed heavy snowfall early in the morning, according to a Facebook post by the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA), which noted that the site was open to tourists as usual.


Snowflake

January brings record snowfall to Shuswap ski area, British Columbia - 56 inches in 9 days

A crew removes downed trees from Larch Hills cross-country ski area trails.
© Larch Hills Nordic Society
A crew removes downed trees from Larch Hills cross-country ski area trails.
Plenty of snow is usually a good thing for the Larch Hills cross-country ski trails, but January's snowfall and the accompanying downed trees has been a challenge for those who maintain the area.

"It's been really difficult," said Larch Hills Nordic Society president Ed Bouma. "I would say we've probably removed between 700 and 800 trees so far, and they're still coming down."

Bouma says it won't be until the summer when trees downed on some of the trails that aren't trackset can be removed.

Volunteers with the necessary experience have been assisting with the tree removal - a job that is not without risk. For example, while two people were cutting up two trees near one another on Larch Hills Road, another tree fell between them.

Black Cat

Mountain lion attacks small child at California park

A mountain lion attacked a 3-year-old boy and then grabbed his father's backpack and climbed into a tree in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in Trabuco Canyon, Calif., on Jan. 20, 2020.
© Orange County Sheriff's Department
A mountain lion attacked a 3-year-old boy and then grabbed his father's backpack and climbed into a tree in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in Trabuco Canyon, Calif., on Jan. 20, 2020.
A small child was attacked by a mountain lion at a Southern California park on Monday, causing authorities to evacuate the scene while they raced to capture the wild cat.

A 3-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital after the animal grabbed him by the neck as he and his family walked through Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in Trabuco Canyon, about an hour south of Los Angeles, officials said.

The child was transported to a local hospital and was listed in stable condition, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.


The attack happened at around 4:15 p.m. local time.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife gave local law enforcement the approval to euthanize the lion due to the public safety threat, the agency said.


Cloud Precipitation

Floods and landslides leave 6 dead in Madagascar, more severe weather forecast

Heavy rain caused flash floods and landslides in parts of Antananarivo, Madagascar, 08 January 2020.
© BNGRC
Heavy rain caused flash floods and landslides in parts of Antananarivo, Madagascar, 08 January 2020.
Continued heavy rain over the last 2 weeks has caused death and damage in regions of Madagascar, including the capital, Antananarivo. More severe weather has been forecast, with warnings issued for heavy rain, strong winds and rough seas.

The country's disaster agency BNGRC reported severe damage in Antananarivo after heavy rain on 08 January, 2020. According to BNGRC, 4 people died and over 40 houses were damaged or destroyed, leaving 136 people displaced and almost 400 affected.

During the same period, media reported that 2 people had been swept away by flood waters in Andapa in the northern Sava Region.
Around 60 people were rescued from the flooding.


Cloud Precipitation

Evacuations after floods in northern Argentina - 4 inches of rain in 3 hours

Floods affected urban and rural areas of Tucumán, Argentina, January 2020.

Floods affected urban and rural areas of Tucumán, Argentina, January 2020.
Over 200 people were evacuated after a storm caused flooding in Tucumán province in northwest of Argentina.

According to Télam news agency, the storm and heavy rain from 15 to 16 January 2020 caused flooding in the municipalities of Famaillá, La Reducción, La Madrid, Los Ralos and Yerba Buena.

The worst affected area was Famaillá, where around 100 people evacuated their homes. Local media, quoting figures from Argentina's National Meteorological Service (SMN), said that 132mm of rain fell in 24 hours in Famaillá.