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Thousands of fish thrown ashore in Russia, ecologist claims it's a sign stocks have recovered

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Images have emerged online showing the coast of the Russian Sakhalin Island in the Pacific Ocean covered with fish. With ecologists saying they're safe to eat, excited fishermen hurried to the seafront for the easiest catch.

Videos of Pacific herring covering Sakhalin's south-western coastline were posted online on Sunday. What looks like thousands of fish, both moving and still, can be seen ashore, with excited men walking among them.

Local ecologist Dmitry Lisitsyn, who posted some of the videos, said that, far from being an ecological disaster, this is a positive sign. The fish, also known as California herring, are on their spawning run, and there are so many that some of them are being washed ashore. The phenomenon shows that the herring population is not endangered, according to the expert.

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At least 44 killed after floods trigger landslide in Indonesia - hundreds missing

The condition of Nele Lamadike after being hit by a flood and landslide on April 4, 2021.
© ANTARA/HO-FB Kuma Nuba Tukan
The condition of Nele Lamadike after being hit by a flood and landslide on April 4, 2021.
At least 44 people were killed and nine others injured as flash floods and landslides struck East Nusa Tenggara province in central Indonesia early on Sunday, National Disaster Management Agency spokesperson Raditya Jati said.

The disaster buried dozens of houses, swept away several other houses and destroyed a bridge, a local official said.

Local media said hundreds of people are missing in the landslides that hit the Nele Lamadike village area in East Nusa Tenggara.


Pacaya volcano erupts, lava approaches residents in Guatemala

Pacaya volcano lava flow
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New eruptions at Pacaya volcano, Guatemala causes large amounts of lava to flow. April 2nd 2021.

Comment: Guatemala's Pacaya volcano continues erupting after 50 days


RT special report explores mysterious giant craters in Siberia: Sinkholes or underground explosions?

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© Sputnik / Servicio de prensa del gobernador del Distrito autónomo de Yamalia-Nenetsia
One of the strange holes dotting the Yamal Pennisula in Siberia
RT takes a look at the possible origins of the so-called 'black holes' - massive craters that are being formed across the Yamal Peninsula in northern Russia.

Giant round craters seemingly appear out of nowhere in the remote areas of Western Siberia, mesmerizing and, sometimes, scaring nomadic reindeer herders and scientists alike.

One such crater opened up just last year, while more than a dozen others took several decades to form, researchers say. Some remain vast cavities, going as deep as 30 meters (98.5 feet). Others become lakes.

An anthropologist who studies the culture of the local Nenets people says she had witnessed a spontaneous formation of one such lake in the tundra. "There was no lake, but larch trees. One night, after loud bangs, it was like an upside-down saucer, with the trees on the bottom and the roots on the surface," she says, adding that several days later a lake was formed, which is now considered sacred by locals.

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Unusually deadly avalanche season in Switzerland this winter - 27 killed, 50% above average

Deadly avalanche in Greppon Blanc on 20 March 2021

Deadly avalanche in Greppon Blanc on 20 March 2021
With the end of Switzerland's ski season only weeks away, the number of avalanche deaths this season is already unusually high level.

The average annual number of people caught in avalanches over the last 20 years is 177. This winter 296 people were affected, a 67% rise. 215 (73%) of the avalanches this season were triggered by people, compared to an average of 113 over the last 20 seasons.

Over the same 20-year timespan an average of 18 lives were lost in avalanche accidents per ski season. Up until the end of March 2021, 27 people had died in avalanches this winter season, 50% more than an average season.


Woman in her 80s mauled to death by 2 dogs in Birmingham, UK

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The pensioner was mauled to death in the back garden of her home in Boundary Avenue, Rowley Regis

Police are continuing to investigate a horrific fatal attack by two dogs on a woman in her 80s in a shocking Good Friday tragedy.

The pensioner was mauled to death in the back garden of her Black Country home yesterday (Friday) afternoon.

A man has been arrested and is continuing to be questioned by police today.

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Shallow M6.6 earthquake hits east of South Sandwich Islands

South Sandwich Islands
© CC BY 2.0 / Flickr / Rob Oo
The earthquake was recorded at about 1:16 UTC. The epicentre of the tremor was located east of the islands. The focus lay at a depth of 10 kilometres.

A 6.6-magnitude earthquake has struck east of the South Sandwich Islands in the South Atlantic Ocean, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
There have been no reports of injuries or damage as a result of the earthquake, as no people live on the South Sandwich Islands. No tsunami alert has been declared, the US National Tsunami Warning Centre stated.
The earthquake's epicentre was more than 1,810 kilometres from King Edward Point, a research station on South Georgia Island and is the capital of the British Overseas Territory of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, according to the Indian National Centre for Seismology.


Europe's drought-induced crop losses tripled in 50 years, threatening future global food supply chain

Drought illustration
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New research has found that EU crop losses driven by heat waves and drought, as well as other extreme weather events, have tripled in 50 years, a startling figure which could upend food-chain supply dynamics around the globe.

The study examined agricultural production in 28 European countries (including the UK) from 1961 to 2018 and compared it with the prevalence of extreme weather events such as floods, droughts, heat waves and cold snaps alike, all four of which increased in frequency over the study period.

The researchers found crop losses of 2.2% of total crop yield between 1964 and 1990, which surged to some 7.3% in the period between 1991 and 2015.

To make matters worse, droughts were found to be intensifying and occurring more frequently, a phenomenon which previous studies have identified as a result of shifts in the jet stream.

Comment: Since 2015 Europe suffering worst droughts in two thousand years

Crop and cattle losses are on the rise everywhere, whether it is due to extensive drought, massive hail, epic flooding, huge dust storms, unexpected frosts, and even epidemics. See also:

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Severe frosts damage fruit in Lleida and Huesca, Spain

Last weekend, severe frosts were recorded in the stone fruit producing areas of Lleida and Huesca, in Spain. While temperatures fell below 0ºC during the nights of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the most severe and longest frost was the one on the night of Saturday. The sector's prospects for the campaign had been great, given the excellent flowering of the fruit trees, but this first adverse weather event in the months prior to the harvest may change everything.

The damage caused by these frosts is severe, according to producers and agricultural organizations, not only because of the flowers that have been lost, but also because of the impact they could have on the quality of the fruit. Although there is still a long way to go before the harvest and more unforeseen weather events could be recorded, the volumes expected after this event could come close to last year's -when they were down by about 30%-, or fall even more.

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Flash floods damage over 2,000 homes in Java, Indonesia

Floods in Grobogan, Indonesia, 31 March 2021
Floods in Grobogan, Indonesia, 31 March 2021
Further severe flooding has struck in Indonesia, this time in Central Java Province. This follows recent flooding in Medan City in North Sumatra province, where over 50,000 people were affected.

The Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) reported severe flooding in Klambu District, Grobogan Regency, Central Java, on 31 March 2021.

Flooding affected the villages of Klambu and Penganten. According to BNPB, 1,900 houses, 3 government offices, 5 schools and 14 places of worship were submerged in water up to 2 metres deep in Klambu Village. Meanwhile around 500 homes were flooded in Penganten Village. Around 20 homes have been severely damaged.