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Lava spews from new fissures at Fagradalsfjall volcano, hikers evacuated

Reykjanes Peninsula
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Steam and lava spurt from a new fissure on a volcano on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland, Monday, April 5, 2021.
Steam and lava spurted Monday from a new fissure at an Icelandic volcano that began erupting last month, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of hikers who had come to see the spectacle.

The new fissure, first spotted by a sightseeing helicopter, was about 500 meters (550 yards) long and about a kilometer (around a half-mile) from the original eruption site in the Geldinga Valley.

The Icelandic Department of Emergency Management announced an immediate evacuation of the area.

It said there was no imminent danger to life due to the site's distance from popular hiking paths.

Comment: See also: 34,000 quakes in two weeks near Fagradalsfjall volcano, Iceland - 900% increase in activity compared with whole of 2020


Alaska snowstorm dumps up to 3 feet of snow, strands 5 people on North America's tallest peak

Five people had to ski through a heavy Alaska snowstorm to a mountain chalet after abandoning their airplanes on a glacier on North America's tallest peak, where they were stranded for the weekend, officials said Monday.

The five landed Friday in three separate small airplanes — a Cessna 180 and two Piper PA18s — on Ruth Glacier on Denali, said Maureen Gualtieri, a spokesperson for Denali National Park and Preserve.

A fast-moving storm prevented them from flying off the glacier, and they spent Friday night in their airplanes at about 4,500 feet. They woke up Saturday and realized they didn't have enough resources to ride out the storm.

"That's when they called for help," Gualtieri said.

Snowflake Cold

UAH global temperature drops below 30-year baseline - Earth is cooling

UAH graph
The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for March, 2021 has come in at -0.01 deg. C below the 30-year baseline, down from the February, 2021 value of +0.20 deg. C, and down substantially (approx. 0.6C deg. C) from where we were around a year ago.

A continuation of this downward plunge is highly probable over the coming months (with the odd bump along the way-climate is cyclic after all) as low solar activity and La Nina conditions persist.

According to the 15x NASA/NOAA AMSU satellites that measure every square inch of the lower troposphere (where us humans reside), planet Earth was actually warmer back in 1983:

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Snowflake Cold

Historic Arctic cold blast hits Europe: Damaging frost and snow expected across most of continent

extreme cold april europe 2021
An exceptional, more than 100 mbar pressure difference between Greenland and northern Europe on Sunday has released a massive Arctic cold blast towards continental Europe. The sharp Arctic front is racing south and will result in intense snow with blizzard conditions across Slovenia and Croatia on Tuesday. Then, destructive and widespread frost to vulnerable vegetation is expected across central Europe.

A very dramatic weather pattern change is underway this Easter Monday as a deep Arctic cold-core is moving south across western and northern Europe. The first impact is over the UK and Ireland, then the core will spread towards central Europe and the Mediterranean tonight into mid-week days.


4.0-Magnitude earthquake rattles Los Angeles: Epicenter near airport

Los Angeles Airport

A 4.0-magnitude earthquake rattled Los Angeles early Monday morning centered in Lennox, a city two miles East of Los Angeles International Airport.

The 4.0 tumbler struck at 4:45 a.m. PT, though the robotic LA Quakebot earlier registered a 3.0-magnitude earthquake in the area at 4:18 a.m. and a 2.5-magnitude earthquake at 4:19 a.m. There have been no reports of major damage or injuries. LAX continues to operate as normal.


Record-breaking snow falls over Easter Weekend in Fairbanks, Alaska - almost 14 inches


Snow storms hit areas near Fairbanks, Alaska, over the Easter weekend, breaking daily records for snowfall in the area, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

In a time lapse video filmed by an NWS meteorologist, the level of snowfall rises significantly, leaving the scene under deep snow.

The official Fairbanks snowfall total for this event was up to 13.9 inches since Friday evening, according to the NWS. Credit: National Weather Service, Fairbanks via Storyful

Comment: Also in central Alaska about 100 miles west of Fairbanks:
'What a Crazy Day': Heavy Snow Falls in Tanana, Alaska

Snow was seen falling in Tanana, Alaska on April 4, as forecasters said the snow depth was 12.6 inches in nearby Fairbanks as of 8 pm.

A special weather statement' was issued for Tanana on April 4, with the National Weather Service warning "there is the potential for record cold temperatures across the area for this time of year."


Over 80 melon-headed whales wash ashore in Ghana

Over 80 large mammals believed to be melon-headed whales were on Sunday, April 4 washed ashore at the Axim-Bewire beach in the Nzema East Municipality.

Speaking to Citi News, the Western Regional Acting Director of the Fisheries Commission, Alhassan Arafat Salifu said, he is unable to tell the cause of the incident, although most of the mammals washed ashore were dead while some were also found alive.

"We are now counting to know the actual numbers that were washed ashore since they are in different parts of the beach. Some are still struggling to breathe and some are dead," he said.


6.0-magnitude earthquake hits New Zealand's Gisborne

An earthquake of magnitude 6.0 on the Richter scale jolted Gisborne city of New Zeland on Monday, the United States Geological Survey said.

The epicentre, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 37.5205 degrees south latitude and 179.6745 degrees east longitude.

No casualties have been reported yet. On March 4, a powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.9 on the Richter Scale jolted Gisborne, New Zealand.

In 2011, a magnitude 6.3 quake hit the city of Christchurch, killing 185 people and destroying much of its downtown.


An Ontario teenager has died after reportedly being attacked by 3 dogs

dog attack
An Ontario dog attack has reportedly resulted in the death of a teenager and the OPP is investigating.

According to a press release posted by the St. George Lance and the Paris Chronicle, officers responded to a report of a death at a residence in Middlesex County on April 1.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and has been identified as 17-year-old Megan Fisher from Chippewas of the Thames First Nation.

An examination after her death revealed that she died because of injuries she got from three dogs on the property.

It was said that the dogs are now in a shelter under a quarantine order.


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

herring russia
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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