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

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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.

Seismograph

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.

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

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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


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'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."




Attention

Over 80 melon-headed whales wash ashore in Ghana

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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.


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6.0-magnitude earthquake hits New Zealand's Gisborne

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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.

Doberman

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

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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.


Fish

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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Arrow Down

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.


Fire

Pacaya volcano erupts, lava approaches residents in Guatemala

Pacaya volcano lava flow
© YouTube/Chave weather (screen capture)
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


Question

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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