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Environmental disasters across globe in February 2021

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At least 51 people killed when glacier breaks in northern India, Europe's tallest active volcano Mt. Etna erupts

February saw a host of environmental disasters, including floods in Turkey and Japan, a powerful volcanic eruption in Italy's Mt. Etna, and heavy monsoon rains in Indonesia.

Here is a timeline compiled by Anadolu Agency.

Feb. 1:

- The US northeast is in the midst of a massive snow storm with some areas expected to receive up to 2 feet of snow.

Feb. 2:

- Heavy rainfall in western Turkey floods some parts of Izmir province, leaving two dead.

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Scientists in Iceland say 'strong signs' volcanic eruption is imminent

Mount Keilir, Iceland
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Mount Keilir, about 20 miles south of Reykjavik. Scientists said there was no immediate danger to the public.
Scientists in Iceland have said there are now "strong signs" that a volcanic eruption may be under way following several days of near-constant seismic activity near Mount Keilir about 20 miles south of the capital, Reykjavik.

"We are not saying we have signs an eruption has begun," Kristín Jónsdóttir of the Icelandic meteorological office told local media on Wednesday. "But this looks like the type of activity we expect in the run-up to an eruption."

Víðir Reynisson of the island's civil defence force told a mid-afternoon news conference it was "more likely than not" that an eruption - the first in the area since the 12th century - was about to begin, and could happen within the next few hours.

But Víðir said there was "no disaster going on and everyone can get on with their daily lives". There was no immediate danger, he said, although people should avoid travelling to the area on the Reykjanes peninsula.

Thousands of tremors measuring up to 5 on the Richter scale have been recorded on the peninsula during the past week. Freysteinn Sigmundsson, a geophysicist, said that if it came, the eruption could also be delayed by several days.

Comment: Shallow 5.6-magnitude tremor strikes near Reykjavik, Iceland


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Strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake shakes central Greece, felt in Balkans

Greece was shaken by an earthquake today which sent locals onto the streets in Larissa and was felt as far away as Athens

Greece was shaken by an earthquake today which sent locals onto the streets in Larissa and was felt as far away as Athens
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of over 6.0 has struck central Greece.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Wednesday's quake was felt as far away as Albania, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro.

The earthquake had an epicenter west-northwest of the town of Larissa and struck just after 12:15 p.m. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center put the preliminary magnitude at 6.2.


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Shallow 5.6-magnitude tremor strikes near Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland
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Reykjavik residents reported shaking buildings
Parts of Iceland were rocked by a 5.6-magnitude earthquake on Wednesday as residents reported shaking buildings and strong tremors.

The quake's epicentre was recorded about 25 miles away from Reykjavik, in the Reykjanes Peninsula region, on Iceland's southeast coast.

The effects of the quake, which struck at a depth of around six miles, were felt in Reykjavik and the surrounding areas.

It was not immediately clear if there had been any damage to property or injury to life.

"Spent the morning shaking around the office, geologists all running around like excited puppies. So much shaking," Rob Askew, a geologist at the Icelandic Institute of Natural Science in Reykjavík, tweeted.

Another Twitter user wrote: "WOW....! Just now! #earthquake swarm on Reykjanes Peninsula #Iceland - very strongly felt in Reykjavík. My home office was shaking! Felt 2 large ones and many small ones."

Another said: "I've experienced more earthquakes in the past couple of hours than the rest of my life combined. And I've spent most of my life in Iceland and Japan. Something's up. I don't like it."

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Shallow M5.6 magnitude earthquake rattles Iran, 25 injured

Iran quake map
© Iranian Seismological Center
An earthquake of 5.6 magnitude earthquake hits Iran late on Wednesday, leaving 25 injured. On late Wednesday, a 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit the southwestern Iranian province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, said the head of the country's emergency medical services.

The epicenter was located 10 kilometers (over 6 miles) from the city of Sisakht. Previously, media reported about 10 injured people."About 20 people have been sent to [the city of] Yasuj. The earthquake has hit the outskirts of Sisakht, there have been no problems in nearby settlements.

No people have died, the situation has stabilized," Pirhossein Kolivand said on late Wednesday, as quoted by the government's information portal.He added that 25 people had been left injured as a result of the earthquake.Iran is located in a seismically active zone as lies along the border between the Arabian and Eurasian tectonic plates and often suffers from powerful earthquakes. The deadliest earthquake in the country's history occurred in 856 AD, killing some 200,000 people.

With agency inputs

Comment: The Iranian Seismological Center (ISMC) reported the quake at a 10 km depth.


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6.1-magnitude earthquake hits off Wallis and Futuna in south Pacific Ocean - 3rd for the region within 24 hours

Earthquake
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An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted 160 km ESE of Alo, Wallis and Futuna at 15:30:50 GMT on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 14.8785 degrees south latitude and 176.7413 degrees west longitude.

Comment: The 2 others: 6.2-magnitude earthquake hits off Vanuatu - 2nd strong quake in the region in 8 hours

Shallow M6.1 earthquake strikes off Loyalty Islands


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6.2-magnitude earthquake hits off Vanuatu - 2nd strong quake in the region in 8 hours

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© Associated Press
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 jolted 147 km SSW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu at 06:37:30 GMT on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 19.0092 degrees south latitude and 167.8888 degrees east longitude.

Comment: About 8 hours earlier in the same region: Shallow M6.1 earthquake strikes off Loyalty Islands


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Shallow M6.1 earthquake strikes off Loyalty Islands

Loyalty islands quake map
© US Geological Survey
The US Geological Survey said the quake had a depth of 12.6km.

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck the same area last week, triggering a tsunami warning in New Caledonia and its neighbours.

It prompted the National Emergency Management Agency to issue a tsunami threat and urged residents along the country's northern coast to avoid beaches and shore areas.

It told people in or near the sea from Ahipara Bay to the Bay of Islands, Great Barrier Island, and from Matata to Tolaga Bay to move out of the water, off beaches and shore areas and away from harbours, rivers and estuaries.

The warning was lifted after a few hours.

No tsunami warning has been issued today.

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Significant magnitude 5.5 shallow earthquake 26 km northeast of Patras, Greece

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A magnitude 5.5 earthquake near Patras, Achaea, Western Greece, Greece, was reported only 6 minutes ago by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide.

The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter early morning on Wednesday 17 February 2021 at 5:36 am local time. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.

Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should have been widely felt by almost everyone in the area of the epicenter. It might have caused light to moderate damage.

Moderate shaking probably occurred in Kastraki (pop. 910) located 7 km from the epicenter, Nafpaktos (pop. 13,400) 12 km away, and Aigio (pop. 20,400) 19 km away.


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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: New clues why there are power outages and earth cracks

Outer gas giants
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The extremes you are seeing across the globe signal the amplification beginning of a new magnetic field forming in the outer solar system as our Sun decreases its output in this new Eddy Grand Solar Minimum. Did you notice the Level up in lock down with a 1750 Pound quarantine tax for entering the UK. This effectively shuts down global travel if implements across other nations. Another fingerprint f the Grand Solar Minimum fulfilled marching toward 2024.


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