Storms and Floods

Landslide on the Azores

A landslide in the village of Faial da Terra on Sao Miguel Island (Azores Islands) has claimed two lives and destroyed three houses.

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A strong windstorm with wind speed over 120 km\h hit the Gabrovo region of Bulgaria. A 20-year-old woman died in hospital after she was hit by scaffolding swept away by the wind.

State of emergency has been declared in Gabrovo district of Bulgaria. Train services between Tryavna-Plachkovtsi have been suspended.

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Tropical Cyclone Tim is churning the Coral Sea but is no threat to land at present.

Heavy rain floods Nova Scotia roads and basements.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits the Mid-Indian ridge, subsequently downgraded to 4.9.

Nature – Images

More Interesting Images:

The Sun in our hands. Nothing in life is impossible… Africa.

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Volcanic Lightning in Iceland.

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Koala bear being given water by a fire fighter in Australia during recent wildfires.

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What looked like an eye of a hurricane near San Diego was actually a gentle eddy common off Southern California.

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Ice fractures in the Arctic’s Beaufort Sea were caused by a February storm.

Beaufort ice fracturing

Environment

Global Hottest and Coldest Temperatures

The week’s hottest temperature was 113.9 degrees Fahrenheit (45.5 degrees Celsius) at Bossangoa, Central African Republic.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 84.6 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 64.8 degrees Celsius) at Russia’s Vostok Antarctic research station.

Temperatures were tabulated from the more than 10,000 worldwide synoptic weather stations. The United Nations World Meteorological Organization sets the standards for weather observations, and provides a global telecommunications circuit for data distribution.

Wildlife

Early Whale Arrivals Off Victoria Coast, Australia

The whales don’t usually appear off the Victorian coast until April or May, when they migrate from chilly Antarctic waters to breed in the balmy seas off Queensland.

But two early sightings – one of a young calf off the Gippsland coast last month and another of three whales near Marengo this week – have scientists scratching their heads.

“We don’t know why these whales are appearing early,” said Mandy Watson, a Department of Sustainability and Environment senior biodiversity officer.

“It could be a response to climatic conditions or a result of population recovery, or both.”

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Etna (Sicily, Italy): Weather has remained mostly bad for direct visual observations, but some strombolian activity has been occurring, at least intermittently, from one of the summit craters, likely Voragine. The latest seismic signal seems more agitated than normal, probably corresponding to another such phase (if not a precursor to a paroxysm).

Manam (Papua New Guinea): A volcanic ash plume was observed on satellite images at 20,000 ft (6 km) altitude extending 80 nautical miles to the ESE earlier today (VAAC Darwin). This suggest a moderately large vulcanian explosion has taken place at the volcano.

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): A phase of increased, near-constant steam-gas-minor ash emissions has taken place this morning, accompanied by a small swarm of quakes and volcanic tremor. Yesterday, CENAPRED reported 29 exhalations, with some producing ash puffs reaching 500 m above the crater. Incandescence at the summit remains a visible indicator of continuing slow magma supply.

Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala): Light ash fall occurred during the night in the ranches Faro and Florida. The dome continues to show both relatively strong explosive and effusive activity. Explosions at intervals of 20-30 minutes on average produce ash plumes of 400-800 m height, and contains many incandescent blocks visible at night. Block lava avalanches accompany the effusion of the lava flows on the flanks of the dome.

Pacaya (Guatemala): INSIVUMEH reports continuing steaming/degassing and weak ash venting. Bluish gas and seismic activity suggest that magma is near the surface.

Fuego (Guatemala): An increase in explosions has been observed recently. INSIVUMEH reported 16 events, out of which 9 were characterized as “moderate” with shock waves that rattled windows and roofs, and incandescent tephra reaching 100-150 m height. Ash plumes reached up to 800 m above the crater and drifted 12 km W and SW. Fine ash fall occurred in Panimache 1 and 2.

Reventador (Ecuador): The volcano’s activity is considered moderate. In the afternoon of 12 March, IG staff and observers noted incandescent material rolling down the slopes of the volcano (mainly on the southern side). A column of steam and ash occasionally reaches 1km height, but most of the time, emissions have been weaker than that.

Ambrym (Vanuatu): A strong SO2 plume is visible from Anbrym today, indicating the presence of lots of fresh lava.

Tungurahua (Ecuador): Seismic activity has decreased a bit today. In its yesterday’s report, IG mentions that glow was visible at the summit where small to medium explosions occurred frequently, and generated an eruption column rising about 1 km. Ash fall occurred over the areas of Choglontus, Palitahua and Mapayacu.