Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 Earthquake hits east of the Kuril islands off Kamchatka.

6,0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Snowstorm in Kiev, Ukraine

A state of emergency has been declared due to heavy snowfall in Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine.

Kiev received 20 inches of snow in a 24-hour period. This is what Kiev usually receives per month during this season.

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Winter Storm in Britain Continues.

Numerous roads in many regions became impassable after snow on Friday and Saturday. For Sunday the Met Office has warned that lying snow in many areas will melt on roads and pavements by day, refreezing by night to give icy patches. Some places, mainly in eastern England, will continue to get light snow, possibly up to a couple of inches. Also, snow blowing off fields in strong to gale force winds will affect some roads, especially over high ground.

Up to 18,000 properties in Northern Ireland, 10,000 in Scotland and 2,000 in Wales have been without power overnight despite efforts by energy firms to reconnect them. Weather warnings also remain in place across much of the UK after two days of wintery conditions. Two people are known to have died – one in Lancashire and one in Cornwall.

U.S. Snowstorm takes aim at Plains, Midwest

Baseball-sized hail and an early spring snowstorm forced the cancellation of more than 100 flights at Denver International Airport and closed several roads Saturday as it moved eastward, dumping more than a foot of snow in some places.

The major early spring storm brought heavy snow, severe thunderstorms and floods as it moved east across the United States on Saturday, closing highways, forcing flight cancellations and causing a pileup involving dozens of vehicles. Blowing and drifting snow closed several roads in Colorado, including Interstate 70 in both directions east of Denver to the Kansas state line.

Other News:

Three soldiers have died after struck by lightning Saturday afternoon at Upper Orakzi agency in Pakistan. Five others were injured.

Wildlife

19 Whales Beach In Cape Town, South Africa

Nineteen pilot whales were beached at Noordhoek Beach in Cape Town on Sunday morning. Five of the whales had died, but police, sea rescue and other services were on scene trying to hose down the 14 surviving whales.

The National Sea Rescue Institute said attempts were being made to help rescue the surviving whales.

“The option being looked at, if possible, is to try and refloat them or to have them driven to the naval base in Simonstown and have them taken out to sea”.

“At this stage we are keeping them alive on the beach using water and blankets.”

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Wildfires

Veld Fire Season Starts Early – South Africa

A wildfire broke out on Bultfontein north of Johannesburg today in dry conditions. The fire burned approximately 100 acres and did not damage any structures.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): An increase in activity has occurred today. Lava overspills wide area of the rims of the NE crater, causing lava overflows and numerous rockfalls descending down the Sciara del Fuoco. Tremor and explosion signals have increased in strength.

El Hierro (Canary Islands, Spain): The scenario of an eruption in the near future is becoming increasingly likely: Volcanic tremor continues, suggesting magma is still moving although mostly laterally for the time being to an area just north off the western tip of the island.

Tolbachik (Kamchatka): Activity continues essentially unchanged: strombolian explosions accompany the effusion of fluid lava flows from the southern fissure of Tolbachinsky Dol. The flows spread into 2 distinct fields to the west and the east and are well visible on satellite data. KVERT reports that the tremor amplitude remains oscillating between medium to high levels, at about 1/3 of their level during the start of the eruption.

Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): For several days in a row, ash plumes have been spotted at 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude. The volcano, in near-continuous strombolian activity since 2006, has apparently stepped up the frequency of larger explosions although perhaps part of this might be explained by better meteorologic conditions allowing to detect ash plumes.

Colima (Western Mexico): Small explosions from the growing dome, associated rockfalls and volcanic earthquakes have continued to increase in amplitude and frequency during the past days and weeks.

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): No big changes in activity have occurred. Emissions of gas-steam-sometimes small amounts of ash have remained less than 1 per hour on average (yesterday). The today’s seismogram shows tiny volcano-tectonic earthquakes and what seems to be a phase of slightly elevated tremor. A hot spot is visible on recent MODIS satellite imagery, corresponding to the growing lava dome, which continues to produce visible glow at night as well.

Telica (Nicaragua): The seismic swarm continues with no changes. Hundreds of tiny quakes up to magnitudes around 2 have been occurring for the past days, but no reports have become available (so far).