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I remember deploying to help clean up after the 2004 quake.  At one point gaffs used for fishing were needed to pull the bodies of children out of the water.  You can’t just grab a body that has been in the water that long so we had to use the hook and were told to aim for the ribs.  There weren’t enough body bags so we had to resort to using clear trash bags.

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Indonesia on Second Highest Alert Level After Mt Merapi Erupts

 

Jakarta: Indonesia‘s Mount Merapi volcano on Java island erupted on Wednesday, sending up a cloud of ash and prompting authorities to warn of the risk of lava flows reaching roads, officials said.

 

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The 2,963 m (9,721 ft) high Merapi is one of Indonesia‘s most active volcanoes and is already on the country’s second highest alert level.

 

Kasbani, the head of Indonesia‘s volcanology and geological hazard mitigation centre, said Merapi had spewed “quite intense” hot clouds at least 30 times since Wednesday morning and warned of a danger of lava cutting roads near the volcano.

 

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Photographs shared on social media showed ash covering the homes of some nearby residents.

 

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Uttarakhand glacier burst: Dozens missing after India dam collapses

 

Dozens of people are missing and feared dead after a piece of a Himalayan glacier fell into a river and triggered a huge flood in northern India.

 

The floodwaters burst open a dam and a deluge of water poured through a valley in the state of Uttarakhand.

 

Villages have been evacuated, but officials warned more than 125 people may have been caught in the torrent.

 

Video showed the floodwater barrelling through the area, leaving destruction in its wake.

 

One witness said a wall of water and rock sped down the Dhauli Ganga river so quickly there was no time to sound the alarm.

 

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Powerful Earthquake Strikes Japan

 

A large earthquake shook a broad area across eastern Japan late Saturday night, with its epicenter off the coast of Fukushima, near where three nuclear reactors melted down after a quake and tsunami nearly 10 years ago.

 

The earthquake left nearly a million households without power across the Fukushima region and forced the closure of roads and suspension of train services. While rattled residents braced for aftershocks, a landslide cut off a chunk of a main artery through Fukushima Prefecture.

 

Japan’s meteorological service reported the quake’s magnitude as 7.3, up from the initial assessment of 7.1, but said there was no danger of a tsunami.

 

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On 1/22/2021 at 9:30 PM, TheGreatBuzz said:

I remember deploying to help clean up after the 2004 quake.  At one point gaffs used for fishing were needed to pull the bodies of children out of the water.  You can’t just grab a body that has been in the water that long so we had to use the hook and were told to aim for the ribs.  There weren’t enough body bags so we had to resort to using clear trash bags.

Sounds like a nightmare. Thank you for your service!

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Japan earthquake sparks leak at Fukushima nuclear power plant

 

A nuclear power plant has reportedly been hit by a leak in Japan following a powerful earthquake.

 

Reports on Saturday revealed a 7.1 magnitude quake had struck off the coast of Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plant Unit 1 – with worries the facility could have been damaged.

 

According to NHK, there has been a leak of nuclear fuel at the plant which is in the Fukushima Prefecture.

 

Pool water used for storing spent nuclear fuel may have escaped and contaminated the surrounding area.

 

However, reports also suggest the risk to workers and the surrounding area is low as the level of radiation is not an extreme risk.

 

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Etna spews smoke and ashes in spectacular new eruption

 

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Mount Etna, one of the world's most active volcanoes, belched smoke and ashes in a new eruption on Tuesday, but Italian authorities said it posed no danger to the surrounding villages.

 

"We've seen worse," the head of the INGV National Institute for Geophysics and Vulcanology in the nearby city of Catania, Stefano Branco, told Italian news agency AGI.

 

Estimating that the eruption from Etna's southeastern crater began late Tuesday afternoon, Branco insisted that the latest burst of activity was "not at all worrying".

 

Nevertheless, with small stones and ashes raining down, authorities decided to close Catania's international airport.

 

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4.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Oklahoma, the state's biggest in 2021

 

A 4.2-magnitude earthquake struck Oklahoma on Friday, according to reports by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). 

 

The quake struck 6 kilometers, or roughly 3.7 miles, away from the town of Manchester. Since Manchester sits close to the Kansas-Oklahoma state line, tremors radiated over state lines, affecting the southwestern most region of Wichita. 

 

Officials report that the quake occurred at 7:56 am CST. No injuries or damage have been reported.

 

The depth of the quake was 7 kilometers below the Earth’s surface. Local outlets report that the seismic shakes lasted around 10 seconds. 

 

So far, more than 1,900 people submitted responses to the USGS reporting some level of having felt the earthquake, with responses ranging from Kansas to Oklahoma. Some responses felt weak tremors north of Wichita past Salina and as far south as Oklahoma City. 

 

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Mosquito swarm makes tornado-like formation in Argentina

 

Motorists in Argentina were faced with a confronting sight as they drove towards what appeared to be a forming tornado recently – but on closer inspection, it was actually something else entirely.

 

Footage filmed by a person driving along Route 74 between General Madariaga and Pinamar revealed the dark tornado-like formation was actually a huge swarm of mosquitoes.

 

“It’s getting bigger and bigger, I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” the person filming says, according to local media reports.

 

The video was shared online where it quickly went viral, attracting horrified reactions from social media users.

 

The bizarre scenes occurred after the Buenos Aires region of Argentina recently saw an explosion of mosquitoes after consistent heavy rains.

 

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Indonesia's Sinabung Volcano spews high column of ash

 

Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung was erupting Tuesday, sending volcanic materials as high as 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the sky and depositing ash on nearby villages.

 

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Activity at the volcano in North Sumatra province increased over the past week, with authorities recording 13 times when it released ash clouds.

 

There have been no fresh evacuations due to the activity and no reports of disruptions to flights in the region.

 

The 2,600-metre (8,530-feet) Sinabung was dormant for four centuries before erupting in 2010, killing two people. Another eruption in 2014 killed 17 people, while seven died in a 2016 eruption.

 

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Iceland volcanic eruption 'imminent' after 17,000 earthquakes in past week

 

Even for a volcanic island accustomed to the occasional tremor, this has been an unusual week for Iceland.


According to the Icelandic Meteorological Office, around 17,000 earthquakes have hit the south-western region of Reykjanes over the past week.


The largest quake, a magnitude 5.6 on the Richter scale, occurred on the morning of February 24.

 

"It is very unusual to feel the Earth shake 24 hours a day for a whole week. It makes you feel very small and powerless against nature."
 

"We are battling with the 'why' at the moment. Why is this happening?


"It is very likely that we have an intrusion of magma into the [Earth's] crust there.


"It has definitely moved closer to the surface, but we are trying to figure out if it's moving even closer to it."


With multiple volcanoes in the area, local officials have warned that an eruption could be imminent.

 

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Tsunami Warning Lifted After Major Earthquake Causes Severe Shaking in New Zealand

 

Residents on New Zealand's coast were warned to head to higher ground immediately over the threat of a tsunami after a strong earthquake struck off the country’s North Island and caused severe shaking.

 

The 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck 147 miles northeast of Gisborne, New Zealand, at 2:27 a.m. Friday (8:27 a.m. EST), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

 

New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency issued a tsunami warning shortly after the earthquake. About 5 a.m., the agency said in an update, "Based on current scientific advice and information from coastal tsunami gauges there is no longer a threat to land areas. People who have evacuated can now return home."

 

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A TSUNAMI WATCH IS ISSUED FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII EFFECTIVE AT 0938 AM HST

 

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   COORDINATES - 29.6 SOUTH  176.0 WEST
   LOCATION    - KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION
   MAGNITUDE   - 8.0  MOMENT

 

Tsunami watch remains posted for Hawaii

 

A tsunami watch remained in effect as of 11:27 a.m. for Hawaii following a magnitude-8.1 earthquake Thursday morning in the Kermadec Islands.

 

Based on all available data, a tsunami may have been generated by the 9:28 a.m. (Hawaii time) earthquake that could be destructive on coastal areas even far from the epicenter, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports. An investigation is still underway to determine if there is a tsunami threat to Hawaii.

 

The center said in its 11:27 a.m. update that a 0.1-foot wave was measured at Nukualoha, Tonga.

 

If tsunami waves were generated, the estimated earliest arrival of the first wave is 4:35 p.m. Thursday.

 

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Japan hit by minor tsunami waves after magnitude 7.2 earthquake

 

Authorities issued a tsunami warning for Japan on Saturday after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck off the coast of Miyagi prefecture.

 

Tsunami waves of up to 1 meter (3.2 feet) hit land shortly after the earthquake, local television channel NHK reported.

 

As a precaution, nearly 7,000 residents of the town of Watari were evacuated.

 

Officials said that there were no immediate reports of major damage. However, two elderly women were injured.

 

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On 3/4/2021 at 9:57 AM, China said:

Iceland volcanic eruption 'imminent' after 17,000 earthquakes in past week

 

 

 

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Yeah, they've been expecting something for a while now.  Glad that it wasn't something large and catastrophic.

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A plague of mice:

 

‘The ground is just moving with thousands of mice’: Australia hit by rodent plague

 

The worst plague of mice in decades has overtaken a number of rural communities in New South Wales, Australia.

 

The plague follows a bumper grain harvest and threatens to destroy hay bales made by farmers for the winter. 

 

A video filmed in the town of Gilgandra shows thousands of rodents swarming around a farm. 

 

Speaking to the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC), farmer Ron Mckay said: “At night the ground is just moving with thousands and thousands of mice just running around.”

 

 

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