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Temperature in China's Inner Mongolia drops to -46.9 °C (-52.4 °F)

Severe cold wave sweeping through northern China dropped the temperature in the city of Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia autonomous region to -46.9 °C (-52.4 °F) on December 23, 2021. The cold snap continued over the Christmas weekend and into the new week. While...

December 29, 2021

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Alaska sets new December temperature records, U.S.

Temperatures in Alaska are again making rounds in the international news, with several high and low records broken or obliterated. The temperature at Kodiak Tide Gauge, Alaska hit 19.4 °C (67 °F) on December 26, 2021, setting a new December high temperature...

December 29, 2021

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Sierra Snow Lab records snowiest December on record, California

A prolonged period of heavy snow falling over the Sierra Nevada mountain range since December 10 dramatically increased its snowpack and by December 27 piled up to 455 cm (193.7 inches) at the UC Berkeley's Central Sierra Snow Laboratory. At the University of...

December 28, 2021

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Record snowfall hits western Japan, disrupting traffic and stranding vehicles

Strong winter pressure pattern continues bringing strong winds and dropping heavy snowfall along the coast of the Sea of Japan for the 7th day in a row, disrupting traffic and stranding many vehicles. At least 10 people were injured over the past weekend due to...

December 28, 2021

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Volcanic activity at Ambae increased to major unrest level, Vanuatu

The Volcanic activity on Ambae Island has now increased from minor to major unrest level in December 2021. Accordingly, the Volcanic Alert Level increased from Level 1 to Level 2 on December 27. New analyses suggest that activity at the volcano has significantly...

December 28, 2021

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Surface deformation near Fagradalsfjall volcano resembles pre-eruption state, Iceland

Latest InSAR images near the Fagradalsfjall eruption site in Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland show clear signs of deformation over the period from December 20 to 26, 2021. The deformation seen now is very similar to the deformation observed at the end of February 2021...

December 27, 2021

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Extreme rainfall hits Brazilian state of Bahia, causing catastrophic damage

Weeks of heavy rainfall over the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia (population 15 million) caused massive floods and damage, leaving at least 18 people dead, nearly 500 000 affected, and 35 000 displaced. Parts of the state, including capital Salvador, have...

December 27, 2021

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Eruption at Cumbre Vieja over after 85 days and thousands destroyed buildings, La Palma

The eruption at Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain was declared officially over on December 25, 2021 (VEI 3). With 85 days of eruptive process and 1 219 ha (3 012 acres) of land covered, this is now La Palma's longest eruption in 375 years...

December 26, 2021

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Kosovo introduces rolling power cuts as European energy crisis deepens

Kosovo's power system is already completely affected by global energy prices, forcing the country to introduce rolling two-hour blackouts for most of its 2 million people on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. Only emergency customers will stay unaffected. This wave...

December 24, 2021

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Intense earthquake swarm near Fagradalsfjall eruption site, Iceland

An intense earthquake swarm that started near the Fagradalsfjall eruption site in Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland on December 21, 2021 -- just one day after the eruption was declared officially over -- continues with no signs of abating. While no new lava flows have...

December 24, 2021

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Winter storm "Carmel" drops record rains over Israel

Winter storm "Carmel" made landfall over Israel on Monday, December 20, 2021, bringing record rains, snow, and strong winds. This is the 3rd winter storm named by the newly formed East Mediterranean Storm Naming Group, composed of Greece, Cyprus, and...

December 23, 2021

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Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Jalisco, Mexico

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit off the coast of Jalisco, Mexico at 23:22 UTC on December 22, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 12 km (7.4 miles). The epicenter was...

December 23, 2021

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Intense earthquake swarm near Fagradalsfjall, Iceland

An intense earthquake swarm started near Fagradalsfjall, Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland at 17:00 UTC on December 21, 2021 -- just one day after the official end of the eruption in the area, the longest in the country in more than 50 years. The Aviation Color Code was...

December 22, 2021

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Acid rain warning for Tonga after massive eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai

Massive gaseous cloud produced by the eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano in Tonga rose to an estimated altitude of 18 km (59 000 feet) above sea level, prompting Tonga Geological Services (TGS) to warn all citizens and tourists of possible acid rain...

December 22, 2021

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Eruption at Piton de la Fournaise volcano, Reunion

A new eruption started at Piton de la Fournaise volcano, Reunion at around 23:30 UTC on December 21, 2021. The alert level was raised to 2-1. Trails in the upper part of the summit were closed for the public. The seismic crisis started at around 21:15 UTC,...

December 22, 2021

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Natural gas prices in Europe explode to all-time highs as major Russian flow stops

Natural gas prices in Europe exploded on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, after a major pipeline that brings Russian gas to Europe slowed output over the past couple of days and completely stopped delivering on Tuesday. This combined with record-high prices of...

December 22, 2021

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M5.9 earthquake hits Southern Alaska at intermediate depth, U.S.

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.9 hit Southern Alaska at 22:42 UTC (13:42 LT) on December 22, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 152.6 km (94.8 miles). The EMSC is reporting M5.9 at a depth of 146 km (90.7 miles). The epicenter was located...

December 21, 2021