Archive | January 12, 2021


Subject to change

Depth: 6 km

Distances: 104 km NNW of Salt Lake City, United States / pop: 192,000 / local time: 00:33:46.8 2021-01-12

16 km SW of Tremonton, United States / pop: 8,200 / local time: 00:33:46.8 2021-01-12


Subject to change

Depth: 7 km

Distances: 104 km NNW of Salt Lake City, United States / pop: 192,000 / local time: 00:21:43.5 2021-01-12

18 km SW of Tremonton, United States / pop: 8,200 / local time: 00:21:43.5 2021-01-12


Subject to change

Depth: 200 km

Distances: 99 km WNW of Otaru, Japan / pop: 143,000 / local time: 11:39:42.1 2021-01-12

84 km NW of Yoichi, Japan / pop: 22,700 / local time: 11:39:42.1 2021-01-12


Subject to change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 19 km W of Koblenz, Germany / pop: 107,000 / local time: 01:42:46.0 2021-01-12

13 km SW of Neuwied, Germany / pop: 66,800 / local time: 01:42:46.0 2021-01-12

First snow of 2020 falls on Taiwan’s mountains

Snow Alert

As a cold continental air mass blasts into Taiwan, snow has been spotted falling on Taiwan’s Xueshan and Hehuanshan this morning (Jan. 13), with the latter already seeing 10 centimeters.

Due to the effects of the continental air mass, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) predicts that temperatures will be at their coldest on Monday and Tuesday morning (Jan. 13 and 14), with lows dropping to between 11 and 13 degrees Celsius in northern and central Taiwan and possibly as low as 10 degrees in mountainous areas of Hsinchu and Miaoli. The CWB has issued a cold surge advisory for Miaoli and Hsinchu Counties.

Snow has already been reported on Xueshan’s Sanliujiu Lodge and Hehuanshan, the first snows seen on Taiwan’s mountains in 2020. Fans of the Facebook page Hehuanshan Shangxue Jidongtuan (合歡山賞雪機動團) have reported that 2 centimeters have accumulated on the road, while 10 centimeters have fallen on the slopes of Hehuanshan.

Ice has also formed on sections of road leading to Dabajian Mountain near Xueshan and the Wulin Pass near Hehuanshan, and officials have warned motorists to attach chains to their tires when driving in these areas. Meanwhile, at 7 a.m. this morning, graupel was spotted falling on Yushan, Taiwan’s tallest peak.

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Winter Storm Warnings Issued as Snow Falls Across Central Texas, USA

Heavy, wet snow fell across central Texas on Sunday, January 10, as the National Weather Service (NWS) issued winter storm warnings for the region.

This footage from Inks Lake State Park near Burnet shows the snowfall. Early Sunday, the NWS forecast a rain/snow line pushing southeast across the region throughout most of the day, bringing inches of snowfall.

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Heavy rains trigger floods, landslides in E. Visayas, Philippines

Severe Flood Warning

Heavy downpour has triggered flooding and landslides in Samar and Southern Leyte provinces over the weekend, the Regional Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) reported on Monday.

Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Regional Director Lord Byron Torrecarion, RDRRMC Eastern Visayas chairperson said there has been widespread rainfall in the region that caused rivers and streams to rise quickly especially in Northern and Eastern Samar provinces.

“So far, there has been no reported casualties or missing persons as of Monday morning, but we have been regularly monitoring the situation since it is still raining in many parts of the region,” Torrecarion said in a phone interview.

In a progress report sent to the Philippine News Agency (PNA), the RDRRMC reported floodings within the highway that links the towns of Gandara and Matuguinao in Samar; two villages in Catarman, a community in Catubig, nine villages in Allen, and three areas in Capul town in Northern Samar.

In Eastern Samar, flooding has affected 24 villages in Oras town; 15 communities in Dolores; two villages each in Sulat, Maslog, San Julian, and Can-avid; and one village each in the towns of Arteche and Jipapad.

Landslides have been reported along the provincial road sections in Catalina village in Jiabong, Samar; Lawaan village in Paranas; and a major highway in Kahupian, Sogod in Southern Leyte province.

At least 627 individuals have been preemptively evacuated in Catarman and Catubig towns in Northern Samar on Sunday.

“Since we expect rains to continue in the next two days, all villages identified as high to very-high susceptibility ratings to flooding and landslide were already advised to conduct preemptive evacuation especially those vulnerable groups,” Torrecarion added.

In an advisory issued early Monday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said the heavy rains are caused by the tail-end of the frontal system affecting the eastern section of Visayas and intertropical convergence zone affecting Mindanao, and northeast monsoon affecting Luzon.

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Indonesia landslide: Rescuers buried as they help victims

Landslide Danger Alert

Rescuers searching for victims of a landslide in Indonesia were buried by a second mudslide just hours later, officials say.

The first landslide, in Cihanjuang village, West Java, was triggered by torrential rain.

Another struck as survivors were still being evacuated. At least 12 people died and dozens more are missing.

Landslides are common in Indonesia during rainy season, and often blamed on deforestation.

The latest disasters hit the villagers in Sumedang regency, about 150km (95 miles) southeast of the capital Jakarta, three and a half hours apart on Saturday.

The first happened at 16:00 (09:00 GMT) and the second at 19:30 (12:30 GMT), disaster agency spokesman Raditya Jati said in a statement.

“The first landslide was triggered by high rainfall and unstable soil conditions. The subsequent landslide occurred while officers were still evacuating victims around the first landslide area,” he added.

Rescuers are believed to be among those killed, he added. A six-year-old boy was also among the dead, according to AFP news agency.

Some 27 people were believed to be missing late on Sunday, local media quoted Deden Ridwansah, the head of the local search and rescue agency as saying. About 46 were known to have survived.

Bad weather had forced the search to be suspended, he said, but it was expected to resume on Monday.

Indonesia frequently suffers floods and landslides. Thousands of people had to be evacuated in the capital Jakarta this time last year as the city was inundated.

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Scientists still don’t know if people can still spread Covid-19 after vaccine


The Health Secretary told a Downing Street Press Conference that the vaccine protects people from catching the disease and needing to be hospitalised – but scientists still don’t know if it will stop people transmitting it.

Scientists still don’t know if people can spread Covid-19 after being vaccinated, Matt Hancock has said.

The Health Secretary told a Downing Street Press Conference that the vaccine protects people from catching the disease and needing to be hospitalised – but scientists still don’t know if it will stop people transmitting it.

He said: “What we don’t yet know… is how much you might transmit Covid, even if you don’t suffer from the disease, after you’ve had the vaccine.”

If it does not prevent transmission, it could mean that even as vaccines are rolled out across the country, people would still have to practice social distancing, wear masks and avoid gatherings – until sufficient immunity is present in the community.

Virus manufacturers are still performing research to determine the answer.

Hancock said he wanted Britons to “have that great British summer” and for life to return to normal “as fast possible” as he outlined details of the vaccine rollout.

The Health Secretary said two fifths of over 80s and “almost a quarter of older care home residents” have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

And he pleaded with the public to follow coronavirus rules and reduce all social contact that is not “absolutely” necessary.

He told a Downing Street press conference that the new variant of coronavirus is “highly contagious and it is putting the NHS under very significant pressure”.

Mr Hancock echoed England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty in saying “we’re at the worst point in this pandemic”.

And he said: “The NHS, more than ever before, needs everybody to be doing something right now – and that something is to follow the rules.

“I know there has been speculation about more restrictions, and we don’t rule out taking further action if it is needed, but it is your actions now that can make a difference.

“Stay at home, and please reduce all social contact that is not absolutely strictly necessary. That’s what is needed: act like you have the virus.”

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