Brazil Mudslides and Etna Rumbles

Well, it’s ‘an interesting day’ in our global neighborhood…

We’ve got heavy rains in Brazil leading to mudslides and lives lost, and then Mt. Etna has had a burp.

Pretty much all around the globe on that Equatorial Rain Belt we’ve got a load of water dropping from the sky. Northern Australia, Colombia, Venezuela, and now Brazil.

On the Fox News Crawler I saw a statement that they had had 3 months rain in one week, or some such, but have not found a print reference yet.

Walls of earth and water swept away homes in the mountains north of Rio de Janeiro, wiping out families and leaving survivors scrambling Thursday to reach trapped neighbours.

Officials and a television report indicated the death toll in the slides climbed above 350, with at least 50 people still missing.

“We were like zombies, covered in mud, in the dark, digging and digging,” said Geisa Carvalho, 19, about the minutes after slides hit Wednesday around 3 a.m. in Teresopolis.
Deadly flooding and slides hit neighbouring states in recent days as well.

Heavy rainfall caused havoc in Minas Gerais state north of Rio, where 16 people died in the past month and dozens of communities are in a state of emergency.

In Sao Paulo, flooding has paralyzed main thoroughfares in the capital city since Sunday and 21 people died in collapsed homes, mudslides and flooding throughout the state.

More than 800 rescuers are conducting searches and the Brazilian navy is sending a field hospital to the area.

Morgues in the affected towns were full, with churches and police stations receiving bodies.

Officials in Brazil’s civil defence department have warned there could be hundreds more bodies yet to be recovered in Teresopolis alone, the Globo media organisation reported.

One area of Teresopolis, Campo Grande, remains cut off entirely and is yet to be reached by any rescuers. It is feared 150 people may be buried there.

One resident of Teresopolis, Angela Marina de Carvalho Silva, told the Associated Press news agency she feared she might have lost 15 relatives, including five nieces and nephews.

“There are so many disappeared – and so many that will probably never be found,” she said.

She said she had taken refuge at a neighbour’s house on higher ground and watched the water sweep away cars, tree branches and animals and destroy the homes of friends and family.
Nova Friburgo, Teresopolis and Petropolis
The towns, which lie in a region called the Serrana, are popular holiday destinations for city dwellers keen to enjoy fresh mountain air and verdant surroundings
They also attract mountain climbers from around the country and elsewhere
In the 19th Century they were a popular summer destination for emperors and aristocrats. Petropolis was named after Emperor Pedro II, and is known as the Imperial City of Brazil
The area also has historical links with German and Swiss settlers
Tourism has replaced agriculture as the region’s principal economic activity
The towns’ populations have quadrupled over the last 30 years, according to the local governor

Mount Etna has a small eruption

I’d mentioned Etna just a couple of days ago.

and now it’s increased it’s ‘action’ just a little. Fox News has a nice picture of it, but their text is a bit slim.

ROME – Italy’s Mount Etna has come back to life with a brief eruption that sent lava down its slopes and a cloud of ash into the sky, forcing the overnight closure of a nearby airport.

The volcanology institute in Catania, eastern Sicily, said Thursday that a two-hour eruption overnight sent a little stream of lava down the eastern slope of the mountain. Nobody was injured.

The volcano also spewed out ash, which rained down and forced Catania’s Fontanarossa airport to shut down overnight, canceling or diverting a few domestic flights.

Then again, that’s pretty much all the news there is in the event… Burp, airplanes go somewhere else….


Is having an abandoned construction site with a 7 story hole in the ground turn into a lake… that may be consuming a nearby street…

This is the kind of stuff you find in Science Fiction Stories, not in the real world…

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14 Responses to Brazil Mudslides and Etna Rumbles

  1. However, today, through a local radio I heard that “water was running out….because of Global Warming, and we should be conscious of it”
    (It was a paid advertisement, of course)
    Tell it to Aussies and Brazilians :-)

  2. Pascvaks says:

    (-;Has anyone else noted that there have been very few, if any, UFO sitings lately. Do you think they may know something we don’t?;-)

    Humor hides many pains.

  3. BJordan says:

    I`m Brazilian, and I can talk about the land slides , that happen every year , manly in Rio. They don`t have any kind of control, about anything, the Rio city has gigantic areas where the police can`t go in and if a politician want to go they need to talk with the traffic parallel power first.

    there you can build a hose where you want even destroying endanger Atlantic forest in stiff slopes and starting a slum. Because some politicians gain votes posing as a slum defender and friend of the people the”le ce fair” is the law.

    only the poor die in those land slides, so no one cares. The governor of Rio is a leftist as almost all journalists so they don`t report anything that cant hurt his image, now with those land slides he is travelling abroad on vacation.

    about São Paolo city , It’s clot with cars , so any thing makes it stop

  4. ES says:

    Media reports say that it was the greatest loss of life for a natural disaster in Brazil since 1967, when another flood tragedy took at least 400 lives at Caraguatatuba, east of Sao Paulo.

    From AccuWeather:

  5. oldtimer says:

    Earlier today SkyNews here in|UK reported a big earthquake (c7.3) in or near New Caledonia. I have not checked thid elsewhere but no doubt you will investigate it further.

  6. Gordon Cheyne says:

    Just where IS “Columbia”?

  7. E.M.Smith says:

    @Gordon Cheyne:

    En Sudamérica:

    Colombia es un país que encontramos en la zona noroeste de Sudamérica, es un país densamente poblado, con más de 45 millones de habitantes que se distribuyen por sus más de 2 millones de kilómetros cuadrados. Es una República Presidencialista, y sus costas abarcan tanto el Océano Pacífico como el Mar Caribe, siendo uno de los pocos países sudamericanos que pueden presumir de tener costas a ambos lados. Su capital es Bogotá.
    Colombia, o la República de Colombia, es un país latinoamericano que cuenta con impresionantes extensiones de selva, de flora y fauna virgen, por lo que es un destino ideal para los amantes de la naturaleza y de la aventura. Su historia, como la de todo Latinoamérica en general, tiene un antes y un después del descubrimiento del nuevo mundo por parte del marino genovés Cristóbal Colón.

    Desde este enlace:

    (That’s the downside of having a couple of languages rattling around in the brain… they start to merge into each other after a while. First the spelling goes ( is it “apartment” or “appartement” (French) or …) then it gets worse… )

    So yeah, in English “Columbia”… though that makes me think of British Columbia and not Colombia… but in Spanish I think it as Colombia, but then turn it into Columbia in English… except when I don’t…

    Sigh… I need a brain retread… or a refresher course in keeping languages straight… or something…

    And yes, I”ve been reading some Spanish pages lately and watching some Spanish language TV in preparation for a trip some months from now that I hope to make…

    In fairness to me, though, I’d point out that it’s named for Columbus so it’s really them what has it wrong ;-) and we’ve got it right in all the other uses…

  8. E.M.Smith says:


    Magnitude 7.0 – LOYALTY ISLANDS

    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
    Magnitude 7.0
    Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 16:16:41 UTC
    Friday, January 14, 2011 at 03:16:41 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 20.617°S, 168.489°E
    Depth 5.9 km (3.7 miles)
    125 km (80 miles) NNE of Tadine, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia
    135 km (85 miles) SSW of Isangel, Tanna, Vanuatu
    285 km (180 miles) NE of NOUMEA, New Caledonia
    1755 km (1090 miles) ENE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
    Location Uncertainty
    horizontal +/- 13.7 km (8.5 miles); depth +/- 0.5 km (0.3 miles)
    NST=688, Nph=700, Dmin=>999 km, Rmss=0.79 sec, Gp= 14°,
    M-type=centroid moment magnitude (Mw), Version=B
    Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID usc00012cx

  9. R. de Haan says:

    Thanks for the article, you produce great reads.

    Besides Etna we had Kizimen active as well and probably producing bigger events compared to Etna.

    Just to have it in the picture:

  10. tckev says:

    You may wish to see that Ecuador volcano erupts and the “experts” feel that a big one is close to hand. Reported here –

  11. E.M.Smith says:


    Ah the Tungurahua. I’ve been waiting for that one to pick up. It’s been gargling for a while now…

    It’s one of the most frequent eruptors, though, so it’s got to do something really big to be of note.

    The expectation would be that it ought to go to a major eruption even if, in fact, we’re getting more activity world wide.

    Watching and waiting…

  12. George says:

    Of course, Colombia is named after:

    Cristobal Colon

    Wonder why we call it “Columbus”?

  13. George says:

    Well, *actually* his name was Christoffa Corombo so I guess it should rightfully be called Corombia.

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