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Event Details

Heatwave event report

Category: Heatwave
Observation: 22.07.2010
Continent: Asia
Country: Russia
State: Siberia
Area: Yenisei Region
Severity: Hight
Event details
In the zone of the Yenisei Siberia, the permafrost is, on average, ten meters thick, this year has already been melted to a depth of 3.5 meters, compared to a usual maximum of three meters at the end of summer. Weather Spain heat wave sweeping across Europe has caused a significant reduction in Arctic ice. The current heat wave plaguing Europe is setting record highs in the reduction of surface ice in the Arctic, reported the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environment in Russia (SFHMR). "June has set a record thaw. If the recent temperatures are maintained, by August, we will have a record low of the surface of sea ice in the Arctic," said the head of SFHMR Alexander Frolov. He recalled that a similar situation was observed in 2007, when the Arctic ice surface in late summer fell to 4.4 million square kilometres, compared to the norm of 8 million and 11 million in summer and winter. Among the negative consequences of melting ice and glaciers, Frolov said is the water level rise in the global ocean, which can lead to flooding of coastal islands and vast territories, the destruction of ecosystems and the extinction of numerous species of fish and animals. At the same time, Frolov said at present there is no reason to make "catastrophic predictions related to global warming," according to the Russian news agency Itar-Tass. "The current heat wave does not confirm or deny the theory of global warming," said the expert, who pointed out that to make conclusions in this field observations are required for at least thirty years. Meanwhile, the press claims that the unprecedented Russian summer heat wave has claimed lives and forecasts promise it will be repeated in the coming years, threatening the gradual melting of permafrost, which occupy 69 percent of Russian territory. In Igarka City, north of the Arctic Circle, where buildings are erected on concrete piers, several homes have dangerous cracks, forcing the evacuation of its occupants, according to the same source.
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