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Tanker battling gigantic waves off the coast of Ireland during storm Ophelia caught on camera

Hold tight! The wave was so steep that the anchor pointed up at an acute angle before it plunged down the wave again in angry seas when storm Ophelia hit Ireland
An awe-inspiring video has emerged online of a tanker battling brutal, raging seas when storm Ophelia hit Ireland on Monday.

The shocking footage was filmed from an Italian tanker in the sea outside Cork harbour in the south of Ireland.

The video, captured by Cataldo Gianluca, shows the enormous tanker dwarfed by towering mountains of surging water.

The powerful wave grows larger but the tanker ploughs on, riding so high on the steep wave that the nose of the ship points upwards at an alarmingly acute angle.

The video, shared on Twitter, then cuts out at but the tanker survived the plunge back down the wave and managed to weather the storm.

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Massive landslide causes panic among locals near Mt Kinabalu in Malaysia

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A massive landslide swept down the foothills of Mount Kinabalu this afternoon, triggering panic among the locals here.

A massive landslide swept down the foothills of Mount Kinabalu this afternoon, triggering panic among the locals here.

According to the state civil defence department, the landslide was located at Ulu Sungai Mesilou 2 in Kampung Mesilou.

Director Lieutenant Colonel Mohd Izaimi Md Daud said the villagers alerted the department at 3.45pm and two personnel were deployed to monitor the situation.

"There was a massive landslide on the mountain and we have taken statements from the villagers.

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3 killed by flashfloods and landslide after heavy rainfall in the Philippines

Floodwater in Zamboanga Sibugay
Three people, including two children, died when a flashflood and landslide hit three towns in Zamboanga Sibugay province on Thursday, October 19, the police reported Friday.

One of the three fatalities was identified as Ariel Villaronte, 15, while the other two were only described as a girl and a boy.

The police said Villaronte, a Grade 9 student, drowned after he accidentally fell into a drainage and was swept by strong current around 5 p.m. Thursday in Sitio Kahayagan, Barangay La Dicha, Malangas, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Members of the Malangas Municipal Police Station retrieved the remains of Villaronte at 8:35 p.m. Thursday.

Zamboanga Peninsula Region has been experiencing heavy rains since Sunday due to the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ).

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Three dead and 11 missing after landslide in Penang, Malaysia

Rescue officers will have to excavate a 35m heap of earth in order to rescue those trapped.
Rescuers have unearthed three bodies at the construction site hit by a massive landslide in Tanjung Bungah here today.

Penang Fire and Rescue Department director Saadon Mokhtar said the search was ongoing for 11 more people believed to be still buried underneath the muddy soil.

"We found the first two bodies at 9.15am and 10.45am while we found the third one at about 1pm," he told reporters at the site.

The three dead were among 14 construction workers including a local who were buried by the landslide.

He cautioned that efforts to locate the remaining victims would be slow and arduous as the slope is unsteady while soil conditions were muddy.

"We believe some of the victims are buried deep underneath the muddy soil, as deep as 35m below the surface," he said.


World's deepest lake in peril, scientists warn

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Lake Baikal's high biodiversity includes over 3,600 plant and animal species, such as this Spirogyra algae
Lake Baikal is undergoing its gravest crisis in recent history, experts say, as the government bans the catching of a signature fish that has lived in the world's deepest lake for centuries but is now under threat.

Holding one-fifth of the world's unfrozen fresh water, Baikal in Russia's Siberia is a natural wonder of "exceptional value to evolutionary science" meriting its listing as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Baikal's high biodiversity includes over 3,600 plant and animal species, most of which are endemic to the lake.


Rampaging wild boars attack people in Heide, Germany

Four people have reportedly been left injured in Germany after two wild boars went on the rampage
Four people were injured after squealing boars descended on the small city of Heide in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein on Friday morning.

Two fully-grown, "aggressive" wild boars - a male and a female - stormed into the city center shortly after 9 a.m. according to local police statements.

The male then entered the building of a local bank and began attacking people inside before a local hunter was able to shoot and kill the animal. The second boar managed to escape amid the commotion.

Before the shot was fired, emergency services had used ladders to evacuate people from the building's upper-story windows.

Earlier in the day, the male boar had injured a woman after entering an optician's. Christina Norden, a local journalist, shared on Twitter a video of the boar roaming the shop.


Reports of ashfall as Tinakula volcano erupts in the Solomon Islands

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A satellite image of Tinakula, Solomon Islands, taken in 2012
Authorities in the Solomon Islands are trying to work out if there's been any damage after a remote volcano erupted early this morning.

The volcano, Tinakula, which forms an uninhabited island in the northern Temotu province, roared to life at about 2am today.

Villages on nearby islands have reported heavy ashfall.

The director of the National Disaster Management Office in Honiara, Loti Yates, said a police patrol had been deployed from the provincial capital, Lata.

He said information had been slow to trickle out of the remote area, and it could be some time before the full situation was known.

An aviation warning has been issued for the Santa Cruz area.


25ft whale washes up on beach in East Yorkshire, UK

The whale was washed up on a beach close to Flamborough on October 20, 2017
Walkers were left shocked after discovering a whale washed up on a beach close to Flamborough.

The carcass of 25-foot animal, possibly a minke whale, was discovered by a member of the public who alerted the Flamborough RNLI who, in turn, notified Bridlington Coastguard.

The marine creature was discovered at Truckway, between South Landing and the lighthouse, shortly after noon on Friday.

While still intact, the animal was already dead prior to washing up on the beach and is already in a state of decomposition.

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Lightning bolt kills family of three in Rwanda; total of 18 fatalities in 2 weeks

As the rainy season sets in, entities charged with safety have called on the public to be conscious of lightning and also re-echoed extra safety precautions.

Incidents of lightning strikes have been experienced in different parts of the country, with Police recording a number of human and livestock deaths.

In the last two weeks, lightning has claimed 18 people in different parts of the country.

Recent among those was at Gitega Cell, Rurembo Sector in Nyabihu District, where lightning struck and killed a mother and her two children at their home.

The victims were identified as Albertine Nyiransengimana, 28, and her two children James Uwihirwe, 6, and Obed Habineza, 2.


North Alabama records strongest earthquake this year

The star marks the epicenter of the earthquake detected Friday morning near Scottsboro.
What's believed to be the strongest earthquake to be detected in north Alabama this year occurred Friday morning near Scottsboro.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a magnitude 2.9 earthquake was detected about 10:38 a.m.

While that's a minor earthquake likely not to be noticed, it's the strongest one of the year so far. The previous strongest quake was magnitude 2.7 near Decatur.

It's also the fourth quake this year detected in northeast Alabama. Two were near Fort Payne in DeKalb County and another near Scottsboro in Jackson County.

It's at least the eighth earthquake in 2017 detected in the northern half of the state.

Friday's quake was detected nine miles northeast of Scottsboro and 24 miles north northwest of Fort Payne, according to the USGS. It occurred more than 5.6 miles below the earth's surface, the USGS said.