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Two hikers killed by lightning in Brunei

Two hikers were fatally struck by lightning in Bukit Sarang Helang, Tasek Lama Recreational Park during a sudden turn in weather yesterday.

Both men - foreigners - were found unconscious 2.5 kilometres from the entrance of the park.

The Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) was alerted of the incident around noon and firefighters were dispatched to bring the men to safety.


Iceland Reykjanes volcano update - Alert level raised, magma is on the move

Iceland Reykjanes Volcano

Iceland Reykjanes Volcano
The alert level of the Reykjanes volcano in Iceland was just raised from green to yellow. This change was made in response to the confirmation of a new intrusion of magma on the Reykjanes peninsula. This new intrusion is centered underneath the Svartsengi geothermal power plant, and is quite likely to result in a new volcanic eruption. If an eruption were to occur, it would be likely to have an explosive component to it and potentially affect the city of Grindavik. This video will discuss the odds of a new volcanic eruption and how explosive it might be.


Lightning strike kills cow just steps from family's front porch, Alabama farm says

The Autauga Farming Company in Alabama
© Autauga Farming Company, Inc.
The Autauga Farming Company in Alabama says one of its cows was struck and killed by lightning during a passing storm on May 15.
A cow was killed "on the spot" by a lightning strike on a family-owned farm in central Alabama, the family said.

The family was wrapping up a get-together on Sunday, May 15, during which it had been raining with some thunder, the Autauga Farming Company Inc. said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

That's when a thunderous "BOOM" rang out and a relative "looked up just in time to see one of our cows fall over in the pasture," they said.

No other farm animals were hurt. The bovine was struck within a hundred yards of the family's front porch, according to the farm's post.

"We have never had one hit this close to our home," the family wrote. "We had a stark and vivid demonstration today of why you don't want to be outside if lightning could be in the area."


Dust storms sweep Iraq, the latest in a series hitting the region in recent weeks

Dust storms hit Iraq today, on May 16th 2022.

Businesses and schools were forced to close as dust storms swept across the country, blocking the sun and turning the sky red.

The capital city of Baghdad was particularly affected, with flights cancelled as visibility decreased.

As winds increased, roads were closed with travel unsafe, causing car accidents. Citizens were advised to stay indoors, with air purity decreasing as debris filled the air.

This is the latest in a series of dust storms hitting the region in recent weeks, as strong winds combine with dry weather. Authorities are monitoring the situation over the coming days.

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'Is it all worth it?': farmers left heartbroken as Queensland floods ruin crops in Australia

Flooding near Lowood in Queensland on Friday. Farmers and communities are counting the cost and beginning the clean-up as the flood waters subside across the state.
© David Kelly
Flooding near Lowood in Queensland on Friday. Farmers and communities are counting the cost and beginning the clean-up as the flood waters subside across the state.
Shoppers warned the price of fresh fruit and vegetables will rise after latest rain event

A "gut-wrenching" clean up and recovery is under way across Queensland as the flood waters slowly subside from the second major rain event this year.

Queensland's southern interior remained on edge on Monday as river systems continue to rise, with flood warnings in place for the Mary, Condamine, Balonne, Thompson and Cooper river and creek catchments.

But as the rain event eased, the focus shifted to recovery efforts in the Lockyer Valley, where Laidley's main street and surrounding farmland were swamped by flood waters.

While the immediate cost of repair was still being counted, Australians have been warned the price of fresh fruit and vegetables will increase in the wake of the disaster.

Farmers who risked planting after the February deluge lost entire crops and face financial ruin after the second deluge.

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Mudslides and 28,000 lightning strikes as storms hit northwest France

Thousands of homes are still without power and a Normandy children's home was set alight by lightning. Other areas are now on storm alert.

Violent storms hit northwestern parts of France last night (Sunday, May 15) resulting in power cuts for 5,500 homes with 28,000 lightning strikes recorded between Manche (Normandy) and Maine-et-Loire (Pays de la Loire).

Some 5,000 of these homes were still without electricity this morning, as Enedis stated that "the biggest repairs need to be done [today]."


Tonga eruption was 'record atmospheric explosion'

Weather satellites captured the climactic eruption.

Weather satellites captured the climactic eruption.
The eruption of the Tonga volcano in January has been confirmed as the biggest explosion ever recorded in the atmosphere by modern instrumentation.

It was far bigger than any 20th Century volcanic event, or indeed any atom bomb test conducted after WWII.

The assessment comes in a pair of scholarly papers in the journal Science that have reviewed all the data.

Of recent history, it's likely only the Krakatoa eruption of 1883 rivalled the atmospheric disturbance produced.

That catastrophic event in Indonesia is thought to have claimed more than 30,000 lives. Fortunately, the 15 January climactic eruption of the underwater volcano at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai (HTHH) in the south Pacific resulted in very few deaths, even though it too produced large tsunamis.

"Tonga was a truly global event, just as Krakatau was, but we've now got all these geophysical observation systems and they recorded something that was really unprecedented in the modern data," Dr Robin Matoza, from the University of California, Santa Barbara, told BBC News. He is the lead author on one of the papers.


This week in volcano news - Yellowstone earthquake, unrest at Andes supervolcano

Big Ben

Big Ben
In the last week, there was significant seismic activity at a supervolcano. One of these supervolcanoes has an ongoing intrusion of magma at 3 miles or 5 kilometers depth in Chile and could produce an eruption in the next several months.

Also, in Yellowstone National Park, a magnitude 4.2 quake occurred which led some people to speculate that it was volcanic in origin. And, in Australia, the nation's most active volcano produced a new eruption, sending a lava flow 2.5 kilometers downslope.

This video will discuss these volcano related news stories, as told and analyzed by a volcanologist.


Three-year-old boy dies following suspected dog attack in Rochdale, UK

dog attack
A police investigation has been launched after a three-year-old boy died after a suspected dog attack in Greater Manchester.

Officers were called out to a property in Carr Lane, Milnrow, at 1.15pm on Sunday. The boy was taken to hospital by ambulance, where he was pronounced dead.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Detective Superintendent Jamie Daniels said the force was probing "previous incidents involving dogs" at the property.

Det Supt Daniels, of GMP's public protection and serious crime division, said: "This is a tragic, devastating incident and our thoughts are with the family at this horrendous time.


Surprising snowfall in Sichuan, China creates amazing scenery in early summer

Unexpected snowfall on Mount Emei in southwest China's Sichuan Province has created amazing and unique scenery in early summer.

According to the local meteorology authority, the snowfall is measured as being medium level, with a thickness of two centimeters, which is rare on Mount Emei in the middle of May. Mount Emei is a famous UNESCO World Heritage site located in the southern part of the province.