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Man killed in unprovoked dog attack, South Carolina deputies say

A man walking through a South Carolina neighborhood was fatally mauled by dogs Tuesday afternoon, officials say.

According to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office, a witness called 911 to report a man being mauled by two pit bulls in a neighborhood in Moncks Corner.

Deputies responded at approximately 4:40 p.m. to the Pleasant Oak Mobile Home Park in the area of Ayers Drive off of Old Whitesville Road.

"I believe our 911 caller was traveling down Old Whitesville Road and saw the dogs dragging around an object and turned around and then discovered that object was a human being," Berkeley County Sheriff's Capt. Michael Crumbley said. "She did what she could to try to end the attack but there wasn't much to be done. She did the right thing, stayed in her car, called 911."


Powerful 6.6-earthquake strikes off coast of Chile and felt in neighboring Argentina

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck off the coast of northern Chile on Tuesday morning and was felt in several provinces of neighboring Argentina, but there were no immediate reports of damage and authorities said there was no tsunami risk.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake struck at 9:33 a.m. local time (12:33 p.m. GMT), and its epicenter was 42 kilometers (26 miles) southwest of Huasco, a city in Chile's Atacama region. The quake had a depth of 35 kilometers (22 miles).

Chile's national emergency office did not report any damages or injuries, and the Chilean navy dismissed the possibility of a tsunami.


Earthquake hits with 'sound like thunder' and 'bang' that mystifies residents in Wales

Wales earthquake
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Llanfigael was the epicentre of an earthquake that struck in Wales, October 30, 2023
An earthquake struck Anglesey last night measuring 1.3 on the Richter scale, with its epicentre recorded as Llanfigael, according to the British Geological Survey

Anglesey was hit by an earthquake last night, with terrified witnesses reporting a sound "like thunder".

The quake measured 1.3 on the Richter scale and its epicentre was in Llanfigael, according to the British Geological Survey. The exact time of the quake was 11.27pm, at a depth of 12km. Despite not being a large earthquake, a post on the North Wales Storm Watch Facebook group described the sound as "like thunder with a bang nothing like past quakes that we have had here also sounded like it was in the sky".

Comment: A airburst like a mini-Tunguska event? The small size of the quake, as opposed to the sound it made would seem to point in that direction.


Flood sweeps away 3 people in central province of Vietnam

A house inundated in floods in central Ha Tinh
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A house inundated in floods in central Ha Tinh Province on Oct. 30, 2023.
Two women and a child in Ha Tinh Province in central Vietnam were swept away by flood on Monday, two of their bodies have been found drowned and one is still missing.

Around 10 a.m. on Monday, Tong Thi Trang, 33 and Nguyen Thi Hoa, 31, in Ha Linh Commune were on their way home through a rainstorm after work in Ha Linh Commune, Huong Khe District when they got swept away by the flood.

At 3 p.m., the women's relatives called the police when the two did not return home.

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Tropical Storm Pilar slamming portions of Central America with up to 10-15 inches of rain

Tropical Storm Pilar

Tropical Storm Pilar
Central America is currently being hit with heavy rains from Tropical Storm Pilar, following deadly Hurricane Otis.

El Salvador has declared a State of National Emergency as the strengthening storm threatens the Pacific Coast of Central America with over a foot of rain, which could trigger mountain landslides.

"Coming up against the Pacific coast of Mexico, an oddball situation with Otis which turned into a deadly, destructive Category 5 at landfall," FOX Weather meteorologist Amy Freeze said. "And all of a sudden, we're watching Pilar under a microscope."

Tropical Storm Pilar is about 175 south-southwest of San Salvador, El Salvador, moving east-northeast at 3 mph. Maximum sustained winds are 50 mph and tropical-storm-force winds stretch out 70 miles.

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Hailstones the size of golf balls hit several parts of South Africa

Hailstones the size of golf balls hit several parts on Sunday

Hailstones the size of golf balls hit several parts on Sunday
Hailstones the size of golf balls hit several parts on Sunday. More severe thunderstorms are expected in the coming days.



Aspen Snowmass pounded by snowmageddon! - 2 feet of snow in 24 hours

It sounds like the plot to a highly questionable adult documentary, but it's true. Hey, I'm just quoting Open Snow.

The 'Mass and Highlands got "24 inches in 24 hours."

Everyone in the 'hood here in the RFV has been posting and reporting pics of the measuring stick at AS this morning.

And in the wake of this white tsunami, that "stake" is lookin' mighty short.


Ground uplift continues at Thorbjorn Complex, volcano-tectonic unrest affecting wide area of Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland

© Golli
Updated 29th of October at 2pm

The latest cGPS deformation data around the Þorbjörn and Svartengi area confirm that the deformation, which started 27 October, continues. As initially stated, the ongoing deformation rates are higher than in previous events which occurred in a similar area in 2020 and 2022. Overall, the seismicity north of Grindavík has been declining over the past 24 hours and there are no significant changes in earthquake depths. However, it is important to emphasise that the current deformation may trigger renewed seismicity in the area that could be felt by people.

New satellite data are expected to be delivered later today, and a new interferogram will be processed as soon as the data are available. The results will allow us to identify and interpret the deformation processes that have occurred on the peninsula over the past 12 days. We expected to publish the results tomorrow.

An episode of complex volcano-tectonic unrest is currently affecting the Reykjanes Peninsula. It is interpreted to result from multiple deformation sources at depth, which are interacting and affecting a wide area across the peninsula.


Klyuchevskoy volcano in Russia continues erupting

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Tokyo warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 29000 ft (8800 m) altitude or flight level 290 and is moving at 20 kts in E direction.

The full report is as follows:

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Torrential rain and flooding hits parts of Saudi Arabia and adjacent Oman and Qatar

Several areas in Saudi Arabia including Al Baha have been experiencing torrential rain.

Several areas in Saudi Arabia including Al Baha have been experiencing torrential rain.
A Saudi man was able to save a family trapped in their car by flooding resulting from heavy rain.

An online video showed the man using a bulldozer in the successful rescue that was reportedly carried out in Al Makhwah governorate in Al Baha in south-western Saudi Arabia.

In the footage, the volunteer rescuer is seen positioning the bulldozer to head off the family's car from being swept away by the strong flood.

He eventually manages to escort the car with the riders inside to safety. People, who happened to be on the scene, greeted the rescuer for his good deed.

Comment: Similar recent scenes form nearby countries in the region:

Additionally, see these other recent reports from the Middle East: