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Lightning strike kills 3 in Tamil Nadu, India

Three persons were killed on the spot after being struck by lightning in Paraiyattur village near Aranthangi in Pudukottai district on Monday.

The deceased, identified as R. Illaiyaraja, 38, P. Sanjay, 18, and P. Sanjana, 16, died of severe burns.

According to the police, the incident occurred when Sanjay and Sanjana, who were siblings, were returning from school with their uncle Illaiyaraja on a two-wheeler amid heavy downpour.


15-foot oarfish from the ocean depths washes up on beach in Chile

A 15-foot oarfish — thought to be a harbinger of impending earthquakes — washed ashore in Chile.
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A 15-foot oarfish — thought to be a harbinger of impending earthquakes — washed ashore in Chile.
It's a deep-sea harbinger of doom.

Locals were flabbergasted after a 15-foot oarfish — which is rumored to be a sign of impending earthquakes — drifted ashore on a beach in Chile. A video of the alleged oceanic bad omen is currently making waves online as viewers worry about a possible seismic event, Jam Press reported.

The massive oarfish — which is the world's largest bony fish, capable of growing to 56 feet long — washed up on the coast of Isla Talcán in Chile's Desertores Islands. Footage captured the tremor-predicting denizen of the deep, which has silver scales, a fiery orange head tassel and a dorsal fin traversing its body from head to tail.

This sighting was particularly rare given that the species generally reside at depths between 656 and 3,200 feet below the ocean's surface. In fact, many people believe that oarfish strandings are signs that an earthquake is around the corner.

Comment: For the record, 4 days after the discovery and about 400 miles to the north: Shallow magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes near coast of Chile


Hundreds rescued, towns isolated after more floods in New South Wales, Australia

Floods in Eugowra, NSW, Australia, November
Floods in Eugowra, NSW, Australia, November 2022.
Emergency services have carried out more than 200 flood rescues in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, after widespread heavy rain from 12 November 2022 led to dangerous flash flooding across much of the state.

Flash flooding has also struck in parts of neighbouring Victoria state, where over 50 people have been rescued. Severe weather including strong winds has left thousands without power in South Australia, while heavy rain and flooding are forecast for Tasmania in the coming days.

New South Wales

New South Wales State Emergency Services (NSW SES) said widespread rainfall and thunderstorms led to dangerous flash flooding.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) issued a severe weather warning for areas of the Central Western Region of New South Wales, including heavy rainfall and flash flooding for towns of Eugowra, Derribong and Canowindra.

Comment: Related: 4.2 million lightning strikes during wild weekend storms in Australia

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4.2 million lightning strikes during wild weekend storms in Australia

One of the weekend’s lightning strikes over Pinkertons Plains in SA on Saturday.
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One of the weekend’s lightning strikes over Pinkertons Plains in SA on Saturday.
Australia just endured a weekend of prolific thunderstorm activity, with more 4.2 million lightning strikes detected across the country on Saturday and Sunday.

- A perfect mix of thunderstorm-producing ingredients lined up over Australia on the weekend:

- A cold pool of air swept across southern Australia with the passage of a cut-off upper-level low

- This cold air clashed with a much warmer and moisture-laden air mass sitting over the Australian continent

- These contrasting air masses caused the atmosphere to become very unstable and allowed a powerful stream of upper-level winds to develop over Australia

A series of surface-based low pressure troughs provided the trigger mechanisms for widespread thunderstorms to develop


6.1 magnitude earthquake hits Japan, no tsunami warning issued

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake was detected off central Japan on Monday, shaking Tokyo and other cities, officials said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake struck at 5:09 pm (0809 GMT) off central Mie prefecture with a depth of about 350 kilometres (217 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

There were no reports of damage or injuries and no abnormalities were detected at the Fukushima nuclear plants, according to public broadcaster NHK.

The US Geological Survey also measured the quake at a magnitude of 6.1.

The Fukushima and Ibaraki prefectures, north of Tokyo, experienced stronger shaking on Japan's seismic scale, despite the regions being hundreds of kilometres from the epicentre.


6.1-magnitude earthquake hits south of Fiji Islands - 6th major quake for the region in 5 days

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 hit the southern part of Fiji Islands on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 627.4 km, was initially determined to be at 26.042 degrees south latitude and 178.226 degrees east longitude.

No tsunami warning was issued after the earthquake.

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At least one death in Colombia due to heavy rains in Bogota

At least one person has died in Colombia as a result of heavy rains in several regions of Cudinamarca, in the center of the country, which have caused landslides, falling trees and floods.

A 27-year-old woman lost her life on Saturday while riding a motorcycle in the municipality of La Calera, in Bogota, after heavy rainfall caused a river to overflow, causing the young woman to be trapped in the water and die from drowning.

As reported by the authorities and picked up by the local media 'El Tiempo', a total of nine people had to be rescued in the same locality due to a landslide in a road with the same name, La Calera.

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Unprecedented storm floods Spain, shuts down airport killing 1 minor

People Rescued From Cars After Floods Hit Valencia, Spain

People rescued from cars after floods hit Valencia, Spain
An unprecedented record-breaking storm wreaked havoc in Spain on Saturday as it shut down the Valencia airport, left thousands without power and caused significant flooding, killing one minor.

The worst-hit area so far is the region of Valencia, where some towns have begun to resemble Venice after torrential rainfall.

The weather station at the Valencia airport recorded 66.1 liters of rain per square meter in just one hour - the most intense rainfall on record for November and the third-most torrential in recorded history, according to Spanish meteorological agency AEMET.

The torrential rain is accompanied by strong winds, hail and lightning.


Eight-year-old boy mauled to death by neighbour's pit bull in Bloemfontein, South Africa

Free State police on Sunday said a pit bull had to be shot dead after it mauled to death an eight-year-old boy at his home in Vista Park, Bloemfontein.

It is alleged the dog escaped from its enclosure and jumped over the fence into the neighbour's premises at around 2pm on Saturday.

Police spokesperson Lt-Col Thabo Covane said the dog attacked the child, who was playing alone. It bit him severely on the neck and chest.

"The police and paramedics were summoned to the scene and the boy was declared dead on the scene. The beast was put to death," said Covane.

An inquest docket has since been opened at the Mangaung police station.


Shallow magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes near coast of Chile

Very strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake at 18 km depth

A shallow magnitude 6.2 earthquake was reported late at night near Curanilahue, Arauco, Region del Biobio, Chile.

According to the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the quake hit on Saturday, November 12th, 2022, at 11:24 pm local time at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.