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Floodwaters submerge parts of outback South Australia as record-breaking rains washes away highway and cars - 6 inches of rainfall in 24 hours

A section of the Olympic Dam Highway connecting Woomera and Roxby Downs was washed away by floodwaters.

A section of the Olympic Dam Highway connecting Woomera and Roxby Downs was washed away by floodwaters.
Rescue crews have been kept busy by outback floodwaters and record-breaking rains, which have continued to cause havoc in South Australia's north and west, washing away roads as well as cars.

The weather bureau said some locations had set "all-time records" in terms of rainfall, while social media is awash with photos and videos of inundated highways.

Several people were rescued by the State Emergency Service (SES) after becoming trapped by floodwaters — including one who was swept 80 metres downstream and waited on top of his semi-submerged car for "at least four hours" as crews travelled to his remote location.

An entire section of the Olympic Dam Highway was also eroded between Pimba and Woomera, cutting off access from Roxby Downs.

Snowflake Cold

Rare sight as Mykonos and all Cyclades are covered by snow in Greece

Mykonos on Sunday is covered in a thick layer of snow.
© Greek Reporter/Stacey Papaioannou
Mykonos on Sunday is covered in a thick layer of snow.
Mykonos woke up on Sunday covered in snow, a rare event on the cosmopolitan Greek island.

Locals say that the last time this amount of snow fell on Cyclades was decades ago.

Locals captured the fairytale scenes as snow covered the famous beaches of the island, such as Psarou, Super Paradise, and Elia.

Snowflake Cold

Extreme cold weather hits eastern parts of the US

The Eastern U.S. is being slammed by snowstorms with freezing temperatures, snow and ice hitting the region from north to south.

The extreme weather is freezing roads and prompting warnings for drivers as far south as Texas and Louisiana to stay off the roads.

Jennifer Johnson reports.

Ice Cube

More climate backtracking: 'A warming arctic drove Earth into the little ice age'

Ice and city
© Angela Harburn
Ice and the City
They're acting like this is new news, as if nobody had ever thought of it before: 'Scientists Discover A Warming Arctic Drove Earth Into The Little Ice Age'. They're even calling it "surprising".

As reported by MSN, following an era known as the medieval warm period - so that did exist then...? - temperatures in Europe in the early 15th century plunged in what has become known as The Little Ice Age (LIA).

This remarkable multicentennial period of cold brought increased glaciation to the mountains, an expansion of sea ice, crop failures, famines and disease across the European continent. Flip-flopping summers - with extremes at both ends of the spectrum - were chased by brutally harsh winters, during which rivers and canals routinely froze over. In the UK, for example, the first River Thames "frost fair" was held in 1608, and was an almost annual occurrence until the last one in 1814 - so before the AGW Party's proposed date for the start of the industrial revolution (≈1880) when global temperatures supposedly began climbing due to increasing CO2 emissions ...[one day we'll laugh]...

There are, as there should be and as is healthy, numerous potential explanations for what caused temperatures to plummet during the LIA. Top of the list are heightened levels of volcanic activity, reduced solar activity, and even the impact of the black death reducing the human population - Bill Gates' fave.

But scientists at the University of Massachusetts believe they have found a "new" key factor in why temperatures plunged to their coldest in 10,000 years - and they're pretending like it hasn't already been covered by 'alternative' outlets for years: "Surprisingly," the researchers say, "the cooling appears to have been triggered by an unusually warm episode."

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Arrow Down

Dump truck falls into sinkhole in Birmingport, Alabama

Dump truck falls into sinkhole in Birmingport
© Ryan Cartee
Dump truck falls into sinkhole in Birmingport
Crews in Birmingport are investigating after a dump truck fell inside of a sinkhole.

Officials with the Birmingport Fire Department say a man was eating lunch in the truck in the parking lot of a grocery store, when the ground gave way. The back end of the truck fell about six to eight feet. Officials say it looks like a culvert under the ground dropped away. Officials say there was some diesel leakage, but crews stopped most of it from getting into the creek near the road. No injuries have been reported.

The Jefferson County EMA and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are investigating.


Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes near Unalaska, Alaska

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck south of Unalaska in Alaska, a major fishing port with 4,700 full-time residents, on Friday, the Alaska Earthquake Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks said.

The quake struck at 8:17 p.m. (0517 GMT on Saturday), the center said.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), which registered the quake at 6.2 magnitude, said it struck 74 km (46 miles) south of Unalaska at a depth of 3 km (2 miles).

The U.S. Tsunami Warning System said there was no tsunami warning after the quake.

(Reporting by Akriti Sharma in Bengaluru and Yereth Rosen; Editing by William Mallard)

Source: Reuters


Magnitude 6 quake strikes Talaud Islands, Indonesia

An earthquake of magnitude 6 struck the Talaud Islands in Indonesia on Saturday, the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) said.

The quake was at a depth of 24 km (15 miles), GFZ said.


Magnitude 6.3 earthquake shakes Japan

A magnitude-6.3 offshore earthquake occurred off the east coast of Kyushu at around 01:08 JST Jan. 22.

The epicenter was about 24 km (15 miles) south-southeast of Saiki, Japan.

Strong shaking was probably felt in areas of southern Japan near the epicenter, particularly in eastern Kyushu.

The temblor did not immediately prompt the US Tsunami Warning System to issue a tsunami warning, advisory, watch, or threat. No casualties or damage were immediately reported in connection with the earthquake.


Dead dolphin appears on beach on the Costa del Sol, Spain - the 8th since December

The dolphin was spotted by local residents on Monday
The dolphin was spotted by local residents on Monday
It is the eighth such animal that has appeared on the Costa del Sol's beaches since December

A dead dolphin has been taken to the Aula del Mar in Malaga after washing up on Nerja's La Torrecilla beach on Monday. Local residents alerted Civil Protection officers, who in turn contacted the Endangered Marine Species Recovery Centre (Cream) of the Aula del Mar.

Biologist José Luis Mons, one of the founders of the Aula del Mar, explained to SUR on Tuesday that pending the results of the necropsy, the animal may have been pregnant but he could not specify the exact cause of death. "Adult specimens can live between 12 and 15 years, and this one would have been around seven years old," the expert added.


Crowds gather to see huge dead whale carcass on Spanish beach

A major operation is underway on the La Rada beach in Estepona to remove the carcas
© Backgrid
A major operation is underway on the La Rada beach in Estepona to remove the carcas
A 40ft whale has washed up on a beach in southern Spain in a sad and rare phenomenon.

The marine mammal - which is a fin whale - is thought to have beached itself after becoming injured.

Crowds gathered on the La Rada beach in Estepona to see and take pictures of the carcass.

Jose Luis Mons, from the Centre for the Recovery of Marine Species, told The Olive Press: 'It is not common to find whales stranded here on the beach, but tragically it does happen on some occasions.