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Huge sandstorm and storms hit Santa Rosa, Argentina

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Horrible wall of sand sweeps everything away. Sandstorm and storm hit La Pampa, Argentina


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Tropical Storm Vicky brings heavy rains to Philippines, leaves at least 5 dead - record-breaking 21st storm for the season

Tropical Storm Vicky
At least five people died in the Philippines in the onslaught of tropical depression Vicky in what has proved to be a record-breaking storm season in the nation, media reported.

Two people died and a minor was injured after a landslide swept away a section of road in the southern region of Leyte amid heavy rains, state Philippines news Agency reported.

Another three people drowned in floods in the Surigao Del Sur province, where some 50 homes were severely damaged, the CNN Philippines reported citing the local governor.

The Philippine National Police deployed nearly 1,600 search and rescue personnel to aid in mitigating the consequences of the storm, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.


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Huge waterspout filmed at Sdot Yam Beach, Israel

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Huge waterspout captured at Sdot Yam Beach, Israel on Dec 17th.


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Super cyclone Yasa slams Fiji bringing floods & landslides, wind gusts up to 214 MPH - 4 reported dead (UPDATE)

An entire road in Rakiraki is underwater. It has been raining in the region since 10am on Thursday morning.
© The Fiji Times
An entire road in Rakiraki is underwater. It has been raining in the region since 10am on Thursday morning.
A powerful "super storm" is has hit the Pacific Island, nation of Fiji this evening, bringing with it destructive, hurricane-force winds, flooding and massive waves.

The severe category five Cyclone Yasa was carrying wind speeds of, up to 240 kilometres per hour, when it made landfall on the island of Vanua Levu, with wind gusts of up to 345kph, Fiji's meteorological service said.

More than 1,000 evacuation centres, have been prepared across Fiji's two main islands, and the Government has declared, a "State of Natural Disaster" for the next 30 days to respond to the crisis.

It is urging residents to stock up on food and water, board up windows and move to higher ground if safe to do so.


Comment: Update: Xinhuanet.com reports on December 19:
Fiji reports 4 deaths due to tropical cyclone Yasa

Fiji has reported four deaths in total as of Saturday as a result of the tropical cyclone Yasa which battered the island nation over the past two days.

According to a statement by Fiji's National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) on Saturday, the latest cases are a 50-year-old man from the western side of Viti Levu, the main island, and another person from Ba also in one of the provinces in the western side of the main island.

This is in addition to the two cases that were confirmed dead by the National Disaster Management Office on Friday.

A reconnaissance flight left for Labasa, Vanua Levu on Saturday to carry out initial damage assessment in the outer northern maritime islands.

In a briefing at the Northern Emergency Operation Center, Fiji's Minister for Defence and Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu said on Saturday they need to know the situation on the ground in these islands so they can determine the volume of assistance.

Seruiratu added that the aerial survey will also cover areas in the northern side which were badly affected.

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Office will deploy teams consisting of disciplined forces, essential workers and civil servants to distribute food rations and non-food items to villages and communities in the most affected areas of Vanua Levu, Fiji's second largest island.

NDMO Director Vasiti Soko said that they are sending 10,000 food packs for people in evacuation centers and for those in need as they conduct the initial damage assessments.

Soko added that in the meantime, they are prioritizing deployment of food and availability of non-food items to Vanua Levu.

The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji is reminding shipping companies that restrictive travel remains in force for some islands such as Kadavu in the southern part of the country.

Soko said that any travel to these islands must be approved by the NDMO.

Meanwhile, all other maritime transport involving passengers and cargoes have resumed services from Saturday.

The tropical cyclone season in the South Pacific region runs between November and April every year and Fiji is expected to experience up to three tropical cyclones during the current season.



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Pit bull terrier fatally attacks man visiting friends in Joliet, Illinois

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A 46-year-old Joliet man is dead after being mauled by a pit bull terrier Thursday night.

Erick J. Quinn was visiting friends when the attack occurred. Quinn stepped in to calm the dog, which became agitated when two women in the home Quinn was visiting began arguing about money, said Joliet Police Sgt. Dwayne English.

"He stepped in to calm the dog and that's when the dog turned on him," English said.

Joliet police were called to the home, located in the 1200 block of Arthur Avenue, at 6:21 p.m. Thursday. When police arrived at the home, Quinn was unresponsive and had "extensive injuries to his body," according to a news release from the Joliet Police Department.

Comment: In the same city back in the summer: 1-year-old girl dies in pit bull attack at July 4th party in Joliet, Illinois


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Gigantic waterspout filmed off Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

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Watch: Waterspout spotted near Watch: Waterspout spotted near Picton Hill, Trinidad and Tobagol, Trinidad and Tobago


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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: N. Hemisphere record snow explained by bigger flakes: The gaslight

Winter storm Gail record snow
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Hourly Snowfall totals termed "Unfathomable" occurring in the USA during Winter Storm Gail, Japan with its seven foot storm and Europe with 6+ feet in two days. The media tells us it a fluffier type of snow that stacks higher than regular snow, so what is really happening across the N. Hemisphere?


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30,000 tremors have rocked Antarctica since the end of August, scientists say

Scientists say the seismic activity in Antarctica since the end of August is unusual.

Scientists say the seismic activity in Antarctica since the end of August is unusual.
Scientists at the University of Chile record the spike in seismic activity - including one strong quake of magnitude 6.

More than 30,000 tremors have rocked Antarctica since the end of August, according to new research.

Scientists at the University of Chile recorded the spike in seismic activity while studying the remote icy continent.

The university's National Seismological Centre said the small quakes - including one stronger one of magnitude 6 - were detected in the Bransfield Strait.

This is a 60-mile wide ocean channel between the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Several tectonic plates and microplates meet near the strait, leading to frequent rumbling - but the past three months have been unusual, researchers said.

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5.5 magnitude earthquake causes landslides in Arequipa, Peru

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An earthquake of magnitude 5.5 reported in Peru

According to data from Volcano Discovery, a quake measuring a magnitude of 5.5 was reported near Ciudad Satelite, Provincia de Arequipa in Peru at 12;48 local time on Wednesday, December 16.

The German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported that the earthquake occurred at a depth of 86 kilometres but the agency has advised that the exact details may be revised as seismologists continue to review the data.


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Roof of athletic dome collapses from heavy snowfall in Binghamton, New York

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The roof of an athletic dome in Binghamton — one of the largest in the state — collapsed Wednesday night as the area was pummeled with over three feet of snow.

Bahij Kashou, the owner of The Greater Binghamton Sports Complex, told WICZ the roof couldn't handle the reported 40 inches of snow that fell in the area.

"Usually, you know depending on how the snow comes, if it comes around two or three days it's different," Kashou said.