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Canyon rock slide hits tourist boats, killing at least 5 people in Minas Gerais, Brazil

Shocking footage showed screaming tourists crushed beneath the massive pillar of rock

At least 20 people went missing after a collapsing cliffside in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais crushed three tourist boats on the river below, killing five people and injuring others. The navy is investigating the tragedy.

The rockslide occurred at around midday on Saturday, in a canyon along Furnas Lake near the city of Capitolo, Minas Gerais. Disturbing videos showed a shower of smaller rocks falling from the cliff, before an enormous sheet of rock separated from the cliff face and collapsed directly onto several boatloads of tourists in the water below.

Cloud Precipitation

'Unexpected' floods in Queensland, Australia leave 15 missing as ex-cyclone Seth wreaks havoc - 26 inches of rain in 24 hours

Flood waters seen at the Woolooga Trader in Gympie, Queensland. Flooding north of Brisbane has closed highways and cut off some towns.
© Woolooga Trader/AAP
Flood waters seen at the Woolooga Trader in Gympie, Queensland. Flooding north of Brisbane has closed highways and cut off some towns.
Police search for people trapped in vehicles and one man dies in flood waters in Wide Bay and Burnett regions

Parts of Queensland are experiencing major flooding, with the aftermath of ex-tropical Cyclone Seth causing "unexpected" prolonged heavy rain and storms.

The Bureau of Meteorology said there was major flooding in the Wide Bay and Burnett regions, north of Brisbane, causing highways to close and cutting off some towns.

Marodian near Gympie received more than 670mm in the 24 hours to 9am with many other areas receiving at least 300mm.

The Bruce Highway reopened late Saturday morning after the downpour forced it to close earlier.

There were warnings for more heavy rain on Saturday and authorities issued an emergency alert for Maryborough, urging people to reconsider travel.


Piranha attacks in Paraguay leave 4 dead, more than 20 injured this year

4 people were killed by Piranhas while bathing in the rive

4 people were killed by Piranhas while bathing in the river.
Four people were killed and 20 others have been injured in separate piranha attacks in Paraguay this year, causing concern among locals.

On Jan. 2, a 22-year-old man temporarily went missing during a family outing near the Paraguay River, south of the capital Asuncion, at Itá Enramada, as piranhas attacked him and carried him underwater. His family contacted the police and he was found less than an hour later with severe bite marks from the ferocious fish.

In a separate instance, a 49-year-old man was killed in the Paraguay River, in the town of Puerto Rosario, after he went swimming and drowned as a result of a piranha attack. He had bite wounds on his face, according to a report.


3 FEET of snow in less 24 hours: The city Leavenworth in Washington declares state of emergency due to record snowfall

© City of Leavenworth Washington
The City of Leavenworth declared a State of Emergency on Jan. 7 and requested aid from the National Guard after getting 36" of snow in less than 24 hours.

City officials said some areas received as much as 48" of snow in less than 48 hours, calling it "unprecedented and record-breaking snowfall."

Authorities are concerned about the weight of the snow on homes and buildings.

"The emergency declaration allows the City to use local resources that can aid quickly, instead of going through a normal bidding process, and is a pre-requisite for state and federal emergency aid funding," a city official said.

Snowflake Cold

At least 22 dead as heavy snow traps THOUSANDS of vehicles in Pakistan - 4 FEET of snowfall overnight

People walk past vehicles trapped in heavy snow in Murree

People walk past vehicles trapped in heavy snow in Murree
Thousands affected at popular destination of Murree with eight of those killed from same family

Atiq Ahmed, an Islamabad police officer, said eight of the 22 fatalities were from the family of fellow Islamabad police officer Naveed Iqbal, who also died. All 16 died of hypothermia, officials said.

Rescue services physician Abdur Rehman said that after evacuating all of the stranded tourists from their cars, the death toll stood at 22, including 10 men, 10 children and two women.

The interior minister, sheikh Rashid Ahmed, said thousands of vehicles had been pulled from the snow but more than a thousand were still stuck in the area on Saturday.


Snow continues to fall on eastern heights of Algeria

Snow will continue to fall on the eastern heights of more than 1,000 meters until tomorrow Saturday in the morning, according to a special weather bulletin issued today, Friday, by the National Meteorological Office.

This bulletin concerns the states of Bejaia, Jijel, Setif, Mila, Constantine, Guelma, Souk Ahras, Oum El Bouaghi, Tebessa, Khenchela and Batna and the thickness of the snow will range between 15 and 20 cm.

The validity of the special bulletin lasts until tomorrow, Saturday at nine o'clock in the morning.


'Bomb cyclone' threatens east coast, dropping heavy snow on NYC

snow nyc
Some major American cities are experiencing a "bomb cyclone" snowstorm, including New York City.

"Upwards of six inches of snow has reportedly hit the Big Apple according to Accuweather.com, with plenty of commuters having to contend with delays and disruptions on Friday morning," the Independent reported.

Some areas were expected to be hit with a burst of one to two inches of snow an hour as the storm heads northward.


Wolf Volcano in Galapagos Islands erupts spewing lava and clouds of ash over the Pacific Ocean

Eruption of the Wolf Volcano
© Wilson Cabrera - Galapagos National Park
Eruption of the Wolf Volcano
The tallest volcano in the Galapagos Islands has erupted, spewing lava and clouds of ash over the Pacific Ocean.

The Wolf Volcano, situated on Isabela Island, sent gas and ash around 3,793 metres (12,444ft) above sea level following the eruption, Ecuador's Geophysical Institute said.

Beginning just before midnight on Wednesday, the explosion caused lava to flow down the southern and southeastern flanks of the volcano, which is also known as Mount Whiton.

There was no immediate danger to populated areas located on the opposite side of the island, which is the largest in the Galapagos chain.


Strong shallow 6.6-magnitude earthquake hits China's Qinghai province: USGS

The epicentre of the quake, which struck at about 1:45 am at a shallow depth of 10km

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 struck China's remote northwestern Qinghai province early Saturday, the US Geological Survey said.

The epicentre of the quake, which struck at about 1:45 am (1745 GMT) at a shallow depth of 10 kilometres (six miles), was located about 140 kilometres north-northwest of the city of Xining, US seismologists said.

Source: AFP

Cloud Precipitation

Brazil - Damaging flash floods in Barretos, Sao Paolo, after 4 inches of rain in 2 hours

The municipality of Barretos in the northern part of the state of São Paulo, Brazil, declared a state of disaster after a short period of torrential rain caused damaging floods.

According to the municipality government, over 100 mm of rain fell in 2 hours during the afternoon of 06 January 2022.

The ensuing floods blocked roads in at least 8 locations, damaged homes and wiped out a bridge. Water infrastructure was also destroyed, leaving 6 districts without drinking water.

One person was reported missing after being carried away by the current. Local media said firefighters searched throughout 06 January but without success. Search operations will continue into 07 January.