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Shallow 6.3-magnitude earthquake hits 88 km W of Labasa, Fiji: USGS

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake jolted 88 km W of Labasa, Fiji at 16:28:22 GMT on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 16.2792 degrees south latitude and 178.5516 degrees east longitude.


Indonesia's Semeru Volcano erupts again prompting evacuation

Mount Semeru
Indonesia's Mount Semeru, the highest peak on the island of Java and an active volcano, awoke on 4 December, spewing a plume of smoke high into the air with fast-moving currents of hot gas and ash rolling down the hillside, swallowing nearby villages.

Early Sunday morning, Indonesia's Semeru volcano erupted, spewing a 2 km high column of ash into the sky.

According to Reuters, authorities announced an evacuation of everyone living nearby.


Shallow 6.0-magnitude eathquake hits Prince Edward Islands region: USGS

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 jolted Prince Edward Islands region at 20:05:44 GMT on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 47.1 degrees south latitude and 33.4549 degrees east longitude.

Source: Xinhua

Snowflake Cold

Heavy snow falling along Sea of Japan coast - up to 2 feet recorded

Japanese weather officials are warning of possible traffic disruptions and power outages as heavy snow continues falling mainly along the Sea of Japan coast.

The Meteorological Agency says snowfall is intensifying on Saturday due to a strong winter pressure pattern and the emergence of a cold air mass.

The snow is also accumulating. As of 11 a.m., up to 63 centimeters of snow had piled up in Minakami Town, Gunma Prefecture, 55 centimeters in Shinano Town, Nagano Prefecture, and 52 centimeters in the city of Sapporo, Hokkaido.


Wisconsin woman dies saving son from pit bull attack

The family of a 35-year-old Shawano County woman is calling her a "hero" after she saved her 4-year-old son from an attack by the family's dog last week.

Heather Pingel, a stay-at-home mother of two and a 2005 Wittenberg-Birnamwood graduate, was rushed by paramedics to Aspirus Wausau Hospital following the Dec. 8 incident at the family's home in Bowler, but her injuries were extensive and she died about noon Thursday, according to her sister, Shannon Pingel.

Her son, Damion Bernarde, received roughly 70 stitches to his leg following the incident, but he is back home with family, Shannon said.

"She is the bravest, strongest mother I know to do that for her child; she risked her life to save him," Shannon said. "She is a hero."


Vengeful monkey pack attacks and kills 250 dogs in retaliation for baby monkey's death in Maharashtra, India

Enraged monkeys have killed 250 dogs

Enraged monkeys have killed 250 dogs in an Indian district by dragging them to the top of buildings and trees and dropping them. Pictured: Footage purportedly showing a monkey carrying a puppy on a roof in India, Lavul village
Over the past month, the villages of Majalgaon and Lavool in Maharashtra, India, have witnessed increasing violence from local monkeys towards dogs. According to local reports, as many as 250 dogs have been killed by the primates who would drag them to the top of trees and buildings and then throw them to their deaths.

One shocking picture shows a monkey carrying a puppy to the edge of a building, ready to throw it to the ground.

Video footage shared by thousands online showed chases between dogs and primates in the streets and local people visibly frightened by the fights.

The reason behind so much violence is reportedly revenge.

It was reported a pack of dogs mauled a baby monkey to death which started the war between the two local species.


Lake Tahoe received up to 8.5 FEET of snow in 5 days

Buses lie buried at Palisades Tahoe.
© Ryan Salm
Buses lie buried at Palisades Tahoe.
Just last week, the mountains of the Sierra Nevada were bare and brown. Leaves were long gone. We were in a holding pattern, just waiting and waiting for water to fall from the sky. A surprise storm in October blessedly drenched the Sierra Nevada, but after that, almost six weeks passed with hardly any precipitation.

Today, the scenery looks entirely different. The Sierra Nevada mountains are painted white. Roads are like tunnels between tall snowbanks. Tree boughs are heavy with snow. And the mountains are donning a white coat, winter's finest.

Lake Tahoe received somewhere between 4 and 8.5 feet of snow in five days, according to Bryan Allegretto, who forecasts and tracks snowfall in the Lake Tahoe region for Open Snow. On Thursday morning, snowflakes continued to fall lightly, a quiet cap to a fierce storm that jump-started winter from hardly a pulse to fully alive.

Arrow Down

Dramatic moment sinkhole swallows entire house in Ecuador


Giant sinkhole swallows houses in Ecuador's Zaruma
Dramatic footage shows how a building collapsed in the southern Ecuadorian city of Zaruma late on Wednesday night as the ground beneath it gave away.

The terrifying footage shows onlookers looking and gasping as the sinkhole consumes the house.

Local residents complained this wasn't the first time a sinkhole has opened up in the heritage city, pinning the blame on uncontrolled mining.

No casualties have been reported in the collapse.

Cloud Precipitation

Deadly flash floods in Erbil, Iraq - at least 8 killed

Flood damage in Erbil, December 2021.
© Erbil Civil Defence
Flood damage in Erbil, December 2021.
At least 8 people have died and more are feared missing after flash floods struck in the city of Erbil, capital of the autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq, for the second time in 6 weeks.

Authorities said heavy rain began to fall late on 16 December 2021, causing floods in the city of Erbil and surrounding areas of Erbil governorate early the following day. Cars, buses and trucks were swept along streets in a repeat of the flash floods that struck in Erbil in late October this year.

As of 17 December, 8 fatalities were reported, including 7 people who drowned in flood water and one person who died from a lightning strike. More are feared missing and search and rescue operations are ongoing. Officials urged residents to stay off the roads and avoid flooded areas. As of late 17 December the flood waters had receded and authorities had started to clear flood debris in affected areas.


Shallow magnitude 6 earthquake in South Sandwich Islands region

6.0 magnitude earthquake

UTC time: Thursday, December 16, 2021 21:14 PM
Your time: Thursday, December 16, 2021, 9:14 PM GMT
Magnitude Type: mww
USGS page: M 6.0 - South Sandwich Islands region
USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist
Reports from the public: 0 people
15 km depth