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Two avalanches after heavy May snowfall in French Alps kill 7 - total of 12 such deaths within week for region

Two avalanches in the French Alpine region of Savoie left seven people dead Saturday, prefecture sources said.

Local authorities had already warned Friday of unstable snow formations given a recent falloff in temperatures.

The first avalanche occurred late morning at Valloire, a village close to the 2,642-metre (8,670 foot) Col du Galibier mountain, killing four local people aged between 42 and 76.

They were among a five-strong group of walkers one of whom was found safe and well by rescuers after two helicopters were scrambled.

Comment: Details of the other fatalities: Five killed in two snow avalanches in the French Alps

Some footage of the recent snowfall in the district of Savoie:


Sudden floods hit Patzun, Guatemala


Sudden floods hit Patzun, Chimaltenango Guatemala.

Cloud Precipitation

Massive floods hit Medellin, Colombia

Heavy rains cause massive floods to hits Medellin, Colombia.


About 170 endangered seals found dead on Russia's Caspian coast

Authorities previously reported the death of nearly 300 endangered seals on Dagestan's Caspian shore in December 2020.
© Musa Salgereyev / TASS
Authorities previously reported the death of nearly 300 endangered seals on Dagestan's Caspian shore in December 2020.
At least 170 endangered seals have washed up dead over the course of several days on the shores of the Caspian Sea in Russia's republic of Dagestan, according to researchers.

"These are the dead animals that we saw, photographed and whose GPS coordinates we noted," Viktor Nikiforov of the Moscow Marine Mammals research centre told the AFP news agency on Thursday.

Images shared with the AFP showed several seal carcasses washed up on the beach.

The deaths may have been caused by "industrial pollution, fishing or poaching when seals get caught in the nets", Nikiforov said.


M6.0 earthquake hits Fiji Islands Region

Fiji quake map
Date & time: 7 May 2021 23:35:14 UTC - 8 hours ago
Local time at epicenter: 7 May 11:35 am (GMT -12)
Magnitude: 6
Depth: 384.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 18.74°S / 177.63°W

Cloud Lightning

Four killed, two injured in lightning strike in Chhattisgarh, India

Four members of a family were killed, while two others injured after being struck by lightning in Chhattisgarh's Korea district, police said on Friday.

The incident took place on Thursday evening, when the victims, including three sisters, were at their paddy field near Bichhli village under Kelhari police station area, an official said.

The deceased include Jailal Khairwar (45), his two daughters Pramila (20) and Subhadra (15) and son-in-law Bhupendra (25), he said.

Khairwar's son Surajbhan and daughter Budhhi sustained burn injuries in the incident, the official added.

On being alerted, a police team rushed to the spot and bodies were sent for post-mortem, he said, adding that the injured are undergoing treatment at the district hospital in Baikunthpur.


Comment: On the same day a teenage girl was killed by a lightning strike in Nepal.


Indonesia's Sinabung volcano erupts, spewing massive column of smoke and ash up to 2,800 metres high

Mount Sinabung erupted on Friday,

Mount Sinabung erupted on Friday
Indonesia's Mount Sinabung erupted on Friday, spewing a massive column of smoke and ash up to 2,800 metres into the sky.

The volcano in North Sumatra province started belching ash and volcanic material at 9 am and the eruption lasted almost six minutes, a local geological agency said.

Images showed a thick column of ash spewing from the inside of Sinabung towards the east.


6.0-magnitude quake hits west of Macquarie Island: USGS

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 jolted west of Macquarie Island at 15:21:14 GMT on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 54.3761 degrees south latitude and 144.1926 degrees east longitude.

Snowflake Cold

Spring where are you? Heavy snow hits Lapland Finland


Enjoy the amazing views of Finnish Lapland with us!


Unseasonal snow gives skiers chance to return to slopes in Lake District, England

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Unseasonal snow gives skiers a chance to return to the slopes
Unseasonal snowfall has given skiers in the Lake District ideal conditions to return to the slopes after a winter of lockdown.