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Waterspout filmed off Cancun, Mexico

Waterspout off Cancun
Spectacular sight: Waterspout forms off the coast of Cancun, Mexico, near a rainbow.


Waterspout filmed off the coast of Broome, Western Australia

© Richard Young Photography
A waterspout formed off the coast of Broome yesterday.
A large waterspout has been captured off the coast of Broome in a dazzling display of nature.

Storm-chaser Richard Young filmed the moment the spout formed at Gantheaume Point as a storm rolled in yesterday afternoon.

"With a very active wet season in the north west town of Broome, today's early afternoon storm producer a spectacular waterspout off the coast," he said.

"Initially the cloud base below the storm produced a broad area of rotation with a thin connection to the water and then continued on to produce a beautiful...thick waterspout."

It lasted close to seven minutes and then moved away from the coast line, Mr Young said.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills man in Malaysia

An Indonesian man who came from Selat Panjang, Riau, Indonesia was killed after he was believed to have been struck by lightning before falling off a raft used to breed mussels in Kampung Kuala Masai, Masai, here last Friday.

Seri Alam police chief Supt Jokhiri Abdul Aziz said in the 5pm incident, the victim known as Suhardi, 26, sought shelter on the raft with his friend due to heavy rain, before being struck by lightning and causing him to fall into the sea.

"The police received a report on the incident at 11pm on the same day and mobilised a search and rescue (SAR) team of 18 people comprising the marine police, Fire and Rescue Department as well as the fisherman's association and the villagers," he said here today.


Areas of British Columbia receive yearly snowfall average in just 72 hours

© Mike Hellinger
Heavy snowfall in Chilliwack
Heavy snow continues in B.C. Monday across the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, with snowfall warnings still in effect for several parts of the province.

The storm caused tens of thousands of outages over the weekend peaking at 128,000, though fewer than 2,000 remain Monday morning. Some mountain highways remain closed including, Highway 3 in both directions at the B.C./Alberta border due to low visibility. The Alex Fraser Bridge was also closed for a short period of time Sunday afternoon due to poor weather.

Around 43 cm of snow has fallen in Powell River, with an astonishing 77 cm recorded in Chilliwack. It's estimated both communities have received their yearly snowfall average in 72 hours.

Many schools in the Fraser Valley have closed their doors Monday including, the University of the Fraser Valley due to deteriorating road conditions. Langley, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Hope, Mission and Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school districts are closed.


Thousands of jellyfish wash up on beach in Deception Bay, Australia

© Charlotte Lawson
A rare and alien-looking phenomenon.
Australian locals and marine experts were surprised to find thousands of blue blubber jellyfish reportedly washed up at Queensland's Deception Bay.

A wallpaper of blue blubber jellyfish were found washed up at Queensland's Deception Bay after locals noticed an unusual color in the water.

Finding the jellyfish

A 24-year-old local, Charlotte Lawson, noticed an unusual color in the water at the Australian beach, when she took a photo of the jellyfish.

"When we got closer we realized it was jellyfish," Lawson told BBC. "It was like bubble wrap across the beach."


Sinabung volcano erupts seven times in less than 24 hours, Indonesia

Indonesian volcano Mount Sinabung
Indonesia's Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province erupted seven times on Sunday, local media reported.

"The eruptions occurred from midnight until 4:50 pm (1700 GMT Saturday until 0950 GMT Sunday)," volcanology agency official Arif Cahyo was quoted by Viva.co.id news portal as saying.

The ash spewed from the volcano was carried by winds to Berastagi, a tourist town in the Karo highlands south-east of the volcano, Cahyo added.

Local officials in Berastagi told locals and tourists to wear masks and eye protectors to avoid being exposed directly to the volcanic ash.


More earthquakes than usual shook Switzerland last year

© Swiss Seismological Service
Switzerland's earthquakes in 2016.
Switzerland experienced 880 earthquakes in 2016, slightly more than the 40-year average, according to the Swiss Seismological Service (SED).

The service, which is run by federal technology institute ETH Zurich, said 31 of those registered above 2.5 on the Richter scale, more than the average of 23.

As usual the cantons of Valais and Graubünden were the most affected areas of the country.

Medium-sized earthquakes registering 3 or more on the Richter scale hit Juf in the canton of Graubünden - Europe's highest year-round inhabited village - Saint-Gingolph on the shore of Lake Geneva and an area on the Swiss-French border near Martigny in the Valais.


2 magnitude 5.3 earthquakes rattle Turkey's western Çanakkale province

Two magnitude 5.3 earthquakes struck the Aegean Sea near Turkey's western Çanakkale province on Monday morning, causing minor damage.

The first earthquake was recorded at 6:51 a.m. local time at a depth of 5.5 kilometers below the surface, according to Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute, while the second one was recorded at 13:58 local time.

It was felt in the neighboring Muğla, Aydın, Izmir, Bursa and Tekirdağ provinces, reports said.

No injuries or casualties have been reported, but the earthquake caused minor damage to buildings.

Black Cat 2

Signs and portents: Kitten born with two heads and three eyes in China

It was reported that the kitten could only eat using one of its mouth.
A man from Shenyang, Liaoning province in China was shocked when his cat gave birth to a two-headed, three-eyed kitten.

Xiao Wei, the cat's owner, claimed that the kitten was still alive and in a healthy condition, The Star's Bahasa Malaysia portal mStar reported.

However, Xiao said he was not sure how long the miracle kitten would survive.

It was reported that the kitten could only eat using one of its mouth.

Xiao, who was surprised by his discovery, uploaded a photo of the kitten on Weibo, the Chinese social media site, and it unexpectedly went viral.

Netizens commented that they were relieved that the kitten could eat and hoped it would live longer.

Arrow Down

Series of avalanches kill over 100 across Afghanistan

© Ghulam Mustafa / EPA
People remove snow from their house in Ghazni, Afghanistan, on Feb. 5, 2017.
More than a 100 people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered by days of heavy snowfall around Afghanistan, including 50 in one village, officials said on Sunday, warning the death toll could rise still further.

The avalanches struck after three days of heavy snow, which has destroyed scores of homes and blocked roads mainly in central and northeastern provinces, making it difficult for rescue workers to reach the stricken villages.

The bulk of the deaths however occurred in remote Nuristan province, where at least 50 people were killed in a single village, Mohammad Omar Mohammadi, a spokesperson for the ministry of natural disaster told AFP.

"Avalanches have buried two entire villages in Bargmatal district, 50 bodies were recovered from one village while rescuers are trying to reach the other village," said the spokesperson.

Elsewhere 54 people were killed in northern and central Afghan provinces, where officials said massive avalanches destroyed 168 houses and killed hundreds of cattle.

Bad weather and deep snow had hampered efforts of rescue workers to reach the isolated villages, raising fears the toll could rise sharply, according to officials.