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23 dead, dozens missing after rare heavy rains in the dry season caused landslide in Sulawesi, Indonesia (UPDATE)

Rescue workers search for victims
© EPARescue workers search for victims of the landslide in Gorontalo province of Indonesia on 7 July 2024
At least 11 people are dead and 35 more are missing after heavy rains caused a landslide near an illegal gold mine on Indonesia's central island of Sulawesi, an official said Monday.

Unlicensed mines are common across the mineral-rich Southeast Asian archipelago, where abandoned sites attract locals who hunt for leftover gold ore without proper safety equipment.

The landslide hit a remote village in the Bone Bolango district of Gorontalo province late Saturday after spells of torrential rain, killing at least 11 and leaving more than two dozen still unaccounted for.

"Ten people died. Those who survived increased significantly from five to 20 people," said local search and rescue agency head Heriyanto, who goes by one name.

He added that another person who died had yet to be evacuated from the site of the disaster — and so was not included in the death toll — and that 35 people were still missing.

Comment: Update July 9

CBS reports:
Rescue workers dug through tons of mud and rubble on Tuesday as they searched for dozens of missing people after a landslide hit an unauthorized gold mining area on Indonesia's Sulawesi island, killing at least 23 people.

More than 100 villagers were digging for grains of gold on Sunday in the remote and hilly village of Bone Bolango when tons of mud plunged down the surrounding hills and buried their makeshift camps, said Heriyanto, head of the provincial Search and Rescue Office.

Rescuers recovered more bodies on Tuesday in the devastated hamlet where the gold mine is located.

According to his office, 66 villagers managed to escape from the landslide, 23 were pulled out alive by rescuers, including 18 with injuries, and 23 bodies were recovered, including three women and a 4-year-old boy. About 35 others were missing, it said.

Cloud Lightning

12 more killed in lightning strikes in Bihar, India - over 40 deaths due to strikes in 10 days

Twelve more people have been killed in lightning strikes in seven districts of Bihar, officials said on Monday.

With the fresh fatalities, over 40 people have lost their lives to lightning strikes in various districts of Bihar in the last 10 days, including 22 in the last 48 hours.

He appealed to the people to remain alert and vigilant and stay indoors during thunderstorms. He also urged people to follow advisories issued by the Disaster Management Department.

According to a statement issued by the chief minister's office (CMO) on Monday, Jamui and Kaimur reported three deaths, followed by two in Rohtas and one each in Saharsa, Saran, Bhojpur, Gopalganj.



6.2 magnitude earthquake in the Philippine Sea

A very strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake occurred in the Philippine Sea 205 km (127 mi) from Japan in the early morning of Monday, Jul 8, 2024 at 5.01 am local time (GMT +9). The quake had a great depth of 571 km (355 mi) and was not felt (or at least not reported so).


Date & time Jul 7, 2024 20:01:14 UTC - 14 hours ago
Local time at epicenter Monday, Jul 8, 2024, at 05:01 am (GMT +9)
Status Confirmed (manually revised)
Magnitude 6.2
Depth 571 km


Best of the Web: Unexpected X-shaped structures in Earth's upper atmosphere seen by NASA leaves scientists baffled

x c plasma earth
© NASA’s Scientific Visualization StudioThis visualization shows C-shaped and reverse-C-shaped plasma bubbles appearing close together in the ionosphere on Oct. 12, 2020, and Dec. 26, 2021, as observed by NASA's GOLD mission.NASA's GOLD mission found unexpected X- and C-shaped structures in the plasma of Earth's ionosphere. Researchers have likened our upper atmosphere to "alphabet soup.".
A NASA satellite has spotted unexpected X- and C-shaped structures in Earth's ionosphere, the layer of electrified gas in the planet's atmosphere that allows radio signals to travel over long distances.

The ionosphere is an electrified region of Earth's atmosphere that exists because radiation from the sun strikes the atmosphere. Its density increases during the day as its molecules become electrically charged. That's because sunlight causes electrons to break off of atoms and molecules, creating plasma that enables radio signals to travel over long distances. The ionosphere's density then falls at night — and that's where GOLD comes in.

NASA's Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission is a geostationary satellite that has been measuring densities and temperatures in Earth's ionosphere since its launch in October 2018. From its geostationary orbit above the western hemisphere, GOLD was recently studying two dense crests of particles in the ionosphere, located north and south of the equator. As night falls, low-density bubbles appear within these crests that can interfere with radio and GPS signals. However, it's not just the wax and wane of sunshine that affects the ionosphere — the atmospheric layer is also sensitive to solar storms and huge volcanic eruptions, after which the crests can merge to form an X shape.

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Race against time to combat dike breach in China's second-largest freshwater lake

Thousands of rescuers, including firefighters, hydrologists, volunteers and police, have joined hands to protect people's lives and property following a dike breach on Friday at Dongting Lake, China's second-largest freshwater lake in central China's Hunan Province.

At 5:48 p.m. on Friday, a Dongting Lake dike burst in Tuanzhou Township, Huarong County, administered by the city of Yueyang in Hunan Province, causing flooding in the area. The breach was initially about 10 meters wide but later expanded.

Following the immediate relocation of around 5,000 residents from the affected area, urgent measures have been taken to repair the breach. As of Sunday noon, 75 meters of the 226-meter breach in the dike had been sealed, according to the Yueyang flood control and drought relief headquarters.

Rescuers are also racing against time to reinforce a 14.3-kilometer-long embankment, viewed as the "second line of defense," located around 2 kilometers from the breached dike.


Flooding and landslides kill at least 15 across Nepal in 24 hours

The flooded Bagmati River in Nepal’s
© Niranjan Shrestha/Associated PressThe flooded Bagmati River in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, on Saturday.
Landslides and floods set off by torrential rains have killed at least 15 people in Nepal in the last 24 hours, officials in the small Himalayan nation said on Sunday, expressing fear that with further heavy rains expected, that number could rise.

Eighteen people were also injured in the flooding over the past 24 hours, and two are missing, said Dan Bahadur Karki, a police spokesman. Dozens of people were evacuated to safety, including some pulled from the rubble of their damaged homes.

Officials said the landslides have hampered vehicle traffic in most parts of a country where the terrain already makes travel difficult. Highways were damaged, as were the serpentine roads that connect cities with mountain villages. Military and police forces were deployed to help clear the roads.

Koshi, Gandaki and Bagmati Provinces, in the east and center of the country, were among the hardest hit. Weather experts predict that heavy rainfall could affect the remaining provinces as the rain heads west.

Comment: Other similar events reported 11 days prior: Heavy rains in Nepal kill 20 in 2 days - 11 by landslides and 9 by lightning strikes

Cloud Precipitation

High rainfall blights birds nesting on the moors of the UK

Female hen harrier
The Moorland Association reports a poor breeding season for moorland birds, including hen harriers, as the exceptionally wet weather has taken its toll.

The higher and wetter North Pennines is the worst affected area, with the number of hen harrier nests on grouse moors expected to be down by as much as two-thirds compared with last year.

Other areas such as the Yorkshire Dales and the moors of the Forest of Bowland, appear to be faring slightly better.

Moorland Association members have still reported hen harrier nests on land managed for grouse shooting despite the difficult conditions. Some estates are reporting multiple nests, as has been the case in the last several years.


Man mauled to death by his own dog in Arkadelphia, Arkansas

A man found dead outside his home early Wednesday morning was the victim of a vicious attack by his own dog, local authorities confirmed.

Following a 911 call from a female at Evergreen Drive at 7:20 a.m. July 3, 2024, the Arkadelphia Police Department, along with ambulance personnel, responded and discovered the body of a 41-year-old deceased male laying in the driveway.

"The deceased victim was determined to have been attacked during the night," APD said in a press release. The canine was identified as a Bully XL, a variant of pit bull bred for a size larger than its well known counterpart.

Police did not release the name of the deceased by Wednesday afternoon. Public real estate records show that the home where police responded belongs to Johnny and Amber Fontenot.

Comment: On the same day: 6-year-old killed, attacked by family dog in Lorain, Ohio

Cloud Precipitation

Manawa dam failure, Little Wolf River area floods in Wisconsin amid heavy summer rain - 5 inches of rainfall in a few hours

Wisconsin dam breach led to evacuation
Wisconsin dam breach led to evacuation
A dam in an eastern Wisconsin community has been breached, prompting people living downriver to be evacuated, the National Weather Service said Friday.

Floodwaters breached the dam in Manawa along the Little Wolf River was breached around 1:45 p.m., meteorologist Scott Cultice said. The town has a population of about 1,200. It was not immediately clear how many people were evacuated.

Manawa Police Chief Jason Severson estimated that a 50-foot-wide (15.2-meter-wide) area around the dam had eroded.

Homes evacuated

Gates on the dam eventually were opened to release water and relieve pressure on the structure, officials said.

"It looks like the dam is intact, but there is quite a bit of erosion on the north side," Severson told reporters Friday afternoon. "We think the worst of it is over, so now we're going to start assessing things and see where we go from here."

Comment: Related: Satellite images reveal devastating flooding following partial failure of Minnesota's Rapidan Dam

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 19 people in 24 hours in Bihar, India

At least 19 people were killed and seven others injured due to lightning strike in India's eastern state of Bihar, state-run broadcaster All India Radio said Saturday, reported Xinhua.

Heavy rains and thunderstorms accompanied by lightning strikes lashed the state during the past 24 hours affecting 10 districts.

Reports said most casualties occurred when lightning struck people working in fields and taking shelter under trees during the rain.

India Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert for the next 24 hours, predicting heavy rain accompanied by thunder and lightning in the northern, southeast and south-central parts of Bihar.

Every year with the onset of the monsoon season, hundreds die in lightning incidents in India.

Bernama, Xinhua