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Massive sinkhole opens in San Francisco intersection

A large sinkhole opened up in San Francisco’s ritzy Pacific Heights neighborhood
A large sinkhole opened up in San Francisco’s ritzy Pacific Heights neighborhood
A huge sinkhole has opened up in the middle of a busy San Francisco intersection.

The asphalt streets at the intersection of Fillmore and Green Streets caved in on Monday morning after a water main broke the night before, flooding the area.

The dramatic street collapse has caused chaos in the tony neighborhood of Pacific Heights, home to ritzy mansions and dramatic views of San Francisco's landmarks.

On Sunday night just before midnight, a 16-inch water main broke near the intersection of Fillmore and Union Streets, just one block from where the sinkhole would later emerge.

Comment: Sinkholes: The groundbreaking truth


Seismologist says Morocco's recent earthquake strongest since 1755

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Survivors pick their way through the rubble near Marrakech, Morocco, after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the city on September 9, 2023
Late Friday, a 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit Morocco 77 kilometers (48 miles) southwest of the city of Marrakesh. King of Morocco Mohammed VI on Saturday declared three days of national mourning following the disaster, with the national flag to be flown at half-staff on all public buildings.

Moroccan geological researcher Dr. Kamal Aghroud told Sputnik that such an earthquake "in Morocco has not been observed in the country since 1755."

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Hurricane Lee strengthens back into Category 3 storm: Remains threat to US East Coast with dangerous rip currents

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This satellite image provided by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Lee, right, in the Atlantic Ocean seen on Sunday, September 10, 2023
Hurricane Lee continues to grow stronger as it churns over the Atlantic and remains a threat to the coast of the northeast U.S. with dangerous rip currents.

Late on Sunday, the storm was centered about 285 miles north of the northern Leeward Islands. Its maximum sustained winds were clocked at 120 mph and it was moving northwest at 8 mph.

Last week, Lee strengthened from a Category 1 storm to a Category 5 storm in just one day. It lost strength, becoming a Category 2 storm in recent days, but now has grown stronger to a Category 3 and increased in size.

'We had the perfection conditions for a hurricane: warm waters and hardly any wind shear,' said Lee Ingles, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in San Juan.


Kīlauea volcano in Hawaii erupting, activity confined within crater

The Kilauea volcano is putting on a show once again. The United States Geological Survey announced on Sunday that the volcano is erupting with activity confined within its Halemaʻumaʻu crater.


Magnitude-6.0 earthquake occurs in Halmahera Island, Indonesia

A magnitude-6.0 earthquake occurred in Halmahera Island, North Maluku Province, at around 21:51 Sept. 11.

The epicenter was about 39 km (24 miles) north-northeast of Ternate.

The tremor occurred at a depth of about 162 km (101 miles), and light shaking was probably felt throughout much of Halmahera and surrounding islands.

There have been no initial reports of damage or casualties as a result of the earthquake; however, significant damage is unlikely. It could take several hours until authorities can conduct comprehensive damage assessments, especially in remote areas. Moderate-to-light aftershocks are likely over the coming days.


Terrifying moment 'XL Bully' dog mauls 11-year-old girl in the street in Birmingham, UK

A video circulating online which was taken from the top deck of a double-decker bus showed the rampage erupt

A video circulating online which was taken from the top deck of a double-decker bus showed the rampage erupt
This is the horrific moment an XL Bully dog attacks a little girl before going for two men trying to save her.

The nightmare bite attacks unfolded as the animal's owner was taking it for a walk on Saturday afternoon in Bordesley Green, Birmingham.

A video circulating online which was taken from the top deck of a double-decker bus showed the rampage erupt. The little girl's arms was chomped on by the animal before a man managed to pull the dog off her.


Rare quadruple waterspout tornadoes form off Philippine coast

Residents and vacationers in Bohol witnessed the spectacular moment four waterspout tornadoes formed off the coast of the Philippines on September 7.

Incredible footage captured the rare weather phenomenon as four funnel-shaped columns descended from storm clouds over the sea.

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Homes destroyed, 3 dead after floods and landslides in Guria, Georgia

Flood and landslide damage in the Guria Region, Georgia, September 2023.
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Flood and landslide damage in the Guria Region, Georgia, September 2023.
Heavy rain on 08 September caused landslides and flooding in the Guria region of Georgia. The country's Emergency Situations Management Service said dozens of people have been evacuated and 3 people have lost their lives.

Roads, bridges and other infrastructure have all been damaged, along with dozens of residential homes. The Emergency Management Service evacuated 122 people from the villages of Ozurgeti and Lanchkhuti municipality on 10 September. Around 10 homes have been completely destroyed.

According to the Ministry of Interior, 3 people have died in three separate incidents. The an elderly woman who died when a landslide destroyed her home in the village of Silauri in Ozurgeti Municipality.


Brrrrr! Spring snow for parts of South Africa

Very cold, windy and wet conditions and light snowfall are expected on Monday over parts of the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and interior of the Western Cape.

The South Africa Weather Service issued a yellow level 1 alert for damaging wind between Plettenberg Bay and Maputo and along the KwaZulu-Natal coastline.


Thirteen dolphins die after beaching on Skye, Scotland

Thirteen dolphins have died after they beached on Skye, two months after the UK's largest stranding of pilot whales in the Outer Hebrides.

British Divers Marine Life Rescue was warned of unusual activity in a pod of common dolphins in Dunvegan Bay on Monday. Some of the animals became "stuck in deep mud". This weekend experts will try to find why the dolphins became stranded.

The deaths follow the UK's biggest pilot whale stranding when 54 creatures died on the Isle of Lewis in July. Only one whale was successfully refloated despite the efforts of rescue teams at Traigh Mhor, North Tolsta. Diggers were used to take the dead mammals from the remote beach to a landfill site.

Among the dead was a female pilot whale.

(More here)

Comment: 3 days earlier: Concern for dolphins spotted 40 miles inland in River Great Ouse in Cambridgeshire, UK