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Thousands of homes damaged by floods in northern regions of Peru

Heavy rain has caused severe flooding in parts of northern Peru over the last few days.

News agency ANDINA reported as many as 3,000 homes were flooded after a short period of torrential rain caused flooding in the city of Yurimaguas, capital of Alto Amazonas Province in Loreto region. The city recorded around 160 mm of rain in 24 hours to 20 March. Much of that total fell in a 3 hour period, according to media reports. Some areas of the city were under 2 metres of water as a result of the floods which affected 7 districts of the city in particular around Yurimaguas Airport.

Heavy rain also caused flooding in parts of San Martín region in recent days. Disaster authorities in the country reported around 20 homes damaged or destroyed in Rioja province, prompting over 30 people to evacuate between 16 and 21 March 2021. Meanwhile around 400 people were affected by floods in Moyobamba Province from 21 March.

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Snowmobiler dies in avalanche triggered by a cornice collapse near Truckee, California - 33 such deaths in US this season

The Washoe County Sheriff's Search & Rescue
The Washoe County Sheriff's Search & Rescue team respond to a snowmobile rescue at Tahoe Meadows near Reno on April 2, 2020.
A snowmobiler died in an avalanche triggered by a collapsing cornice on Frog Lakes Cliffs near Truckee, California on Saturday, according to the Sierra Avalanche Center.

According to the avalanche forecaster's report, a group of three snowmobilers were riding in the area of Frog Lakes Cliffs off of Donner Pass when one stopped near a cornice overhanging the cliffs.

Not realizing how close they were to the edge, the person took a few steps toward the edge and caused a 40-foot section of the cornice to break, the forecaster said. The person fell with the collapsing ice and snow and triggered a larger avalanche on the slope below.

The avalanche "swept the person down the slope over cliffs and through rocks and chutes," the forecaster wrote. The person fell more than 900 vertical feet.

The person was not buried in the slide, but was found with traumatic injuries on the surface of the snow. A bystander downslope who witnessed the avalanche reached the victim and performed CPR, but the person did not survive, according to the report.


Powerful eruption of the Pacaya volcano covers everything around in ash, Guatemala

Natural disaster 20 March 2021. Powerful eruption of the Pacaya volcano covers everything around in ash, Guatemala


Baby girl killed by family dog in Springfield, Illinois

The baby girl was bitten on the head by her dog

The baby girl was bitten on the head by her dog
A Springfield family is in mourning after a tragic dog attack claimed the life of a 1-year-old girl.

Springfield Police say young A'myrikal Hull was bitten on the head by the dog near the 800 block of Indiana Avenue.

She was taken to HSHS St. John's Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

A'myrikal Hull's family is sharing memories of their little girl.

"The dog [has] never snapped before," Cory Painter said. "I was in shock since 1:30 this morning. The fact that she didn't make it crushed my soul."

Cory Painter's grandson is A'myrikal's sibling. She has known the child since birth.

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Lightning kills Salvador surfer training for tournament

A surfer who had hopes of qualifying for the Olympics has been killed by lightning on a beach in El Salvador, national sporting officials said on Saturday.

Katherine Díaz Hernández, 22, was practicing near her home at the Pacific coast beach of El Tunco when she was hit by lightning on Friday.

The president of the government's Salvadoran Sports Institute, Yamil Bukele, posted a message expressinhg condolences to her family.

She had been training a global tournament, set to be held in El Salvador, that serves as a qualifying even for this year's Summer Olympic Games.

Díaz also worked as a chef and had opened her own business in El Tunco.

Source: AP


Shallow 3.5 earthquake hits northwest France

An earthquake of magnitude 3.5 occurred in the morning on Saturday 20 March 2021 at 10:22 am local time near Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, Bretagne, France, as reported by France's Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS).

According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.


Late snowfall hits the island of Mallorca, Spain

Today is first day of spring, but it's cold, wet and very windy in Mallorca with hail and snow forecast in some parts of the island. But there is some good news. The Palma Met Office (Aemet) is forecasting almost record temperatures for next weekend so that should put a spring in your step. As you can see in the graph below temperatures will be on the rise.

Comment: Related: Snow falls on coldest day in Fallas, Spain since 1939 - temperature drops OVER 20ºC in 24 hours


Volcano erupts near Iceland's capital after weeks of seismic activity

Lava has spilled down two sides of the volcano and its glow can be seen from the outskirts of Reykjavík, about 20 miles away.

A long-dormant volcano in southwestern Iceland has come back to life, following thousands of small earthquakes in recent weeks.

The Fagradals Mountain volcano is on the Reykjanes Peninsula, where none of the volcanoes had erupted for almost 800 years.

A fissure of between 500m and 750m opened at the site on Friday evening, with lava fountains of up to 100m high.


6.1-magnitude quake hits west of Macquarie Island

© Associated Press
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted west of Macquarie Island at 05:19:31 GMT on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 59.6207 degrees south latitude and 150.3136 degrees east longitude.


Magnitude 7.2 earthquake rocks northeastern Japan

A strong magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck off the coast of northeastern Japan at a depth of 60 km on Saturday evening at 6:09 p.m.

In Miyagi Prefecture, where at least one person was injured, the quake measured up to a strong 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale to 7.

Tsunami waves of up to 1 meter may have reached the Miyagi Prefecture coast shortly after 6:30 p.m., according to NHK. All tsunami warnings were lifted by 7:30 p.m.

Due to the tsunami advisory, the town of Watari in the prefecture issued an evacuation order covering 2,527 homes and 6,911 residents.

Two hundred homes in Kurihara, Miyagi Prefecture were without power, NHK said. The quake caused the Tohoku Shinkansen to suspend services. Services were expected to resume around 10 p.m.