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Waterspout spotted as downpours continue in Sabah, Malaysia

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A waterspout was seen near Kampung Kopimipinan in Papar on Monday (Sept 20) as downpours continue to lash parts of Sabah barely a week since a freak storm caused massive damage in areas around.

A video of the waterspout was shared on the Facebook page of local radio station Kupi Kupi FM and was originally shared by Facebook user Ayprel Bony Roman.

Geologist Prof Dr Felix Tongkul said such watersprouts were quite normal and seldom caused danger to anyone.

"Instead, from what we are experiencing now, with continuous rains, it is floods and landslides that we should be more worried about," he said.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 5 including 4 from same family in Angola

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Lightning bolts this weekend killed five people, including four from the same family, in Angola's Bié province, which has seen heavy rains in recent days, the local civil protection and fire service said on Monday.

The deaths were registered four in Cuito, the capital of Bié province, and another in the municipality of Cunhinga.

"The heavy rains, accompanied by thunderstorms, which fell in Bié province, caused five deaths," the spokesman for the Bié civil protection and fire service, Henrique Ndavoka told Angolan public radio.

In his turn, the governor of Bié, Pereira Alfredo, said that work had already started to install some lightning conductors, particularly in the most critical areas.

In Angola, the phenomenon of lightning bolts is a concern especially in the central part of the country, as they cause a high number of deaths.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes family on bike, kills 2 in Telangana, India

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A woman and her baby boy died on the spot, while her husband was injured after they were struck by lightning in Mancherial town on Monday.

While Mounika and her one-and-a-half year-old son Sriyan died on the spot, her husband Venkatesh suffered injuries. He was admitted to the local government hospital in Mancherial. The three were riding a two-wheeler near the railway overbridge when the lightning struck. District collector Bharati Hollikeri visited the spot where the mishap took place and also met Venkatesh in the hospital.

According to Telangana State Planning Development Society, four districts in the state received large excess rainfall on Monday. As many as 19 districts received excess rainfall and 10 districts received normal rainfall. Warangal, Rajanna Sircilla, Siddipet and Narayanpet received large excess rainfall.

Seismograph

Earthquake of magnitude 6.0 rocks northeast Japan, no tsunami warning

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The National Center for Seismology (NCS) has informed that an earthquake of a magnitude of 6.0 struck Japan around 1:55 a.m. (IST) on September 21, Tuesday.

The earthquake shook at a depth of approximately 10 kilometres and at a distance of nearly 1593 kilometres northeast of Tokyo. The NCS wrote on Twitter, "Earthquake of Magnitude: 6.0, Occurred on 21-09-2021, 01:55:24 IST, Lat: 46.23 & Long: 152.56, Depth: 10 Km, Location: 1593km NE of Tokyo, Japan."

According to the National Center for Seismology, the earthquake has hit nearby Kuril Island, which is situated approximately 1,300 km northeast from Hokkaido in Japan. No Tsunami warning has been issued so far.

Fire

Canary Islands: 5,000 evacuated as La Palma volcano eruptions continue

Mount Cumbre Vieja erupts in El Paso
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Mount Cumbre Vieja erupts in El Paso, spewing out columns of smoke, ash, and lava as seen from Los Llanos de Aridane on the Canary island of La Palma on September 19, 2021
At least 20 homes destroyed and people told to stay away as lava pours from volcano on Spanish island

Authorities on the Canary island of La Palma have told spectators to stay away from the continuing volcanic eruptions that have forced the evacuation of 5,500 people and destroyed at least 120 homes since Sunday afternoon.

The island had been on high alert after more than 22,000 tremors were reported within a week in Cumbre Vieja, one of the most active volcanic regions in the archipelago.

Officials had begun evacuating the infirm and some farm animals from nearby villages before the eruption at 3.15pm local time on Sunday on a wooded slope in the sparsely populated Cabeza de Vaca area, according to the government.

Two hours later, with lava edging down the hillside from five fissures, the municipality ordered the evacuation of four villages, including El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane.

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Cloud Precipitation

10 killed in West Bengal floods, India - 1.2 million people affected

NDRF Kolkata carry out flood rescue and relief supplies distribution in West Bengal, India, September 2021.
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NDRF Kolkata carry out flood rescue and relief supplies distribution in West Bengal, India, September 2021.
At least 10 people have lost their lives as a result of severe flooding in the state of West Bengal, eastern India.

National and State disaster authorities reported flooding struck in the state after days of heavy rain from 14 September 2021. The situation was worsened after dam releases from the Galudih Barrage Dam on the Subarnarekha river in Ulda in the neighbouring state of Jharkhand.


Red Flag

Alaska volcano sparks red alert as 'major eruption' underway - 'explosions' spotted

Satellite image of the volcano
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Satellite image of the volcano
A RED alert warning has been issued by scientists stating that a "major eruption" of an Alaskan volcano is occurring.

Volcanologists have stated that the major volcanic eruption is underway with hazardous activity both on the ground and in the air. Seismic observations represent an increase in eruptive activity at the site of the volcano. Scientists have upgraded the Aviation Color Code and Volcano Alert level to a red warning.

The volcano is called Semisopochnoi. It is located on Unyak Island, which is part of the Rat Islands group in the western Aleutian Islands of Alaska.

Observations of Semisopochnoi volcano shows an increase in ash plumes rising to 15,000 feet into the atmosphere.

The ash emissions from the volcano have increased in frequency and intensity and can be seen on satellite images rising above the weather clouds.

Attention

4 dolphins strand on beach in Brewster, Massachusetts - 2 die

Point of Rocks Beach in Brewster

Point of Rocks Beach in Brewster
Four dolphins stranded Friday at Point of Rocks Landing Beach in Brewster, according to Yarmouth Port-based International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Two of the dolphins were already dead when a team led by IFAW assistant research coordinator Kristy Volker arrived.

The remaining two — a pregnant female and a juvenile male — were transported to Herring Cove in Provincetown around 5 p.m., Volker said. Before they were released, the two dolphins were given a physical check that included an ultrasound and a blood test.

Question

'Like nothing in my lifetime': researchers race to unravel the mystery of Australia's dying frogs

A white-lipped tree frog. Scientists are trying to unravel the cause of thousands of frog deaths in eastern Australia.
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A white-lipped tree frog. Scientists are trying to unravel the cause of thousands of frog deaths in eastern Australia.
In the middle of Sydney's lockdown, scientist Jodi Rowley has been retrieving frozen dead frogs from her doorstep.

Occasionally one will arrive dried and shrivelled up in the post.

She'll pack them in ice in an esky to be taken to her lab at the Australian Museum, where even more samples - green tree frogs, striped marsh frogs and the invasive cane toad among them - are waiting in a freezer for genetic testing.

Rowley and her team, along with scientists at the Australian Registry of Wildlife Health at Taronga zoo and a forensic unit in the NSW department of planning, industry and environment, are trying to solve the mystery of what is killing Australia's frogs.

Since late July, they've collected 1,200 records of dead or dying frogs, about 70% of them in New South Wales and 22% in Queensland.

Attention

From summer drought to a rainy harvest, Alberta weather has dealt farmers a tough hand

The summer drought created lower yields for Alberta farmers, who are now racing against the clock to get their crops off the field.
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The summer drought created lower yields for Alberta farmers, who are now racing against the clock to get their crops off the field.
When Alberta farmers needed rain, the weather was dry as a bone.

Now that harvest season has arrived and they need dry weather, the sky has brought forth showers.

"(Crops) are considerably less than what they would be on a normal year," Christi Friesen, who has a grain farm near Peace River, Alta., told CBC's Edmonton AM on Wednesday.

Friesen grows canola, barley, oats and wheat. Because of the drought that persisted through the summer, some of her crops yielded less than 25 per cent of normal, she said.

Barley, for example, normally comes in at more than 100 bushels per acre. "We're lucky to hit 30 this year," she said.