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Waterspout spotted over Calcasieu Lake, Louisiana

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Many KPLC viewers sent in photos and videos of a waterspout over Calcasieu Lake Tuesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service Lake Charles spotted the spout from its office around 1 p.m.

Southwest Louisiana was under a severe thunderstorm watch as rough weather rolled through the area Tuesday.


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Tropical storm Ewiniar leaves at least 7 dead in the Philippines

Philippines’ most populous island on Sunday, dumping heavy rain and causing floods that forced more than 8,000 people to flee their homes.
© AFPEvacuation in progress: A woman is being evacuated from a flooded home by coast guard personnel in Lucena, Quezon Province, amid heavy rain brought by tropical storm Ewiniar which battered the Philippines’ most populous island on Sunday, dumping heavy rain and causing floods that forced more than 8,000 people to flee their homes.
Local authorities said at least seven people had been killed by tropical storm Ewiniar, which hit the country on the weekend, and President Ferdinand Marcos Jr said that search and rescue efforts would continue.

Ewiniar brought strong winds and heavy rain in provinces south of the capital, Manila, shutting down airports and seaports while disrupting power supply.

The storm was heading towards the east coast of Japan yesterday, with sustained winds of up to 130kph and gustiness of up to 160kph.

A 14-year-old girl was confirmed dead in southern Misamis Oriental province after a tree fell on a parked vehicle she was boarding. Another student was injured, the national disaster agency said in a report.


Volcano

An Iceland volcano starts erupting again, spewing lava into the sky

An eruption has started in Reykjanes, the seventh in just a few years.
An eruption has started in Reykjanes, the seventh in just a few years.
A volcano in southwestern Iceland erupted Wednesday, spewing red streams of lava in the latest display of nature's power, triggering the evacuation of the popular Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.

The eruption began in the early afternoon following a series of earthquakes north of Grindavik, a coastal town of 3,800 people that was also evacuated.

The Met Office said lava was shooting about 50 meters (165 feet) into the sky from a fissure about 1 kilometer (1,100 yards) long.

The Blue Lagoon thermal spa was evacuated before the eruption began, national broadcaster RUV said.


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At least 13 killed in stone quarry collapse triggered by heavy rain in India's northeast

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A stone quarry collapsed Tuesday in India's northeast due to heavy rains triggered by a tropical storm, killing 13 quarry workers, officials said, while 16 remain missing.

Senior police officer Rahul Alwal said rescuers recovered the bodies of those killed from the quarry in Melthum, some 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) from the state capital Aizwal, and were able to pull out two workers alive from the debris.

Alwal said rescue workers are digging through the rubble to try and reach the trapped workers while looking for more survivors

Mizoram houses many stone quarries where raw material is mined for road and building construction. Many companies, however, extract stones without getting the required environmental clearance.


Attention

Dead humpback whale washes ashore near Manzanita, Oregon

A dead humpback whale washed ashore
© Oregon State ParksA dead humpback whale washed ashore at Nehalem Bay State Park on Monday, May 27, 2024.
Officials are urging people to avoid a stretch of the north Oregon coast after a dead humpback whale washed ashore Monday morning.

The whale came ashore on the sands of Nehalem Bay State Park, just south of Manzanita, prompting warnings from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

All three agencies issued warnings Monday on posts to social media as well as signs on the beach. The area where the whale washed ashore is also a protected area for endangered snowy plovers, making it especially vulnerable to intrusions.

"We're asking people to please stay away from the carcass so it remains undisturbed," Michael Milstein, a spokesperson for NOAA Fisheries, said Monday. "We intend to do an initial exam today to see what we can learn about possible cause of death."


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Yellow-crowned night heron from North America turns up in County Mayo, Ireland

The yellow crowned night heron was spotted in Belcarra
The yellow crowned night heron was spotted in Belcarra
Birdwatchers near and far are making their way to the village of Belcarra, near Castlebar, following the sighting of a rare North American bird.

A yellow crowned night heron nestled in the trees above the village riverside sparked excitement among locals and bird enthusiasts in the area.

The sighting of the bird is the first of its kind in the UK and Ireland, with only a couple of sightings recorded across mainland Europe.

Almost 50 bird watchers arrived in the Mayo village from the UK over the weekend in hopes of catching a glimpse of the animal.


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Best of the Web: More than 2,000 people killed by massive landslide in Papua New Guinea (UPDATES)

Locals were trying to sift through the rubble with what equipment was still to hand on Friday
© Ninga Role/AAP/IMAGOLocals were trying to sift through the rubble with what equipment was still to hand on Friday
More than 100 people are believed to have been killed Friday in a landslide that buried a village in a remote, mountainous part of Papua New Guinea, and an emergency response is underway, the South Pacific island nation's leader and news media said.

The landslide reportedly hit Kaokalam village in Enga province, about 600 kilometers (370 miles) northwest of the capital, Port Moresby, at roughly 3 a.m., Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Residents said estimates of the death toll were above 100, although authorities have not confirmed that figure. Villagers said the number of people killed could be much higher.

Prime Minister James Marape said authorities were responding and he would release information about the destruction and loss of life when it was available.


Comment: Update May 26

Al Jazeera reports:
The International Organization for Migration has increased its estimate of the death toll from a massive landslide in Papua New Guinea (PNG) to more than 670.

Serhan Aktoprak, the chief of the United Nations agency's mission in the South Pacific island nation, said on Sunday the revised death toll was based on calculations by Yambali village and Enga provincial officials that more than 150 homes had been buried by Friday's landslide.

The previous estimate had been 60 homes.

"They are estimating that more than 670 people [are] under the soil at the moment," Aktoprak said.

"The situation is terrible with the land still sliding. The water is running and this is creating a massive risk for eveyrone involved," added Aktoprak, who is based in capital, Port Moresby.

Local officials had initially put the death toll on Friday at 100 or more. Only five bodies and a leg of a sixth victim had been recovered by Sunday, while seven people, including a child, had received medical treatment.

Authorities are trying to establish evacuation centres on safer ground on either side of the massive swath of debris.

Meanwhile, emergency responders were moving survivors of the massive landslide to safer ground as tonnes of unstable earth and tribal warfare, which is rife in the country's highlands, threatened the rescue effort.

Damage to infrastructure also made it more difficult for rescue and relief efforts to reach the area, according to Justine McMahon, a CARE Australia humanitarian group representative in PNG.

"The ground is quite unstable, making it difficult for rescuers to get in. The main road has also been cut off by about 200 metres [656 feet], hampering relief," she told Al Jazeera.

Car-sized boulders

Heavy earth-moving equipment are yet to arrive at the mountainous location 600km (370 miles) northwest of Port Moresby.

At some points, the landslide - a mix of car-sized boulders, uprooted trees and churned-up earth - was thought to be 8 metres (26 feet) deep.

Aid agencies said the catastrophe had effectively wiped out the village's livestock, food gardens and sources of clean water.
Update May 27

AP reports:
A Papua New Guinea government official has told the United Nations that more than 2,000 people are believed to have been buried alive by last Friday's landslide and has formally asked for international help.

The government figure is roughly triple the U.N. estimate of 670 killed by the landslide in the South Pacific island nation's mountainous interior. The remains of only five people had been recovered by Monday, local authorities reported. It was not immediately clear why the tally of six reported on Sunday had been revised down.

In a letter to the United Nations resident coordinator dated Sunday and seen by The Associated Press, the acting director of the country's National Disaster Center, Luseta Laso Mana, said the landslide "buried more than 2,000 people alive" and caused "major destruction" in Yambali village in Enga province.



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Cyclone floods villages, blows away roofs and cuts power in Bangladesh and India - 65 killed, 800,000 evacuated (UPDATE)

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A cyclone has flooded coastal villages, blew away thatched roofs and left hundreds of thousands of people without power in southern Bangladesh and eastern India.

At least seven deaths as a result of the cyclone have been reported.

Dozens of Bangladeshi villages were flooded after flood protection embankments either washed away or were damaged by the storm surge, TV stations reported. Nearly 800,000 people had been evacuated from vulnerable areas in Bangladesh on Sunday.

Authorities have given no casualty figures yet, but Dhaka-based Somoy TV reported that at least seven people died. Two others were missing in a boat capsizing, the station said.


Comment: Update May 29

AFP reports:
Cyclone toll in Bangladesh and India rises to 65

A powerful cyclone that smashed into low-lying Bangladesh and India killed at least 65 people, including in torrential rain storms in its wake, state government officials and media said Wednesday.

Cyclone Remal, which made landfall on Sunday evening with fierce gales and crashing waves, moved slowly inland causing floods and triggering landslides.



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Late May snowfall in Talas, Kyrgyzstan

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A snowfall was reported in Kopuro-Bazar village in Talas district on May 26, local residents report.

The village is located in a mountainous area. A sudden cold snap and snowfall occurred on May 26.


Volcano

Indonesia's Mount Ibu erupts again, spews ash cloud miles high

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At least 1,800 residents in seven villages were evacuated, according to local authorities, who have recommended that a 4.35 mile (7 km) radius be cleared.

Ibu's activities follow a series of eruptions of different volcanoes in Indonesia, which sits on the Pacific 'Ring of Fire' and has 127 active volcanoes.

Reuters