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'Uncharted territory': Out-of-control bushfires rage across Australia's eastern regions


Flames bear down on Harrington, some 335kms northeast of Sydney, 8 Nov 2019
Australia's east is being ravaged by a record number of intense bushfires in a dramatic start to the country's fire season, with scientists warning of worse to come.

More than 100 blazes were registered in the states of Queensland and New South Wales on Friday, with 17 fires in the latter state being described at one point as out of control and dangerous amid high temperatures and gusty winds.

"We are in uncharted territory," New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told public broadcaster ABC. "We have never seen this many fires concurrently at emergency warning level."

Comment: Poor koalas. Humans too: 3 dead and 4 missing so far. November is Australia's 'May', so their summer hasn't even officially begun, yet the sky looks like this:

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Massive waterspouts filmed swirling over Italian city of Genoa

Double tornado today in Genoa, Italy

Double tornado in Genoa, Italy
Waterspouts swirled through dark skies above Genoa on Thursday.

They formed above the water of the Ligurian Sea with the ominous northern Italian cityscape as the backdrop.

President of the Liguria Region, Giovanni Totti, said via Twitter that a fireworks displays set for the Piazza de Ferrari would be postponed due to the weather.


6.5-magnitude quake hits 167 km SSW of Ndoi Island, Fiji

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 jolted 167 km SSW of Ndoi Island, Fiji at 10:44:44 GMT on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 582.92 km, was initially determined to be at 21.9688 degrees south latitude and 179.4911 degrees west longitude.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 6, injures 11 in Uganda

Six people were killed and 11 others critically injured when lightning struck on Thursday in Uganda's northern district of Pader.

Police Commander, Tom Bainomugisha, told Xinhua by telephone that the group of people was gathering under a big tree when the lightning struck during a morning drizzle. "The group had spent the night in prayers for a bereaved person when the incident happened,'' Bainomugisha said.

"The group had spent the night in prayers for a bereaved person when the incident happened,'' Bainomugisha said.


Video shows man viciously attacked by pack of 5 dogs in Miami-Dade, Florida

The incident happened Tuesday outside a home in the 1100 block of Northwest 103rd Street and involved five bulldogs, Miami-Dade Animal Services officials said

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Terrifying video shows the moment a man was attacked by a pack of dogs in northwest Miami-Dade.

The incident happened Tuesday outside a home in the 1100 block of Northwest 103rd Street and involved five bulldogs, Miami-Dade Animal Services officials said.

Family members said the man, Jaques Notis, was coming home from work when the five dogs attacked him. He was taken to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery and received a blood transfusion.


Timelapse shows impressive explosion from Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano

Mexico's National Center for Prevention of Disasters reported an explosion with "moderate" ash content from the active Popocatepetl volcano on November 6.

The latest explosion came after days of increased magma activity inside the volcano.


Woman dies after being bitten by dog in Suffield, Connecticut

canine attack
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An elderly woman has died after she was bitten by a dog in Suffield Wednesday.

Police said officers were called to 584 Thrall Avenue just before 3 p.m. When officers arrived they found the victim, 95-year-old Janet D'Aleo of Enfield, bleeding from life-threatening injuries.

D'Aleo was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., where she died.

The dog, which police described as a male pitbull pointer mix, was quarantined.

The case is under investigation.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: True state of renewable energy globally

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Chile and the US withdraw from the climate accords as we descend deeper into the Eddy Grand Solar Minimum. The amounts of renewable power megawatts forecast is but a fraction of a fraction of what the globe needs to continue an international economy. Record cold in Europe and the US signal a return to reduced agricultural output. You judge the validity of the information presented.

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Video shows Greek factory torn apart by destructive tornado

Tornado hits Greece factory
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CCTV cameras caught the moment the tornado tore through warehouses in Kalamata in Greece on Monday
This is the shocking moment a violent tornado almost destroys a factory in Greece after shattering windows and ripping off sections of the walls.

The freak storm hit Kalamata in Greece on Monday, causing damage to buildings including the Papadimitriou factory which produces vinegar and olive oil.

Footage from Papadimitriou's security cameras shows the warehouses being torn to shreds by the winds which also battered the vehicles parked outside.

Around 60 workers were inside the factory at the time and went into panic as the weather left a trail of destruction.

The factory owner revealed the devastation lasted around three to four minutes.

He told Alpha TV: 'It was a sudden loud noise and we saw the wind lifting heavy objects of 60 kilos (132lbs). We did not know what to do.'


Magnitude 6.0 earthquake in northern Iran kills at least 5, injures 300

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake has hit near Hastrud in north-west Iran
The epicenter of the 6.0-magnitude quake was registered early on Friday some 118 km east of Tabriz at a depth of 51 km, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).

According to AP, citing an emergency official, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake in northwestern Iran killed at least 5 people and injured 300 others. Earlier media reports have put the death toll at 3 persons, while suggesting that only 20 people were injured.

The magnitude of the tremors was later downgraded by the EMSC to 5.6, while the initial report suggested that the northwestern region of Iran had been hit by a more powerful quake.

The epicenter of the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.0, was located some 65 km (40 miles) of Herowabad.