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Incredible moment lightning strikes the tip of the Washington Monument - leading to its closure for repairs

After being struck by lightning over the weekend, officials announced the Washington Monument will remain closed to visitors as workers repair damages

After being struck by lightning over the weekend, officials announced the Washington Monument will remain closed to visitors as workers repair damages
After being struck by lightning over the weekend, the Washington Monument will remain closed to visitors as workers repair damages, officials announced.

The National Park Service shared incredible video to Twitter capturing the exact moment the bolt of lightning struck the tip of the monument on Sunday.

The 12-second video reveals the capital encased in a yellowish hue, as it suddenly turns blue when lightning flashes on the National Mall.

Posted at 1 am, individuals in the video are overheard gasping the very moment the bolt of lightning strikes.


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Unseasonal August snow in upper reaches of Kashmir

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Upper reaches in Kashmir on Sunday received snowfall resulting in considerable dip in mercury, officials of MeT centre Srinagar said here.

An official said that the unseasonal snowfall was witnessed at Amarnath cave and higher reaches of Sonamarg.

He said that the unseasonal snowfall in the upper reaches has caused a dip in the day temperature.

He, however, said that the weather may start improving from tonight in the valley, but there are chances of late night showers in the Jammu region.

"There are also reports of snowfall in the mountainous ranges of Drass in the Union Territory of Ladakh," he added.


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Haiti death toll hits 1,300 as drone reveals horror devastation

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Drone footage has shown the devastation caused by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Haiti, which has so far caused the deaths of 1,297 people, and injured 5,700

The quake, which occurred roughly 125 km (78 miles) west of Port-au-Prince on Saturday, triggered landslides and the total collapse of two communities. Several aftershocks have also been felt.

Around 7,000 homes were destroyed and nearly 5,000 damaged, including hospitals, schools, offices and churches in what is the poorest country in the western hemisphere.

Footage taken from above on Sunday showed structures turned to rubble, and swathes of towns such as Les Caynes, on the Haitian coast, almost turned to dust.


Cloud Precipitation

3 fatalities after floods and landslides in 7 departments of Colombia

Floods destroyed over 20 homes in Briceño, Antioquia Department, Colombia, Late July.
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Floods destroyed over 20 homes in Briceño, Antioquia Department, Colombia, Late July.
Three people have died in recent floods in Meta Department, Colombia, while Civil Defence reported flooding and landslides in 7 departments across the country over the last 2 weeks.

Flooding has affected the municipalities of El Dorado, Mapiripán, Villavicencio and Acacías in Meta Department from 10 August 2021. Civil Defence said 3 people lost their lives in floods in Acacías, while around 80 people were affected in Mapiripán.

The last 2 weeks has seen flooding or landslides in 7 departments across the country, affecting around 5,000 people.


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Major magnitude 6.9 earthquake - South Atlantic Ocean, South Sandwich Islands

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Major magnitude 6.9 earthquake at 10 km depth

Date & time: 16 Aug 2021 11:10:36 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Monday, 16 Aug 2021 9:10 am (GMT -2)
Magnitude: 6.9
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 58.45°S / 23.42°W (South Atlantic Ocean, South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands)

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1,000 evacuated from their homes as wildfire in Ávila ,Spain affects 10,000 hectares

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The fire in Navalcruz is reported to be the worst in Spain so far this year

The record high temperatures in Spain over the weekend of August 14 and 15 have been accompanied by a series of wildfires affecting various parts of the country, the worst of them affecting over 10,000 hectares of land in and around Navalacruz in the province of Ávila (Castlila y León).

Serious fires have also been keeping emergency services busy in Madrid, Castellón and numerous other provinces, but the one which broke out on Saturday morning alongside the N-502 in Navalacruz is by some distance the most extensive and is threatening forest land and livestock as well as villages and towns. Over 1,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in the municipalities of Riofrío, Sotalbo, Solosancho, Sobledillo and Villaviciosa and are being housed temporarily in public buildings and pavilions made available by the Town Hall of Ávila.


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Greece wildfires: New blazes burning outside of Athens

Local residents stand on a hill as flames approaching at Gouves village on the island of Evia, about 185 kilometers (115 miles) north of Athens, Greece, Aug. 8
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Local residents stand on a hill as flames approaching at Gouves village on the island of Evia, about 185 kilometers (115 miles) north of Athens, Greece, Aug. 8
Yet more wildfires broke out in Greece Monday, with two blazes triggering evacuation alerts for settlements to the southeast and northwest of the Greek capital.

Fanned by strong winds, the first blaze, which broke out Monday morning in the Keratea region southeast of Athens quickly burned through shrubland and was headed toward a national park in the Sounion area.

Three settlements in the area were ordered evacuated, while the fire department sent dozens of firefighters, as well as six water-dropping planes and four helicopters. Local officials appealed to people not to approach the area.

On the other side of the capital to the northwest, another blaze broke out in the Vilia area just after noon, triggering an evacuation alert of another three settlements. Strong winds were predicted to last until at least the evening, potentially hampering the firefighting effort.


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Israel: Sky over Jerusalem fills with smoke as massive forest fire breaks out

Huge Jerusalem-area wildfire burns into the night

Huge Jerusalem-area wildfire burns into the night
The sky appeared filled with clouds of smoke following a large forest fire near Beit Meir, western Jerusalem, on Sunday.

Aeroplanes could be seen flying overhead, dumping loads of fire retardant in efforts to quench the blaze, which was exacerbated by high temperatures and strong winds.

More than 2,000 nearby residents have reportedly been evacuated, with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett telling security forces to evacuate communities without question, regardless of any doubts they may have.


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Thousands displaced by flooding along Shabelle River, Somalia

Floods in Middle Shabelle Region, Somalia, August 2021.
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Floods in Middle Shabelle Region, Somalia, August 2021.
Humanitarian organisations in Somalia report that flooding along the Shabelle River has forced thousands of families from their homes. Two young children reportedly died in the floods.

Non-governmental organization African Relief & Development (ARD-AFRICAN) reported flooding along the Shabelle River in areas between Jowhar and Balcad in Middle Shabelle region from 11 August 2021.

Several villages have been affected including Boodaale, where 2 children reportedly died and over 500 families moved from their homes to higher ground. Other villages along the river, including Xawaadleey, were also affected. A estimated total of 2,000 families have been displaced and 400 hectares of crops destroyed, ARD-AFRICAN said.

As of 15 August 2021, the Shabelle River at the measuring station in Jowhar was above moderate risk level (5 metres) standing at 5.10 metres, its highest level so far this year. High risk level here is 5.25 metres. The river has increased steadily over the last 3 weeks since levels fell in June and July. As of 27 July levels stood at just 2.5 metres.


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Observations of Fukutoku-Okanoba volcano in Japan confirm 16 km plume from latest eruption

Major submarine eruption from Fukutoku-Okanoba volcano captured by the Japan Coast Guard

Major submarine eruption from Fukutoku-Okanoba volcano captured by the Japan Coast Guard
The renewed explosive activity continues.

As we reported in the latest report, the volcano produced the submarine explosion on 13 August.

The Japan Coast Guard made a flight observation that confirmed the height of the eruption column.

The spectacular white steam and gas plume rose to estimated 16 km (53,000 ft)! altitude and spread into an umbrella cloud.