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Thousands of gas cylinders swept away by floodwater caused by heavy rain in Latakia, Syria - 5 inches in 3 hours

Heavy rains lashed several parts of Syria today, February 17.

A video going viral on social media shows massive rain in Syria's Latakia caused the flood water to enter a large fuel store.

As the video moves further, the flood water is seen sweeping away thousands of gas cylinders.

A user who shared the video on X, formerly Twitter, said that heavy rain exceeding 130 mm fell within three hours on Saturday night and dawn. "Floods uprooted the gates of one of the domestic gas cylinder filling plants," the user stated.


Groundwater upsurge floods homes in Libyan coastal town

Much of Libya is bone-dry desert but one Mediterranean coastal town is suffering the opposite problem — its houses and fields have been inundated by a mysterious upsurge of groundwater.

Stagnant water and squishy mud have flooded houses, streets and palm groves around the northwestern town of Zliten, spreading a foul smell and creating breeding grounds for mosquitos.

Many locals have fled their homes, where walls have cracked or collapsed, amid fears of a worsening environmental crisis in the area about 160 kilometers (100 miles) east of the capital Tripoli.

"Water began coming out two months ago and still continues to rise and submerge our wells," Mohamad Ali Dioub, owner of a farm some 4 kilometers from Zliten, told AFP. "All my fruit trees — apple, apricot and pomegranate trees — are dead."


Man mauled to death by his dogs in Compton, Los Angeles

A 35-year-old man died after he was attacked by multiple dogs in the backyard of a home in Compton.

Authorities and paramedics responded to the scene around 7 a.m. on Friday after receiving a call from a woman who said her boyfriend was attacked by several dogs.

KCAL flew over the the scene, which appeared to be a breeding operation for large dogs.

Investigators believe the attack happened around 7 or 8 p.m. on Thursday evening.


Giant 12-foot 'Harbinger of Doom' oarfish spotted bloody and disfigured on beach in Philippines, igniting natural disaster fears among locals

A rare 12.5 foot oarfish which was discovered bloody and disfigured on the shore in Leyte province, Philippines
A rare 12.5 foot oarfish which was discovered bloody and disfigured on the shore in Leyte province, Philippines.
A rare 12.5-foot oarfish, which was discovered bloody and disfigured on the shore in Philippines, has ignited fears of an impending natural disaster.

The ribbon-shaped fish, which is also known as the 'Harbinger of Doom', was spotted to be heavily bleeding with severe injuries to its face by fisherman on Wednesday.

Its discovery has sparked fear amongst locals, as the more superstitious believe the sighting of the animal signals an impending earthquake.

In Japanese mythology the long creature are notorious for being a bad omen, dubbed 'ryugu no tsukai' or as messenger's from god's palace in the sea.

Around a dozen oarfish were washed ashore between 2010 and 2011 prior to the Tohoku earthquake which killed more than 20,000 - an argument many mystics used to support the theory.

Comment: A day later: Dead oarfish found in the seas off Phuket, Thailand

Black Cat

Wild leopard launches shocking attack on forest rangers in village in Uttarakhand, India

A wild leopard went on a terrifying village rampage in Haldwani, Uttarakhand State, India, attacking multiple forest rangers on February 10.

The big cat aggressively fought off officers, causing injuries to at least three of them before being tranquilized and taken back to the Corbett National Park.


Sakurajima volcano erupts in Japan - no immediate reports of injuries

The eruption of a volcano on Sakurajima
The eruption of a volcano on Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture on Wednesday.
A volcano on Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture erupted Wednesday, with plumes rising to 5,000 meters above the summit crater for the first time since 2020, a local weather observatory said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries and damage to buildings, the prefectural government said, while the Kagoshima Meteorological Office maintained the volcanic activity alert level at three, urging people not to approach the volcano.

The Japan Meteorological Agency forecast volcanic ashes to fall in parts of Kumamoto, Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures.


Strong shallow magnitude 6.0 earthquake - Philippine Sea

A very strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake occurred under the sea 163 km (101 mi) from Micronesia Wed, Feb 14, 2024 11:40 GMT.

The quake had a very shallow depth of 10 km (6 mi) and was not felt (or at least not reported so).

No significant damage or impact is expected from this quake and no particular alert was issued.


Date & time Feb 14, 2024 11:40:21 UTC
Local time at epicenter Wednesday, Feb 14, 2024, at 11:40 am (universal GMT +0)
Status Confirmed
Magnitude 6.0
Depth 10.0 km

Cloud Precipitation

6 dead, over 190 rescued as heavy rains lash Oman

Heavy rains in several governorates on Monday led to the tragic deaths of six individuals, including three children, while rescue operations saw more than 190 people saved from perilous conditions. The bad weather affecting many governorates, attributed to a low-pressure trough, is expected to continue on Wednesday.

The Civil Defence and Ambulance Authority (CDAA) led rescue efforts, responding to over 224 reports since the onset of adverse weather on Sunday. The authority rescued individuals stranded in overflowing wadis and inundated buildings.

Late Monday night, CDAA announced that three children who were swept away in the overflowing Wadi Bani Ghafir in Rustaq were found dead.

Rescue teams of CDAA in Dhahirah managed to save one of two persons trapped in a vehicle swept away in Wadi Ghayya in Yanqul on Monday. The body of the second person was found on Tuesday morning.

The authority also reported the death of a woman following a tragic accident involving a vehicle being swept away in a wadi in Izki on Tuesday.


Chile: Magnitude-6.0 earthquake occurs just offshore of far southern Atacama Region

A magnitude-6.0 earthquake occurred just offshore of far southern Atacama Region at around 22:31 Feb. 13. The epicenter was about 83 km (52 miles) west-southwest of Vallenar, Chile.

The tremor occurred at a depth of about 22 km (14 miles), and light shaking was probably felt throughout parts of southern and central Atacama and northern and central Coquimbo regions in Chile and northwestern San Juan Province in Argentina.

There have been no initial reports of damage or casualties as a result of the earthquake, and significant damage is unlikely. It could take several hours until authorities can conduct comprehensive damage assessments, especially in remote areas.

Aftershocks are likely over the coming days. The event has not prompted any tsunami advisories.

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Workers missing as landslide buries gold mine in east Turkey

A view of area following a substantial
© Mehmet YalçınerA view of area following a substantial landslide affecting a vast area surrounding the gold mine in Ilic district of Erzincan, Turkiye on February 13, 2024.
A landslide in Turkey's eastern Erzincan region has buried a gold mine, and at least nine workers at the site have been declared missing by authorities.

Footage circulating on social media captured the moment a torrent of muddy earth burst into a valley near the mine in the İliç district.

Turkey's interior minister, Ali Yerlikaya, said 400 people from the country's emergency agency, AFAD, had been dispatched to the mine to rescue the trapped workers.