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At least 24 people, including 11 children buried in massive landslide in Kyrgyzstan

Massive landslide swept over a village in Kyrgyzstan
At least 24 people, including 11 children, have been buried in mud and rubble after a massive landslide swept over a village in Kyrgyzstan, preliminary information from the Kyrgyz Emergencies Ministry said.

The landslide hit several houses in a village in the Uzgen district of the southern Osh region early on Saturday. The victims, who were in their houses at the time, are believed to be buried under mud and rubble, the ministry added.

"All 24 citizens of Kyrgzystan, nine of them children, died under the landslide in the south of the country," Emergencies Ministry spokeswoman Elmira Sheripova told AFP.

So far no survivors or bodies of the killed have been recovered. On Saturday evening, the search was suspended until morning.


Rampaging rhino kills man on street in southern Nepal

A crowd of worried onlookers can be heard screaming and shouting in the background
Next time you're stuck in traffic complaining about your commute remember it could be a lot worse.

You could have a 5,000 pound rhino charging at you.

Terrifying footage has emerged showing the huge horned beast rampaging down a street in southern Nepal town of Hetauda.

Two unfortunate motorcyclists can be seen fleeing the beast in front of it, while screams and panicked shouts can be heard in the background.

A crowd of curious onlookers can be seen following the beast at a distance.


Bodyboarder killed by shark off Reunion Island; second such death in 2 months

A bodyboarder was mauled to death by a shark just two months after one of his best friends was killed in almost identical circumstances.

Adrien Dubosc, 28, was bitten in the leg in shark-infested waters off Pointe au Sel, Reunion, on Saturday morning.

The trained shark spotter was dragged to shore and given CPR in front of his horrified family members, but rescuers could not save him.

His death comes weeks after his friend Alexandre Naussac, 26, died on a nearby beach on the French island, which lies off the coast of Madagascar.

Comment: For details of previous attack, see: Man killed by shark off Reunion Island

Arrow Down

Large sinkhole opens along Florida interstate near Walt Disney World

© Fox35
Authorities are assessing a sinkhole in the median of Interstate 4, near Walt Disney World​. It is located at the World Drive interchange and is delaying westbound traffic.

"It is 10 feet deep and 15 feet in diameter," explained Florida Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Olson. "FDOT crews are securing the area and will continue to monitor it."

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


Loud booms heard across San Diego, California

© Fox5
Several loud "booms" were heard across San Diego and a resident in Pacific Beach said it shook his home Tuesday morning.

What caused the noise was unknown as of 9:10 a.m., but many people speculated it was a sonic boom caused by some kind of aircraft.

Polly Kanavel was getting ready to walk in San Carlos when she heard two booms.

"I was getting out of the car getting ready to put my hat on and I heard boom, and I thought there goes the military again," said Kanavel.

A man in Pacific Beach said he heard it and the garage doors of his home shook around 9 a.m. Viewers in Poway, Mira Mesa and Santee also reported hearing the boom.

"TWO booms were heard today - one at about 9:10 a.m. The second, just before 11 a.m. My glass door shook with the boom," Carmel Valley resident Latha Sundar told FOX 5.

FOX 5 has calls out to military officials to find out if one of their airplanes caused it. MCAS Miramar Officer 1st Lt. Christopher Harrison said the sound was not produced by any of their aircraft.

Comment: From January of this year: Mysterious boom rattles San Diego residents

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 2 in Andhra Pradesh, India

Two persons were killed by lightning during rainfall and gales in several parts of Kurnool district on Thursday night.

An agricultural labourer Eerappa, 46, of Doddanageri village in Adoni mandal and Adinarayana, 27, of Rampuram village in Tuggali mandal lost their lives when they were struck by lightning. Eerappa turned unconscious and another worker Pedda Urukundappa suffered burns.

They were rushed to the Government hospital at Adoni, where doctors declared Eerappa as brought dead.

Peddathumbalam Sub-Inspector Hussain Basha registered a case.

A Sakshara Bharathi village coordinator, Adinarayana, was hit by lightning when he was trying to cover his chilli crop from getting damp in rain.


Spring snow for Colorado: 4 to 15 inches expected in Denver, Boulder

© CBS News - Denver
As only CBS4 told you last night, Denver would see a beautiful start to Friday - and we were greeted to a cloudless blue sky as temperatures warmed to a high of 54 degrees. Then the weather began to change as a storm system tracking across the Four Corners region and then over New Mexico began producing a strong upslope flow along the Front Range changing rain over to snow.

As a result, the Denver and Boulder areas are under a Winter Storm Warning from 6 p.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Saturday for 4-12 inches of slushy snow. The higher amounts will be over the southern suburbs in Arapahoe County and northern Douglas County.

Locations farther south and west are also under a Winter Storm Warning from 4 p.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Saturday for 8-15 inches of snow. This includes the foothills of Jefferson, Boulder, and Larimer Counties as well as the Palmer Divide in Douglas and Elbert Counties. The biggest impact in these areas may be damaged tress and power lines due to the weight of the heavy, very wet snow.

Heavy snow will also impact southern Colorado. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the I-25 corridor south of Pueblo including Walsenburg, Trinidad, and Raton Pass in northern New Mexico. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains will likely see 1-2 feet of snow.


Domesticated elephant kills tour owner in Indonesia

© Apriadi Gunawan
Elephants cross an oil palm plantation in Langkat regency, North Sumatra, recently.
The owner of a company that provides elephant facility tours was killed by one of the elephants at his park.

I Nyoman Levi Suwitha, 60, was attacked by a male Lampung elephant on Friday at Bakas Levi Rafting and Elephant Tours in Bakas village, Klungkung regency, about 30 kilometers from Denpasar, Bali.

Klungkung Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Arendra Wahyudi told The Jakarta Post that Nyoman Levi came to the elephant cage at around 10:20 a.m. local time soon after he arrived from Denpasar. When he was feeding the elephant, the animal suddenly attacked him. During the incident, the elephant lifted up Nyoman Levi and slammed his body on the ground, leaving him unconscious.


Russia declares state of emergency, as wildfires hit village in Siberia, burning to ground

© Ruptly
Rescuers have managed to save all the residents of a Russian village before the settlement located on an island in Irkutsk Region burned to the ground. The spread of wildfires across Siberia has prompted authorities to declare a state of emergency.

Hundreds of people were trapped in the village of Bubnovka surrounded by water as a massive fire was ripping through their homes. Luckily for some 435 residents, local Emergencies Ministry staff were conducting anti-flood drills in the area and rapidly reacted to the incident.

Responding the distress call, they rushed to the scene to evacuate the villagers. Using an air cushion rescue boat, the responders brought people to safety. No one was harmed.

Despite efforts by the local team of firefighters, the entire village of 86 houses burned down in the suspected wildfire, the governor's press service told RIA Novosti.

"It was impossible to bring additional [firefighting] forces because of the fact that Bubnovka is located on the island. Gusty winds contributed to the spread of fire," the governor's office said.

The Investigative Committee, however, has opened a criminal case to see if any negligence was involved.


Tropical storms produce radiation bursts

© NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE MODIS Rapid Response Team
During a period of rapid strengthening on Aug. 23, 2012, Typhoon Bolaven launched its only TGF from an outer rain band located nearly 490 miles (785 km) from the storm’s center (roughly bottom center of the full image). The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image of Bolaven the following day.
About a thousand times a day, thunderstorms fire off fleeting bursts of some of the highest-energy light naturally found on Earth. These events, called terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGFs), last less than a millisecond and produce gamma rays with tens of millions of times the energy of visible light. Since its launch in 2008, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has recorded more than 4,000 TGFs, which scientists are studying to better understand how the phenomenon relates to lightning activity, storm strength and the life cycle of storms.

Now, for the first time, a team of NASA scientists has analyzed dozens of TGFs launched by the largest and strongest weather systems on the planet: tropical storms, hurricanes and typhoons. A paper describing the research was published March 16 in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.
"One result is a confirmation that storm intensity alone is not the key factor for producing TGFs," said Oliver Roberts, who led the study at the University College Dublin, Ireland, and is now at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. "We found a few TGFs were made in the outer rain bands of major storms, hundreds of kilometers from the powerful eye walls at their centers, and one weak system that fired off several TGFs in a day."