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2,000 trapped overnight as snow cuts off highways in Spain

A statue of a bull is covered by snow at the entrance of the bullring in Ronda, southern Spain, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017.
Authorities say some 2,000 people were trapped overnight in vehicles as heavy snowfall cut off several roads in eastern Spain.

The army's emergency unit said Friday it was distributing blankets and hot drinks to hundreds of people trapped on the A3 highway linking Madrid to the coastal city of Valencia and on other roads in the region.

Soldiers and firefighters used snowplows to try to clear the snow, managing to open A3 traffic toward Valencia although it remained blocked toward Madrid.

Some train services in the region were also interrupted.

Heavy snowfall and rainstorms have hit many parts of Spain this week with some eastern coastal tourist towns reporting their first snow in decades.

The AEMET weather agency said that more snow and freezing temperatures were expected Friday.

Source: AP


Freak heavy snowfall hits the Sahara desert; up to one metre deep

© Zineddine Hashas/Geoff Robinson
The sand dunes were turned into snow-covered hills
Photographers have taken incredible pictures this morning of ONE METRE deep snow covering the sand in the small Saharan desert town of Ain Sefra

These bizarre scenes from the Sahara Desert show locals sledging down sand dunes after the heaviest snowfall in living memory.

Photographers have taken incredible pictures this morning of ONE METRE deep snow covering the sand in the small Saharan desert town of Ain Sefra.

The town saw a sprinkling of snow just before Christmas, when a few flakes settled on the red sand dunes of the world's hottest desert for the first time in 37 years.

© Zineddine Hashas/Geoff Robinson
People sledging in the Sahara Desert


Mysterious 'loud boom' shakes homes in North Carolina

© Getty Images
The residents of Mount Holly, a town in North Carolina, have been puzzled by a mysterious "loud boom" that reportedly shook several homes earlier this week.

The Mount Holly Police Department "received more than 30 calls from various parts of the city and even neighboring communities" about the noise on Tuesday evening, said Chief of Police Don Roper.

"People were saying they heard a very loud boom or explosion or loud bang, and some folks said it shook their houses and rattled the windows," Roper told ABC News today.

"It sounded like a bomb just went off outside our house," one caller said, according to 911 audio obtained by ABC's affiliate WSOC in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Several officers immediately went out that night to check areas where callers reported hearing the sound, according to Roper. But they found "nothing," he said. "There was no evidence of any type of injuries or damage."

Comment: With such minimum information available, It is hard determine what might be the cause of these booms. They could be a result of the increase in meteorites exploding in our atmosphere or a sign of some earth changes. Nevertheless, reports of these mystery booms have risen significantly in the past few years.


Three-year-old girl mauled to death by family dog in Durban, South Africa

A three-year-old girl has died after a family dog turned on her and her six-year-old brother in Mayville, Durban, on Saturday afternoon.

Rescue Care's Garrith Jamieson, who was on the scene, said paramedics attempted to resuscitate the girl after the dog belonging to her grandparents attacked her and her brother, but to no avail.

Her brother was taken to hospital.

Jamieson said the SPCA ,who were called to the scene, put the dog down. He was not able to establish the breed of the dog

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills fisherman in Malawi

A 21 year-old fisherman identified as Salanje Thomas has died after being struck by lightning while fishing on Monday in Mangochi district.

Confirming the development to Malawi24, Mangochi Police Deputy Spokesperson Amina Daudi said the deceased along with his friends went for fishing at Mpemba Dock along Lake Malawi.

According to Daudi, a few hours later as they were in the waters heavy rainfall started and suddenly lightning struck and their canoe got capsized.

"All of them fell in the water, his friends managed to swim but Thomas drowned and got missing, they tried to search for him but proved futile," Daudi said.


Dramatic video captures fiery eruption of Mexico's Colima volcano

© YouTube/webcamsdemexico (scren capture)
A fiery nighttime eruption of the Colima, Mexico, volcano shot ash and smoke over 6,500 feet into the air and could be heard 50 miles away, officials said.

The eruption Wednesday on the 12,000-foot mountain was the third major eruption this year, although the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center in Washington, D.C., part of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, gave almost daily accounts of new ash in the atmosphere since Jan. 3, as well as a spectacular eruption on Dec. 27.

The mountain, one of 14 active volcanoes in Mexico, is on the country's west coast, between Colima and Jalisco states, 300 miles west of the capital, Mexico City.

The center's report of Wednesday's eruption cryptically noted, "Explosion seen on web cam. Based on models, any VA [volcanic ash] would be rapidly mov NE at 40-60 Kts [rapidly moving northeast at 40-50 knots, or 42-69 mph]."

Dramatic video of the eruption Wednesday was captured on a webcam located beyond the five-mile "exclusion zone" surrounding the mountain.

Bizarro Earth

Powerful 6.8 quake strikes near Solomon Islands

An earthquake measuring 6.8 magnitude on the Richter scale has struck west of Solomon Islands at a depth of 33km, according to the US Geologic Survey.

The earthquake's epicenter was located some 71 kilometers from the town of Kirakira, the capital of Makira-Ulawa Province in the Solomon Islands.

No Tsunami warning has been issued by either the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center or the emergency services of Australia and New Zealand.


491 reports of dog attacks in 2016 reported across Mackay, Australia

Mackay Regional Council received more than 400 reports of dog attacks in 2016.
Hundreds of dog attacks were reported across Mackay Regional Council area last year, despite rules around dangerous dog ownership.

The council's health and regulatory services manager, Craig Shepherd, said there was 491 reports of attacks from January 1 to December 31 last year.

Reports "varied from barking and growling to biting", Mr Shepherd said.

The council investigates all dog attack reports, however there has been "very few instances" where dogs have been euthanased immediately, he added.


Rare high Arctic gull turns up in Half Moon Bay, California

© Ian Lewington.
Ross's Gull
Bird enthusiasts near and far were treated to a visit last week from an elusive gull that appeared Thursday in a Pillar Point Harbor parking lot — far from its breeding grounds in the high Arctic.

Known as the Ross's gull, this special bird is often at the top of the "must see" list for many in the know. Sightings are infrequent and that rarity adds to its allure.

Typically, Ross's gulls don't venture too far from their icy tundra of a habitat in the most unpopulated northern reaches of the high latitudes, experts say. Sometimes the bird will venture as far south as Alaska for the winter and while sightings have been reported in Canada and sometimes on the East Coast of the United States, it's really unusual to see one come as far south as California.

© John Green
Ross's gull


Shark bites lifeguard off Jensen Beach, Florida

A Martin County beach will reopen for swimming Saturday after a lifeguard was bitten Friday by a shark.

Martin County Fire Rescue says a lifeguard paddling in the ocean at Jensen Beach was bitten in the hand this morning.

He suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

An avid beach visitor says sharks in this area right now are common.

"This is the time of year to be coming in. Let's say they're the unwanted snowbirds or the unwanted tourists," said Robert Gramer.

The University of Florida says Martin County is the 5th county in the state for unprovoked shark attacks.