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Flash floods kill one woman and bring chaos in southern Spain; worst rainfall in nearly 30 years

A bus is half-submerged by the muddy floodwaters. Many people have had to abandon their cars in the streets, unable to finish their journeys
Severe flash flooding in southern Spain has has left one woman dead and forced authorities to issue a ''red alert'', the country's highest public safety warning.

Around 100 cubic metres of rain are estimated to have fallen within 28 hours.

The 26-year old victim is said to have been in the basement of a nightclub during the deluge.

A woman and a young child look out from their balcony at the street below which is buried under floodwaters. Police in Spain said this is worst flood for nearly 30 years

The Spanish Metrological Office (AEMET) reported that they were expecting 100 cubic metres to fall between 8pm on Saturday and midnight on Sunday

Cloud Lightning

Increased activity of ethereal sprites over Spain during recent thunderstorms

In the last 10 days, an enhanced sprite activity is reported in the sky from Spain due to strong lightning storms.

Fire in the sky!

Thunderstorms are ferocious natural phenomena. Crackles of lightning and booms of thunder reign over the surface of the Earth. However, something else occasionally floats ethereally above the storm clouds: a short-lived sprite.

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New Zealand rocked by 'severe' shallow earthquake of magnitude 5.5

The earthquake was at a depth of 12km and was centred 10km east of Seddon
New Zealand has been struck with another large magnitude 5.5 earthquake.

Just three weeks after the mammoth earthquake that shook central New Zealand, an earthquake has rocked South Island and lower North Island of New Zealand but fortunately hasn't done any damage.

It was at a depth of 12km and was centred 10km east of Seddon.

Marlborough District Council mayor John Leggett told AAP he was at a Christmas parade when the quake occurred.

'We were down on the foreshore and we definitely felt it. It was pretty significant,' he said.

Wellington City Council spokesman Richard McLean said, 'emergency controllers have been talking to each other' but there are no reports of damage in the capital.


Hundreds of migratory birds found dead at lake in Odisha, India

Birds at Chilika Lake
Carcasses of hundreds of migratory birds have been floating over last two days in Chilika lake under local tehsil area in Puri district, according to a report.

Surprisingly, wildlife officials have no knowledge about the development even as nearby villagers are on a collection spree of dead birds for consumption purpose. Some people are even selling these birds to some restaurant owners at Satapada, it was learnt.

A large number of birds flock to Chilika, Asia's largest brackish water lake, flying across thousands of miles during November. A special department has also been formed to ensure the safety of birds who stay here till February. Though a number of squads have been formed for their protection, ignorance of the department is baffling over the massive death of the winged guests.

It is suspected that the birds are dying after suffering from bird flu in the region.

According to reports, nearly three lakh feathered guests have come to Chilika lake this year which is spread across three districts - Ganjam, Puri and Khurda. It is feared that none of the visitors would survive unless the concerned department diagnoses the reason of death after collecting the samples. The carcasses were spotted near Tichhini, Gurubai, Sipia, Nuapada villages, locals said.


6-year-old boy dies after pit bull terrier attack in Huntington, West Virginia

A 6-year-old boy has died from injuries suffered when he was mauled by a pit bull Friday night, Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli confirmed Saturday.

The attack happened just after 9 p.m. Friday in the 2600 block of 9th Avenue. Scanner traffic at the time indicated the boy had suffered severe injuries to his neck and head, and that the dog remained aggressive as first responders arrived.

The boy was rushed to Cabell Huntington Hospital, where he died of his injuries later Friday night. His name has not been released.

Huntington police are conferring with Cabell County prosecuting attorneys to determine if any criminal charges will be filed, Ciccarelli said. The dog and the boy were living in the same household.


Dead whale shark found on beach in Odisha, India

A post-mortem examination report is awaited to know the cause of death.
A 42-foot-long and 28-foot-wide carcass of a whale was found at Baidhara Pentha beach in Puri district of Odisha, an official said today.

The forest officials recovered the dead marine species on getting information from the local people.

"It's a rare whale shark mostly seen in the Pacific Ocean. Cause of death can be ascertained after the post-mortem examination," said Satapada Forest Ranger Achyutananda Das.

He said the veterinary college doctors have been requested to conduct an autopsy to establish the reason of death.


Hawaii now expected to receive 3 feet of snowfall

With a winter storm warning in effect through Saturday, the summits of Hawaii's Big Island could get more than two feet of snow.
Hawaii's highest peak could get up to another foot of snow Sunday, on top of the 2 feet that have fallen since Thursday, the National Weather Service says.

A winter storm warning is in effect for the summits of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea through Saturday evening.

"Then we're expecting another round on Sunday and Sunday night," said Matthew Foster, a staff meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Honolulu.

The initial storm started on Thursday and was slowing down Saturday, "though some freezing drizzle is still possible," Foster said.

The next storm is currently about 400 miles west of the island of Kauai and should arrive over the islands sometime on Sunday, Foster said.

Comment: See also this earlier report: Over 2 feet of snow forecast for high ground in Hawaii


Huge storm batters Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi (VIDEOS)

© MVPanma / YouTube
A massive storm has descended on the Russian resort city of Sochi on the Black Sea coast, bringing with it waves so high they've turned Sochi's Olympic village into a huge swimming pool.

Videos posted online showed the waves coming over the barriers on the embankment in Sochi's Olympic village on Saturday. The complex was built for the Winter Olympics, which the city hosted in 2014.

According to news reports, in some areas waves reached the height of up to 5 meters.

Concrete guardrails were reportedly partly broken.

Cloud Grey

Rare 'fog dome' photographed near Tremeirchion, Wales

A rare UFO-like 'fog dome' (pictured here) was spotted by a dog walker in North Wales yesterday morning at 8am
Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing this weekend, prompting health officials to warn that the chilly conditions can be deadly.

Cold weather alerts have been issued for much of the country as forecasters expect 'severe cold weather' to set in today.

A rare UFO-like 'fog dome' was spotted by a dog walker in North Wales yesterday morning at 8am.

Hannah Blandford was with her pet in the village of Tremeirchion when she came across the spectacle which has been dubbed an 'alien pod'.

The 33-year-old who works as a teacher told The Sun: 'I couldn't believe how perfectly dome shaped it was, it looked amazing, so I had to take a photo. I'd never seen anything like it before, it was really quite special.

'I watched it for about 10 minutes and then the dome started to flatten and it looked like very thick low lying cloud. It spread out across 12 fields and covered a huge area.'

Forecasters think the fog dome was caused by heat rising up from the ground.

Forecasters think the fog dome was caused by heat rising up from the ground. Hannah Blandford, 33, was with her pet in the village of Tremeirchion when she came across the spectacle


1 dead, 17 hurt due to 5.5 magnitude earthquake in Peru

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake that struck southeastern Peru killed one person, injured 17 others and damaged dozens of homes, officials said Friday.

"Authorities in the district of Ocuviri have confirmed the death of a minor and 17 injured who are now being assisted by medics," the National Civil Defense Institute (INDECI) said on Twitter after Thursday's quake.

The quake in the Puno region hit at 5:40 pm (2240 GMT) on Thursday, its epicenter 58 kilometers (36 miles) from the town of Lampa and at a depth of 30 kilometers, according to the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP).

"Eight collapsed homes are reported in Lampa and 40 affected in the Paratia district. People are located in safe areas," INDECI had earlier reported, adding that communication with the area had been disrupted.

IGP head Hernando Tavera reported that "the population was scared and took to the streets" in Lampa, which has 15,000 residents.