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18 killed as landslide hits Indonesia's South Sulawesi

Eighteen people were killed, two others injured and several others missing after a landslide struck South Sulawesi province in central Indonesia on late Saturday night.

The Head of Operational Unit of the provincial Disaster Management and Mitigation Agency Amson Padolo confirmed the incident to Xinhua via phone on Sunday.

The search and rescue team was still looking for victims who might be trapped in the landslide.

Sulawesi has been hit by several dangerous landslide over the last few months.

In February, landslides hit a section of road connecting Luwu regency and Palopo city in South Sulawesi trapping at least 23 people with five victims found dead.

Source: Xinhua

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Huge sinkhole causes closure of Illinois 185 southeast of Hillsboro

50-foot-wide sinkhole at Deer Run Mine.
© Larry Schraut50-foot-wide sinkhole at Deer Run Mine.
Illinois 185 southeast of Hillsboro is closed due to the formation of a 50-foot-wide sinkhole at Deer Run Mine.

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that Illinois 185 between Hillsboro and Coffeen is closed due to the sinkhole in a farmer's field adjacent to the road.

The sinkhole is located southeast of the John A. Graham Correctional Center.

This mine has had a long series of problems including underground fires, mine roof collapses, and the ongoing longwall mining sinking of land unevenly over what will be thousands of acres of really good farmland.


Heavy snow blankets Khalkhal, northwestern Iran, during spring

In a rare incident, heavy snow blanketed the Almas Road in the northwestern Iranian town of Khalkhal nearly one month into the spring.

Reports say the snow is 50 centimeters high and local authorities tried to open the routes after the heavy snowfall.

As a result of the snowfall, temperatures fell in northwestern Iran and even in distant areas.

The region is considered one of the agricultural hubs of the country and the sudden cold snap has caused concern among local farmers during the spring season.

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Hawaii's Kauai Island swamped by flash flooding after a foot of rain in 12 hours

Flooding rains batter Kauai, triggering rescues and closing all the island’s public schools
Flooding rains batter Kauai, triggering rescues and closing all the island’s public schools
Torrential storms dumped nearly a foot of rain on the Hawaiian island of Kauai late Thursday into Friday morning, leading to widespread flash flooding that shut down roads and closed schools.

A deep area of low pressure has draped a stationary front across Kauai, leading to stubborn rounds of heavy rain through much of Friday.

The National Weather Service reported rain falling at 2-3 inches per hour along Kauai, prompting Flash Flood Warnings lasting into Friday morning. In addition, a rare Severe Thunderstorm Watch was in effect until 10 a.m. Friday for thunderstorms with possible quarter-sized hail and/or wind gusts of 58 mph or stronger. It's the islands' first Severe Thunderstorm Watch in nearly 500 days, and it's the first for Lihue since December 2022.

The Hawaii Department of Education canceled all classes across the island Friday due to flooded roads and unsafe conditions. All bus service on the island was suspended as well until conditions improved.

Officials have reported multiple rescues from cars and houses due to flooding, the Kauai Emergency Management Agency said.


5 phreatic eruptions at Taal volcano in the Philippines

One of the four discrete phreatic or steam-driven eruption events, observed between 9:45 a.m. and 3:22 p.m. through the Taal Volcano Network (TVN) at the VTMC (Main Crater) observation station on April 12, 2024.
© PhivolcsOne of the four discrete phreatic or steam-driven eruption events, observed between 9:45 a.m. and 3:22 p.m. through the Taal Volcano Network (TVN) at the VTMC (Main Crater) observation station on April 12, 2024.
Taal Volcano in Batangas exhibited increased volcanic activity with five phreatic eruptions occurring within a 24-hour period, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

In its latest bulletin, Phivolcs reported that between 12 a.m. Friday and 12 a.m. Saturday, Taal experienced five phreatic eruptions, with one event lasting for 13 minutes.

A phreatic eruption, according to Phivolcs, is a steam-driven explosion that occurs when water, either below the ground or on the surface, is heated by magma, lava, hot rocks, or fresh volcanic deposits.

During the same monitoring period, a total of fifteen volcanic earthquakes, including six volcanic tremors, with durations ranging from two to four minutes each, were recorded.

Plumes reaching heights of up to 2,400 meters were observed drifting southwest and northwest.


Woman mauled to death by pit bulls in Portsmouth, Virginia

A woman is dead after being mauled by pit bulls, Portsmouth police say.

The woman was found badly injured in the 1800 block of Atlanta Ave. around 1:30 a.m. Friday according to police say.

Officers say she was attacked by three pit bulls.

The woman, who had not been identified as of Friday evening, was taken to the hospital but did not survive, police say.

"I woke up about 4 o' clock, saw the lights flashing," said Lawrence Davis.

Davis lives on the street.

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SOTT Focus: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - March 2024: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

An X-class flare that split into two simultaneous explosions - known as a sympathetic solar flare, triggered a coronal mass ejection that slammed into Earth, causing the biggest disruption to our planet's magnetic field in more than six years. The last time the Earth experienced such a strong geomagnetic disturbance was in September 2017.

The resulting geomagnetic storm reached severe (G4) status, causing communications disruptions around the world and increasing the potential for major earthquakes.

It's worth noting that this peak in the solar cycle has come earlier than originally predicted, and as solar activity decreases, so do temperatures on Earth.

As we have mentioned many times before, the climate and Earth changes are strongly influenced by solar activity and the electrical interaction between our star and the Earth. And it's interesting to observe that even when the sun is at its peak, we see record snow and low temperatures around the world:

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Perth in Western Australia hit by severe storm causing flooding and chaos

Unprecedented rain has caused havoc in Perth’s northern suburbs with flash flooding leaving people trapped in their cars, homes damaged, and hundreds without power.
© PerthNowUnprecedented rain has caused havoc in Perth’s northern suburbs with flash flooding leaving people trapped in their cars, homes damaged, and hundreds without power.
Perth faced chaos as a severe thunderstorm brought heavy rain and hail, submerging cars and prompting dramatic rescues of drivers trapped in their vehicles.

The storm struck areas like Kingsley, Two Rocks, and Wangara before moving to Pinjar and Yanchep, with more regions expected to be affected by flash flooding.


Dead 30-foot humpback whale found on Long Beach Island in Ocean County, New Jersey

© Marine Mammal Stranding CenterWildlife rescuers on New Jersey's Long Beach Island say a humpback whale was found dead in the surf on Thursday.
Beachgoers were saddened Thursday morning when the body of a 30-foot humpback whale washed ashore. It was found on Long Beach Island in Ocean County.

Brandon Goldner reports the process to determine what happened to this whale.

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center said it received a call around 6:45 a.m. Thursday for a dead humpback whale in the surf along 51st Street in Long Beach Township.

By Thursday afternoon, the MMSC moved the whale from the beach to perform a necropsy. It could take several weeks or months before results are returned.

The situation attracted several curious beachgoers to the area.

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Deadly severe weather outbreak slams New Orleans with flash flooding, tornadoes across South - 10 inches of rain in just 7 hours

In Mississippi, one person was killed in Scott County and at least one other was injured in Grenada County in storm-related incidents across the state, emergency managers reported Wednesday afternoon.

A Flash Flood Emergency was issued for the city of New Orleans as part of a deadly severe weather outbreak that caused numerous thunderstorms and even tornadoes across the lower Mississippi Valley and Gulf Coast.

Life-threatening flooding occurred Wednesday afternoon in the New Orleans metro area as several inches of rain drenched the city in just hours, sometimes falling at a rate of 1-3 inches per hour.

Emergency management reported numerous roads and underpasses in and around New Orleans were underwater and impassible from the late morning into the afternoon.

Dramatic videos showed first responders working to block off flooded roads to prevent vehicles from driving on them and getting submerged.