Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:56 UTC
"We are confronting a serious climatic problem," President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said in a statement broadcast live Friday afternoon. "There hasn't been an incident of this strength along the coast of Peru since 1998."
The highly unusual rains follow a series of storms that have struck especially hard along Peru's northern coast, with voracious waters inundating hospitals and cemeteries, and leaving some small villages entirely isolated. On Thursday, the National Police rescued eight people who had been trapped for three days in Cachipampa and removed the body of an 88-year-old man killed in the floods. In the highlands along the department of La Libertad, dramatic video showed crashing water inundating several buses and trucks, killing at least five people. Rescuers were searching Friday for survivors.
South Coast Herald
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:17 UTC
Police spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid, said Mr Cele was bitten all over his body and later died in hospital.
An inquest docket was opened and the Lower South Coast SPCA was called by the police to collect four of the dogs for euthanisation.
However, Lt-Col Wiid said one dog was very aggressive and officials could not approach and catch it. "The assistance of the police was called and the dog was euthanised after consultion with the owner."
Bali's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) recorded the quake's epicenter as 334 kilometers southwest of Denpasar, at a depth of 10 kilometers. Most people likely slept through the small shakes, but the quake was reportedly felt in the Denpasar area.
The earthquake was not flagged for tsunami potential and there have been no reports so far of major damage or victims following the earthquake.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:12 UTC
Floods and mudslides have affected parts of Lima Region, including the capital, where several rivers have overflowed.
Other parts of the country have also been affected, including the regions of Piura, La Libertad, Lambayeque and Callao.
Sadly the recent flooding is nothing new for many communities. The country has been experiencing periods of heavy rainfall since December 2016 and over 60 people have died as a result of flooding and landslides since then.
Local observers are calling the unusual climatic conditions "El Niño Costero" and are blaming the heavy rainfall on higher temperatures of the eastern Pacific Ocean waters. Further rainfall is forecast and authorities are bracing themselves for two more weeks of heavy rain, potential flooding and landslides.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:49 UTC
Thursday morning did not start well for the 51-year-old man in Yaroslavl, 250 kilometers northeast of Moscow. The unsuspecting commuter had just come to the trolleybus stop, when the asphalt caved in right under his feet.
The accident was caught on CCTV cameras around 7:00am local time.
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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:11 UTC
Why are all of these humpback whales all suddenly hanging out? No one really knows.
In a new study, scientists report spotting as many as 200 humpbacks at a time gathering off South Africa. That's bizarre for a species previously believed to be loners.
It's "unlike anything I have seen in working with humpback whales across the Southern Hemisphere," says study leader Ken Findlay, a marine biologist at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa.
New Zealand Herald
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:15 UTC
Local residents were shocked when they encountered "millions" of dead shellfish washed ashore on the northern end of Waihi Beach on Tuesday.
Jeanette McCallum believed they were pipi and posted a video of the finding online, sparking thousands of views and hundreds of comments.
She said today that most of the shellfish had already been washed away now but they had begun to smell "horrible" while they were there.
"It's amazing how the ocean manages to clean itself," she said.
The Kathmandu Post
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:05 UTC
It has been learnt the lightning struck the house of Chandramal Karki killing his fifteen-year-old son Sher Karki, and injuring Chupkala, 18, and Junu. The girls have sustained burn injures in their bodies and have been taken to Kolti-based primary health post for treatment.
Deceased Sher Karki was a student at local Shaileshwori Secondary School.
Likewise, the two bullocks and a goat were killed and the house has been damaged.
A small thunderstorm developed West of Algester, SSW of Brisbane City around 13:00 local time on Friday afternoon, Higgins Storm Chasing group wrote in their post. The cell developed and intensified quickly as it interacted with very warm temperatures (up to 36 °C / 96.8 °F) and high humidity (dew points between 17 and 22 °C / 62.6 and 71.6 °F).
"But it wasn't until the cell entered North-Eastern Brisbane and neared the Airport that it developed into a Supercell with a rotating updraft and base feature," they said. "The Supercell then attempted to spawn a funnel cloud near Brisbane City which lead to several people in the area videoing the phenomenon trying to unfold. As it neared Brisbane Airport, it interacted with a sea breeze front perfectly that for rotation to become tight enough that a tornado was able to develop."
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:13 UTC
The Oklahoma Forestry Service told CNN the fires burned 400,000 acres, and prompted Gov. Mary Fallin to declare a state of emergency for 22 counties.
Officials in four other states said that 400,000 acres were destroyed in Kansas, 325,000 in the Texas Panhandle and 30,000 in Colorado — not to mention the 6,000 acres burning in the Florida swamps near Naples that resulted in mandatory evacuations.
Three ranchers trying to save their cattle died in a wildfire in Gray County, Texas, according to Sandi Martin, coordinator with Gray County Emergency Management.
The three were among five people killed by wildfires in the Texas Panhandle as fires continue to scorch swaths of the Southwest and Great Plains. The Gray County blaze scorched 100,000 acres, but has since been contained, Martin said. State fire marshals are working to determine the cause.