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Two volcanoes in Guatemala erupt strongly within 24 hours: Santiaguito Volcano sends ash 4,500 meters above sea level

© Foto Prensa Libre/Carlos Ventura
Guatemala volcanoes are currently recording strong eruptions one after the other. After Volcan de Fuego, yesterday, the Santa Maria volcano sent a thick column of ash 4,500 meters above sea level.

Two volcanoes in Guatemala erupted strongly within 24 hours. Yesterday, the Volcano of Fire covered the area with ash in a loud detonation.

Today, the Santiaguito Volcano erupted violently at 9:32 am local time.

The volcano has remained in constant activity within last month and is expected to continue in the coming days.

The National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh) reported that the strongest explosion occurred at 9.34 am.

The resulting thick column of ash rose 4,500 meters above sea level and has already moved 25 kilometers south and southwest.

Ashfall has been reported in farms and different villages around the volcano.

Reportan fuerte explosión del Volcán Santiaguito


Signs and Portents: Lamb born with facial deformities in Kazakhstan

The strange mutant animal was born on a farm in the town of Chilik, Kazakhstan
According to local media, the strange mutant animal was born on a farm in the town of Chilik, in the southern Kazakhstan region of Almaty.

The images show one of the breeders holding up the baby lamb, which has no nose to speak of and is blind, with a protruding jaw and a strange trunk poking from its head.

The farmer holds its face up to the camera.

The poor animal sticks out its tongue and makes squeaky snoring sounds as it breaths with obvious difficulty, causing the man holding it to laugh.

It died just a few hours after being born.

The video has been seen and shared widely by social media users, some who have voiced concerns about the increasing cases of mutant farm animals being born.


Dog runs amok and attacks 11 children in Blyth, United Kingdom

Police are trying to trace the owner of a Staffordshire bull terrier that attacked more than a dozen children at a park in Northumberland.

The incident took place in Burns Avenue, Blyth, at 6.30pm on Wednesday. Nine children were treated in hospital for bite injuries. None are thought to have been seriously injured.

Sheryl Allison, whose daughter was in the park at the time, told ChronicleLive: "The dog attacked about 14 kids, it was like a terrorist attack. There were injured kids lying all over the place, it was a war zone.

"Eventually a dad of one of the girls saw what was happening and sprinted into the park and jumped on the dog, he pinned it down until the police arrived. The whole street has been traumatised by this, nothing like this has ever happened before."

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 3 and injure 4 in Cambodia

Three separate lightning strikes killed three people in Pursat and Siem Reap provinces yesterday afternoon, as well as one dog and one chicken, according to police.

Four others were injured in the strikes, which took place in Bakan and Kravanh districts.

A Bakan district police officer who requested anonymity said a 66-year-old man named Seung was killed by a lightning strike in a stable in Talo commune's Praha village.

"The lightning struck a man while he was in a cow stable. We could not bring him to the hospital because he was killed instantly by the lightning," the officer said.

Elsewhere, deputy police Lorng Channa reported a deadly lightning strike in Kravanh district.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 2 and injures 5 in the Philippines

Two sugarcane farm laborers were killed while five others were hurt after they were hit by lightning at Hacienda Porter, Barangay Bonifacio, Cadiz City, in Negros Occidental, past 10 a.m. on Thursday.

According to Cadiz City Vice Mayor Samson Mirhan, the farm workers were harvesting sugarcane when they noticed thick clouds in the sky.

Thinking that it would rain, the farm workers took shelter inside a hut when lightning struck, killing two persons and wounding five others.

Killed were Willy Montaya Barredo, 38, and Jovie Lubrico Humawan, 27, of nearby Hacienda Elvira also in Barangay Bonifacio.

Injured were Mark Humawan Sopuesca, 17, Cristobal Magbanua, 31, John Ray Silverio, 19, Silverio Valiente Lubrico, 43, and Jeffrey Lubrico, 23. RC


Fort McMurray wildfire expands into Saskatchewan; massive blaze now 483,084 hectares in size

© Canadian Wildland Fire Information System
According to the latest fire perimeter map from the Canadian Wildland Fire Information System, the Fort McMurray fire has entered Saskatchewan at two points.

About 771 hectares have burned in the province so far

The massive forest fire surrounding Fort McMurray, Alta., is now confirmed to have crossed the border into Saskatchewan.

According to Alberta fire information officer Travis Fairweather on Thursday morning, the fire is now estimated to be 483,084 hectares in size and is confirmed to have expanded east of the border.

So far, about 771 hectares have burned in Saskatchewan, he said.

The nearest village, La Loche, Sask., is more than 30 kilometres from the border, but smoke and ash has been a growing concern in the community of 2,600.

The Saskatchewan government will provide an update later this morning.

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Large sinkhole cuts highway down to one lane in Brampton, Ontario

© CBC News
A large sinkhole reduced Queen Street in Brampton to one lane between Highway 50 and The Gore Road on Tuesday.

City crews are advising drivers to avoid the area since only one eastbound lane on Queen Street is open, while two others remain closed.

The sinkhole is approximately ten metres wide and five metres deep, according to Peel Public Works.

Crews estimate the lanes will be closed for the rest of Tuesday and won't reopen until after Wednesday morning's rush hour at the earliest.
© Peel Public Works
Queen Street has been reduced to one eastbound lane between Highway 50 and The Gore Road as crews repair large sink hole on Tuesday.

Comment: Sinkholes: The groundbreaking truth


Wrong time, wrong place: Bowhead whale from Arctic waters seen off the coast of Cornwall, UK; only second time recorded in Europe

Bowhead whale spotted off Cornish coast
Marine experts were left flabbergasted after a whale paid a visit to a Cornish beach over the weekend.

The bowhead whale, which was seven metres long, was seen in shallow wasters at Long Rock Beach near Penzance yesterday.

There were fears it would become beached but fortunately the lone adventurer turned around and made its way back out to sea.

Posting on Facebook, Marine Discovery Penzance, which provides tours in the area, said: "So, flabbergasted doesn't begin to cover it

"There have been two confirmed sightings of this species in Europe and both of them were in Cornwall.

"The previous one was in the Isles of Scilly in February 2015, so it's possible that this was the same bowhead whale, though it would be impossible to tell.

Comment: See also: Rare Arctic bowhead whale seen for the first time in UK waters


Millions of tuna crab die mysteriously along coast of Ensenada, Mexico

Are these mysterious mass die-offs along the Pacific coast going to decrease or what?

Now thousands of tuna crab have washed ashore on beaches in Ensenada, Mexico.

There is currently something going wrong along the American Pacific coast.

Almost every day, an catastrophic animal die-off is being reported... But nobody knows why.

Some officials name red tides and El Nino, or even natural death as origins... But there may be something more terrifying behind.

I don't know what you think about these apocalyptical signs, but animals dying are never a good omen.

After California, this latest mass die-off was reported in Ensenada, Baja California on May 14, 2016, where beaches turned completely red! Blood red.

Comment: See also: Thousands of tuna crabs found in Imperial Beach, California


Guatemala's Volcan de Fuego erupts, prompting evacuations

© Conred / Facebook
A volcanic eruption at Guatemala's Volcan de Fuego, one of the most active volcanoes in Central America, has sparked the evacuation of the area surrounding the peak.

Guatemala's National Institute for Seismology and Vulcanology are reporting that an ash column reaching 5,500 meters (18,000 feet) above sea level has emerged, while "moderate" lava flow is pouring out of the mountain.

"This pyroclastic flow was accompanied by moderate rumble of the volcano [and] fallen ash is reported in the villages of El Rodeo, La Rochelle, Osuna, Panimache, Morelia, Sangre de Cristo and Yepocapa," a statement by the government agency confirmed.

The alert also recommends that people steer clear of the canyon near the volcano.

Bombero de Antigua, a disaster relief team in the area, has tweeted that at least one school has been evacuated in the municipality of Alotenango.