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Punjab, Pakistan jolted by 4.4 earthquake

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An earthquake has hit the city of Lahore in northern Pakistan, witnesses said. Buildings sway as 4.4 magnitude quake strikes about 37km southwest of Lahore at depth of 10km.

The epicentre of the 4.4 magnitude quake was located about 37km southwest of Lahore, at a depth of 10km.

Waqas Habib Rana, a resident of Lahore said the earthquake was "very intense" and might have caused damage.

Cloud Precipitation

Terrible scenes as mountain torrents crush houses in China

A video footage captured the shocking scenes of ferocious mountain torrents crashing down a row of wooden houses in a village of central China's Hunan Province.The mountain torrents, along with landslides and mudslides, were triggered by heavy rains Sunday morning in Hunan's Guzhang County, with precipitation reaching as much as 199.1 mm in Morong Town, where the terrible scenes were captured. No casualties have been reported as of Sunday afternoon.

Cloud Lightning

2 women hit by separate lightning strikes at Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey

Two women are hospitalized after being struck by lightning in two separate incidents on Point Pleasant Beach in Ocean County, New Jersey.

The first incident occurred just before 3 p.m. Saturday at New Jersey Avenue and the Beach.

Police say a 62-year-old woman was struck by lightning at that location.

Less than 10 minutes later, a 54-year-old woman was struck by lightning on the 300 block of Ocean Avenue.

Police say she was sitting in an enclosed vehicle when she was struck.

Both victims were taken to Ocean Medical Center and are expected to be OK.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 3 women and injures 2 others in Bihar, India

At least three persons were killed today in rain-related incidents in Bihar as the flood situation remained critical in Assam while heavy rainfall in Karauli district of Rajasthan has led to a deluge-like condition there.

The national capital also received heavy rains, leading to water-logging in several areas and heavy traffic jams on many busy intersections.

The observatories at Safdarjung, Lodhi Road, Palam, Ridge and Ayanagar recorded 12 mm, 12.5 mm, 4 mm, 7.4 mm and 9.1 mm rainfall respectively between 8.30 AM and 5.30 PM, said a Met department official.

Three women were killed while two others sustained burn injuries when lightning struck them in Bihar's Jamui district. The incident occurred when the victims were transplanting paddy saplings.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills man at Mount Mitchell State Park, North Carolina

Scott Pasour
A Dallas man who led other motorcyclists to Christ through Bible studies at his auto repair business died Saturday from a lightning strike that occurred on the Blue Ridge Parkway at the entrance of Mount Mitchell State Park.

Scott Pasour, a lay minister at Venture Church and owner of Pasour Auto Repair, was riding down from the peak of Mount Mitchell with two other motorcyclists when they stopped on the Blue Ridge Parkway at the entrance of the park to put on rain gear, according to friends and park officials. The other men reported that they did not see any lightning or hear any thunder in the area until witnessing a bolt come down and strike the helmet Pasour was wearing.

A medical professional on the scene worked to revive Pasour for about 45 minutes and he was flown by helicopter to Mission Hospital in Asheville, where he was pronounced dead, according to friends. The incident occurred around 1 p.m., according to park officials.


July snow for 5 European countries; strawberry and tomato crops lost

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Summer Interrupted in Italy, Switzerland as Snow Whitens the Alps
Snow continues to fall across Europe in July 2016.

A total of 10 days of snow in this extremely rare round of bizarre snowy weather during the European summer.

Strawberry crops lost in Switzerland due to cold and rain.

India suffers extreme drought effecting tomato crops country wide along with the dairy industry.


After 36,000 years, an ancient volcano near Rome is rumbling to life

The country of Italy, home to one of the most famous volcanic disasters in history, is showing signs that another massive eruption is brewing, according to a new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Almost 2,000 years after the burial of Pompeii and nearby Herculaneum during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D., an ancient volcano near Rome is rumbling to life, say scientists. About 19 miles away from the heart of Rome, an ancient volcanic district called the Colli Albani is stirring. The Colli Albani, a 9-mile-long semicircle of hills on the outskirts of Rome, last erupted 36,000 years ago, so geologists had classified it as extinct - until about 20 years ago.

Comment: See also: Calm before the storm: Restless volcanoes undergo periods of seismic quiet immediately before eruptions

Cloud Precipitation

Huge hailstorms damage thousands of houses in Brazil; 20 inches of ice on the streets

50 cm (20 inches) of ice accumulated on the streets

A strong hailstorm hit parts of Rio Grande do Sul on Wednesday night, damaging 2,563 buildings.

Some 50 cm (20 inches) of ice accumulated on the streets in northern parts of the city of Não-Me-Toque (lit. Don't-Touch-Me). The ice also felled trees on the ERS-142 between Carazinho and the city.

The mayors of Vale do Sinos, São Leopoldo and Novo Hamburgo declared an emergency.

The storm, which hit municipalities in the North, Northeast and Metropolitan and the Valleys of Taquari, Rio Pardo and Paranhana, was the second hail storm in the state in the week - Northern cities had already been punished by hail on Sunday night.


Six years after BP Gulf of Mexico spill, remaining oil more toxic than ever to fish

Three month old mahi mahi
Six years after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig spilled nearly three million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, scientists have found that ultraviolet light is transforming the remaining oil into a more toxic substance that hinders the development of heart, eye, and brain function in fish. The research, led by scientists at the University of California, Riverside and the University of Miami, exposed embryos and larvae of mahi-mahi from the Gulf of Mexico to what they called weathered (exposed to years of sunlight) and un-weathered oil (taken from the drilling site) from the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010. Compared to fish exposed to un-weathered oil, the fish exposed to the weathered oil experienced impaired eye and neurological function, reduced heart rates, and a buildup of excess fluid in the heart.

"To this day, we remain uncertain of the magnitude of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill effects, particularly in sensitive life stages of fish," said Daniel Schlenk, a professor of aquatic ecotoxicology, who led the study, published in Environmental Science and Technology. "We are also uncertain of whether biota exposed to the oil can recover, or have recovered, from this event. And we are still uncertain about how compounds present in oil or any other combustion byproduct or fossil fuel cause toxicity."


July snowfall hits the Alps in Austria, Italy and Switzerland

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Lots of fresh snow in Ischgl's upper bowls - 14 July 2016
Fresh snow in the Alps!

Following a very warm start to July, temperatures have plummeted this week with fresh snow as low as 1600m in parts of the Alps this morning!

The heaviest snow has been in Austria (benefiting summer ski areas such as Hintertux and Mölltal), eastern Switzerland and parts of the central and eastern Italian Alps (e.g. Passo Stelvio), where as much as 30cm has fallen at high altitude with more forecast today.

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Fresh snow at Passo Stelvio, one of a handful of ski areas open in the Alps in July - 14 July 2016
Western glaciers (e.g. Tignes) have also had at least a dusting, but the cold weather won't last long, with temperatures expected to return to normal by the weekend.

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Fresh snow to 1800m in Livigno this morning - 14 July 2016