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Indonesia's Lewotobi Laki-Laki volcano erupts twice in a day

Mount Lewotobi Laki-Laki in Eastern Indonesia erupted twice today, volcanology authorities said, sending thick, dark clouds into the air.

The first eruption took place at 11.04am local time and lasted nearly 11 minutes, according to a statement from the Indonesian volcanology agency.

The second was at 2.41pm and lasted a little over 10 minutes, spewing volcanic material 900m above the crater.

"Residents and visitors around Mount Lewotobi Laki Laki are prohibited from conducting any activity within the 3km radius from the centre of eruption," the agency said.

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Lightning strike in Utah sends 7 members of youth group to hospital

Seven members of a youth group hiking in Utah were transported to hospitals on Thursday after lightning struck the ground near them.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints youth group from Salina, Utah, were in the eastern part of Sevier county at about 1.45pm when a light rain began and the lightning hit, the Sevier county sheriff, Nathan Curtis, said in a statement.

"Approximately 50 youth felt the shock of the lightning," Curtis said, adding that seven of the young people had "medical concerns due to the electrocution".

Two had serious symptoms and were flown by helicopter to the Primary Children's hospital in Lehi, Utah. Five others were transported by ambulances to the Sevier Valley hospital in Richfield and the Gunnison Valley hospital in Gunnison, Curtis said.

None of the injuries were considered life-threatening, according to Curtis, who said the other hikers were returned to their families in Salina, which is 139 miles (223km) south of Salt Lake City.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are less than one in a million - and nearly 90% of all lightning-strike victims survive.

Associated Press

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Teenage beachgoer killed by lightning on beach in northern Greece

A 13-year-old beachgoer died after being struck by lightning in northern Greece during a sudden summer rainstorm Friday, authorities said.

A local official said the Greek girl had been swimming with her parents at Faros beach, near Poseidi in Halkidiki, a resort area southeast of Thessaloniki popular with Greek and foreign visitors.

Kassandreia Mayor Anastasia Halkia said the family came out of the sea because it had just started to rain, but the weather deteriorated very quickly.

"There was a lot of lightning," she said. "It's the kind of summer storm that usually doesn't cause any trouble."

Police said the girl was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Her parents were uninjured.

The Associated Press

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Lightning strike kills citizen of Uzbekistan in Kazakhstan

A citizen of Uzbekistan died as a result of a lightning strike in the village of Miyali in the Atyrau region of Kazakhstan.

According to a report by Tengrinews, the tragic incident occurred on the evening of June 25 when lightning struck an unattended house, leading to a fire. It was noted that at the time of the lightning strike, the only person in the house was the individual later identified as a citizen of Uzbekistan.

During the investigation, it was determined that the deceased had arrived in Kazakhstan a month earlier and was temporarily registered at the home of a resident in the village of Miyali. No physical injuries were found on the body, which has been sent to the district hospital morgue for a forensic examination.


6.1-magnitude earthquake hits off Atiquipa, Peru - 2nd major quake in the area within 26 hours

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted 42 km SSW of Atiquipa, Peru at 0705 GMT on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 19.3 km, was initially determined to be at 16.12 degrees south latitude and 74.58 degrees west longitude.

Comment: Details of the first event: Magnitude 7.2 quake strikes off Peru, tsunami warning issued

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Satellite images reveal devastating flooding following partial failure of Minnesota's Rapidan Dam

Maxar Technologies has provided satellite images focusing on Rapidan Dam
© Maxar TechnologiesMaxar Technologies has provided satellite images focusing on Rapidan Dam on Minnesota’s Blue Earth River and the surrounding area. The images include both before and current views, as well as several different view angles of the activity.
New satellite imagery reveals the devastating impact of a partial dam failure, as flooding caused by the Blue Earth River in Minnesota wreaks havoc on the surrounding area.

The Rapidan Dam, located south of Mankato, was built in 1910 and became threatened over the past few days after heavy rainfall caused rivers and streams to reach high flood levels and overflow their banks.

Officials had warned residents downstream from the dam of its "imminent failure" due to high water and debris flow. The water also destroyed a power substation adjacent to the dam, cutting power to hundreds of customers in the area.

Satellite imagery collected Wednesday by Maxar Technologies shows the severity of the erosion on the western riverbank next to the dam, including where the Dam Store (a white frame house) collapsed into the river earlier in the day. Additionally, piles of debris can be seen piled up along the dam's base.


Ski Portillo, Chile, has surpassed its average yearly snowfall and it isn't even open yet

Hard at work to get the mountain open.
© Ski PortilloHard at work to get the mountain open.
The fantastic early season continues in South America with many resorts reporting record snowfall. Multiple storms have blanketed resorts in Chile and Argentina helping some areas open two to three weeks earlier than normal. Usually, the ski season in South America lasts from June to September, but because of the large amounts of snowfall, this season is expected to last until mid to late October.

Incredibly, one resort has already surpassed its yearly average for an entire season and it hasn't even opened yet. That resort is Ski Portillo which has been blanketed with 224 inches of snowfall this season, far surpassing its seasonal average of 200 inches. For those counting that is 19 feet of snow that hasn't even been touched except for maybe some lucky ski patrollers.

Comment: Too much early snow delays South American ski area opening dates - 19 FEET of snowfall for the season already


Seven-year-old boy killed, seven-month-old infant injured in separate dog attacks in Telangana, India

Vishal, the victim, was playing outside an under-construction building when he was attacked by stray dogs
Vishal, the victim, was playing outside an under-construction building when he was attacked by stray dogs
In a tragic incident, a seven-year-old boy was mauled to death by stray dogs on Friday on the outskirts of Isnapur village in Patancheru mandal in the district.

The victim Vishal and his family are migrant labourers from Bihar, his parents were engaged in construction work while Vishal was playing outside the under-construction building. Suddenly, stray dogs attacked Vishal. He received multiple injuries and was shifted to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared he was brought dead.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident on the outskirts of Muthangi, a seven-month-old baby fell victim to a similar dog attack. The infant was swiftly transferred to Niloufer Hospital in Hyderabad for urgent medical care, where reports now indicate a stable condition.

Bizarro Earth

Magnitude 7.2 quake strikes off Peru, tsunami warning issued

Peru Earthquake
© Screengrab/USGS
A powerful earthquake of magnitude of 7.2 struck just outside the city of Arequipa, the second most populated in Peru, near the coast on Friday (June 28), local officials said, adding no deaths or injuries had been reported.

The Peruvian government said on social media it was monitoring "to assess the damage and determine the actions to be taken".

The US National Tsunami Warning Centre had said there was a tsunami threat from the quake, adding waves of between 1 and 3 metres above the tide level had been recorded along some parts of Peru's coast.

Peru's Prime Minister Gustavo Adrianzen, however, said the tsunami warning in the coast of Arequipa had been discarded.

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Man killed by lightning on beach trying to warn kids about approaching storm in New Jersey

A New Jersey woman is speaking out after her boyfriend was killed by lightning while trying to warn children at the beach of an approaching thunderstorm.

Patrick Dispoto, 59, and his girlfriend, Ruth Fussell, were leaving the beach at Seaside Park on Sunday when Dispoto went back to warn a group of kids in the water about the dangers of an impending lightning storm. It would be the last time Fussell would see him alive.

"He said, 'I'll be right back.' And I said, 'You have no business going back.' He says, 'I'm just going to warn these kids because the sky is gonna open. I'm just going to warn these kids. One minute.' And I said, 'No,'" Fussell said.

But apparently, Dispoto, in his heart, simply could not rest thinking about the kids he saw on the beach not leaving fast enough to beat the threat of the storm. After making sure Fussell was safe in his truck, he went back to warn them.