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Lightning bolts killed 544 in last 6 years in Andhra Pradesh, India

As many as four districts of Andhra Pradesh namely, Vizianagaram, Guntur, Srikakulam and Prakasam districts, reported highest number of deaths due to lightning. Despite new technologies, programmes and alerts, lightning continues to claim up to 80 lives in the state every year. Majority of these death were reported in rural pockets and only five to six percent deaths were reported in urban settings.

As per the Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (APSDMA), 544 persons were killed due to lightning between 2017 and 2023 in AP. The data said that Vizianagaram, Guntur, Srikakulam and Prakasam district were the worst-affected regions with highest number of thunderbolt deaths.

Between 2017 and 2023, lightning claimed 98 lives in Vizianagaram district. This was followed by 80 deaths in Guntur, 66 in Srikakulam and 65 in Prakasam district. Most lightning-related deaths were recorded in rural areas involving farmers, cattle grazers, fishermen, agriculture labourers, and children. This apart, lightning also kill wild animals and livestocks, cause substantial damages to properties and injure people and animals trapped in the damaged properties.


Seismic swarm detected in the Cañadas del Teide crater in Tenerife, Canary Islands

The Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands (Involcan) has reported the detection of a seismic swarm in Tenerife, consisting of dozens of small earthquakes, 26 of which were detected in the southwest sector of the Las Cañadas del Teide crater.

This activity was recorded between 1:42am and 6:08am on Tuesday, according to the volcanological institute's report released yesterday (Wednesday).

The hypocentres of these earthquakes are concentrated in the southwest sector of the Las Cañadas caldera (as highlighted by the red dots on the image below) at depths ranging from 5 to 10 kilometres, but the biggest recorded magnitude of these tremors was only 1.2 on the Richter scale.


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Massive sinkhole opens up on road in Uryupinsk, Russia on May 21

An inattentive driver almost took a plunge after getting too close to a massive sinkhole in Uryupinsk, Russia, on May 21. Even warning barricades weren't enough to stop the driver from hitting the intersection chasm.

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One killed, one seriously injured in Greeley, Colorado storm that brought 2-inch hail, flooding

One person was killed and another seriously injured after a severe storm pummeled east Greeley with 2-inch hail and heavy rain Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, flooding homes and businesses and damaging vehicles.

Emergency crews from Greeley, Evans, Windsor and Platte Valley responded to dozens of calls during the night, rescuing people trapped by floodwaters in structures and vehicles during the storm, city spokeswoman Becca Vaclavik wrote in an email.

First responders answered 47 calls for people needing assistance because of the storm and 10 rescues, Vaclavik said.

Photos posted by the Greeley Fire Department on Facebook showed a firefighter wading through chest-deep water into a basement apartment to rescue a trapped resident. City staff reported floodwaters as high as 18 inches on some roads and used snowplows to remove the hail, Vaclavik said.

Vaclavik declined to release additional information about the person who died but confirmed the death and injury were both storm-related.

The Weld County Coroner's Office did not have any cases of "obvious flood-related deaths" as of Wednesday night, said Chief Deputy Coroner Jolene Weiner.

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Moment lightning strikes Empire State Building captured in dramatic video

This is the moment lightning strikes the Empire State Building in New York City.

Dramatic video shows lightning strike the city's iconic skyscraper on Wednesday night (29 May) as thunderstorms hit Manhattan.

A lightning bolt also struck the One World Trade Center.

According to its website, the Empire State Building is hit by lightning 25 times per year on average.

Its antenna is designed to absorb the shock of a lightning bolt, so the building itself and the people inside are safe from electrocution.

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Another severe turbulence incident strikes passenger plane, follows death of passenger in similar incident 1 week earlier

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© Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne / ReutersAn aerial view of Dublin airport is seen from the window of a Ryanair flight in September 2017.
Passengers who were injured in severe turbulence on a Qatar Airwaysflight from Doha to Dublin have said their clothes were ripped and flight attendants were scratched during the terrifying ordeal.

Twelve passengers were injured as turbulence caused some people on board to hit the cabin ceiling on the flight on Sunday.

All passengers were assessed for injury before disembarking the aircraft once the plane landed safely as scheduled shortly before 1pm, with eight passengers subsequently taken to hospital, airport officials said.

One traveller named Cathal said his shorts had ripped apart as he was flung around the cabin during the turbulence.

Comment: The incidents are notable because at least one recent study revealed that turbulence, overall, has been on the rise for the past 40 years, and particularly across the Atlantic. Alongside this, there's a myriad of other phenomena that seems to support the idea that there are significant changes occurring to our atmosphere, in addition to the increase in extreme weather events: Aircraft experiencing 37% increase in turbulence over last 40 years

See also: Severe turbulence on UK-Singapore Boeing flight, 1 dead, 30 injured


Tornado strikes Ohio lake, rips up dock and boats on May 17

A tornado was confirmed in Carroll County, Ohio, after footage caught a tornadic waterspout hitting Leesville Lake.

The tornado only appears as it hits the water, ripping up a dock and sending multiple boats in several different directions. According to the National Weather Service, the tornado was rated an EF0, traveling just a quarter mile with max wind speeds of 80mph.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), two types of water spouts are possible, fair weather water spouts and tornadic waterspout. Tornadic waterspouts have the same characteristics as a normal, land tornado, often moving from land to water or forming over water.

Fair weather waterspouts, unlike their tornadic alternatives, form on the water's surface and build their way upward. These are often formed in light wind conditions and aren't associated with thunderstorms. The video above shows a tornadic water spout.


Waterspout spotted over Calcasieu Lake, Louisiana

Many KPLC viewers sent in photos and videos of a waterspout over Calcasieu Lake Tuesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service Lake Charles spotted the spout from its office around 1 p.m.

Southwest Louisiana was under a severe thunderstorm watch as rough weather rolled through the area Tuesday.

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Tropical storm Ewiniar leaves at least 7 dead in the Philippines

Philippines’ most populous island on Sunday, dumping heavy rain and causing floods that forced more than 8,000 people to flee their homes.
© AFPEvacuation in progress: A woman is being evacuated from a flooded home by coast guard personnel in Lucena, Quezon Province, amid heavy rain brought by tropical storm Ewiniar which battered the Philippines’ most populous island on Sunday, dumping heavy rain and causing floods that forced more than 8,000 people to flee their homes.
Local authorities said at least seven people had been killed by tropical storm Ewiniar, which hit the country on the weekend, and President Ferdinand Marcos Jr said that search and rescue efforts would continue.

Ewiniar brought strong winds and heavy rain in provinces south of the capital, Manila, shutting down airports and seaports while disrupting power supply.

The storm was heading towards the east coast of Japan yesterday, with sustained winds of up to 130kph and gustiness of up to 160kph.

A 14-year-old girl was confirmed dead in southern Misamis Oriental province after a tree fell on a parked vehicle she was boarding. Another student was injured, the national disaster agency said in a report.


An Iceland volcano starts erupting again, spewing lava into the sky

An eruption has started in Reykjanes, the seventh in just a few years.
An eruption has started in Reykjanes, the seventh in just a few years.
A volcano in southwestern Iceland erupted Wednesday, spewing red streams of lava in the latest display of nature's power, triggering the evacuation of the popular Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.

The eruption began in the early afternoon following a series of earthquakes north of Grindavik, a coastal town of 3,800 people that was also evacuated.

The Met Office said lava was shooting about 50 meters (165 feet) into the sky from a fissure about 1 kilometer (1,100 yards) long.

The Blue Lagoon thermal spa was evacuated before the eruption began, national broadcaster RUV said.