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Woman killed and 'partially eaten' by pack of dogs while jogging in Buenos Aires, Argentina

dog attack
A woman has died after she was attacked and reportedly partially eaten by a pack of dogs while she was running.

The body of the victim, identified as Sara Noemi Gaspani, 58, was found being mauled by the pack of dogs in Buenos Aires in Argentina on Boxing Day.

The woman worked as a local teacher and had been jogging in a suburban area of the city where three dogs were found eating part of her body.

An autopsy indicated, however, that around six dogs had taken part in the initial attack.

It also confirmed the suspicion that the dogs had not simply found the corpse and started eating it, but in fact, had attacked her causing a "fast and traumatic" death from multiple bite wounds.


Fierce cyclone in North Pacific marks end of year of record weather events

Satellite image showing a storm over the Bering Sea moving towards Alaska
© Nasa/AFP/Getty Images
Satellite image showing a storm over the Bering Sea moving towards Alaska.
Last year was a year of record-breaking weather events, ending with a bang of explosive cyclogenesis in the North Pacific on New Year's Eve.

The extratropical storm saw its central pressure fall to a record 921 millibars from 972 millibars in 24 hours, making it the strongest storm in that basin in at least 60 years, and also setting records for Alaska and the Bering Sea in its path onwards.

Meanwhile, a global record for the highest mean sea-level pressure was broken in Mongolia, central Asia, barely days before. A recording of 1094.3 millibars came hand-in-hand with bitingly low temperatures of -45.5C (-50F) in Tsetsen-Uul in the western Zavkha province.

This year, on the other hand, opened with a disruptive ice storm across the midwest and Great Lakes of the US. Ice storms, or freezing rain, occur as raindrops falling vertically through the atmosphere move into a thin layer of sub-freezing air near the earth's surface. This allows the droplets to become supercooled and freeze upon contact with any objects, creating extremely hazardous conditions such as ice coats the ground. In the southern hemisphere, the first storm of the season was birthed. Tropical Cyclone Imogen made landfall in the Shire of Carpentaria in Queensland, Australia, on Monday, with reports of over 260mm of rain falling in Karumba.

Comment: For more information on extreme weather events, check out SOTT's monthly documentary SOTT Earth Changes Summary - December 2020: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

Snowflake Cold

Intense cold wave hits Taiwan, rare snow in mountains that haven't seen any in years

Snow falls on 6 mountains in Taiwan

Snow falls on 6 mountains in Taiwan
An intense cold wave has hit Taiwan, bringing snow to high mountains, including some that haven't seen snowfall in years.

The cold weather has also brought thousands of motorists up into the mountains in search of rare wintry scenes.

They haven't been disappointed, but authorities are urging caution: people here are unused to driving in snow.

Snowflake Cold

Extreme freezes and snowfall batters parts of world


Parts of the world have been struck by extreme cold and snowfall.

Spain saw a record MINUS 34-point-1 degrees Celsius in the Catalan Pyrenees on Wednesday their lowest temperature in history.

The BBC reports snow and "nasty" wet and wintry conditions are expected in the country and neighboring Portugal,... over the next few days.

It says cold air originating in Russia is moving across Europe.

In China, temperatures plummeted to minus 19-point-six in Beijing,... the lowest since 1966.

Snowflake Cold

Beast from the East brings snow & ice as much of UK hit by severe Winter weather

A1M Motorway in County Durham is currently grid locked with traffic queuing for miles
© Jordan Crosby
A1M Motorway in County Durham is currently grid locked with traffic queuing for miles
SNOW and ice warnings cover nearly all of the entire UK today as the Beast from the East II looms.

An arctic blast from Greenland has left the country shivering as snow was dumped overnight and leaving treacherous conditions on the roads.

Temperatures fell to -15C in some spots, with yellow warnings issued for most of the country today by the Met Office.

It comes as another Beast from the East is set to arrive next week, with snowstorms and extreme temperatures expected to batter Britain in the cold blast.


Woman dies after shark attack at beach near Waihī, New Zealand

Great white shark
Witnesses have described harrowing scenes at a Bowentown beach, near Waihī, in western Bay of Plenty, after a shark attacked a woman while she was swimming.

Despite emergency services performing vigorous CPR on the victim, who was in her early 20s, she died at the scene.

A rāhui has been placed around the area by local iwi as whānau gathered to mourn at a Coastguard building at the Bowentown end of Waihī Beach on Thursday night, where the victim's body was believed to be laying.

As the night came to a close, a group of locals and holidaymakers lit candles and had drinks in memory of the victim on the beach itself.


Very rare noctilucent clouds appear over Argentina

Noctilucent clouds
© YouTube/Gerd Baumgarten (screen capture)
They're back. Noctilucent clouds (NLCs), recently missing, are once again circling the South Pole. And, in an unexpected twist, they've just appeared over Argentina as well.

"This is a very rare event," reports Gerd Baumgarten of Germany's Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics, whose automated cameras caught the clouds rippling over Rio Grande, Argentina (53.8S) on Jan. 3rd:

Comment: Another unusual sighting occurred in our changing atmosphere this week: Novel atmosphere phenomenon 'STEVE' makes ANOTHER appearance over Finland

See also:

Road Cone

Hospital in Naples evacuated after huge sinkhole opens up

Naples sinkhole
© Vigili del Fuoco (Italian fire brigade)
Witnesses reported hearing a loud explosion at dawn as a large chasm appeared outside the Ponticelli Ospedale del Mare in eastern Naples.

There were no injuries reported at the site, where firefighters say the sinkhole "affected an area of about 500 square meters" and has swallowed up several cars which were parked outside the hospital.

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6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes near Isangel, Vanuatu

earthquake graph
© Phil McCarten / Reuters
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted 146 km SSE of Isangel, Vanuatu at 05:01:04 GMT on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 117.74 km, was initially determined to be at 20.735 degrees south latitude and 169.8807 degrees east longitude.


Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits off New Zealand's Kermadec Islands

earthquake graph
© Phil McCarten / Reuters
The Kermadec Islands are located in the South Pacific Ocean approximately 800-1,000 km northeast of New Zealand's North Island, and are uninhabited, except for the permanently manned Raoul Island meteorological station. The islands are part of New Zealand, though not subject to any region.

A powerful earthquake occurred on Friday in the sea near New Zealand's Kermadec Islands at a depth of 222.3 km. The magnitude of the tremor is 6.3, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

According to reports, the earthquake kick was registered at a distance of about 935.0 km northeast of the settlement of Ngunguru, New Zealand.

No possibility of a tsunami has been reported at the moment.

Comment: A couple of days ago a 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit the same Kermadec Islands region.