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Lightning strike kills 4 children picking mangoes in Jharkhand, India

Ranchi, April 30: In Sahibganj, four children were killed by lightning.

Ayesha Khatoon, 14, Nazrul Islam, 7, Zahid Alam, 6, and Tauqeer Alam, 10, were among those who died.

There was a loud thunderclap, and the thunder fell on the same tree where the children were standing to pick mangoes.

This thunderclap killed four children on the spot.

Comment: Another strike killed two people on April 27th in Bangladesh.


Woman mauled to death by stray dogs in Madhya Pradesh, India

dog attack
In a shocking incident, a 55-year-old woman was mauled to death by stray dogs at a village in Madhya Pradesh's Seoni district on Saturday. Giving details, police said the incident was reported at Mundrai village under Kanhiwada police station limits, around 20 km from the district headquarters.

"A post-mortem conducted on the woman's body revealed that she had sustained deep wounds from animal bites. The doctor who conducted the procedure has said that the woman may have died due to dog bites. No other injury marks were found on the body," Kanhilwada police station in-charge Monis Singh Bais told news agency PTI.

Police said the matter will be clear once the forensic report arrives. In the meantime, the victim's relative said a pack of stray dogs was around a tree when the woman was heading towards a field at around 7 AM on Saturday.


Waterspout forms offshore Sunny Isles Beach moving north into Hallandale Beach area, Florida

A waterspout was seen Friday morning in the waters off the coast of Sunny Isles Beach.

While flying over for a different story, Chopper 6 caught video of the waterspout around 11 a.m. off the coast.

The spout lasted for several minutes and never moved closer to land.

It comes one week after a waterspout moved on shore at Hollywood Beach and quickly dissipated, National Weather Service officials said.

Car Black

Watch the moment a sinkhole swallows a Tesla Model Y in Taiwan

A sinkhole has swallowed a Tesla Model Y in Taiwan.

CCTV footage captured the moment the SUV, which can cost up to USD $95,000, was sucked into the void too.

The footage, posted to Twitter by @notonlywater shows a section of road opening up and sucking the Tesla and nothing but the Tesla into it.

It's almost as if the sinkhole specifically targeted the Model Y.


Surprise "Spring Snow" in Reykjavík, Iceland

This was what Kópavogur looked like
© mbl.is/Árni Sæberg
This was what Kópavogur looked like this morning, and it looks more like Christmas than the beginning of summer.
Capital area residents in Iceland opened their eyes this morning to a blanket of white outside their window. Snow began falling yesterday and measured 10 cm [3.9 in] deep this morning at the Icelandic Met Office. While residents of Reykjavík and the surrounding area are not unused to seeing some falling flakes at this time of year, Meteorologist Teitur Arason of the Icelandic Met Office says this much snow in late April is indeed a rare occurrence.


Grapefruit-sized hail bombards Texas as icy baseballs pelt Florida

A hailstone four inches across that fell near Waco, Tex., on Wednesday.
© Matthew Waters
A hailstone four inches across that fell near Waco, Tex., on Wednesday.
Hail season is in full force across the Lower 48, and it's no surprise that multiple massive hailstorms have rolled through Texas this week, tossing missiles of ice bigger than softballs out of the sky. What is surprising, however, is where else the enormous hail has been reported — Florida — with several days of back-to-back rotating thunderstorms dropping tennis ball-sized hail and causing damage.

More hail is expected in the days ahead, particularly on Friday, when a level 3 out of 5 enhanced risk of severe weather has been drawn by the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center for parts of Texas.

April into May marks the climatological peak for severe weather, including tornadoes, in the Lower 48. After a record-active start to the year that's already been responsible for 63 fatalities, there has been a pause for the past week or two. Signs point to that lingering until the second week of May, when dangerous storms could make a swift return.


32 villagers injured after wolf attack in Madhya Pradesh, India


Indian wolf
Panic gripped three villages, Limmedia, Gadgyam, and Khadkiya Nandi, all inside the Chenpur police station jurisdiction in Khargone district, when 32 residents were reportedly attacked by wolves.

Nine people were hospitalised at the Khargone district hospital, while 12 others were taken to the Jalgaon hospital in Maharashtra. The incident occurred between Monday and Tuesday night, while they were sleeping outside their homes.

After getting the information, a team from the Forest Department reached the village on Tuesday along with the police team and met the families of the injured in Limmedia, Gadgyam and Khadkiya Nandi villages. All these are border villages in Maharashtra.


2 strong earthquakes of magnitude 6 and 6.6 hit the Pacific Ocean south of Fiji


The epicenter of the earthquake
Two strong earthquakes, the largest a 6.6, and smaller aftershocks have hit the Pacific Ocean far south of Fiji and Tonga, seismologists say. There is no threat of a tsunami.

The first quake, which had a magnitude of 6.0, struck at 3:13 p.m. Fiji time on Friday and was centered about 785 kilometers (490 miles) south of Suva, the capital of Fiji, or 790 km (490 mi) southwest of Tonga.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was followed by a stronger earthquake, a 6.6, just moments later.
Both struck nearly 600 kilometers (370 miles) below the seabed, making them very deep earthquakes.

The earthquakes were followed by two moderate aftershocks during the next hour, both of which measured 5.5, according to the USGS. The first one struck at 3:34 p.m., the other one at 3:51 p.m.

There is no threat of a tsunami from Friday's earthquakes.

Better Earth

Chesapeake Bay area sinking, area becoming more vulnerable to flooding from storm surges

© Sonam Futi Sherpa for Virginia Tech.
Projected Inundation area from both subsidence and sea level rises under very low greenhouse gases emission scenario at year 2030, 2050, and 2100 (top panels, panels (a), (b), (c), respectively). The bottom panels (d), (e), (f) highlight zoomed-in inundation from sea level and subsidence at 2100.
New research by Virginia Tech scientists shows that sections of the Chesapeake Bay are sinking at rates of nearly a quarter an inch — or 7 millimeters — a year. Further, up-to-date knowledge of where the ground in the Chesapeake Bay area is sinking and by how much is not included in the official planning maps that authorities use to assess the local flooding risk from rising sea levels, the researchers said.

This poses a significant challenge to present and future management efforts as it could under or overestimate flooding risk to coastal communities along the stretch of Virginia shoreline, said Manoochehr Shirzaei, an associate professor of radar remote sensing engineering and environmental security in the Department of Geoscieces, part of the Virginia Tech College of Science, and a member of the Virginia Tech National Security Institute.

Comment: It's reasonable to question what's really driving the subsidence, because it's not the only region of the planet that's subsiding, or rising, at alarming rates in recent years. And this is occurring alongside a variety of other geologic phenomenon such as sink holes and fissuring:


Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah broke 800 inches of total season snowfall for the first time in its history

We'll be talking about the winter of 2022-23 for a long time.

After getting 11″ in 24 hours, Solitude Mountain Resort broke 800 inches of total season snowfall for the first time in its history.

The high-density powder today was smooth, surfy, and skied superbly.