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7-year-old boy dies after being attacked by dogs in Fort Hall, Idaho

dog attack
A seven-year-old boy was attacked and killed by a pack of four dogs in Fort Hall on Saturday.

The Bannock County Coroner Torey Danner confirms the boy was attacked at his home. Danner said the boy's mother tried to fend off the dogs, but she also was mauled.

They both were taken to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello where the seven-year-old was pronounced dead.

His mother did survive after emergency surgery and remains in the hospital.

Police report the dogs were Rottweiller and mixed breeds that lived in another house on the property.

Cloud Precipitation

Two die, seven missing after flash flood hits holidaymakers on China's Yellow River


People cling to rocks Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, amid the rushing water of the Yellow River downstream from China’s Sanmenxia Hydropower Station.
At least two people are dead and seven remained missing on Monday after families celebrating Lunar New Year were swept away in a sudden flood from China's Yellow River, state media reported.

Video of the tragedy circulated widely on social media as rescue workers kept looking for survivors after 10 people were saved by the quick-witted response of those around them as torrents of water hit a group of people in what appeared to be a flash flood.

The Sanmenxia emergency response bureau warned people to "pay attention to personal safety over the holiday period," issuing a video of safety guidelines for people drawn to water at picturesque tourism spots.

Better Earth

Earth's inner core seems to have stopped spinning, and may be in the process of changing direction, new study reveals

© Constantine Johnny/Getty Images
Few of us give much thought to Earth's swirling, spinning contents until some sudden movement, an earthquake or a volcanic eruption, jolts us to our senses.

Geoscientists, though, are a little more clued into the dynamics of Earth's guts, and have just discovered that Earth's solid inner iron core - which usually spins within a near-frictionless molten outer envelope - appears to have slowed to a grinding halt.

Before anybody panics and searches for a copy of a terrible 20-year-old science fiction movie predicting such an event in hopes of inspiring a solution, it's not the first time record of such an event. It's not even the first in recent history.

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Bizarro Earth

Coldest December for 50 years in Iceland

Cold Iceland
© mbl.is/Eggert Jóhannesson
December brought some record cold weather all over the country, but especially in the capital region which has not seen such cool numbers for over a century.
Last December was the coldest December in the country since 1973, or for almost half a century ago, with an average temperature in the country -4.0 degrees Celsius or 24.8 degrees Fahrenheit.

December has not been as cold in over 100 years in Reykjavík, but the last time it was this cold in the capital was in December 1916, according to the Met Office.

The month was the eighth-coldest December on record nationwide since the start of recording temperatures.

The country was dry for most of the year, and in many parts of the country, December rainfall was the lowest recorded in decades.

Average temperatures only three times lower in Reykjavík

In Reykjavík, the average temperature in December was -3.9 degrees Celcius, which is 4.7 degrees below the average for 1991 to 2020, and 4.9 degrees below the average for the last ten years.

The average temperature in the month of December in Reykjavík has only been lower three times before, which was the December of 1878, 1886 and 1880, when it was much colder.

In Akureyri, the average temperature was -5.3 degrees Celcius, 4.7 degrees below average for 1991 to 2020, and 4.6 degrees below average for the last ten years. This was the seventh coldest December since the start of recorded temperatures in Akureyri, and the coldest since 1973.


Heavy rainfall causes widespread floods across Europe

Days of heavy rainfall across Europe have led to severe flooding in parts of Hungary, Serbia, Spain and Kosovo. Footage from these locations showed streets and fields totally submerged. Hungarians said the rain was unexpectedly high for this time of year, with one resident saying: 'Floods have become a new tradition'

Source: As credited/Reuters


At least 30 dead due to heavy rains, flooding in the Philippines (UPDATE)

SWAMPED. A house is almost completely submerged in floodwaters in Can-avid town, Eastern Samar.
© Can-avid LGU
SWAMPED. A house is almost completely submerged in floodwaters in Can-avid town, Eastern Samar.
At least 10 people were killed in the country due to recent floods and heavy rains, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Thursday.

Five people died in Bicol, 4 in Northern Mindanao and 1 in Davao Region, Office of Civil Defense Joint Information Office head Diego Agustin Mariano told ANC's "Rundown".

Two people remain missing while 4 were reported injured, he added.

In an earlier ANC interview, the Northern Samar Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office reported 2 fatalities in the towns of Laoang and San Isidro.

Comment: Update January 18
Death toll from Massive flooding in Philippines rises to 30 (18.01.2023)

Floods in the Philippines have claimed the lives of 30 people, the country's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Wednesday, adding that five people were missing and 13 others were injured.

According to the agency, 1,576,069 people are affected by the floods, while 200,687 of them are temporarily displaced.

The statement noted that 1,292 houses were damaged, with 383 of them completely destroyed. In addition, the natural disaster damaged 56 #bridges and 242 #roads, and disrupted the work of 26 #seaports.

The power and water supplies were affected in 63 and 17 cities respectively.

(@Manila News)


Heavy snowfall returns to Poland causing chaos on roads

In Poland, nearly 300,00 people are without electricity as heavy snowfall returns to the country after an unusually warm delay.

Poor road conditions have caused several fatal accidents and train delays, especially in the south. Emergency services in the area said they responded to more than 2000 callouts in one day.

In Malopolskie and Podkarpackie, repair crews are struggling to access damaged power lines due to dangerous conditions.

With temperatures expected to plummet further, authorities across the country are on high alert.


Heavy rains cause flooding on rivers in northern Hungary

Unusually heavy rains this month have caused flooding on several waterways in northern Hungary, with the water authority raising the alert as more rains, sleet and snow is expected for the weekend.

In the village of Josvafo, near the border with Slovakia, the local stream flooded some of the streets and roads were closed. The highest 3rd grade alert is in place on the Sajo and Tarna rivers in northern Hungary.

"January used to be a cold month when there was snow, and we used to have floods only in March," said Josvafo Mayor Gabor Jona as he was checking on water levels. "We hope that there will not be more floods but the forecasts say the rain will continue so we have to be prepared."

(Reporting by Krisztina Fenyo; Editing by Mark Porter)

Source: Reuters

Arrow Down

Tibet avalanche: Death toll hits 28 after drivers buried alive in deep snow

The local government also deployed 229 vehicles, 2,951 items of rescue equipment and 256 professional rescue personnel
The local government also deployed 229 vehicles, 2,951 items of rescue equipment and 256 professional rescue personnel
The death toll from a tragic avalanche in Tibet has reached 28, as multiple vehicles were buried in deep snow and ice on a section of road connected to a tunnel.

Fifty-three people were rescued following the avalanche on a section of road between Pai village in Mainling county and the Doxong La tunnel in Medog county on January 17.

Chinese state media reported late on Friday that rescue workers had been digging by hand when they uncovered eight more bodies which bought the search to an end.

On Tuesday, the avalanche hit a road and highway tunnel, connecting the city of Nyingchi in Tibet's southwest with outlying Medog county, leaving people trapped in their vehicles as snow engulfed the exit of the tunnel.


Rare snowfall blankets the Taklimakan Desert in China

A rare snowfall blanketing the Taklimakan Desert of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has created stunning, picturesque winter scenery, wowing local residents and visitors.

The Taklamakan, located in southwestern Xinjiang, is the largest desert in China and the second-largest shifting-sand desert in the world.

Due to the latest cold snap, the rolling desert dunes turned into snow-capped mountains of a "frozen" winter wonderland, with snow covering the branches of sparse trees and enlivening the vast desert.

Blanketing the golden sand with a silver coat, the large-scale snowfall helped the desert present special colors across the area.