Earth ChangesS


Tsunami

Residents evacuated as flood waters rise in western Finland

Floodwaters in the village of Niemelänkylä in Ylivieska, Northern Ostrobothnia, on Sunday.
© Janne KörkköFloodwaters in the village of Niemelänkylä in Ylivieska, Northern Ostrobothnia, on Sunday.
In Northern Ostrobothnia, officials warned of flooding around the Kalajoki river as snow and ice thaw amid rising temperatures.

Water levels were expected to rise further on Sunday, especially in the village of Niemelänkylä in Ylivieska, the North Ostrobothnia Rescue Service said in a press release.

The Kalajoki river has overflowed its banks this weekend in the municipalities of Ylivieska, Alavieska and Kalajoki. Three people had to be evacuated on Saturday night from Niemelänkylä, 130km south of Oulu. No injuries were reported.

The rescue service predicted that floodwaters would peak on Sunday and Monday. However ice dams have formed in the river, making it difficult to predict flooding.


Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods hit Oman

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The Royal Oman Police is responding to several reports of families and children trapped in Wadis due to the inclement weather conditions

Schools and colleges in Oman have been directed to function in distance mode on Monday, April 15, after heavy rainfalls resulted in flash floods in various parts of the country.

An order in this regard was issued by the Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation on Sunday.

The order followed the National Committee for Emergency Situations Management's warning regarding the escalation of unstable weather conditions in the country.


Eagle

Symbolism? Bald eagle eats 2 of its hatchlings in West Virginia

A female bald eagle on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, with a rainbow in background, earlier this season.
© JENNA DORSEY / U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICEA female bald eagle on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, with a rainbow in background, earlier this season.
In a tragic turn of events, two baby bald eaglets that hatched this week at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, were killed by their bald eagle father, who ate them.

One of eaglets passed away Monday night, while the other died shortly after being born on Friday, the National Conservation Training Center said.

"While this behavior was unusual, there's much we don't know," NCTC said in a social media post Friday. "This nest has brought us joy for years, raising countless eaglets for two decades. While this year's nesting season was not easy, it has offered a rare glimpse into the complexities of nature and the challenges that bald eagles face."

A spokesperson of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed the death of the second hatchling to USA TODAY Friday and explained that such incidents, though rare, are not unusual, especially among birds of prey. The spokesperson added that the population of the bald eagle, which is also the national symbol of the United States, has continued to soar, with an estimated 316,700 individual bald eagles in the lower 48 states.

Doberman

Toddler mauled to death by stray dogs in Hyderabad, India

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A two and half-year-old girl was mauled to death by stray dogs while she was playing outside an under construction apartment building at Gayatri Nagar.

According to police, the victim and her sister were attacked by two dogs while they were playing at the construction site where the children's father, a native of Chhattisgarh, has been working. The incident took place on April 12. The family originally from Chhattisgarh had shifted to Hyderabad five months ago for livelihood.

Police said the sisters were playing on the road when the two stray dogs attacked them. The child was rescued and taken to a local hospital. However, due to the severity of the injuries, she was referred to another government hospital here, where she was declared dead. A case was registered and investigation is on, they said.

Arrow Down

18 killed as landslide hits Indonesia's South Sulawesi

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Eighteen people were killed, two others injured and several others missing after a landslide struck South Sulawesi province in central Indonesia on late Saturday night.

The Head of Operational Unit of the provincial Disaster Management and Mitigation Agency Amson Padolo confirmed the incident to Xinhua via phone on Sunday.

The search and rescue team was still looking for victims who might be trapped in the landslide.

Sulawesi has been hit by several dangerous landslide over the last few months.

In February, landslides hit a section of road connecting Luwu regency and Palopo city in South Sulawesi trapping at least 23 people with five victims found dead.

Source: Xinhua


Arrow Down

Huge sinkhole causes closure of Illinois 185 southeast of Hillsboro

50-foot-wide sinkhole at Deer Run Mine.
© Larry Schraut50-foot-wide sinkhole at Deer Run Mine.
Illinois 185 southeast of Hillsboro is closed due to the formation of a 50-foot-wide sinkhole at Deer Run Mine.

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that Illinois 185 between Hillsboro and Coffeen is closed due to the sinkhole in a farmer's field adjacent to the road.

The sinkhole is located southeast of the John A. Graham Correctional Center.

This mine has had a long series of problems including underground fires, mine roof collapses, and the ongoing longwall mining sinking of land unevenly over what will be thousands of acres of really good farmland.


Snowflake

Heavy snow blankets Khalkhal, northwestern Iran, during spring

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In a rare incident, heavy snow blanketed the Almas Road in the northwestern Iranian town of Khalkhal nearly one month into the spring.

Reports say the snow is 50 centimeters high and local authorities tried to open the routes after the heavy snowfall.

As a result of the snowfall, temperatures fell in northwestern Iran and even in distant areas.

The region is considered one of the agricultural hubs of the country and the sudden cold snap has caused concern among local farmers during the spring season.


Cloud Precipitation

Hawaii's Kauai Island swamped by flash flooding after a foot of rain in 12 hours

Flooding rains batter Kauai, triggering rescues and closing all the island’s public schools
Flooding rains batter Kauai, triggering rescues and closing all the island’s public schools
Torrential storms dumped nearly a foot of rain on the Hawaiian island of Kauai late Thursday into Friday morning, leading to widespread flash flooding that shut down roads and closed schools.

A deep area of low pressure has draped a stationary front across Kauai, leading to stubborn rounds of heavy rain through much of Friday.

The National Weather Service reported rain falling at 2-3 inches per hour along Kauai, prompting Flash Flood Warnings lasting into Friday morning. In addition, a rare Severe Thunderstorm Watch was in effect until 10 a.m. Friday for thunderstorms with possible quarter-sized hail and/or wind gusts of 58 mph or stronger. It's the islands' first Severe Thunderstorm Watch in nearly 500 days, and it's the first for Lihue since December 2022.

The Hawaii Department of Education canceled all classes across the island Friday due to flooded roads and unsafe conditions. All bus service on the island was suspended as well until conditions improved.

Officials have reported multiple rescues from cars and houses due to flooding, the Kauai Emergency Management Agency said.


Volcano

5 phreatic eruptions at Taal volcano in the Philippines

One of the four discrete phreatic or steam-driven eruption events, observed between 9:45 a.m. and 3:22 p.m. through the Taal Volcano Network (TVN) at the VTMC (Main Crater) observation station on April 12, 2024.
© PhivolcsOne of the four discrete phreatic or steam-driven eruption events, observed between 9:45 a.m. and 3:22 p.m. through the Taal Volcano Network (TVN) at the VTMC (Main Crater) observation station on April 12, 2024.
Taal Volcano in Batangas exhibited increased volcanic activity with five phreatic eruptions occurring within a 24-hour period, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

In its latest bulletin, Phivolcs reported that between 12 a.m. Friday and 12 a.m. Saturday, Taal experienced five phreatic eruptions, with one event lasting for 13 minutes.

A phreatic eruption, according to Phivolcs, is a steam-driven explosion that occurs when water, either below the ground or on the surface, is heated by magma, lava, hot rocks, or fresh volcanic deposits.

During the same monitoring period, a total of fifteen volcanic earthquakes, including six volcanic tremors, with durations ranging from two to four minutes each, were recorded.

Plumes reaching heights of up to 2,400 meters were observed drifting southwest and northwest.


Doberman

Woman mauled to death by pit bulls in Portsmouth, Virginia

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A woman is dead after being mauled by pit bulls, Portsmouth police say.

The woman was found badly injured in the 1800 block of Atlanta Ave. around 1:30 a.m. Friday according to police say.

Officers say she was attacked by three pit bulls.

The woman, who had not been identified as of Friday evening, was taken to the hospital but did not survive, police say.

"I woke up about 4 o' clock, saw the lights flashing," said Lawrence Davis.

Davis lives on the street.