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Popocatépetl volcano in Mexico launches 26 emissions in 24 hours

The National Center for Disaster Prevention ( Cenapred ) announced this Monday, June 10, that in the last 24 hours the Popocatépetl volcano has released 26 emissions accompanied by water vapor, gases, and ash , in addition to 209 minutes of tremor (movement of magma inside the crater), according to its most recent report together with the Institute of Geophysics of the National Autonomous University of Mexico ( UNAM ).

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Trailer swallowed by sinkhole in Madera, California

A sinkhole opened in the roadway in Madera on Monday, causing a trailer of fertilizer to fall into the hole, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A truck driver suffered minor injuries in the crash about 10:25 a.m. on Avenue 13 west of Granada Drive, and the street was expected to be closed for weeks as piping below ground was damaged, according to the CHP and city officials.

The city of Madera also asked its residents to reduce water use to aid workers trying to fix the pipe, which does not carry drinking water, officials said on social media.

"This is NOT a drinking water issue; drinking water remains safe and unaffected," the city said on the Madera police Facebook page. "However, to assist in the repair efforts and prevent further complications, which could result in sewage backup, we ask that you please refrain from non-essential water use."

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Truck falls into sinkhole in Fairlawn, Ohio

A service truck fell into a sinkhole in Fairlawn.

The sinkhole was found in the area of North Miller Road and Sand Run Parkway and the streets are closed while crews investigate.

The driver of the Fairlawn Public's Work truck had to climb out of the truck himself and pull himself to safety.

Crews were able to pull the truck out of the sinkhole and tow it away.

Akron Water is also at the scene due to a water main break in the area.

It is unknown what caused the sinkhole to form.


Galveston, Texas beachgoers watch enormous waterspout soar to the sky

Joshua Nørregaard spotted the giant waterspout near San Luis Pass Bridge on Monday morning.   Joshua Nørregaard
© Joshua NørregaardJoshua Nørregaard spotted the giant waterspout near San Luis Pass Bridge on Monday morning.
Gigantic, whirling columns of air and water mist were spotted off the coast near Galveston on Monday morning, alarming some Texas beachgoers.

The waterspouts, as they are officially called, could be seen from San Luis Pass Bridge and Freeport.

While local residents said the eerie columns of rotating air are not uncommon, Joan O'Connell, who spotted the giant waterspout from Pointe West Bayside, said it's the largest waterspout she's ever seen.


Section of Wyoming's Teton Pass road collapses

teton pass sinkhole highway closed landslide
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It's unclear how quickly it can be rebuilt

A large chunk of a twisting mountain pass road collapsed in Wyoming, authorities said Saturday, leaving a gaping chasm in the highway and severing a well-traveled commuter link between small towns in eastern Idaho and the tourist destination of Jackson.

Aerial photos and drone video of the collapse show the Teton Pass road riven with deep cracks, and a big section of the pavement disappeared altogether. Part of the guardrail dangled into the void, and orange traffic drums marked off the danger area. The road was closed at the time of the collapse.

The section that failed first drew attention Thursday when a crack and drop in the road contributed to the crash of a motorcycle.

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Severe flooding hits Laos capital Vientiane after heavy rains

Laos capital Vientian was left grappling with sudden flooding following two days of heavy rain from Sunday, inundating many areas.

Photos shared on Facebook reveal knee-level flooding in Dongdok village, Xaythany district, causing severe traffic congestion. Residents, frustrated and angered, blame poor drainage management.

"I think the problem is not just the rain itself but also the arrangement of drainage pipes," commented one Facebook user. "It always floods in this area whenever there's a little heavy rain."

"Drainage pipes should be installed at a standardized level and cleaned annually," another user remarked.


Heavy June snowfall in Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

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The northern viewing area at Dettifoss waterfall has been closed due to heavy snow accumulation on the trails leading to the falls.

This was announced in a Facebook post by Vatnajökull National Park. The area has experienced significant snowfall over the past few days and the post warns that conditions are extremely challenging, cautioning that hiking to the waterfall is not advisable for just anyone at this time.

After a cold spell in the northern and northeastern regions, caused by a low-pressure front, Iceland's weather appears to be taking a turn for the better, with temperatures in the south expected to reach as high as 15°C this week.

Comment: See also: Winter returns to Iceland - Snowstorm in June

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Hailstorm causes major damage to nose, cockpit windows of Austrian Airlines plane

Damage is seen on an Austrian Airlines airplane in Vienna
Damage is seen on an Austrian Airlines airplane in Vienna
An Austrian Airlines flight suffered significant damage from hail, which took off part of the airplane's nose on Sunday, the airline said.

Flight OS434 was flying from Palma de Mallorca, Spain, to Vienna, Austria, when it hit a "thunderstorm cell," Austrian Airlines said in a statement to ABC News. The hail caused damage to the cockpit windows, some coverings and the nose, which photos showed appeared to have broken off.

"I think we were about 20 minutes from landing when we got into a cloud of hail and thunderstorm, and the turbulence started," Emmeley Oakley, a passenger on the flight, told ABC News via text message.

Oakley said that inside the cabin, they could hear the hail as it hit their aircraft.

"We could definitely feel the hail coming down on the plane and it was quite loud and ofc super rocky for a minute," Oakley wrote.


Iceland: Lava flow engulfs road as it advances towards coastal town after volcano eruption

The lava flow from an active volcano in Iceland again engulfed a road leading to the coastal town of Grindavik and the popular Blue Lagoon geothermal spa on Saturday 8 June, with officials closely monitoring its path.

Drone footage captured on the Reykjanes Peninsula shows the steadily advancing flow.

The volcano had stabilised since a 29 May eruption, the fifth and most powerful since the volcanic system reawakened in December after 800 years.

Authorities monitoring the lava flow said it was advancing significantly slower than during the previous two eruptions.

The same section of road, several kilometres (miles) from the town, was previously engulfed in February and March this year.

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Major flood due to heavy rainfall in Maharashtra, India

The city of Pune is facing heavy rainfall that has caused waterlogging in several areas, prompting alerts for the next three hours. The weather department has predicted rainfall in different regions of Maharashtra, and the India Meteorological Department has issued red and orange alerts for various districts in the Konkan and Ghats regions due to expected heavy rainfall.

Shivajinagar has seen the highest rainfall with 67.4 mm, followed by Pashan with 56.8 mm. The heavy downpour has resulted in floods and traffic congestion in some parts of the city. This is only the pre-monsoon period, and rainfall in urban areas is expected to continue, along with suggested actions to minimize risks.