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Giant sinkhole swallows cars in Jerusalem hospital parking lot

A large sinkhole opened in the parking lot of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem on Monday afternoon, swallowing a number of cars and prompting emergency services to scramble units to the area.

Seven fire trucks rushed to the scene. There were no injures in the incident.

The sinkhole is believed to have been formed as a result of nearby construction work for a new route at the entrance of Jerusalem. A tunnel under construction, which also runs underneath the hospital and parking lot, appeared to have partially collapsed, according to Hebrew-language media reports.

Police said they received a report of "a collapse" in the parking lot of the hospital.

Video shared on social media showed cars tumbling into a pit that grew in size as its walls collapsed.


Dog kills three-month-old baby in County Waterford, Ireland

dog attack
A baby girl has died in the early hours of this morning after a dog attack in Co Waterford.

It is understood the baby was attacked by the dog in her bedroom in the terraced house in Clashmore, near the Co Cork border.

Parademics and gardaí treated the baby at the scene before rushing the infant to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

The three-month-old baby was later pronounced dead at the hospital at around 3.00 am.

Gardaí from Dungarvan, Co Waterford have begun an investigation into the incident and the scene at the house has been preserved for examination.


Tornado touches down near Caudé, Spain

Spectacular Tornado On The A-23 In Caudé in Aragon
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Spectacular Tornado On The A-23 In Caudé in Aragon.
Drivers travelling along the A-23 near the small town of Caudé in the province of Teruel, Aragon, last Friday afternoon (June 4), at around 7pm, were treated to the spectacular sight of a tornado, which although not causing any significant damage, did throw some small stones against vehicles in its vicinity.

Sources from the Guardia Civil reported that the vehicles travelling along the road in close proximity to the whirlwind only suffered minimal damage to paintwork, and while there were no accidents, drivers reported feeling the strong force of the wind against their cars, whilst also be shocked at the incredible sight of observing close-up, such a weather phenomenon so near to the road, according to diariodeteruel.es.

Many videos were taken of the tornado, which soon appeared on social media, along with spectacular images taken by some occupants of the vehicles as they drove past the twisting funnel of air, with people reporting the tornado as being perfectly visible from Teruel, and also places like El Pinar.


Earthquake swarm shakes Oregon's Mount Hood

Mount Hood earthquake swarm
© Pacific Northwest Seismic Network
Two earthquakes hit Saturday near Government Camp, Oregon, one of them topping out at magnitude 3.9.

The tremors were strong enough for some locals to feel it, The Oregonian reported.

The earthquake rumbled at 8:51 p.m. June 5, just south of the summit of Mount Hood. It was preceded by several earthquakes in the hour before the quake, and tens of aftershocks have occurred since, the Cascades Volcano Observatory of the U.S. Geological Survey reported in a news release Saturday night.

The volcanic action and location are consistent with past swarms in the Mount Hood area, including a magnitude 4.5 on June 29, 2002, that was located about 1 mile east of Saturday's ground shaker.

Aftershocks will likely continue for hours or days, some of which may be felt, according to the news release.

Comment: A few days ago a significant earthquake swarm hit southern California.

Cloud Precipitation

Severe hailstorm slams Bogota, Colombia

Storm of cold and lightning accompanied by frost sweeping the city of Bogota! Colombia.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods, heavy rains, thunderstorms and strong winds hit Zhuhai, Macau and Hong Kong, China

In the past few days, the rainfall in Zhuhai, Macau and Hong Kong has been almost the same. Zhuhai was completely flooded, roads turned into oceans, and cars were submerged in water. However, there were only a few very minor local floods in Macau and Hong Kong. why?

In the beautiful coastal city of Zhuhai, residents have been in a state of water shortage since 2021. It rains and there is water, but the weather is sunny and dry - lack of water. Santang Village, Hengqin New District. In the absence of tap water, villagers and families use nearby mountain spring water for drinking. Since May, the village has been without water for several days due to the hot and dry weather. The authorized person tried to use water trucks to solve this problem.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills at least 17 in 8 districts of Bangladesh

At least 17 people were killed and six injured in lightning strikes in eight districts of the country today.

Five people were killed and six injured in Sirajganj, four were killed in Chattogram, two each in Manikganj and Feni, one each in Madaripur, Shariatpur, Noakhali and Munshiganj, report our local correspondents.

In Sirajganj, at least five people were killed and six others injured in separate incidents of lightning strikes.

The deceased are Juwel Rana (24), Alhaj Pandit (20), Faridul Islam (15), Laily Begum (36) and Rafiqul Islam (40). They are from different places of the district, our correspondent reports quoting Sukomal Debnath, inspector of Detective Branch of Police in Sirajganj.

Meanwhile, at least six people were injured in separate lightning strikes today, he said, adding that the incidents took place between 4:00pm and 5:00pm.

Ice Cube

Suspected megacryometeor crashes through Wisconsin home, nearly hitting resident

Imagine trying to get up and get ready for your day but instead of having to shut off your alarm clock, you are greeted by a cannonball-sized chunk of ice.

While Mother Nature can be known for some pretty interesting weather, this strange icy incident left one Elk Mound family with a large hole right above their bed.

A large ball of ice, weighing 12.6 pounds, crashed through the bedroom ceiling.

Comment: Footage of another possible megacryometeor crashing to earth was captured by CCTV in London in 2019: Block of ice falls from sky landing metres from London street cleaner (VIDEO)

Website Strange Sounds has documented a number of other similar events in California, Scotland, Italy, and India.

As for the cause behind this phenomena, Wikipedia notes:
A megacryometeor is a very large chunk of ice which, despite sharing many textural, hydro-chemical, and isotopic features detected in large hailstones, is formed under unusual atmospheric conditions which clearly differ from those of the cumulonimbus cloud scenario (i.e. clear-sky conditions). They are sometimes called huge hailstones, but do not need to form under thunderstorm conditions. Jesús Martínez-Frías, a planetary geologist and astrobiologist at Institute of Geosciences (Spanish: Instituto de Geociencias, IGEO) in the Spanish National Research Council (Spanish: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC)[1] in Madrid, pioneered research into megacryometeors in January 2000 after ice chunks weighing up to 6.6 pounds (3.0 kg) rained on Spain out of cloudless skies for ten days.


The process that creates megacryometeors is not completely understood, mainly with respect to the atmospheric dynamics necessary to produce them. They may have a similar mechanism of formation to that leading to production of hailstones.[4] Scientific studies show that their composition matches normal tropospheric rainwater for the areas in which they fall. In addition, megacryometeors display textural variations of the ice and hydro-chemical and isotopic heterogeneity, which evidence a complex formation process in the atmosphere.[5][6][7] It is known that they do not form from airplane toilet leakage because the large chunks of ice that occasionally do fall from airliners are distinctly blue due to the disinfectant used (hence their common name of "blue ice").

Some have speculated that these ice chunks must have fallen from aircraft fuselages[4] after plain water ice accumulating on those aircraft through normal atmospheric conditions has simply broken loose. However, similar events occurred prior to the invention of aircraft.[8][9] Studies indicate that fluctuations in tropopause, associated with hydration of the lower stratosphere and stratospheric cooling, can be related to their formation.[5] A detailed micro-Raman spectroscopic study made it possible to place the formation of the megacryometeors within a particular range of temperatures: −10 to −20 °C (14 to −4 °F).[10] They are sometimes confused with meteors because they can leave small impact craters.
And, indeed, there are many signs in our skies that our atmosphere is undergoing a shift towards cooling:


Evacuations, flood warnings as rivers rise in northwestern British Columbia

An evacuation order remains in place for homes
© Janet Munson
An evacuation order remains in place for homes in New Remo, B.C., pictured, along the Skeena River.
Multiple properties along the Skeena River have been evacuated in northwestern British Columbia, amid rising floodwaters.

The Regional District of Kitimat Stikine has declared a local state of emergency for parts of Electoral Area C, and issued evacuation orders for all properties in New Remo, west of Terrace, and all properties in Old Remo, past the intersection of Old Remo Road and White Bottom.

On Friday afternoon, an evacuation alert for Dutch Valley was upgraded to an evacuation order.

RCMP said a 73-year-old man was found dead in a flooded basement of a home in the 6700-block of Kilby Road in New Remo, inside the evacuation zone, and that the death was "likely" related to the high river.

B.C.'s River Forecast Centre has issue flood warnings for the Skeena Rive above the Babine River, the Stikine River and its tributaries, and the Tuya River.

Cloud Precipitation

Floods, mudslides leave at least 14 dead in Sri Lanka - 245,000 affected (UPDATE)

A raft floats along a flooded street in Malwana, Sri Lanka on Saturday.
© Eranga Jayawardena/The Associated Press
A raft floats along a flooded street in Malwana, Sri Lanka on Saturday.
At least six people have died and five others are missing after flash floods and mudslides triggered by heavy rains in Sri Lanka.

More than 5,000 other people have been displaced by the conditions, officials said.

Rains have been pounding six districts of the Indian Ocean island nation since Thursday night, and many houses, paddy fields and roads have been inundated, blocking traffic.

Four people died in floods while another two lost their lives in mudslides, according to the government's Disaster Management Centre.

Another five people are missing in floods and mudslides.

Comment: Update: AAP reports on June 6:
Sri Lanka flood death toll rises to 14

Houses, paddy fields and roads have been inundated in parts of Sri Lanka after days of heavy rain.
Houses, paddy fields and roads have been inundated in parts of Sri Lanka after days of heavy rain.
The death toll from floods and mudslides following heavy rains in Sri Lanka has risen to 14 with another two reported missing.

Ten districts on the island have been under heavy rainfall since last Thursday, including the capital Colombo and suburbs where many houses, paddy fields and roads have been inundated.

Ten people have died in floods while another four lost their lives in mudslides, according to the government's Disaster Management Centre.

Among them was a family of four who died when a mound of earth crashed onto their house in Kegalle district, about 85km east of Colombo.

Two others remain missing.

Sri Lanka's navy said it had deployed 33 teams to flooded areas, which so far have rescued 66 people stranded by the floodwaters.

The centre said the extreme weather has affected some 245,000 people, and more than 4300 remain displaced in emergency shelters. More than 800 houses have been damaged.