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Lightning kills farmer couple in West Bengal, India

A couple, while at work in their vegetable farmland died after being struck by lightning at a village in Barjora block here this morning.

Nirod Santra (64) and Tararani (59) of Nutangram in Barjora, as was learnt, had been to pick ladies finger and pumpkin from their cultivation this morning while it was drizzling. The couple used to collect vegetables from their farmland and sell in nearby Durgapur market everyday. The local farmers told police that a lightning struck the couple and they fell on the ground. The locals shifted them to Barjora super specialty hospital where they were declared as brought-dead.

Barjora and some other parts of Bankura recorded substantial rainfall followed by frequent lightning since yesterday evening.


Shallow magnitude 6.2 earthquake hits the Prince Edward Islands region

A very strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake occurred in the Indian Ocean 469 km (291 mi) from South Africa in the late afternoon of Friday, May 31, 2024 at 6.46 pm local time (GMT +3). The quake had a very shallow depth of 10 km (6 mi) and was not felt (or at least not reported so).

Date & time May 31, 2024 15:46:09 UTC
Local time at epicenter Friday, May 31, 2024, at 06:46 pm (GMT +3)
Status Confirmed
Magnitude 6.2
Depth 10 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude 43.2882°S / 41.6295°E South Africa
Seismic antipode 43.2882°N / 138.371°W
Shaking intensity VII Very strong shaking near epicenter
Felt 0 reports
Primary data source USGS (United States Geological Survey)

Comment: Just 8 minutes later: Shallow magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit the Kermadec Islands region


Shallow magnitude 6.2 earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands region

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 jolted the Kermadec Islands region at 15:54:41 GMT on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 19.6 km, was initially determined to be at 28.97 degrees south latitude and 176.87 degrees west longitude.

Comment: Just 8 minutes earlier: Shallow magnitude 6.2 earthquake hits the Prince Edward Islands region


Mount Marapi volcano belches ash tower 2 km into the sky in West Sumatra, Indonesia

Mount Marapi in West Sumatra
© AFPTVMount Marapi in West Sumatra province erupted at 1:04 pm (0604 GMT), spewing thick grey clouds of ash two kilometres (1.2 miles) above its peak, the national disaster mitigation agency, or BNPB, said in a statement.
A volcano in western Indonesia erupted on Thursday, spewing an ash cloud two kilometres into the sky as authorities warned residents over potential dangers from cold lava flows.

Mount Marapi in West Sumatra province erupted at 1:04 pm (0604 GMT), spewing thick grey clouds of ash two kilometres (1.2 miles) above its peak, the national disaster mitigation agency, or BNPB, said in a statement.

The volcano -- one of Indonesia's most active -- has been at the second-highest alert level of the country's four-tiered system for weeks, with authorities advising people to stay outside a 4.5-kilometre exclusion zone around its crater.

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Texas town of Marathon deploys snow plows after 50-degree temperature swing and 2 feet of hail

In this screen grab from a video, an accumulation of hail is shown in Marathon, Texas, on May 29, 2024.
© Harry WeinmanIn this screen grab from a video, an accumulation of hail is shown in Marathon, Texas, on May 29, 2024.
As severe weather continued Thursday through the Great Plains, residents of a southwest Texas town reported a dramatic temperature drop on Wednesday and hail so deep they had to deploy snow plows to clear the streets.

The temperature in Marathon, Texas, fell more than 50 degrees on Wednesday afternoon as thermometers tumbled from around 105 degrees to the mid-50s in about an hour, Brian Curran, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service Midland, Texas, told ABC News.

Curran attributed the wild decline in temperature to the severe hail storm that hit Marathon.

"It was like an air conditioner," Curran said.

Brad Wilson, chief of the Marathon Fire Department, told ABC News that it was as if conditions turned from summer to winter in an hour.

"There was about two feet of hail on our main street right in the center of town. It looked like snow," Wilson said. "We went out there with a tape measure last night before the road crews came and plowed the roads."


6-week-old child dies after attack from family dog in Knox County, Tennessee - 2nd such fatality for the state in 17 days

dog attack
For days, 6-week-old Ezra Mansoor had been in critical condition at East Tennessee Children's Hospital after family members said he was attacked by their dog.

But now, Ezra's mother, Chloe Mansoor, said her son didn't survive the injuries. He was pronounced dead Thursday afternoon.

It was news that rocked the family.

"Being his mom was the biggest honor and the best thing I've ever done," Chloe Mansoor said.

According to Chloe Mansoor, the family dog, a husky who they had owned for eight years, had never shown aggression prior to this incident.

Comment: Just 17 days prior in the same state about 60 miles to the east of the location mention above: 4-day-old baby dies after dog bite in Greene County, Tennessee

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Late May snowfall sweeps through Himachal Pradesh, India

While plains across the nation sizzle in the summer heat, a cool escape is brewing in the hills. Himachal Pradesh's beloved Manali just threw a snowball of joy amidst the scorching season, welcoming tourists with open arms.

On Thursday, the heavens decided to gift Manali with a fresh coat of snow, turning Rohtang into a winter wonderland. Tourists, both locals and adventurers from afar, couldn't resist the call of the frosty peaks.

Videos capturing the snowfall and rain circulated on social media.

According to the weather reports, Manali got a good soaking with 10 mm of rain, followed by Keylong, Kalpa, Shimla, Bhuntar, and Sainj. The mercury decided to take a chill pill, dropping a couple of degrees in the mid and higher hills.

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Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolts killed 544 in last 6 years in Andhra Pradesh, India

As many as four districts of Andhra Pradesh namely, Vizianagaram, Guntur, Srikakulam and Prakasam districts, reported highest number of deaths due to lightning. Despite new technologies, programmes and alerts, lightning continues to claim up to 80 lives in the state every year. Majority of these death were reported in rural pockets and only five to six percent deaths were reported in urban settings.

As per the Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (APSDMA), 544 persons were killed due to lightning between 2017 and 2023 in AP. The data said that Vizianagaram, Guntur, Srikakulam and Prakasam district were the worst-affected regions with highest number of thunderbolt deaths.

Between 2017 and 2023, lightning claimed 98 lives in Vizianagaram district. This was followed by 80 deaths in Guntur, 66 in Srikakulam and 65 in Prakasam district. Most lightning-related deaths were recorded in rural areas involving farmers, cattle grazers, fishermen, agriculture labourers, and children. This apart, lightning also kill wild animals and livestocks, cause substantial damages to properties and injure people and animals trapped in the damaged properties.


Seismic swarm detected in the Cañadas del Teide crater in Tenerife, Canary Islands

The Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands (Involcan) has reported the detection of a seismic swarm in Tenerife, consisting of dozens of small earthquakes, 26 of which were detected in the southwest sector of the Las Cañadas del Teide crater.

This activity was recorded between 1:42am and 6:08am on Tuesday, according to the volcanological institute's report released yesterday (Wednesday).

The hypocentres of these earthquakes are concentrated in the southwest sector of the Las Cañadas caldera (as highlighted by the red dots on the image below) at depths ranging from 5 to 10 kilometres, but the biggest recorded magnitude of these tremors was only 1.2 on the Richter scale.


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Massive sinkhole opens up on road in Uryupinsk, Russia on May 21

An inattentive driver almost took a plunge after getting too close to a massive sinkhole in Uryupinsk, Russia, on May 21. Even warning barricades weren't enough to stop the driver from hitting the intersection chasm.