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21 killed after bus carrying students crashes into lake amid widespread flooding in China - death toll reaches 119

Rescue workers are seen at the site where a bus carrying students plunged into a lake
© REUTERS
Rescue workers are seen at the site where a bus carrying students plunged into a lake
At least 21 people were killed when a bus carrying students to their annual college entrance exam plunged into a lake in southwest China on Tuesday, authorities and state media said.

The bus crashed into a guardrail and veered into Hongshan Lake in Guizhou province, leaving 15 others injured, the local emergency management department said in a statement.

The incident took place around noon in Anshun city and eyewitnesses said the bus' passengers included students who were on their way to sit their gruelling "gaokao" examinations, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Security camera footage shared on social media by CCTV showed the vehicle veering across at least five lanes - cutting into oncoming traffic - to plough through barriers on the other side of the road.


Snowflake

Temperature extremes: Pole of Cold district that recently recorded desert-like heat of +38C now sees snow in Verkhoyansk, Russia

As the pictures show, Verkhoyansk was hit by summer snow, which is not unknown but hardly common.

As the pictures show, Verkhoyansk was hit by summer snow, which is not unknown but hardly common.
Topsy-turvy summer swings from Saudi-heat to freezer in Arctic north of Russia's largest region of Yakutia.

Abnormally cold weather has been recorded in the north of Yakutia with residents of Verkhoyansk district waking up to fresh snow on 5 July.

Just days before that, locals were complaining about the hot and dry beginning of July, with air temperature heating up to +27C on 1 July, and wildfires raging.


Earlier, on 17 June this district saw a world record for the Arctic of 38C.

Cloud Precipitation

Airbus diverts following nose damage caused by hailstorm over New York

hail

Hail damage
A Delta A319 traveling from West Palm Beach to New York, La Guardia, last night was forced to make an emergency landing at JFK after suffering damage. The crew reported issues with the navigation system onboard, and when you see what the plane looked like when it landed, that's no big surprise.

All hail Delta Air Lines

A Delta Air Lines Airbus A319, registered N342NB, was performing flight DL1076 from West Palm Beach, Florida, to New York, La Guardia, last night. The aircraft took off from PBI just about on time at 16:02 and headed north for the two-and-a-half-hour flight.

Doberman

1-year-old girl dies in pit bull attack at July 4th party in Joliet, Illinois

PIT BULL ATTACK
A baby girl from Aurora died from dog bites early Sunday after a dog got loose in a Joliet home.

The parents of 17-month-old Marley Wilander put her in a playpen in an upstairs room of a friend's house while they attended a Fourth of July party, according to a statement from Joliet police.

Sometime during the night, two pit bull mix dogs got out of the basement of the home in the 1800 block of Cumberland Drive, police said. About 1:30 a.m. July 5, the homeowner heard noise upstairs and found one of the dogs biting the baby.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2, injures 2 others in Granville Township, Pennsylvania

Representative image

Representative image
Two people are dead after they were hit by lightning in Granville Township on Monday afternoon.

According to the Bradford County Coroner, lighting hit a total of 4 people around 2 o'clock. The two people who survived were taken to Robert Packer Hospital, and the two that were killed have yet to be positively identified.

Coroner Thomas Carman said it appears that the two males who were killed do not appear to be from the area, and are believed to be from Southern Pennsylvania.

Carman said that all four people that were struck by lightning were under a large tree stand in an open field.

There's no word on the condition of the two people who were taken to the hospital.

Fire

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: How bad will the Siberian Arctic wildfires get in 2020

Siberia wildfires
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Smoke from Siberian wildfires set to drift over Alaska and northern Canada as the fire season gets underway in Russia. How bad will it get this year, not sure, but based on areas up in smoke since 2003, there is a good amount of information to make an informed guess in 2020, the year of unusual.


Comment: Anomalous heatwave in Russian arctic continues with outbreaks of wildfires


Cloud Grey

Major outbreak of noctilucent clouds (NLCs) over Europe

Noctilucent Clouds on July 5, 2020 @ Budapest, Hungary
© Viktor Veres
Noctilucent Clouds on July 5, 2020 @ Budapest, Hungary
Last night, July 5-6, a major outbreak of noctilucent clouds (NLCs) blanketed Europe. Electric-blue tendrils of frosted meteor smoke rippled over almost every European capital from Scandinavia to the Adriatic. "It was the most phenomenal display of NLCs I've seen in my life," says Viktor Veres, who photographed the outbreak from Budapest, Hungary.

"I was just getting ready for dinner when one of my friends, Alex, cried 'NLC party time!'," says Veres. "The electric-blue clouds were almost directly overhead. I sprinted to the car (partially dressing in the street) and drove up Gellért Hill for a view of the clouds over the most famous sights of Budapest--the Danube River, Chain Bridge, Buda Castle, and Parliament. And, yes, my dinner got cold."

Paris was also "overcast" by noctilucent clouds. "They were very bright," reports Bertrand Kulik, who shot them floating above the Eiffel Tower:

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Seismograph

Powerful 6.6-magnitude earthquake strikes off Indonesia

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake has struck the Java Sea off the Indonesian coast

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake has struck the Java Sea off the Indonesian coast
A 6.6 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Java in Indonesia.

The monster earthquake hit at 9.54am AEST on Tuesday and has been felt as far as 800 kilometres south east in Bali.

The earthquake hit around 93.8 kilometers north of Batang, a coastal town in Central Java province, The U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The Bureau of Meteorology said there is no threat of a tsunami and no injuries have been reported.

The epicentre was measured at a depth of 528 kilometres after the earthquake hit.

One person shared on social media they felt their apartment shaking in Ubud for around two minutes.

Snowflake

Summer suddenly turned chilly in southern Norway - FOOT of snow with -7.2C temperatures

snow Norway
After an unusually warm June, Norway's July summer holidays got off to an extremely chilly start over the weekend. Strong winds, heavy rain, hail and even some snow caught many tourists by surprise.

Slippery roads and as much as 30 centimeters of snow in the mountains prompted warnings from state highway officials that motorists shouldn't drive over mountain passes without snow tires on their vehicles. One mountain lodge, Sognefjellshytta, reported a new record low temperature for July of minus-7.2C late Saturday night, and so did several other weather stations in the mountains of Southern Norway.


Comment: Also recently: Big July snowstorm at ski resort in southern Norway - at least 14 inches dumped


Attention

Antarctic leopard seal carcass found on beach in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

LONG WAY FROM HOME: The carcass of a young leopard seal was found on the beach at Cape Recife in Port Elizabeth recently

LONG WAY FROM HOME: The carcass of a young leopard seal was found on the beach at Cape Recife in Port Elizabeth recently
The carcass of a leopard seal was found on the shores of Cape Recife beach last week — only the ninth recorded sighting of the species in SA since 1946. The last one was found in 2019 in Milnerton near Cape Town.

According to Bayworld marine mammals curator Greg Hofmeyr, the sighting was very rare.

Hofmeyr said leopard seals were normally found in the pack ice around the Antarctic, which is about 4,000km away.

Hofmeyr said: "We really don't know what would bring a leopard seal this far but it is possible that young animals such as this one could get lost and swim out of their range.