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Gases from Philippine volcano sicken dozens of children, prompting school closures in nearby towns

Smog containing gases from a restive Philippine volcano sickened dozens of students and prompted 25 towns and cities to shut their schools on Friday as a health precaution, officials said.

There was no imminent threat of a major eruption of Taal Volcano, which authorities said remains at a low level of unrest in Batangas province south of Manila. But they said its emission of sulfur dioxide-laden steam in recent days caused skin, throat and eye irritation for at least 45 students in nearby towns.

Classes were suspended in 25 towns and cities in Batangas to keep students safely at home. Some schools resumed online classes and home learning that were in wide use at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said.


Taste of winter as 6 inches of snow falls on Apex Mountain, British Columbia

A dusting of about 15cm of snow left on Apex Mountain on the morning of Sept. 20.
© Apex Mountain Resort
About 15cm of snow left on Apex Mountain on the morning of Sept. 20.
The ski season is still a couple months away

The first taste of winter arrived on Sept. 20 as Apex Mountain got an early dusting of snow.

About 15 centimetres fell on the mountain, but this early on it's not likely to hang around to the start of the ski season.

"It's not anything we get insanely excited about, I mean we're excited but we're not jumping up and down because we know it doesn't last," said Apex Resort general Manager James Shalman. "A couple of years ago we did have three feet of snow fall on Sept. 27, and we lost three-quarters of that before the season."


Woman dies after being mauled by pitbulls inside her home in Kennewick, Washington

A Tri-Cities woman died this week after she was reportedly mauled by two pitbulls who entered her home on West Victoria Avenue in an unincorporated Kennewick neighborhood.

Billene "Billi" Cameron, 65, died Thursday, Sept. 21, of complications related to surgery at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland after she was mauled the day before.

She and her husband, Dwayne Woodard, are well known business owners. They and their son, Jackson, established Woody's BullPen Bar & Grille at the former Billy's Bull Pen Tavern in Kennewick in 2018.

The Benton County Coroner's Office confirmed the attack was Wednesday. An autopsy is planned Wednesday in Thurston County.


The climate scaremongers: Shoddy dams to blame for Libyan floods, not global warming

the failed dams of Wadi Derna

One of the failed dams of Wadi Derna
I sometimes think there is a competition among the MSM to see who can publish the most absurd climate change stories.

Last week Sky News's Tom Clarke, who calls himself 'Science and Technology Editor', claimed that climate change had 'set the stage' for the Libyan floods, and that the disaster highlighted the 'injustice of climate change' which affects poorer countries most.

The floods and resulting deaths had nothing at all to do with climate change, and were instead caused by the collapse of two dams built by a Yugoslav company in the 1970s and which had had no maintenance for the last 20 years. It was a tragedy waiting to happen.

Clarke failed to provide any evidence that the heavy rainfall which triggered the dam failures was in any way unprecedented or made worse by climate change. But facts don't seem to matter any more to Sky News.


Snowbasin resort in Utah sees early snowfall

Although fall is still two days away, snow is already piling up at Snowbasin Resort!

With white fluff coating the bright fall colors, we are experiencing a two-for-one on seasons today.

This is officially the first snow of the season, and it's coming a whole month earlier than last year's first recorded snowfall happening on October 22, 2022. Is this a sign predicting another historic winter? We sure hope so.

Cloud Lightning

Man dies in lightning strike whilst asleep in Cambodia

The dangers of lightning in Cambodia were once again illustrated graphically after a man died whilst sleeping in a field

The dangers of lightning in Cambodia were once again illustrated graphically after a man died whilst sleeping in a field
The incident happened at 2:40 pm on September 20, 2023 at Tuol Khchak point in Tuol Sdey village, Tuol Sdey commune, Chantrea district, Svay Rieng province.

According to the district police, the victim was named Won Wang Long, 23 years old, a farmer

Villagers stated that the man was asleep in a field when he was enveloped by a heavy storm and struck by a bolt of lightning, causing instant death

The body of the victim were handed over to his parents by the police to be taken to a traditional ceremony with great emotion.

Chantrea district authorities have called on all residents to be extremely careful when it rains and there is wind, thunder and lightning to make sure they go to a safe place to prevent possible accidents.


6.1-magnitude quake hits 41 km WSW of Sola, Vanuatu: USGS

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted 41 km WSW of Sola, Vanuatu at 21:11:49 GMT on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 188.4 km, was initially determined to be at 14.00 degrees south latitude and 167.19 degrees east longitude.

Cloud Precipitation

Hailstorm affected 22,000 hectares of crops in Valencia, Spain causing more than 43 million euro in losses

La Unió Llauradora stated that Sunday's hailstorms, rain, and winds had affected more than 22,000 hectares of crops and that, according to an initial emergency assessment, caused an estimated more than 43 million euro in losses.

"The damages are mainly focused on the regions of Utiel-Requena and Camp de Túria, but there were also damages in Ribera Alta, Ribera Baixa, Camp de Morvedre, La Serranía, and La Costera, as far as the province of Valencia is concerned, as well as on the southern coast of the region of Plana Baixa."

"The main crop affected was citrus with 43% of the losses, followed by persimmon with 20% and wine grapes with 16%. It's worth noting that approximately one-third of the grapes expected for this season in the affected area of the municipality of Requena and its villages had already been harvested, which helped minimize the damage. Other crops affected are olive groves with 10%, ornamental crops and nurseries with 8%, and vegetables with 7%.


Large landspout swirls near Nekoma, Kansas

A shot of the base of the landspout in Nekoma, KS.

A shot of the base of the landspout in Nekoma, KS.
What the National Weather Service said was a landspout was seen swirling near Nekoma, Kansas, as the area was under a severe thunderstorm warning on September 19.


Shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake in East Pacific Rise

6.0 magnitude earthquake

UTC time: Wednesday, September 20, 2023 14:45 PM
Your time: Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 3:45 PM GMT+1
Magnitude Type: mww
USGS page: M 6.0 - central East Pacific Rise
USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist
Reports from the public: 1 person

10 km depth

Central East Pacific Rise