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Skier killed in avalanche on Cathedral Mountain near Lake Louise, Alberta

View of the avalanche from a rescue helicopter indicating the location of where the victim was found.
© Parks CanadaView of the avalanche from a rescue helicopter indicating the location of where the victim was found.
A solo skier was found dead on B.C.'s Cathedral Mountain west of Lake Louise after an avalanche over the weekend, according to Avalanche Canada. The skier appeared to have veered off the peak's shoulder on March 29, landing on Cathedral Glades, a slope at approximately 6,500 feet. The avalanche was a D2.5 size slide and partially buried the skier.

The victim was located from the air on April 1 due to a visible ski. Rescuers found a transceiver in the skier's backpack, switched off, Calgary CTV News reports. The incident date was determined from a professional observation on March 30, estimating the avalanche to be 12 hours old.

Avalanche risk is currently ranked as "considerable" in alpine regions and "moderate" at treeline in the areas surrounding Cathedral Mountain. Additional snowfall is forecasted to impact the region this week which may increase avalanche risk in these areas.

View of avalanche start zone and upper track.
© Parks CanadaView of avalanche start zone and upper track.


Avalanche hits helicopter near Verbier, Switzerland, leaving 3 people dead

The site of the accident.
© Kantonspolizei Wallis/ValaisThe site of the accident.
A fatal helicopter accident was reported on Tuesday, April 2, at Petit Combin, near Verbier, Switzerland. Three people lost their lives in the accident while three further people were injured.

According to the police report, a type B3 helicopter crashed at the Petit Combin, a popular backcountry and heliskiing location near the famous Verbier Ski Resort, around 9:25 a.m. The helicopter was taking four guests and a guide for a heliskiing trip and was manned by one pilot. While the police report stated that 'unspecified reasons' caused the helicopter to slide off the peak of the Petit Combin at 3,668 meters (12,034 feet), eyewitnesses reported to British newspapers that an avalanche sent the helicopter down the north wall of the Petit Combin. The slope from Petit Combin runs at an angle of between 40-45°.

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Mudslides and floods in Quito, capital of Ecuador - at least one killed

© Daniel MolinerosThe vehicles were swept away by the landslide in La Gasca.
On Tuesday, floods and floods were reported in the area of La Gasca, Quito, capital of Ecuador. The situation appears to be similar to that of January 2022, when the waters claimed the lives of more than 20 people.

The waters began by taking Fulgencio Araujo and Antonio José de Sucre streets, where neighbors notified authorities of the presence of large amounts of water and mud coming down the street.

Mayor Pabel Muñoz and managers of technical teams from Quito are on the scene attending the emergency. Among the teams present are, Fire Department, Public Enterprise Metropolitan Mobility and Public Works, among others.

The Metropolitan Transit Agency (AMT) carried out closures on different roads such as Mariscal Sucre and America, which, according to AMT, still have large vehicular and pedestrian flows.


US tourist, 80, killed in attack by 'aggressive' bull elephant while on safari in Zambia

An 80-year-old American woman was killed during a wildlife safari in Zambia after an "aggressive" bull elephant "unexpectedly" charged at the vehicle, the tour operators said.

The incident happened at around 9.30am local time on 30 March at the Kafue National Park in Zambia and the shocking video of the moment was captured and posted on social media.

The video showed the adult male elephant chasing the car which came to a halt as the animal closed in. The elephant then knocked the vehicle over as the guide screamed, "Hey, hey, hey!"

The woman has been identified as Gail Mattson by her family, according to ABC News. Safari operators, Wilderness Destinations, said the elephant "unexpectedly charged" at the vehicle that was on an excursion with six guests and a guide.

"An aggressive bull elephant charged the vehicle carrying six guests and a guide who were on a game drive from Lufupa Camp," the company said in a statement to ABC News.

Comment: Another attack reported in March this year: Angry elephant lifts safari truck into the air, 'traumatizes' tourists in South Africa


'Doomsday fish' that 'surfaces before disasters' seen before Taiwan earthquake

A 'doomsday fish' said to predict
© Brenjeng CaayonA 'doomsday fish' said to predict deadly disasters was reportedly spotted just hours before the Taiwan earthquake.
A "doomsday" fish that is said to only appear before disasters strike was spotted by a fisherman who claims it foreshadowed the deadly Taiwan earthquake.

The Oarfish is a deep sea creature that typically lives at ocean depths of up up to 3,300 feet and is rarely seen by humans. But according to Japanese legend, when one of these fish is spotted, its a sign that a catastrophe of some sort is imminent. Now, a fisherman in the neighbouring Philippines has revealed he caught the foreboding fish shortly before Taiwan was shaken by the most powerful earthquake it has seen in 25 years, which has so far killed at least nine people.

Brenjeng Caayon, who snapped up the fish near near Kalanggaman Island, roughly 900 miles south of the epicentre, insists it is no coincidence. He said: This is a bad omen, according to superstition. And it might be an omen, because just this morning an earthquake rocked Taiwan. I didn't believe it before, but now I've started to."

He recalled how he and three other fisherman were out on his boat when they came across the creature just 30 hours before the earthquake hit. At first, his crewmates had no idea how significant the find was as they didn't know what it was. Caayon said: "They were supposed to throw it back in, but I stopped them; I told them to bring it ashore. When I saw it, I recognised it immediately; I've already seen an oarfish before, but not this huge."

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18 taken to hospital after lightning strikes football game in Japan

Photo shows the site where a lightning strike resulted in 18 people being hospitalized in Miyazaki, southwestern Japan, on April 3, 2024.
© KyodoPhoto shows the site where a lightning strike resulted in 18 people being hospitalized in Miyazaki, southwestern Japan, on April 3, 2024.
Lightning struck during a football game at a high school sports field in southwestern Japan, leaving a high school student in serious condition while 17 others were also taken to hospital, local authorities said Wednesday.

The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. while students from Hosho High School in Miyazaki and Kamoto High School from Kumamoto Prefecture were holding a practice match. The game took place at the school in Miyazaki.

Two of the students from Kamoto High School were initially in serious condition but one of them later regained consciousness, school officials said.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said warm humid air flowed in toward a front and low pressure system over Kyushu region in southwestern Japan, creating ideal conditions for lightning.

A thunderstorm advisory has been in effect for Miyazaki since Tuesday.

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Doctor gets swallowed up by huge sinkhole in Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, Brazil

A doctor was injured when he was swallowed up by a sinkhole as he walked down the street.

CCTV footage shows how the wide crater suddenly opened up beneath the man as he strolled down the pavement.

As he dropped into the deep hole, part of the adjoining wall toppled sideways, showering him with rubble.

The victim - an orthopaedic doctor - suffered a broken leg.

Good Samaritans nearby ran over to help the stricken man on yesterday (1 Apr) morning, as reported on Need To Know.


6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes eastern Japan

A strong earthquake of 6.1 magnitude shook Japan's Minamisoma region on Thursday, according to the US Geological Survey.

The tremor occurred 83 kilometers (51 miles) east of Minami-Soma in the province of Fukushima at a depth of 40 kilometers, the agency said, with no tsunami warning issued.

There was no report of any damage.

According to Japanese media, the quake was felt in Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima provinces at 12.16 p.m. local time (0316GMT), with no abnormalities confirmed at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

This came after a powerful magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck off Taiwan's eastern coast on Wednesday, killing at least nine people, while hundreds others were injured.

The quake was the strongest to have hit the island nation in 25 years. In 1999, around 2,400 people were killed when a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan in the middle of the night.


Best of the Web: Severe storms and 16 tornadoes leave a path of destruction from Georgia to Illinois

Widespread storm damage is seen in Jeffersonville,
© WLKYWidespread storm damage is seen in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
Homes and businesses were damaged, several people were injured and tens of thousands remained in the dark Wednesday after a powerful storm system spawned tornadoes and damaging storms from the South to the Ohio Valley, and blizzard conditions and snow in the Great Lakes.

Severe storms injured at least 10 people in Jeffersonville, Indiana, just north of Louisville, the town's mayor told CNN affiliate WLKY. Photos posted by the mayor showed chunks taken out of several homes' roofs and debris strewn about an area neighborhood.

Severe thunderstorms brought "flooding, downed trees, power outages, and road blockages" across West Virginia, according to Gov. Jim Justice, who declared a state of emergency Tuesday for Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln and Nicholas counties.

At least 13 homes were damaged and some residents were injured, Fayette County, West Virginia, Office of Emergency Management director Kevin Walker told CNN. The injuries were non-life threatening, Walker said.

"Some are destroyed, and some have major damage," Walker said.


Mount Marapi erupts in West Sumatra, Indonesia

Mount Marapi erupted on Wednesday, April 3 2024, at 09:30 WIB.

The height of the eruption column was observed to be ± 1500 m above the peak (± 4391 m above sea level).

The ash column was observed to be gray in color with thick intensity towards the northwest.

The eruption was recorded on a seismograph with a maximum amplitude of 30.4 mm and a duration of 46 seconds.