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Lightning kills man on Fiji

A man died at Keolaiya settlement in Sabeto, Nadi on Thursday afternoon after being struck by lightning.

The victim Satendra Kumar was last seen working in his garden before he was found lying motionless on the ground.

Police spokesman Wame Boutolu said the incident took place about 2.30pm.

"A 60-year-old, farmer while at his cassava farm was found lying motionless with burnt smell from his body and torn shirt believed to be struck by a lightning," he said.

Investigation continues.


East coast mud volcano erupts in Trinidad

The mud volcano at Cascadoux Trace off the Manzanilla/Mayaro Road on Trinidad's east coast, erupted on Thursday evening.

Three homes near the agricultural village of Kernahan, have been evacuated, according to reports.

There are no reports of damage or injury.

Police, fire officers, and officials of the Disaster Management Unit of the Rio Claro/Mayaro Regional Corporation went to the area.

People reported seeing mud spewing as high as 15 feet.


Indonesia's Mount Lewotobi Laki-Laki spews towering smoke in fresh eruption

Mount Lewotobi Laki-Laki in eastern Indonesia continues to erupt, spewing towering ash clouds as authorities raise the alert status to the highest level.

The eruption follows weeks of heightened volcanic activity on the mountain, located on Flores Island, and prompted thousands to leave their homes and stay at temporary shelters.

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One person killed after avalanche roars through Lake Tahoe ski resort

Rescues crews work at the scene of an avalanche at a California ski resort near Lake Tahoe on Jan. 10, 2024 in Calif.
© Mark SponslerRescues crews work at the scene of an avalanche at a California ski resort near Lake Tahoe on Jan. 10, 2024 in Calif.
An avalanche roared through a section of expert trails at a California ski resort near Lake Tahoe on Wednesday, sweeping up four people and killing one, as a major storm with snow and gusty winds moved into the region, authorities said.

The avalanche prompted Palisades Tahoe to close 30 minutes after it opened, and search crews combed the area to see if anyone was injured or trapped.

Sgt David Smith, a spokesperson for the Placer county sheriff, said hours later that one person, a man, had died. Another person suffered a lower leg injury and two others were treated for unspecified injuries and released, officials said.

Authorities said nobody else was missing.


Dozens of dead sea animals mysteriously wash up on South Australia beach

Dozens of dead fish were found on the shores
© Limestone Coast Community NewsDozens of dead fish were found on the shores of South Australia's Eight Mile Beach.
Dozens of dead sea animals, including sharks and octopuses, have mysteriously washed up on South Australian shores.

Residents were shocked to discover a mass of fish bodies littered on Eight Mile Creek, south-east of Mount Gambier.

Most of them were wobbegong sharks, but authorities also found snapper, wrasse, octopuses, Port Jackson sharks, stingrays, salmon and ling.


6.4-magnitude earthquake hits Afghanistan, tremors felt across India and Pakistan

An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 has hit Afghanistan at 1.20pm, according to UAE's National Centre of Meteorology. Tremors have been felt across two major South Asian countries.

According to ANI, tremors have been felt in Delhi and the National Capital Region.

Social media users took to X to explain the impact of the quake in Pakistan, saying tremors were felt across Islamabad, Lahore, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab. In a video uploaded on the micro-blogging platform, people can be seen gathering underneath buildings.


Nearly 700 swans found dead at nature reserve in Kyrgyzstan as specialists investigate bird flu

Hundreds of swans have been found dead at a nature reserve in the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan, environmental officials said Tuesday. The nature reserve is based around Lake Karakol, near the shores of the Caspian Sea, and is home to a variety of rare and endangered species.

"Between 21 December and 8 January, a total of 675 swan carcasses were discovered on Lake Karakol," the Kazakh ecology ministry told AFP.

The birds may have died from avian flu, the ministry said, adding that specialists had been dispatched to the site to investigate.

Lake Karakol was artificially formed in the Soviet era near the site of a nuclear plant, and has been the focus of conservation efforts.

Activists have previously raised concern about environmental problems in western Kazakhstan, particularly air and water pollution.


Deadly winter storm sweeping across the US

A flock of turkeys crosses Forsberg Street in Worcester, Mass., after a winter storm, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024.
© Allan Jung/Worcester Telegram & GazetteA flock of turkeys crosses Forsberg Street in Worcester, Mass., after a winter storm, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024.
Millions are under severe weather alerts across the U.S. as freezing temperatures and heavy snow blankets parts of New Mexico to Iowa and multiple cities in the south are under tornado watches as storms move in along the Gulf Coast.


With Anchorage's record-setting snow, officials say it's not a bad idea to shovel roofs

An ice dam forms on the roof of an Airport Heights home in Anchorage in 2023.
© Valerie Kern/Alaska Public MediaAn ice dam forms on the roof of an Airport Heights home in Anchorage in 2023.
Anchorage residents are wondering if they should shovel their roofs, with record-setting snow from November and December still sitting atop many homes in Alaska's largest city.

According to a city official and at least one private building inspector, that depends. But, they say, it's probably not a bad idea.

Current estimates put the snow load at a level lower than what most residential buildings in the city are built to withstand. But with several winter months still to come, there's the potential for more snow, and ice-damming on roofs is an already present concern.

"If it keeps snowing and the weight keeps accumulating, eventually we're going to hit that point where we're concerned about the weight," said Ross Noffsinger, Anchorage's Acting Building Official. "And at that point, we're going to issue a notice to the community that we're concerned about the weight."


Five-year-old boy dies in stray dog attack in Telangana, India

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In a heart-wrenching incident, a five-year-old boy Nishant lost his life in a stray dog attack that occurred in Kalledi village, Nizamabad district, Telangana.

The unfortunate incident unfolded on December 25, 2023, when the young boy was bitten by a dog. Despite receiving initial treatment at a local hospital, the victim's health deteriorated, leading to his demise on January 8, 2024, while en route to Hyderabad for advanced medical care.

Further investigation is underway.