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Sinkhole the size of a car appears on street in south-east London

Residents initially used wheelie bins to block off the sinkhole, which emerged on Monday morning in Eltham.
© Andrew Hudson
Residents initially used wheelie bins to block off the sinkhole, which emerged on Monday morning in Eltham.
A sinkhole the size of a car has opened up on a street in south-east London.

The hole which takes up almost an entire lane of the road and runs alongside the kerb next to a postbox, emerged on Monday morning on Dunvegan Road, Eltham. The area around the hole has been cordoned off after locals initially used wheelie bins to prevent an accident.

Andrew Hudson, who posted a photo of the hole on Facebook, told people to be vigilant and warned of slow post over the next few days. He said: "Next to Mayday Cars cab office be aware!

"I feel sorry for anyone that has posted important letters in the post box there because they are not being collected anytime soon," he added.

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The death toll from floods in Greece has risen to 15 after 4 more bodies found, authorities say

Greece floods
The number of confirmed deaths from recent flooding in central Greece rose to 15 after the bodies of four people previously considered missing were found on Sunday, authorities said.

Three of the bodies were located in villages near the city of Karditsa in western Thessaly. They are an 88-year-old woman and her 65-year-old son, who were found in their home, as well as a 58-year-old man whose body was found between two villages.

The coast guard said Sunday that the body of a 42-year-old man, missing since Tuesday, was found floating in the sea near the city of Volos. He was last seen in his car unable to control it in raging waters.


Magnitude-6.3 earthquake strikes northern Philippines

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the area around the Babuyan Islands in the northern Philippines on Tuesday, the authorities said.

So far no damages have been reported or any tsunami warning issued.

The United States Geological Survey, which records seismic activity worldwide, reported that the earthquake occurred at 7:03 pm local time (11:03 GMT) and at a depth of 41 kilometers.

The inhabited areas closest to the tremor site were the towns of Namuac, about 73 kilometers north of the hypocenter, and Claveria (74 kilometers north).

The Philippines sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of great seismic and volcanic activity where about 7,000 earthquakes are recorded each year, most of them moderate.


Pikes Peak in Colorado gets buried with a few inches of September snow

Many Colorado peaks have picked up the first measurable snow of the season from our September cold wave that pushed through over the weekend into Monday morning.

While most of the Front Range and eastern plains had a steady soaking rain overnight Sunday into Monday morning, many higher peaks of the state above 11,000 to 12,000 feet were treated to early September snow.

Pikes Peak woke up with measurable snow to start the week. While the peak can see snow during the Summer months at over 14,000 feet, most of those storms only provide a dusting. Workers had to do a little early season shoveling.


Extreme avalanche danger in Las Leñas, Argentina after resort sees over 3 feet of snow in 24 hours

Much of Las Leñas’ terrain is closed today due to avalanche hazard.
© Las Leñas
Much of Las Leñas’ terrain is closed today due to avalanche hazard.
1 meter of snow in 24 hours. That's approximately 3.2 feet in a day—roughly 39 inches in only one full rotation of the Earth. And now the people of Las Leñas have to deal with it.

At this time the exact snowfall total from the monstrous 24-hour storm cycle at the Argentinian ski area has yet to be confirmed because it's been too deep for staff to efficiently walk outside and measure it. What is known with precision, however, is that the avalanche danger in Las Leñas right now is extreme, with the probability of a slide considered to be certain.

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Massive sinkhole opens in San Francisco intersection

A large sinkhole opened up in San Francisco’s ritzy Pacific Heights neighborhood
A large sinkhole opened up in San Francisco’s ritzy Pacific Heights neighborhood
A huge sinkhole has opened up in the middle of a busy San Francisco intersection.

The asphalt streets at the intersection of Fillmore and Green Streets caved in on Monday morning after a water main broke the night before, flooding the area.

The dramatic street collapse has caused chaos in the tony neighborhood of Pacific Heights, home to ritzy mansions and dramatic views of San Francisco's landmarks.

On Sunday night just before midnight, a 16-inch water main broke near the intersection of Fillmore and Union Streets, just one block from where the sinkhole would later emerge.

Comment: Sinkholes: The groundbreaking truth


Seismologist says Morocco's recent earthquake strongest since 1755

morroco earthquake damage 2023
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Survivors pick their way through the rubble near Marrakech, Morocco, after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the city on September 9, 2023
Late Friday, a 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit Morocco 77 kilometers (48 miles) southwest of the city of Marrakesh. King of Morocco Mohammed VI on Saturday declared three days of national mourning following the disaster, with the national flag to be flown at half-staff on all public buildings.

Moroccan geological researcher Dr. Kamal Aghroud told Sputnik that such an earthquake "in Morocco has not been observed in the country since 1755."

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Hurricane Lee strengthens back into Category 3 storm: Remains threat to US East Coast with dangerous rip currents

hurricane Lee 2023
This satellite image provided by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Lee, right, in the Atlantic Ocean seen on Sunday, September 10, 2023
Hurricane Lee continues to grow stronger as it churns over the Atlantic and remains a threat to the coast of the northeast U.S. with dangerous rip currents.

Late on Sunday, the storm was centered about 285 miles north of the northern Leeward Islands. Its maximum sustained winds were clocked at 120 mph and it was moving northwest at 8 mph.

Last week, Lee strengthened from a Category 1 storm to a Category 5 storm in just one day. It lost strength, becoming a Category 2 storm in recent days, but now has grown stronger to a Category 3 and increased in size.

'We had the perfection conditions for a hurricane: warm waters and hardly any wind shear,' said Lee Ingles, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in San Juan.


Kīlauea volcano in Hawaii erupting, activity confined within crater

The Kilauea volcano is putting on a show once again. The United States Geological Survey announced on Sunday that the volcano is erupting with activity confined within its Halemaʻumaʻu crater.


Magnitude-6.0 earthquake occurs in Halmahera Island, Indonesia

A magnitude-6.0 earthquake occurred in Halmahera Island, North Maluku Province, at around 21:51 Sept. 11.

The epicenter was about 39 km (24 miles) north-northeast of Ternate.

The tremor occurred at a depth of about 162 km (101 miles), and light shaking was probably felt throughout much of Halmahera and surrounding islands.

There have been no initial reports of damage or casualties as a result of the earthquake; however, significant damage is unlikely. It could take several hours until authorities can conduct comprehensive damage assessments, especially in remote areas. Moderate-to-light aftershocks are likely over the coming days.