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Avalanche in Iran kills 5 mountain climbers, injures another 4 after recent heavy rain and snow

An avalanche killed five mountain climbers and injured four others from an all-Iranian climbing team in west Iran, state media reported on Saturday.

A report by the state-owned IRNA news agency said rescue teams recovered the bodies of five climbers from San Boran peak, some 300 kilometers (186 miles) southwest of the capital, Tehran. The injured climbers were taken to hospital.

The report said the nine-member team of climbers began their journey on Thursday despite a warning by local authorities about possible risk. The peak, the highest of the Oshtrankooh mountain range at 4,150 meters (13,615 feet), witnessed heavy rain and snow in recent weeks.

Iran has occasionally seen deadly avalanches. In 2020, a series of avalanches killed 12 people in a mountainous area north of Tehran.



Snowy Mount Etna spurts lava into night sky

Sizzling hot lava streamed down from the snow-covered slopes of Mount Etna late on Friday (November 24).

Sizzling hot lava streamed down from the snow-covered slopes of Mount Etna late on Friday (November 24).
Lava streamed down from the snow-covered slopes of Italy's Mount Etna.


Incredible waterspout off Termoli, Italy on November 25



Terrifying tornado with hail damages houses and cars in Dalaman, Turkey

A strong tornado formed over the city of Dalaman, in Mugla province, Turkey, knocking down advertisements, trees and other structures.

The tornado was captured in several recordings from various points of the city, showing impressive images that are already viral on social networks.

In its path, the tornado was also accompanied by large hail that damaged homes and cars after the impact.

Fortunately, so far the authorities have only reported material damage.

Comment: Related: Storms and heavy rain wreak havoc across Türkiye

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World's biggest iceberg starts moving for first time in decades — and it could cause some serious problems

world's largest iceberg A23a
© European Union/Copernicus Sentinel-3/Handout via Reuter
A satellite image of the world's largest iceberg, named A23a, is seen in Antarctica on Nov. 15
Iceberg A23a is nearly 1,500 square miles in area and weighs about a trillion metric tons

The world's largest iceberg has moved for the first time in 30 years after finally freeing itself from the ocean floor near Antarctica — and it could end up causing problems for wildlife.

Iceberg A23a "calved," or fell off the greater glacier on the continent, from the western side of the Ronne Ice Shelf and floated in the Weddell Sea before it ended up caught on the ocean floor in 1986. The piece of ice, at a size of 1,500 square miles and weighing nearly a trillion metric tons, is about three times the size of New York City.

The size makes it the world's largest iceberg in the world, only briefly losing the title to iceberg A76 before that iceberg split into three fragments.


First winter storm paints northern Mexico and volcanoes further south with snow

The first winter storm of the season has swept across northern Mexico, painting its landscapes in snow and bringing with it a chill that has surprised residents. The communities of El Vergel in Balleza and Guadalupe y Calvo were particular recipients of the snowfall, with temperatures plummeting to -8 and -3 degrees Celsius respectively. The city of Parral also felt the chill with temperatures dropping to -1 degree Celsius, accompanied by a notably cold wind.


Rare tornado in Michoacán, Mexico damages avocado groves

The tornado took residents of western Michoacán by surprise on Tuesday. (@vozmichoacan/X)

The tornado took residents of western Michoacán by surprise on Tuesday. (@vozmichoacan/X)
A tornado came for a town in Michoacán yesterday, ruining avocado crops and leaving many wondering, "what just happened?"

The tornado formed late Tuesday afternoon in western Michoacán. After passing through a rural area, residents attacked the tornado with hail cannons to try to reduce its size and stop it from reaching the town of Peribán. Primarily used to decrease the severity of hailstorms, hail cannons are shock wave generators that are supposed to reduce the size of hail by disrupting the formation of new clouds, however there is limited scientific evidence to support their use.


Mud volcano erupts in southern Taiwan



Two children among four killed in elephant attack in Assam, India

In a shocking incident, wild jumbos trampled to death four persons including two minor children, at Lalo Basti near Barmanthi under Bokajan police station in Karbi Anglong district on Thursday.

The deceased have been identified as Rebecca Kerketa (28), Kanya Tiria (50) and two kids.

All of them are from the same family. The incident took place in the Bormanthi village under East Forest range, Bokajan at around 3 pm on Thursday.

The family was returning home from their Citronella field when they met the herd of two elephants on their way. The herd charged them and trampled them immediately.


No tsunami threat from shallow magnitude 6.9 quake that shook Marianas Islands

There is no threat of a tsunami in the Philippines after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake rocked the Mariana Islands in the northwestern part of Pacific Ocean, state seismologists said.

According to Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the earthquake in the Marianas had a depth of focus of 10 kilometers.

"No destructive tsunami threat exists based on available data," Phivolcs said.

"This is for information purposes only and there is no tsunami threat to the Philippines from this earthquake," it noted.

The agency added there are no recommended actions after the tremor.