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Wild leopard launches shocking attack on forest rangers in village in Uttarakhand, India

A wild leopard went on a terrifying village rampage in Haldwani, Uttarakhand State, India, attacking multiple forest rangers on February 10.

The big cat aggressively fought off officers, causing injuries to at least three of them before being tranquilized and taken back to the Corbett National Park.


Sakurajima volcano erupts in Japan - no immediate reports of injuries

The eruption of a volcano on Sakurajima
The eruption of a volcano on Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture on Wednesday.
A volcano on Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture erupted Wednesday, with plumes rising to 5,000 meters above the summit crater for the first time since 2020, a local weather observatory said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries and damage to buildings, the prefectural government said, while the Kagoshima Meteorological Office maintained the volcanic activity alert level at three, urging people not to approach the volcano.

The Japan Meteorological Agency forecast volcanic ashes to fall in parts of Kumamoto, Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures.


Strong shallow magnitude 6.0 earthquake - Philippine Sea

A very strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake occurred under the sea 163 km (101 mi) from Micronesia Wed, Feb 14, 2024 11:40 GMT.

The quake had a very shallow depth of 10 km (6 mi) and was not felt (or at least not reported so).

No significant damage or impact is expected from this quake and no particular alert was issued.


Date & time Feb 14, 2024 11:40:21 UTC
Local time at epicenter Wednesday, Feb 14, 2024, at 11:40 am (universal GMT +0)
Status Confirmed
Magnitude 6.0
Depth 10.0 km

Cloud Precipitation

6 dead, over 190 rescued as heavy rains lash Oman

Heavy rains in several governorates on Monday led to the tragic deaths of six individuals, including three children, while rescue operations saw more than 190 people saved from perilous conditions. The bad weather affecting many governorates, attributed to a low-pressure trough, is expected to continue on Wednesday.

The Civil Defence and Ambulance Authority (CDAA) led rescue efforts, responding to over 224 reports since the onset of adverse weather on Sunday. The authority rescued individuals stranded in overflowing wadis and inundated buildings.

Late Monday night, CDAA announced that three children who were swept away in the overflowing Wadi Bani Ghafir in Rustaq were found dead.

Rescue teams of CDAA in Dhahirah managed to save one of two persons trapped in a vehicle swept away in Wadi Ghayya in Yanqul on Monday. The body of the second person was found on Tuesday morning.

The authority also reported the death of a woman following a tragic accident involving a vehicle being swept away in a wadi in Izki on Tuesday.


Chile: Magnitude-6.0 earthquake occurs just offshore of far southern Atacama Region

A magnitude-6.0 earthquake occurred just offshore of far southern Atacama Region at around 22:31 Feb. 13. The epicenter was about 83 km (52 miles) west-southwest of Vallenar, Chile.

The tremor occurred at a depth of about 22 km (14 miles), and light shaking was probably felt throughout parts of southern and central Atacama and northern and central Coquimbo regions in Chile and northwestern San Juan Province in Argentina.

There have been no initial reports of damage or casualties as a result of the earthquake, and significant damage is unlikely. It could take several hours until authorities can conduct comprehensive damage assessments, especially in remote areas.

Aftershocks are likely over the coming days. The event has not prompted any tsunami advisories.

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Workers missing as landslide buries gold mine in east Turkey

A view of area following a substantial
© Mehmet YalçınerA view of area following a substantial landslide affecting a vast area surrounding the gold mine in Ilic district of Erzincan, Turkiye on February 13, 2024.
A landslide in Turkey's eastern Erzincan region has buried a gold mine, and at least nine workers at the site have been declared missing by authorities.

Footage circulating on social media captured the moment a torrent of muddy earth burst into a valley near the mine in the İliç district.

Turkey's interior minister, Ali Yerlikaya, said 400 people from the country's emergency agency, AFAD, had been dispatched to the mine to rescue the trapped workers.

Cloud Precipitation

Flood claims 1 life after torrential downpour in Antalya, Türkiye

A fatality occurred as a result of intense rainfall in the southern region of Antalya, Türkiye, on Tuesday. Educational activities were halted for a day in six districts, while efforts are underway to evacuate individuals stranded in residences and vehicles.

The lifeless body of a person was found in a car trapped in the flooded underpass of Gıyaseddin Keyhüsrev subway on Gazi Boulevard in the Kepez district in the country's tourism capital.

The downpour, which began in the evening in the city center, intensified overnight. Transportation was disrupted due to water accumulation on roads and underpasses caused by the heavy rainfall.

A statement from the Antalya Governorship emphasized the persistence of adverse weather conditions in the city and warned citizens, while several measures were immediately taken.

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Avalanches again block roads near tourism spot in China's Xinjiang region

More heavy snowfall is expected in the next few days.
More heavy snowfall is expected in the next few days.
Avalanches have again blocked roads leading to a remote tourism spot in China's far west Xinjiang region, with the area on alert for more snowstorms this week.

One-way traffic has been restored on some roads but others remain closed after heavy snow that began on Sunday triggered avalanches near the Kanas scenic area in the Altay mountains, traffic police said on Monday evening.

There were 13 avalanches on highways in the area on Sunday and Monday, according to its management committee. The scenic area is in the northern prefecture of Altay, which borders Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia.

The committee said the deepest avalanche was 5 metres, while the widest spanned 1km. There had been no reports of injuries or vehicle damage.

Comment: A week prior: Thousands of motorists stranded on roads in China amid heavy snow


Dead fin whale washes up on beach in Warrenton, Oregon

Whale washes up onto Sunset Beach in Warrenton
Whale washes up onto Sunset Beach in Warrenton
A dead whale has washed up onto Sunset Beach in Warrenton.

According to the Seaside Aquarium, the whale is a Fin Whale.

Seaside aquarium staff says the whale appears to be moving in the surf, but the whale is deceased according to staff at the beach.


Elephant charges into home, tramples villager to death in Kerala, India

In a devastating incident in Kattikkulam, India, a recently relocated elephant from Karnataka's Bengur Forest Range charged into a village home, resulting in the tragic death of a resident on February 10.

CCTV footage captured the harrowing moments as residents sought refuge in a gated home, only for the aggressive elephant to break through the fence, ultimately leading to the man's fatal trampling.

Source: KameraOne