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Seismic storm hits Italy's Campi Flegrei super volcano with strongest earthquake in 40 years

The Solfatara crater, part of the Campi Flegrei Volcano in Pozzuoli, the biggest caldera of southern Italy.
© Salvatore LaportaThe Solfatara crater, part of the Campi Flegrei Volcano in Pozzuoli, the biggest caldera of southern Italy.
A 4.4 magnitude earthquake struck Italy's Campi Flegrei super volcano Monday evening, causing mild damage in the town of Pozzuoli, the epicenter, and as far away as the city of Naples, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) away, according to Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV).

Cracks in walls and falling cornices were reported, Italy's Fire Brigade spokesman confirmed to CNN.

The 4.4 earthquake at a depth of 3 kilometers is the strongest earthquake to hit the highly seismic area in the past 40 years, according to INGV data. The quake is part of an ongoing "seismic storm" that has seen more than a dozen events over 2.0 magnitude in the past 48 hours.

The 4.4 tremblor at 8:10 p.m. local time was preceded by a 3.5 earthquake an hour earlier.

The INGV recorded 1,252 earthquakes in the Campi Flegrei area in the month of April 2024, most with a magnitude less than 1.0.

Cloud Precipitation

Freak storm leaves Polish city blanketed in hail

A hailstorm left streets in the western Polish city of Gniezno flooded on Monday as storms passed over the country.

Footage shot by the private broadcaster TVN24 showed vehicles and people passing through the flooded streets, and hailstones floating on the surface of the water.

Poland's weather agency said the 'violent' storms would continue into Tuesday, with areas of the west and south-east particularly affected by hail, heavy rain and strong winds.


Mount Semeru eruption accompanied by hot clouds in Indonesia

Mount Semeru erupted with a column height of volcanic ash observed about 800 meters above the peak on Tuesday (21/5/2024) at 08.17 WIB.
© ANTARA/HO-PVMBGMount Semeru erupted with a column height of volcanic ash observed about 800 meters above the peak on Tuesday (21/5/2024) at 08.17 WIB.
Mount Semeru on the border of Lumajang Regency with Malang, East Java erupted accompanied by hot clouds.

"The Semeru Monument erupted and the eruption accompanied by hot clouds with an unknown sliding distance because the mountain was covered in fog," said Mount Semeru Observation Post Officer Sigit Rian Alfian as reported by ANTARA, Tuesday, May 21.

According to him, the visual eruption this morning was not observed because it was covered in fog, but the eruption was recorded on a seismograph with a maximum amplitude of 22 mm for 262 seconds.

The highest mountain on the island of Java erupted again at 08.17 WIB with a height of volcanic ash column was observed to be about 800 meters above the peak or 4,476 meters above the peak.

Comment: Just 4 days prior on May 17: Indonesia's Semeru volcano erupts 5 times


Man dies in moose attack in Homer, Alaska

A man died in a moose attack in Homer Sunday, Alaska State Troopers said.

The circumstances of the attack — as well as the exact location — were not immediately clear as of Sunday.

Troopers received a report around 11:50 a.m. about a man attacked by a cow moose in Homer, according to an online statement. Medics as well as troopers from Anchor Point responded to the incident.

The man died on the scene, troopers said.

According to the report, the cow moose charged two men, kicking one of them.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 3 in Sunamganj, Bangladesh

Three day labourers were killed and several other injured being struck by lightning at Dowarabazar upazila in Sunamganj district on Monday.

The incident took place around 10.30am near East Chargaon Kheyaghat area under Narsingpur union of the upazila, reports our local correspondent.

Among the deceased, two were identified as Dulon Mia, 28, son of Ansar Uddin, a resident of Noagaon village, and Kuddus Mia, son of Muslim Mia, of Bahadurpur village under Islampur union of Chatak upazila while detailes of another deceased could not be known immediately.

According to locals, it was raining since 10.30am in the morning. The trio along with others were working in the Chela River amid the heavy rainfall. At that time, a streak of thunderbolt hit them suddenly, leaving two dead on the spot and several others critically injured.

The injured were rescued and taken to the hospital where another one succumbed to his injuries, they said.

Dowarabazar Police Station officer-in-charge Badrul Hasan confirmed the matter and added that these bodies will be handed over to the families after completing the legal actions.


Woman dies in attack by registered XL bullies at east London home

A woman in her 50s has died after she was attacked by her two registered XL bullies at a house in east London.

The woman was treated by paramedics at the home in Cornwall Close, Hornchurch, but died at the scene on Monday afternoon.

The two dogs were seized by armed officers after being contained in a room.

It is believed to be the first fatal attack by XL bully dogs that were known to have been registered under new laws.

A blue forensic tent was put up outside the woman's home in the small residential street following the attack.

The family of the woman, who was the owner of the dogs, is being supported by officers, the Metropolitan Police says.

Neighbours have described seeing paramedics administer CPR to the victim in her front garden.


Something strange is happening with Earth's magnetic field tail

It's called the magnetotail, of course.

© Courtesy of NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center-Conceptual Image Lab
You may not know this, but Earth's magnetic field has a tail. As the sun's solar wind buffets the planet, it leaves behind a sort of long shadow that trails out in our planet's wake. Scientists call this magnetic tail, appropriately, the magnetotail. Typically, the magnetotail is strewn with magnetic storms.

But for the past several years, scientists have known of a mystery in the magnetotail: a missing storm. They have found a signature of a storm, but no storm to actually go along with it. NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission is now on the case.

MMS consists of four satellites that all launched on the same Atlas V rocket in 2015. Since then, the quartet has been studying Earth's magnetopause: the frontier of the region dominated by the planet's magnetic field. The magnetopause is constantly aflame with magnetic reconnections, which refer to when the lines that make up a magnetic field come together, break apart, then rejoin, creating brilliant flurries of heat and kinetic energy. (These reconnections, if they happen in Earth's atmosphere, can cause auroras.)


State of emergency imposed in Russian Yakutia due to large-scale flood

In Russian Yakutia, a total of 647 yard areas remain flooded, including 489 residential buildings in 16 settlements.

Russian Yakutia continues to be flooded

As the head of the republic, Aisen Nikolaev, announced, a state of emergency of a regional nature has been introduced in Yakutia since May 20.
In connection with the difficult flood situation in a number of regions of the republic, he signed a decree declaring a state of emergency at the regional level from May 20, 2024. According to the decree, the Government of the republic is instructed to take all measures to restore settlements and economic objects, ensure the livelihood of the population and provide social and material assistance to the affected citizens, Nikolaev wrote.


Indonesia's Ibu volcano erupts again, forcing nearby villages to evacuate

A volcano on the remote island of Halmahera has erupted, spewing a grey ash cloud into the sky and forcing people from seven nearby villages to evacuate, Indonesian authorities have said.

Mount Ibu erupted on Saturday evening, sending ash 2.5 miles (4km) into the sky while streaks of purple lightning flashed around its crater, according to information and images shared by the Volcanological Survey of Indonesia.

A team of police, military and search and rescue officials was dispatched to the area to evacuate residents from surrounding villages, said Abdul Muhari, a spokesperson for the country's disaster mitigation agency


4 year old girl killed by stray dogs in Uttar Pradesh, India

dog attack
In a sad incident, a group of stray dogs in the Muradnagar locality of Ghaziabad attacked and murdered a 4-year-old child. Her family is inconsolable, and the violent attack has shocked the area.

Family's Heartbreaking Loss

Zarif, together with his wife Rukhsana and their two kids, lives in Bhikhanpur, Muradnagar, where he worked at a brick kiln. Farheen, Zarif's 4-year-old daughter, was playing outside the kiln on that tragic Saturday when she was unexpectedly attacked by some stray dogs.