Spanish PM arrives amid volcano eruption in Canary Islands

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has arrived on La Palma in the Canary Islands where a volcanic eruption has resulted in the evacuation of 5,000 people. Aerial footage showed lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano spilling downhill and destroying several houses. Mr Sanchez said authorities are closely monitoring fires that may start from the burning lava. The military and civil guard has been deployed to help. The volcano last erupted 50 years ago, it lies in the south of La Palma island, which is home to around 80,000 people. The eruption started around 15:00 local time (14:00 GMT) and sent … Continue reading Spanish PM arrives amid volcano eruption in Canary Islands

Southwest China earthquake collapses homes, kills at least 2

An earthquake collapsed homes, killed at least two people and injured dozens Thursday in southwest China’s Sichuan province, state media reported.In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, residents injured in the aftermath of an earthquake get treated at the Luxian People’s Hospital in Luxian County, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. Rescue work was underway following the magnitude-6.0 earthquake. It struck at 4:33 a.m. in Luxian county at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), the official Xinhua News Agency said. State broadcaster CCTV said that 60 people were injured, three seriously, and 35 houses had collapsed. … Continue reading Southwest China earthquake collapses homes, kills at least 2

Thousands flee blaze near Spanish town of Costa del Sol

Around 2,000 people have left their homes after wildfires broke out in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. One emergency worker has been killed in the blaze, which began on Wednesday on high ground above the popular resort town of Estepona on the Costa del Sol. The Spanish government has deployed a military unit to help firefighters in the mountainous region. Six more towns and villages were evacuated on Sunday, and huge plumes of smoke could be seen from miles away. Residents of five other communities were told to leave their homes on Friday. The blaze has burned 7,400 hectares, … Continue reading Thousands flee blaze near Spanish town of Costa del Sol

Residents scramble to evacuate as wildfire approaches Lake Tahoe

A huge firefighting force gathered Tuesday to defend Lake Tahoe from a raging wildfire that forced the evacuation of California communities on the south end of the alpine resort and put others across the state line in Nevada on notice to be ready to flee. The streets of the popular vacation haven, normally filled with thousands of summer tourists, were all but deserted after the rapid growth of the Caldor fire forced a mass evacuation on Monday and triggered hours of gridlocked traffic. “It’s more out of control than I thought,” evacuee Glen Naasz said of the fire that by late Monday had … Continue reading Residents scramble to evacuate as wildfire approaches Lake Tahoe

Indian scientists discover ‘mermaid’ plant species

Indian scientists have discovered a new plant species in India’s Andamans archipelago. Biologists found a marine green algae during a trip to the island in 2019. Identification is laborious, and it took the scientists nearly two years to confirm that the species had been discovered for the first time. Scientists say this the first discovery of a species of algae in the islands in nearly four decades. Scientists from the Central University of Punjab have named the specie Acetabularia jalakanyakae. Jalakanyaka in Sanskrit literally means mermaid and a goddess of oceans. The scientists say they were influenced by the fictional character Little … Continue reading Indian scientists discover ‘mermaid’ plant species

Landslide in India leaves 13 dead and dozens trapped

At least 13 people have died and dozens are missing after a landslide caused rocks and heavy boulders to crash onto a highway in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday. The landslide hit in the morning local time, leaving a bus and several other vehicles trapped on the mountainside highway. Photos from the scene show rescue workers navigating crushed vehicle parts, flipped cars and scattered debris, with portions of the highway blocked completely by loose earth fallen from the mountain above. Search and rescue teams from India’s National Disaster Response Force and other emergency agencies were immediately … Continue reading Landslide in India leaves 13 dead and dozens trapped

Mount Merapi erupts on Indonesia’s Java island

Indonesia’s most volatile volcano has erupted on the densely populated island of Java, spewing smoke and ash high into the air and sending streams of lava and gasses down its slopes. Mount Merapi unleashed clouds of hot ash at least seven times on Sunday, as well as a series of fast-moving pyroclastic flows – a mixture of rock, debris, lava and gasses – said Hanik Humaida, who heads the city of Yogyakarta’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center. The rumbling sound could be heard several kilometres away. No casualties have been reported. The mountain has seen increased volcanic activity in … Continue reading Mount Merapi erupts on Indonesia’s Java island

Greece wildfires forces evacuation of residents of Evia island

Wildfires are continuing to rip through the Greek island of Evia, prompting residents to flee to safety by sea. More than 2,000 people have already been evacuated, with elderly residents carried onto ferries. Local officials said not enough help had been sent to fight the fires, adding that parts of the island had already been destroyed. Greece is experiencing its most severe heatwave in 30 years in which temperatures have spiked to 45C (113F). A number of wildfires have struck the country in recent days. One blaze in the northern suburb of Athens is said to have subsided. Heatwaves such … Continue reading Greece wildfires forces evacuation of residents of Evia island

Tsunami warning after magnitude 8.2 quake hits Alaska Peninsula

A shallow earthquake of magnitude 8.2 has struck the Alaska Peninsula, prompting tsunami warnings across the Pacific Ocean. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake, which struck at 10:15pm (06:15 GMT Thursday), was at a depth of 35km (22 miles). In Alaska, the National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC) issued warnings for southern parts of the state, the Peninsula, and Pacific coastal areas from Hinchinbrook Entrance to Unimak Pass. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) also issued a warning for the US state of Hawaii and the US Pacific territory of Guam. “Based on all available data a tsunami may … Continue reading Tsunami warning after magnitude 8.2 quake hits Alaska Peninsula

Tasmanian devils devastate penguin population on Australian island

A project to preserve endangered Tasmanian devils on a small island has backfired after the predators killed seabirds in large numbers, a conservation group says. A small number of devils were shipped to Maria Island east of Tasmania, Australia, in 2012. The move aimed to protect the mammals from a deadly facial cancer that had driven them towards extinction. The devils have recovered since, but the island project has come at a cost. The introduction of the devils to the island has had “a catastrophic impact on one or more bird species”, according to BirdLife Tasmania, a local conservation organisation. … Continue reading Tasmanian devils devastate penguin population on Australian island

Update: Half a million left without water in DR Congo over volcanic eruption – charity

Nearly 500,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been left without clean drinking water after a volcano erupted, the charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has warned. It says because cholera is endemic and poses a great threat there is an urgent need to provide people in the eastern city of Goma with safe drinking water. A reservoir and pipes were damaged when Mount Nyiragongo erupted on 22 May. Hundreds of thousands of people are still unable to return to their homes. “We are assisting the immediate needs of displaced people, but it is not enough,” said Magali Roudaut, MSF … Continue reading Update: Half a million left without water in DR Congo over volcanic eruption – charity

Asia, Americas to witness ‘Super Flower Blood Moon’

Stargazers across the Asia Pacific and the Americas will have a rare chance on Wednesday to observe a “Super Flower Blood Moon” – an enormous orange-red moon that astronomers say will be a once-in-a-decade show. The super moon is the result of the first total lunar eclipse in more than two years taking place at the same time as the moon is closest to Earth. The eclipse is due to start from 08:47 GMT and the moon is expected to be entirely in the earth’s shadow between 11:11 and 11:26 GMT – evening in the Asia Pacific and before dawn … Continue reading Asia, Americas to witness ‘Super Flower Blood Moon’