Boy’s body recovered from creek bed after he was sucked into a storm water drain in an Unanderra park while riding a bodyboard The body of an 11-year-old boy who was sucked into a storm water drain in the New South Wales Illawarra region has been recovered in a nearby creek bed. Ryan Teasdale was last seen riding a bodyboard with his brother and friends in Riley Park in Unanderra on Thursday afternoon as torrential rain swept through the area. His brother raised the alarm about 4.30pm when he couldn’t find him.
A woman stumbles across rafts of debris to make it to safety after being caught in a huge mudslide that crashed through the outskirts of Lima. Media reports in Peru said Evangelina Chamorro Díaz, 32, escaped without serious injury. “She is a little confused, but she is very well and will recover because she is a warrior and thank God nothing serious happened,” health minister Patricia Garcia said after visiting Díaz on Thursday. Several days of unusually heavy rains have killed at least a dozen people in the country.
captures the moment when lava flow triggered an explosion as it came into contact with snow on Mount Etna in Sicily on Thursday. Ten people, including BBC crew members, were injured in the explosion, which pelted those nearby with boiling rocks and steam. Mount Etna, a Unesco world heritage site since 2013, can burst into life several times year
Group pelted with boiling rocks and steam in incident triggered when lava came into contact with snow BBC crew members were among 10 people injured when lava flow triggered an explosion as it came into contact with snow on Mount Etna in Sicily on Thursday. Six of the crew were taken to hospitals in Catania and nearby Acireale. Their injuries were not believed to be serious.
Running down a mountain pelted by rocks, dodging burning boulders and boiling steam - not an experience I ever ever want to repeat (8)
Storms drench NSW towns from Taree to Byron Bay, with over 100mm of rain in 24 hours, prompting flood alerts across 11 river valleys Four people have been rescued from rising waters overnight as torrential thunderstorms continue to soak northern New South Wales and parts of south-east Queensland, causing flash flooding. Emergency crews in NSW received more than 80 calls for help on Wednesday night, mainly for leaky roofs, as heavy rain drenched the north and mid-north coast regions, from Taree to Lismore.
Flash flooding expected in northern NSW with heavy rainfaill to hit Coffs Harbour, Lismore, Grafton and Port Macquarie
Janelle & her son Ben sit in their flooded backyard in Sawtell, south of
Widespread heavy rain has affected coastal parts of SE QLD and NE NSW over the past 48 hours.
Study gets to the bottom of ‘musical symphony’ produced in regions prone to mega-quakes as scientists work toward better quake hazard forecasting You are at a classical music concert. There is an orchestra with three main sections. High up at the back, the percussion section has one very loud, large and moody-looking drum that gets struck very rarely. A handful of triangles produce occasional quieter “tings”. Further down, in the middle, there is a small band of violinists, but they are playing the strings so slowly the audience can barely hear them. Down at the front, a family of double bass instruments produces low-pitched, gentler hums from time to time. This somewhat unconventional orchestra is like a type of tectonic plate boundary known as a subduction zone. Subduction zones delineate the battle lines between the collision of two titanic tectonic plates. Yet, this encounter is rather one-sided. One plate firmly stands its ground; the other sinks into the depths of the Earth. The grinding and sliding of these two plates produces a musical concert that can be detected by sensitive geophysical instruments and by humans during large quakes. The shallow parts of subduction plate boundaries can produce devastating mega-earthquakes with magnitude eight or greater (like the giant drum in the percussion section). In the tens to hundreds of years between these massive quakes, scientists eagerly listen to the signals at subduction zones to estimate whether the plate boundary fault is primed for a future quake, and to forecast what a rupture may look like.
The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific concepts has been grumbling again – should we be worried? Can volcanologists really be sure a massive eruption is not imminent? How potentially dangerous are other volcanoes around the world? Jane Hammond, Bristol