It’s So Hot in India the Roads Are Melting

 Road markings appear distorted as the asphalt starts to melt due to the high temperature in New Delhi, May 27, 2015. (PHOTO CREDIT: Harish Tyagi/EPA)

Road markings appear distorted as the asphalt starts to melt due to the high temperature in New Delhi, May 27, 2015. (PHOTO CREDIT: Harish Tyagi/EPA)

A devastating heatwave has left more than 1,100 people dead over the past month in India, and photos also show the toll on the country’s infrastructure. Temperatures in the southeastern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana have reached 113 degrees in the past two days, The Associated Press reported. More than 1,100 people have reportedly died in the past month from heat-related causes in those two states, with at least 852 dead in Andhra Pradesh. Photos show asphalt road surfaces melting in New Delhi, disrupting road markings in the city. A drought in much of India, along with a busy typhoon season, could spell trouble for a billion people in Asia this summer, according to AccuWeather. Public announcements urge people to drink water and stay indoors during the hottest hours of the day, the AP reported.   Click here to read more.   It’s So Hot in India the Roads Are Melting

India’s heat wave death toll tops 1,826 – hospitals overwhelmed – delirium reported en masse, no end in sight

 Heat Wave May 28

May 2015INDIA – The death toll in the sweltering heat sweeping many parts of the country climbed to 1826 today, with 414 lives being claimed by the scorching sun in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana since yesterday. –India Express

Hospitals in India are struggling to cope with an influx of victims of a blistering heat wave that has claimed nearly 1,800 lives in just over a week. Hundreds of people – mainly from the poorest sections of society – die at the height of summer every year in India but this year’s figures are unusually high. In southern Andhra Pradesh – by far the worst-hit state – 1020 people have died since May 18, more than double the number of heat-related deaths for the whole of last year. In neighboring Telangana, where temperatures hit 48 degrees Celsius over the weekend, 340 people have died from the heat recently compared to 31 in the whole of last year. “Heat wave conditions in 2015 so far have been of a shorter duration, yet with a higher death toll,” said the Centre for Science and Environment’s Arjuna Srinidhi on Thursday.  India’s heat wave death toll tops 1,826 – hospitals overwhelmed – delirium reported en masse, no end in sight

Indonesia’s Mt. Sinabung volcano ceaseless eruptions for 5 years – driving some local residents to mental institutions

 Sinabung Volcano

May 2015INDONESIA – Monitoring officials have warned residents to remain alert as Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra continues with intense volcanic activity. A local chief reported that ongoing eruptions had taken a mental toll on residents, with two people being sent to mental institutions. The volcano erupted twice early on Wednesday, at 1:21 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., and sent hot clouds southward. The Sinabung observation station recorded at least 87 tectonic quakes and lava flow from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. Observation station staff member Deri Alhidayat said the volcanic intensity over the past few days had shown a significant increase, evident from the tectonic quakes occurring thus far. “Tectonic shock waves have been detected almost every day. As many as 20 tectonic and volcanic quakes have taken place today alone,” said Deri on Wednesday. He added the eruptions were expected to continue for a long time.   Indonesia’s Mt. Sinabung volcano ceaseless eruptions for 5 years – driving some local residents to mental institutions

60: Japan’s Mount Shindake volcano erupts without warning on Kuchinoerabu Island; evacuation underway

 Japan Volcano Shindake 2

May 2015 JAPAN – A volcano exploded into life Friday morning on lightly populated Kuchinoerabu Island in Kagoshima Prefecture, sending smoke and ash soaring into the sky. Authorities ordered residents and visitors to evacuate. The 9:59 a.m. “explosive” eruption of the 650-meter Mount Shindake, the main peak on the island, resulted in a plume over 9 km high and a pyroclastic flow which reached the coast, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. All 137 islanders were confirmed safe, including a 72-year-old man who received a burn to his forehead but was able to walk unaided, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency and local authorities said. Residents and visitors on Kuchinoerabu were expected to be evacuated by ferry and coast guard vessel to the nearby island of Yakushima by Friday evening, Yakushima town office said. The island 100 km south of Kyushu is usually reachable only by two ferry routes. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters, “I have instructed the relevant personnel to do all they can to ensure the safety of islanders.”   60: Japan’s Mount Shindake volcano erupts without warning on Kuchinoerabu Island; evacuation underway

WATCH: Lightning Strikes Church In Maine

 Lightning strike (Photo: Carl Bouley)

Lightning strike  (Photo: Carl Bouley).   This incredible footage captured around 6:00 p.m. Wednesday night by 16-year-old Carl Bouley shows lightning striking St. Gerard Mt. Carmel Church located in Grand Isle, Maine.  Bouley first posted the video on his Facebook page Wednesday and it has since taken off.  According to the Grand Isle fire chief, Gary Campbell, the same church was hit by lightning in 2007 causing some fire damage. This time around some shingles were knocked off the church and there is some electrical damage to the wiring inside. A couple of homes near the church also received some electrical damage.    WATCH: Lightning Strikes Church In Maine

Telica volcano shaken by explosive eruption – ejects ash cloud 3 km high

 Telica May 28

May 2015NICARAGUA – After a week of calm, a new phase of explosive activity occurred yesterday at the volcano, beginning with a moderately large explosion at 12:02 local time. An ash plume rose approx. 3 km above the summit: Several smaller explosions and phases of calm ash venting followed this event. Ash falls were noted in up to 15 km distance to the SW, in areas of the villages Posolega and Quezalguaque. So far it is unclear whether the explosions are the result of phreatic or hydrothermal activity, i.e. caused by pressurized fluids in the shallow hydrothermal system, or whether they are result of new magma reaching the surface.   Telica volcano shaken by explosive eruption – ejects ash cloud 3 km high

India’s heat wave death toll tops 1,826 – hospitals overwhelmed

The death toll in the sweltering heat sweeping many parts of the country climbed to 1826 today, with 414 lives being claimed by the scorching sun in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana since yesterday.  Hospitals in India are struggling to cope with an influx of victims of a blistering heat wave that has claimed nearly 1,800 lives in just over a week. Hundreds of people – mainly from the poorest sections of society – die at the height of summer every year in India but this year’s figures are unusually high. In southern Andhra Pradesh – by far the worst-hit state – 1020 people have died since May 18, more than double the number of heat-related deaths for the whole of last year. In neighboring Telangana, where temperatures hit 48 degrees Celsius over the weekend, 340 people have died from the heat recently compared to 31 in the whole of last year. “Heat wave conditions in 2015 so far have been of a shorter duration, yet with a higher death toll,” said the Centre for Science and Environment’s Arjuna Srinidhi on Thursday.   FULL REPORT  India’s heat wave death toll tops 1,826 – hospitals overwhelmed