Earth sciences

Indonesia volcano death toll rises

The death toll from a sudden, spectacular eruption of Indonesia's Mount Semeru has risen to 13, disaster officials said on Dec. 5, as rescuers searched villages blanketed in molten ash for survivors.

The eruption of Java's biggest mountain caught locals by surprise on Dec. 4, sending thousands fleeing its path of destruction and forcing hundreds of families into makeshift shelters.

New earthquake in Kosovo and Metohija: Two in a row within 48 minutes

As it is stated, the earthquake was recorded this morning around 4.08 a.m. in the vicinity of Stimlje.
It was the second earthquake in the same region in less than an hour, as an earthquake in the same region was registered this morning at around 3.20 a.m., with a magnitude of 2.1 on the Richter scale.

Historic caves on way to become tourism hub

Historic caves in Turkey's southeastern province of Diyarbakır's Lice are on the way to becoming a tourism attraction hub after living under the shadow of terrorism activities for decades.

Local authorities took the first concrete step to increase the awareness of the Birkleyn Caves, a hidden natural beauty that is believed to have 8,000 years of history.

Heavy rainfall expected in Istanbul


A "yellow" warning has been declared by the Turkish State Meteorological Service for Istanbul and other provinces in country's northeast, stressing to take precautions against a heavy rainfall today.

The temperatures are expected to drop by 2 to 4 degrees Celsius in areas with heavy rainfall, while temperature conditions in other regions are expected to stay steadier.