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China's Tallest Waterfall Gets an Odd Boost

Footage recorded by drone shows pipes in the rock face

(Newser) - China's Yuntai Falls trumps Niagara Falls when it comes to height, at roughly 1,000 feet to the latter's 188 feet. But when it comes to powerful natural flows, Niagara appears to have it soundly beat. It turns out the towering Chinese waterfall—the country's highest (see...

Boaters Missing After Canoes Go Over Falls

2 others were rescued after incident at Minnesota's Curtain Falls

(Newser) - Two people are missing after a boating accident in Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area in St. Louis County, near the state's border with Ontario, Canada. Two canoes went over Curtain Falls, between Crooked Lake and Iron Lake, Saturday night, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. By just after midnight Sunday,...

Hiker Found Dead at Base of 150-Foot Drop

California's Caroline Meister believed to have fallen accidentally

(Newser) - Hiker Caroline Meister, 30, was found dead Friday, four days after venturing into the wilderness in Carmel Valley, California, reports NBC News . She left the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, where she was living and working, around 10am on March 18 but failed to return that same day. Members at the...

Woman, 61, Dies in 'Tragic Incident' at Popular Waterfall Spot

Nancy Sampson fell 150 feet from overlook off of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Parkway

(Newser) - A South Carolina woman has died after falling off a cliff on neighboring North Carolina's Blue Ridge Parkway. Per a National Park Service release , authorities received a call Saturday just after noon local time about a female who'd plunged from the Glassmine Falls Overlook, which allows viewers to...

Teen Drowns After Jumping From Waterfall in the Catskills

He and a friend got caught in current at the base

(Newser) - A teenager from New York City died after jumping from the ledge of a waterfall in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains on Tuesday afternoon. The Brooklyn 16-year-old and a friend both jumped from the Fawn's Leap waterfall, which is about 24 feet above the surface of the water,...

How Very 2020: 'Reverse Waterfalls' Caught on Camera
Now Waterfalls
Are Flowing the
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Now Waterfalls Are Flowing the Other Way

At least off the coast of Australia, where high winds wreak havoc with flowing water

(Newser) - Aerial footage out of Australia shows something bizarre—waterfalls pouring over cliff edges and flying back up from whence they came, LiveScience reports. In one magical case, a rainbow even forms amid the spray. There's an explanation, of course, which involves strong winds and heavy rains that have...

Hiker Drags Himself for 2 Days After Waterfall Plummet

Considering everything that went wrong, Neil Parker is lucky to be alive

(Newser) - "This is not a nice way to die." That was all Neil Parker could think as he dragged himself along the ground on Australia's Mount Nebo after getting injured during a weekend hike. Luckily, the 54-year-old lived to tell the tale of his two-day ordeal, which began...

Woman's GoPro Captures Terrifying Fall Over Edge of Waterfall

Fortunately, Heather Friesen survived the experience in Hawaii

(Newser) - Heather Friesen was peering over the side of a Hawaii waterfall when she went just a little too far, slipped on a wet spot, and fell more than 50 feet—and the GoPro camera strapped to her head was recording the whole time. The resulting video is difficult to watch,...

Treasure Hunter's Big Find Near Waterfall: a Man's Last Moments

YouTuber finds GoPro camera of Richard Ragland, who drowned in Tennessee in 2017

(Newser) - A recent find in the waters near a Tennessee waterfall won't bring back Richard Ragland, who drowned there two years ago, but it may answer a few questions and bring his family some closure. YouTuber Rich Aloha, who hunts for treasure as a hobby, tells WSB that he was...

Man Survives Being Swept Over Niagara Falls

High water level may have saved man in crisis

(Newser) - A man "in crisis" jumped into the Niagara River and was swept over Niagara Falls early Tuesday, authorities say—but if it was a suicide attempt, it was not a successful one. The man, who went over Horseshoe Falls, by far the biggest of the three waterfalls at Niagara...

She Reportedly Died Taking a Pic. That's Not What Happened
She Reportedly Died Taking a
Pic. That's Not What Happened
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She Reportedly Died Taking a Pic. That's Not What Happened

35-year-old mom was reaching for tree branch when she went over waterfall in California

(Newser) - A death in California last Friday is still a tragedy, just not quite the one initially thought. Although it was reported that a 35-year-old mom—identified by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office as Dina Espinosa, though a GoFundMe set up in her name calls her Stephanie—had fallen...

She Was Snapping Pics of the Falls. Then She Slipped

Officials warn others about selfies, other photos after woman dies in California

(Newser) - Another death linked to a picture-taking session, this time in California. Fire officials say the body of a "young woman" was found Friday in a bay at Emerald Bay State Park, which is in South Lake Tahoe, per Fox News . "Crews from the Tahoe Truckee Regional Rescue Team...

They Sought Adventure, Died While Pursuing It

Travel vloggers die in fall from BC waterfall

(Newser) - Three Canadians who shared their love of travel with 1.1 million subscribers on Instagram and another 500,000 subscribers on YouTube died this week after tumbling over a waterfall. The content creators for High on Life were swimming in a rock pool above Shannon Falls near Squamish, BC, around...

Scientists Figure Out Mystery of 'Bloody' Antarctic Waterfall
Scientists Figure Out Mystery
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Scientists Figure Out Mystery of 'Bloody' Antarctic Waterfall

Blood Falls gets its liquid from large brine source underneath glacier: scientists

(Newser) - The only thing that has moved slower than Taylor Glacier is progress on solving a 100-year-old mystery about the famous red waterfall nearby—until now. Since 1911, when a scientist first stumbled across Antarctica's Blood Falls, researchers have been scratching their heads about a flow of salty water leading...

20 Dead After Freak Accident at Waterfall

The victims were mostly high school students

(Newser) - It's one of Ghana's top tourist draws, and on Sunday, the scene of a freak tragedy. Some 20 high school students were killed at the Kintampo waterfalls when a tree or trees (media reports differ on the number) fell at the top of the falls and toppled on...

Yosemite's 'Firefall' Appears for Only a Few Minutes Every February

The phenomenon is like catnip for photographers

(Newser) - Mother Nature is again putting on a show at California's Yosemite National Park, where every February the setting sun draws a narrow sliver of light on a waterfall to make it glow like a cascade of molten lava, the AP reports. The phenomenon known as "firefall" draws scores...

White Rainbows Frequent Only 2 Places in the World

Zambia and Kentucky boast monthly displays

(Newser) - Waterfalls are among the most reliable places to catch a rainbow, but only two on the planet offer up a regular display of its close cousin, the moonbow: Cumberland Falls in Kentucky and Victoria Falls on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border. Also called a white rainbow, a moonbow appears when moonlight (which...

'Leap of Faith' Off Hawaii Waterfall Ends Badly

Yet Shiloh Shahan still wants to try it again

(Newser) - Shiloh Shahan calls it his "leap of faith." Others call it just plain stupid. While visiting Wailua Falls on the Hawaiian island of Kauai on Sept. 1, the California native decided to ignore the many warning signs and jump an estimated 85 to 173 feet from the top...

Georgia News Anchor Swept Over Waterfall

41NBC is mourning Taylor Terrell

(Newser) - The station 41NBC in Macon, Ga., is mourning news anchor Taylor Terrell, who was swept over a waterfall to her death the day before her 25th birthday. A US Forest Service spokeswoman says Terrell fell 160 feet over Rainbow Falls in Transylvania County, NC, on Thursday after she slipped on...

Man Tries to Rescue Friend at Waterfall, Both Die

Would-be rescuer fell 150 feet, friend died in hospital

(Newser) - A man who apparently slipped from the top of a waterfall in North Carolina is dead along with his would-be rescuer. Authorities say Joseph Hopkins, 23, and Davis Zinsenheim, 22, were visiting a resident of the Lake Toxaway area from Georgia on Tuesday when they decided to explore a waterfall...

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