Earth Changes


Sled dogs clash with muskox again near Nome, Alaska

© Bering Land Bridge National Preserve
“Muskox family.”
In yet another clash between canine and ungulate, two dogs were injured last weekend by a muskox near a biking trail in Nome.

The dogs, which belong to musher Kirsten Bey, were flown to Anchorage for veterinary care and are now recovering. This latest incident comes after a series of muskox attacks throughout the summer and fall.

In late July, a dog belonging to Mitch Erickson was killed by a muskox in Icy View. Earlier that month, Nome resident Diana Adams was cited for taking a muskox out of season when it charged one of her dogs on the same lot.

A third dog was gored in an attack by a muskox on Anvil Mountain in early August. And a dog owner shot and killed a muskox near Wales later that month.

Comment: See also: One dog killed after another muskox attack in Nome, Alaska

Strange animal behaviour: Muskox repeatedly charged dog despite warning shots in Wales, Alaska - other similar incidents reported


Deep ocean sunfish found on beach in North Queensferry, Scotland

The sunfish can grow to 4m in length and weigh more than a tonne
An oceanic fish which normally lives up to 600m (1,968ft) below the surface has been washed up on a beach near Deep Sea World in North Queensferry.

The sunfish was discovered by a member of the public at East Bay beach who contacted the nearby aquarium.

Aquarists retrieved the stranded fish, which was around a metre long, however, it later died.

Deep Sea World's Chris Smith said: "This is the first sunfish stranding I have seen in the local area."
Black Cat

Odd puma behaviour? Vancouver Island woman slams door on curious cougar

Cougar at Carmanah Lighthouse station on the West Coast Trail. A Vancouver Island woman was alarmed to find a cougar staring straight at her — separated by only a screen door — on Thursday afternoon.
A Vancouver Island woman was alarmed to find a cougar staring straight at her - separated by only a screen door - on Thursday afternoon.

"I ran toward the glass door and slammed it shut, and he turned away and ran," said Riley Nicholson from her Creekside Glen townhouse on Atkins Road, which backs onto a ravine.

"What if he had just jumped through the screen?" she said. "That was scary - I think people need to know."

Nicholson was packing up to move when she saw the big cat on her patio about 4:45 p.m., and she wondered whether it was attracted by residual cooking odours caused by having her oven set on "clean," or by her cat, which had been outside playing a short time earlier
Eye 2

Symbolic? Brown tree snake discovered dead still biting its neck, Australia

This dead snake was found home at Earville, just south-west of Cairns, on Saturday still plunging its fangs into its own neck
Did this snake kill itself using its own venom?

It certainly looked that way when Matt Hagan from Cairns Snake Catchers found the dead snake on Saturday still plunging its fangs into its own neck.

He was called to a home at Earville, just south-west of Cairns, after a woman found the 1.5 metre Brown Tree snake on her doorstep.

Swedish hunter rushed to hospital after bear attack

© Mastassus/Flickr
A brown bear.
A hunter was rushed to hospital after being attacked by a bear in Jämtland in eastern Sweden on Saturday.

The hunter was attacked by the bear while out elk hunting in with his dog in the vicinity of Hammerdal in eastern Jämtland.

The man was taken by ambulance to Östersund Hospital and the hospital later confirmed that his injuries are not life-threatening.

The man was born in 1993 and was part of a hunting party with a total of four hunters. According to Hans Ängquist, county spokesman at Östersund police, it was a female bear with two cubs who suddenly appeared and attacked the man after a dog started barking at an elk during the hunt.

Indonesia: 7.3 quake with potential tsunami

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Site of 7.3 earthquake near Ternate island, Moluccas.
A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 was recorded off the Moluccas in Indonesia on Saturday, the national disaster mitigation agency said, causing residents near the quake to flee their homes after a tsunami warning was issued.

The earthquake was felt strongly on the Sitaro islands, where authorities also warned people to stay away from beaches and riverbanks, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman at Indonesian agency, said in a statement. There were no reports of casualties or major damage. MetroTV reported power cuts in some parts of Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi province.

"It was strong," said Regina Saerang, an eyewitness in Manado. "I felt it for about a minute. There was no damage but people on my street are pouring out of our houses." The head of the disaster mitigation agency had ordered the preparation of aircraft and logistics in case they were needed and further checks of the affected areas were being made, Nugroho said.
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The earthquake parameters provided by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said hazardous tsunamis were possible within 300 km (185 miles) of the quake's epicenter, although there was no danger of a Pacific-wide tsunami.

It had also warned that tsunamis could be expected to reach Indonesia, the Philippines, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and the Marshall Islands, and even as far away as Taiwan and Japan's Okinawa. The first waves could reach land within 30 minutes and the last within about six hours. "The initial wave may not be the largest," the center warned.

Comment: Based on USGS data, earthquake frequency has risen sharply by more than 30% since the 1990s. There is a strong correlation proven between earthquakes and sunspots. An intensification of the magnetic field has implications for Earth's crust, triggering earthquakes. Precursors that indicate alerts of this potential rise also include increases in: low frequency electromagnetic emission, magnetic field anomalies, earthquake lights from ridges and mountain tops, temperature anomalies over wide areas and changes in plasma density of the ionosphere. While we think of rocks as being poor conductors of electricity, there are times when this is the reverse, as when under severe stress from the slowing down of earth rotation, the reduction in gravity that allows for an "opening up" phenomenon that increases the chances for strong earthquakes, and the reshaping of Earth from more ovoid to spherical. The Pacific Rim has proved to be one of the most regions conducive to the rising magnitude levels and frequencies of major earthquakes of late.*

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Cloud Precipitation

Flooding clean-up underway after deluge in Northern Ireland

Bridge Street in Newry has been badly affected, with cars under water
A clean-up operation is continuing after homes and businesses were flooded during torrential rain in many parts of Northern Ireland on Thursday.

The worst flooding was in Counties Armagh and Down, particularly Newry.

Several homes and shops were evacuated on Bridge Street, Newry, on Thursday afternoon because part of the street was under two to three feet of water.

On Friday evening, some roads were closed in parts of County Armagh, including in Portadown and Loughgall.

Earlier, Trafficwatch NI advised staff in Greenbank industrial estate in Newry to leave before a high tide at 16:00 GMT.

Further problems on Friday meant Bridge Street and several other roads across Northern Ireland were closed, although many have now reopened.

Newry businessman, Shealan Strain, who owns The Gentry clothes store on Bridge Street, said he tried to protect his shop with sandbags on Thursday afternoon but had to evacuate because of the volume of water.

Bizarro Earth

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes Peruvian coast near Lima

5.6 earthquke peru november 15 2014
A 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck the Pacific near the Peruvian coast late on Friday, rocking buildings for several seconds in the capital Lima and disrupting cellphone services briefly.

There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries.

The quake hit 7.45 miles (12 kilometers) southwest of Mala, a coastal town near Lima, at a depth of 28.8 miles (46.4 kilometers), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Peru's Geophysical Institute, which measures earthquakes on the Richter scale, initially reported a magnitude of 5.8.

Peru's Navy said on Twitter that the quake did not trigger tsunami alerts.

An Ice Age looms: Over 4 feet of snow hits northern Wisconsin

Winter's first blast of snow is one thing. But 4 feet?

A neighborhood in northern Wisconsin near the Michigan state line has been hit with more than four feet of snow since Monday.

According to the National Weather Service in Duluth, Minn., as of 11:30 p.m. Thursday, 50.1 inches of snow had been dumped on Gile, which is part of Montreal, Wis., in Iron County, but has its own ZIP code and post office. It's about two hours east of Duluth.

First, Gile was hit with the Arctic blast and snowstorm that moved across much of northern Wisconsin Monday. Later, lake effect snow kept piling it on.

Jay Hengtgen, owner of Burgers Bar & Grill, the only restaurant in Gile, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Friday that his driveway has needed plowing three times a day for the past three days.

"Looking outside right now, the snow on the one side of my building is already covering half of the bottom windows. We're going up to four feet," he said. "The initial report was 12 to 18 (inches). Then it went to 18 and 24... Then it turned into lake effect and it never quit."

Bear escape raises alarm at Servion zoo near Lausanne, Switzerland

© Servion Zoo
Operators of a zoo near Lausanne are heaving sighs of relief after a bear weighing almost 300 kilograms was safely corralled after it briefly escaped from his compound.

An alert was issued around 3pm on Wednesday at the Servion zoo in the canton of Vaud after the Syrian brown bear took advantage of an improperly closed gate to make a bolt for freedom.

"Staff asked us to stay inside the restaurant," a visitor to the zoo told the 20 Minutes newspaper afterwards.

"We had to wait there a good hour."