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1,300 dead seabirds found on beach in Lenga, Chile

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A dead bird lies on the beach of Concepcion, 310 miles south of Santiago, Chile, May 18, 2015, one of 1300 birds of different species that were found dead on the shore.
At least 1,300 dead birds found on a beach in Chile is a mystery that officials may have finally narrowed down. MSN reports that Chilean authorities are investigating what killed so many seabirds belonging to the Procellariidae family.

It's possible that these birds may have drowned after getting trapped in fishing nets — or died from a disease related to bird flu. The country's Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG) says that the bird flu isn't endemic to Chile.

The 1,300 dead birds on the beach were discovered Sunday afternoon by visitors to a small "black-sand beach in the southern town of Lenga, a cove with several hundred inhabitants who live mainly on fishing and tourism," the report states.

SAG planned to analyze the birds in an effort to determine their cause of death.

This isn't the first time several seabirds were found dead on the beach. Hundreds of birds were found dead in the around the same area back in 2010. At the time, experts learned they were killed after getting trapped in fishing nets.

Question

Mystery explosion rocks Centurion, South Africa

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Residents from Centurion are baffled by a mysterious explosion that rocked parts of the area during the early hours of Sunday.

Numerous attempts by Rekord to establish exactly what had caused the loud blast, which woke residents from their sleep, proved futile.

Residents from Rooihuiskraal, Wierdapark, Amberfield, The Reeds and other connecting areas all heard the same sound and felt the rumbling.

Some readers speculated that it was yet another ATM bombing, while others believed the tremors had been caused by a light earthquake, but authorities contacted by Rekord could shed no light on the cause or the origin of what sounded to residents like a loud blast.

Cloud Precipitation

Landslide death toll rises to over 60 in Salgar, Columbia

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Salgar floods, Colombia, May 2015.
Colombia's emergency and disaster management services have been carrying out damage assessment and needs analysis after the massive floods and landslides that struck early on 18 May 2015 in the municipality of Salgar, in Antioquia.

In a statement from earlier today, 19 May 2015, Colombia's National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD) said that 62 people have died and 40 have been injured, according to the latest official figures from the flood disaster.

According to local media, another body has since been recovered, bringing the death toll to 63. The bodies of the victims have been taken to the city of Medellin in order to expedite identification. It is thought that more people may still be missing, although it is still unknown exactly how many.


Headphones

A decade of 'trumpets in the sky' and other eerie sounds

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This recording of the trumpet-like sound shot in Germany shows a child in the street frozen with terror
A mysterious noise from the sky is continuing to baffle people all over the world - as well as giving those who hear it sleepless nights.

Sounding like a trumpet or a collective from a brass section of an orchestra, a selection of videos shot from the Canada to Ukraine, via the U.S., Germany and Belarus show strange goings on above us.

And the eerie sounds have been continuously heard at all different times and locations for almost a decade.

The first video posted on YouTube recording the unusual, unearthly sounds, was in 2008 when a user recorded the strange sounds in the sky from Homel, in Belarus.

That same year another anonymous user shared the 'ear-deafening' sounds that they insisted 'were not a hoax,' from a quiet neighbourhood believed to be in the U.S.

Kimberly Wookey from Terrace, British Columbia in Canada first captured the alien sound in June 2013, and since then she has managed to capture several recordings of the noise with her most recent being on May 7 this year.


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Attention

Dead pgymy sperm whale found near Melbourne Beach, Florida

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A pgymy sperm whale beached Monday morning at Spessard Holland Park.
Biologists suspect severe heart disease, coupled with 10 feet of rope and piece of a plastic bag in its stomach, caused a 10-foot pygmy sperm whale to beach itself Monday at Spessard Holland Park.

"It's really, really sick," Megan Stolen, a research scientist with the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, said shortly before the whale was euthanized. "It's very, very skinny."

The whale showed signs of severe heart disease, Stolen said.

But biologists plan to examine the whale's remains to test for the so-called morbillivirus. They'll test whether that measles-like virus, which killed more than 1,600 dolphins since July 2013, also contributed to the pygmy sperm whale's death.

The virus has been killing bottlenose dolphins along the Atlantic Coast for more than two years in the worst outbreak of the virus in almost three decades.


Cloud Lightning

Storm chasers blasted by baseball-sized hail while filming tornado in Elmer, Oklahoma

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A cowboy hat lies among the debris of destroyed homes after a tornado swept through the area the previous night in Van, Texas May 11, 2015.
As if driving through America's Tornado Alley wasn't hard enough, try dodging hail stones the size of baseballs.

Two wild-weather researchers have recorded their harrowing escape from a supercell tornado they were monitoring in the US state of Oklahoma.

The researchers were driving as they filmed some roiling clouds off in the distance, near the town of Elmer, when a vortex of air and moisture combined and started hurling large chunks of ice at them.

Arrow Down

Sinkhole closes street in Traverse City, Michigan

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Elmwood Ave closed due to sinkhole
Motorists who drive up and down Elmwood Avenue will need to find a new way to get where they're going while a large sinkhole blocks their route.

The roughly four-foot deep sinkhole broke up the roadway just south of Medical Campus Drive at about 1:30 p.m, said Dave Green, Traverse City's director of public services.

A plywood board covered the hole Monday afternoon, supporting a traffic barrier and surrounded by orange cones and yellow caution tape. Elmwood Avenue was closed to through traffic between Seventh and Eleventh streets as work crews marked utility infrastructure locations for future repair work.

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Hawaiian volcano on brink of eruption

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Kilauea, on the Big Island of Hawaii, is one of the more active shield volcanoes in the Aloha State and observers at the United States Geological Survey are saying that the odds of a major eruption have increased significantly in recent days.

"Activity at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano continues to change, as shown by a pronounced drop in the level of the lava lake within Halemaʻumaʻu Crater, a change in the summit area deformation pattern, and the concentrated earthquake activity in the southern part of the caldera and upper Southwest Rift Zone," a recent statement from the USGS said.

A lake of molten rock near the summit of the volcano had risen to record-high levels, but, as the USGS statement pointed out, the lava level has subsided, dropping almost 500 feet. As lava levels have been rising and falling, a series of earthquakes have radiated out from Kilauea.

Snowflake Cold

Two cold temperature records broken in Saskatchewan, Canada

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Environment Canada says a couple of cold temperature records were established on the May long weekend in Saskatchewan. It released a weather summary early Monday morning.

An arctic high pressure ridge settled over southern areas of the province last night producing clear conditions and widespread frost.

A new record low temperature was set in North Battleford at -4.5°C. The previous mark was set in 1895 at -3.3°C.

Swift Current also broke a record at -5.9°C, beating out -5.6°C, which was set in 1923.

The federal agency says these figures may be preliminary and do not constitute a final report.

Bug

Millions of tiny spiders fall from the sky in Australia


Paddocks in Albury show the extent of the 'spider rain'.
Millions of tiny spiders recently fell from the sky in Australia, alarming residents of a small town who suddenly found themselves covered in the creepy critters.

Such a scene might seem the stuff of nightmares, however, there is a perfectly natural explanation to strange phenomenon.

This month's eight-legged downpour in the country's Southern Tablelands region is just the most recent example of an event commonly known as 'spider rain'.

The phenomenon, dubbed 'angel hair' by some, sees spiders climb to the top of plants and trees and leap off, using a streamer of silk to catch the breeze and carry themselves into the air.

The event can sometimes lead to entire fields and towns covered in a thin blanket of the silk.

Scientists believe the technique - known as ballooning - is what has allowed arachnids to colonise virtually every continent on Earth.

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