Earth Changes


Brown bear kills hunter in Irkutsk region, Russia

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The bear remained nearby and was shot dead by a police marksman.
'Aggressive' animal surprised two hunters in daylight attack, mauling one to death.

The other man escaped and rushed to the nearest village of Tonta where he sounded the alarm. Police and hunters went into the forest and found the dead 59 year old.

The bear remained nearby and was shot dead by a police marksman.

The incident - highlighted by police pictures - was the first case this year of a bear attack in Irkutsk region.

The dead man was not named.

Comment: The interested reader may also wish to peruse further reports of animal attacks on humans in 2014 here (under the Topics heading of Animals).


Furious Siberian brown bear gets revenge on hunter who shot him in the leg by ripping his car apart

Car-nage: A furious brown bear is believed to have staged this stunning revenge attack on the car of a hunter ... after he shot and wounded the animal in the thigh
These amazing photographs bring a new meaning to the word car-nage.

A furious brown bear is believed to have staged this stunning revenge attack on the car of a hunter who shot and wounded it in the leg.

The unnamed huntsman and two friends were in the Siberian forest when the beast surprised them.

Bear-faced cheek: The hunter shot the wild brown bear in the thigh forcing it to flee, but next day when he returned to his Ford car, he realised his prey had had the last laugh, and ripped his vehicle to pieces
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"Massive chick deaths" in Iceland's seabird colonies

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Arctic tern chick outside its nest in Iceland, July 1, 2014.
When the days grew long, seabirds flocked to this hamlet on the edge of the Arctic to rear their chicks under the midnight sun. "Kria," shrieked the terns, calling summer up from the slumbering ground. Black cliffs were transformed into snowbanks of white kittiwakes. Puffins whirred between land and sea. Murres plied the shoreline, fulmars patrolled the skies. Everywhere sounded their vibrant chorus.

These days, a scatter of stubborn holdovers streaks the sky and paddles the bay, but the legions are gone. The chicks have perished, their bereft parents have returned to sea.

Half of Iceland's seabirds nest on this low-lying volcanic outcropping and its neighboring islands in the deep west coast gash called Breidafjordur Bay. Flatey Island used to be covered with chicks snuggled inside rocky hillside burrows, under tall meadow grass, in nests strewn across headlands and shores.

"There were thousands! You could hear them," says Olina Jonsdottir, who has lived on this island with her husband, Hafsteinn Gudmundsson, nearly 50 years. She looks out her living room window, past the sheep grazing on knuckles of grass-covered lava, past the black basalt beach, to the few birds drifting over the water beyond. "You can't do that anymore. Now there are so few."
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Typhoon Phanfone strikes Japan: injures 50, sweeps 4 out to sea

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High waves batter a breakwater at a port at Kihou town in Mie prefecture, central Japan on October 6, 2014

At least one person died and five remain missing after powerful Typhoon Phanfone struck Japan, bringing rough seas heavy rain and strong winds. About 50 people have been injured throughout the islands.

A member of US Air Force drowned as he was taking photos of the coast of the southern Okinawa Prefecture. Two more US personnel remain missing after the three were swept out to sea by powerful waves.

"Three officials were taking pictures with high waves whipped up by the typhoon in the background," a spokesman at local police told AFP. "One has been found dead, with the two others still missing."

On Sunday Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that one university student, aged 21, went missing while doing surfing near the city of Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, central Japan.

The storm was near Yokohama, the second-largest city in Japan by population, 43km from Tokyo. Two men were reportedly buried in the mudslides in the city.

About 50 people across the country sustained injures during the typhoon, report the country's authorities.


Yemen man killed by hyena while on phone to wife

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A relative of the victim said the man was on the phone with his wife as the attack took place.
A man was attacked and killed by a hyena while on the phone to his wife, Dubai-based daily Gulf News reported on Monday.

A relative of the victim said the man was on the phone with his wife as the attack took place, the newspaper said, citing Yemeni police.

The man, who was walking in Yemen's northern province of Rayma, reportedly called his wife after managing to ward off the wild animal, but warned her that he might not being able to safely reach home.

While he was on the phone, the hyena attacked him again and starting tearing into his body, added the UAE-based newspaper.

The woman heard her husband scream for help. She immediately called their sons to rush to the area only to find their father's ripped clothes, along with his skull and legs, the newspaper reported.

Locals had reportedly warned the man that the area where he would walk through was a wildlife sanctuary, and said the man was warned against walking at night.

Hyena kills two children and injures five people in Kenya

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A hyena attacked and killed two children before injuring five other people at Boru Haru village in Marsabit County.

Kenya Wildlife Service rangers have since been mobilized to hunt down the beast that is on the run after the incident happened on Wednesday morning.

Locals and police said the incident happened after the wild animal raided the village.

Police named those killed as Quriti Rob, six and Darartu Wario also six while those injured were Tawaro Wario, 60, Bokayo Wako 16, Jilo Doba 20, Rob Tache 23 and Bonaya Galgalo aged 16

Police on the ground and officials at the Marsabit Hospital said they sustained multiple injuries but they were in a stable condition.

Comment: See also: Frenzied hyena attack on 5 people in Buhera, Zimbabwe


Typhoon Phanfone: Unprecedented high winds - one U.S. airman washed away to sea

Tokyo is bracing for potentially unprecedented high winds as Typhoon Phanfone makes a beeline for the world's largest metropolitan area.

The typhoon's effects have already proven deadly. One U.S. airman has been found dead and two others are missing after waves caused by Typhoon Phanfone swept them away in Okinawa, according to a U.S. military official.

The eye of Phanfone is now just south of Japan's Pacific coast and moving east-northeast on a track that is likely to take it directly over Tokyo between 9 a.m. and noon Monday local time (8 and 11 p.m. EDT Sunday in the U.S.).

The Japan Meteorological Agency predicts sustained winds of 80 mph with gusts to 115 mph at that time. If such winds are measured in Tokyo, they would be the strongest ever recorded there.

According to JMA records, Tokyo's strongest sustained wind on record is 69.3 mph, recorded in a typhoon on Sept. 1, 1938. The city's strongest wind gust on record was 104.5 mph, recorded the same day.

An archived 1938 newspaper article from the Canberra Times says approximately 100 people died in the 1938 Tokyo typhoon.

Former Super Typhoon

At one point on Saturday, the U.S. military's Joint Typhoon Warning Center analyzed 150 mph winds within Phanfone, designating it super typhoon. The JTWC has since reduced its estimate of those winds slightly.

Maoist leader killed by elephant in Nepal

A local leader of CPN-Maoist was killed in an elephant attack at Amalekhgunj-4 here in Bara district on Sunday morning.

Ganga Bal, 35, died on the spot when a wild elephant attacked her during her morning walk. Her body was found behind the Amalekhgunj office of Nepal Oil Corporation.

Bal was a member of the CPN-Maoist Bhojpura State Committee. Her death has grieved the entire village.

Bara has witnessed four deaths during the past one-and-half month by tusker attacks.

Elephant attacks and kills a wildlife scout in Zambia

An elephant has attacked and killed a Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) Scout Lameck Chisangu of Mboola Village in Lupande Game Management Area (GMA).

ZAWA Communications and Public Relations Officer Readith Mwila Muliyunda confirmed the development in a press statement yesterday.

Ms Muliyunda said on the night of September 26 this year, Mr Chisangu, 34, of Kakumbi Community Resource Board woke up to noise of villagers trying to scare away elephants that had strayed in the village.

Upon hearing the noise, the deceased rushed out of his house to assist and unfortunately was attacked by one of the elephants.

He was then rushed to the hospital in the area where he died leaving behind his wife and four children.

3.6 magnitude earthquake shakes Nevada

A minor earthquake shook the ground just south of Sloan and was felt in parts of the valley early Sunday morning.

The 3.6 magnitude earthquake happened at 3:11 a.m. about 22 miles south of Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Fire Department.

Although the quake was felt by many in the valley, according to fire department spokesman Tim Szymanski, there were no calls to the fire alarm office, which fields fire and medical emergency reports from Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and unincorporated Clark County.

The only event possibly related to the earthquake was a water main break in the 7700 block of South Jones Boulevard, near Robindale Road. No one was at the construction site at the time of the break, but a passerby noticed water coming from the lot. There was no damage and the water district was notified.

Nevada is the third most seismic state in the country, Szymanski said, and with earthquakes also occurring in California, residents should be prepared for an earthquake to occur at any time and without notice.

Some important steps to being prepared include: having a flashlight next to your bed - all three of the last earthquakes in Las Vegas happened at night - and having a disaster kit with three days of supplies including food and water.