Earth Changes


Feral dog pack found to have killed woman on Wyoming Indian reservation

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Feral dogs
On Monday, authorities in Wyoming said a dog pack was behind the death of a Native American woman. The animal attack comes on the heels of a warning last week to the public to be on the lookout for a dangerous predator. With the FBI involved, among other things, members of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe were left a bit skeptical of the pack of dogs revelation, citing a report from the NWI Times.

Deanne Lynn Coando, 40, of Fort Washakie, was found dead on the Wind River Reservation. The terrain is rugged and bordered by mountains and steep hills. The Fremont County Chief Deputy Coroner, Mark Stratmoen, said the woman's cause of death was from a combination of hypothermia and bite wounds from a dog pack in the Wyoming mountains.

Thousands of flying foxes drop down dead from trees in heatwave, Australia

Looks like something out of a horror movie. Up to 5000 bats drop from trees during heatwave.
- lorraine (@lorrainewhat) November 18, 2014
Soaring temperatures sent more than 5,000 dead bats falling to the ground in New South Wales, Australia.

Flying fox bat carcasses littered streets in the town of Casino after the temperature hit 44 degrees Celsius.

Some residents mounted a last-ditch effort to save the remaining bats by hosing them down with water.

A clear-up operation has been launched to remove the decomposing remains by the local council before the stench becomes over-powering.

Photographer Dee Hartin captured the mass deaths. She told Huffington Post UK: "What I saw when I got there was beyond belief. There were hundreds of them all over the ground everywhere I looked.

4 earthquakes felt in central Greece

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The Geodynamic Institute of the Athens Observatory reported that four consecutive earthquakes occurred in the Gulf of Evia shortly after 1am on Tuesday morning, which were felt throughout Attica as reported by To Vima online. The first two earthquakes, which measured 5.2 on the Richter scale were the strongest and occurred about four minutes apart. The third and fourth earthquake measured 3.8 and 3.4 respectively.

According to the President of Earthquake Planning and Protection Organization Efthimios Lekkas, the tremors were also felt in Lamia, Thessaly, western part of central Greece and Peloponnesus. He also added that the four consecutive tremors indicated a de-escalation of the phenomenon, meaning that the main, powerful earthquake has taken place. The Fire Brigade and emergency services have been on stand-by, no damages have been reported.

Comment: In the map below you can see how many Greek earthquakes were recorded by just this past year:

Snowflake Cold

3 feet of snow blankets Buffalo, NY area, forces the closure of a 105-mile stretch of the state Thruway

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John Dowl waits for roadside assistance after going off the 219 in Springville, N.Y., on Nov. 17, 2014.
Parts of New York are measuring the season's first big snowfall in feet, rather than inches, as nearly 3 feet blanketed the Buffalo area Tuesday, forcing the closure of a 105-mile stretch of the state Thruway.

The Thruway Authority says white-out conditions have closed Interstate 90 in both directions Tuesday morning from the Rochester area to Dunkirk, on Lake Erie, 35 southwest of Buffalo. The National Weather Service says a foot to almost 3 feet of snow has fallen on areas south and east of the city.

Other major highways in the area are closed, numerous schools have canceled classes and Buffalo officials have issued a driving ban for parts of the city. Before the storm hit Monday evening, the National Weather Service warned that snow off the Great Lakes could pile more than two feet high around Buffalo and across the Tug Hill region north of Syracuse through Wednesday afternoon. Winds gusting more than 30 mph were making travel impossible along the Thruway. Similar conditions were expected later Tuesday and into Wednesday along Interstate 81 between Syracuse and the Canadian border.

The highest snowfall total early Tuesday was just under 3 feet in Elma, just east of Buffalo, according to weather service meteorologist Tony Ansuini. The storm was dumping 3 to 4 inches of snow per hour, he said.
Bizarro Earth

More strange animal behavior: Seals caught raping penguins in the Antarctic

seal and penguin
© Liam Quinn
Things are heating up in the cold climes of the sub-Antarctic. On a remote, and mostly desolate island, seals have been caught engaging in an extreme form of sexual behaviour.

Specifically, they have been trying to have sex with penguins.

More than one fur seal has been caught in the act, on more than one occasion.

And it's all been captured on film, with details being published in the journal Polar Biology.

Hyena attack leaves 3 boys injured in Kenya

A hyena. KWS official has vowed to carry out a medical examination on the hyena to ascertain the cause of the attack.
Three boys were seriously injured and 5 goats killed after a hyena attached Amalo village in Olenguruone division today.

The attacked occurred as the boys were taking their goats to graze in the nearby Greenland field next to Olenguruone town.

Speaking in Molo hospital after visiting the victims, Kenya Wildlife Service warden in charge of Amalo/Olenguruone ward Kipkorir Bernard Tuei said the three boys were attacked as they tried to flee from the hyena after it killed their goats.

"The hyena attacked the goats on the grazing field and killed at least 5 of them and left other goats with injuries. This is not normal and we suspect the hyena may be suffering from behavioral change or a certain disease," he said.

The warden vowed to establish exactly what could have caused the abnormal act after carrying out a medical examination on the hyena's blood sample.

Farmer killed and woman injured in bear attack at farm in Madavu, India

A wild bear was shot dead by police Monday after it killed a farmer and grievously injured another person at a farm near Madhugiri, a police official said. "We had to shoot the bear dead when it tried to attack other villagers of Chilanahalli as firing gun shots in the air failed to drive it away from the field where it killed farmer Somanna, 36, and grievously injured Thimmanna, 55, earlier in the day," Tumakuru police superintendent Raman Gupta told IANS.

The shocking incident occurred about 70km from here and 140km from Bengaluru when the victim (Somanna) went to his farm where the 12-year-old bear was hiding in the paddy field.

The bear killed Somanna on the spot.

Wild boar gores boy to death and injures woman in Vietnam

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The site where a wild boar allegedly attacked a 15-year-old boy in Khanh Hoa Province on Saturday.
A wild boar allegedly gored a 15-year-old boy to death and injured another woman in a village in central Vietnam on Saturday.

Nguyen Ngoc Tuan, police chief of Khanh Hiep Commune in Khanh Hoa Province, told Thanh Nien the incident may have taken place around 3:30 pm when Nguyen Van Dai, 15, was fishing at a pond in Hon Lay Village.

No one saw what happened but by the time local residents found Dai, he was already dead in the pond with multiple injuries to his thighs, groin and hips.

Tuan assumed that the boar attacked Dai, who tried to flee but instead fell into the water.

Elderly woman dies after wild boar attack in Morocco

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An old Moroccan woman passed away in the small village called Tizki Issafen located in the suburbs of Tata after that she was attacked by a wild boar and, above all, did not receive the necessary medical treatment once she was taken to a local health center nearby (Moustawsaf Sihhi).

According to the local branch of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights in Tata, "soon after the attack, the women was taken to a local health center, but she could not be saved due to negligence."

The Moroccan Association for Human Rights in Tata made it crystal clear in a report it released on the sidelines of this tragic death "that the women may have been saved if she had received the necessary medical treatment upon her arrival to the local health center."

The Human Rights body is calling upon the authorities to open an investigation on what it called "a tragic death that came as a result of medical negligence."
Alarm Clock

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.2 - Prince Edward Islands region

Earthquake 6.2 Prince Edward Islands region
Event Time
2014-11-17 16:52:46 UTC
2014-11-17 18:52:46 UTC+02:00 at epicenter

46.392°S 33.794°E depth=9.4km (5.9mi)

Nearby Cities
307km (191mi) W of Marion Island, Prince Edward Islands
1537km (955mi) SSE of Port Alfred, South Africa
1550km (963mi) SSE of Port Elizabeth, South Africa
1562km (971mi) SSE of Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa
1973km (1226mi) SSE of Maseru, Lesotho