Earth Changes


Elephant kills 70 year old woman in Kenya

A 70 year old woman was on Thursday trampled to death by an elephant in Ghazi village, Voi, withinTaita Taveta County.

Her daughter Elina Mwakio, said the deceased met her death while she was fetching firewood in a nearby forest frequented by elephants in search of grazing fields.

"We heard screams from the forest, when we rushed there we found our mother already dead," Mwakio said, adding that the body had been taken to Voi district hospital mortuary.

Locals said the attack happened a few hours after Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) personnel had visited the area and assured them of security against attacks from wild animals.

Taita Taveta County, which boarders Tsavo National Park, has in the past reported several cases of human and wildlife conflicts prompting locals to call for KWS to erect electric fences around the park.
Cloud Precipitation

Tropical storm Fung-wong hits the Philippines, Taiwan with torrential rainfall, flooding - 13 dead

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A rescuer helps a resident to go to a safer area after heavy rains spawned by Tropical Storm Fung-Wong flooded Marikina city, east of Manila, Philippines and most parts of the metropolis Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
Thirteen people are now dead and 18 injured in two countries as tens of thousands have been forced from their homes due to Tropical Storm Fung-wong, which lashed the Philippines and then Taiwan with extremely heavy rainfall.

The Philippine government's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council says 425 houses have been destroyed and another 1,710 damaged due to the storm, which was called "Mario" in the Philippines.

The storm's torrential rains, which flooded much of the Philippine capital, battered the country's northern provinces Saturday. The provinces of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, north of Manila on the far northwestern coast of the main island of Luzon, account for more than half of the damaged and destroyed houses.

More than 800,000 residents of metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces were affected as their communities were inundated by floodwaters, according to local officials. In the capital city, at least 86,000 people were displaced in one of the worst floods in years to hit this sprawling metropolis of some 12 million people. About 205,000 residents were displaced by the storm countrywide.

© AP/Bullit Marquez
The NDRRMC report says nine people have died due to drownings, two by electrocution and one due to a head injury, for a total of 12 fatalities. The deaths were concentrated around Metro Manila and areas to the south and southeast in southern Luzon -- ironically, areas that received less rainfall than farther north. Fourteen people were injured in the Philippines.
Alarm Clock

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.2 - 46km NNW of San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina

Earthquake 6.2 Argentina
Event Time
014-09-24 11:16:12 UTC
2014-09-24 08:16:12 UTC-03:00 at epicenter

23.854°S 66.553°W depth=189.3km (117.6mi)

Nearby Cities
46km (29mi) NNW of San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina
133km (83mi) WNW of San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina
142km (88mi) WSW of Humahuaca, Argentina
143km (89mi) WNW of Palpala, Argentina
831km (516mi) SSE of La Paz, Bolivia

Scientific data

Bardarbunga volcano update: Eruption continues with steady and large lava output rate

The fissure eruption in Holuhraun continues with similar intensity as during the past days and shows no sign of stopping soon. The latest satellite images indicate that the lava now flows into two main branches, one (the older one) to the north and a new one to the east.

Mystery of hundreds of fish found dead in popular east London park

Harrow Lodge Dead Fishes
© The Independent, UK
Environment Agency is investigating after Harrow Lodge Park volunteers discovered the dead fish.
Hundreds of dead fish have been discovered mysteriously dead in a popular London park.

On Sunday Harrow Lodge Park volunteers, in the east London borough of Havering, discovered hundreds of dead fish, washed up and floating in the shallows of the large lake, which is fed by the River Ravensbourne.

Tom Waller, 61, who discovered the dead fish, described the scene as "upsetting."

Havering Council's clean-up operation was launched yesterday, alongside an investigation into the cause of death.

Mr Waller, a park volunteer for two years, said: "There was some fish still alive and gasping for air when I got there. To walk along the edge of the lake and see that is quite upsetting."

Grizzly bear bites hunter near Dubois, Wyoming

A grizzly bear bit a hunter in an attack in western Wyoming, sending him to a hospital with minor injuries, but officials said Monday they found no link to a bear that killed a man earlier this month.

Two elk hunters surprised a female grizzly with two cubs Sunday just north of Dubois. The bear bit one of the hunters on the side, Wyoming Game and Fish Department Regional Wildlife Supervisor Jason Hunter said.

The bow hunters fended off the animal with bear spray before one was treated for minor injuries at a hospital in Lander. Their names were not immediately available.

Hunter said they did everything right by hunting in pairs and carrying bear spray. "The individuals knew what they were doing out there," he said.

Weird green 'eggs' wash up on Sydney beach

Green Balls
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Roxy Rogan of Allambie checking out the balls.
Hundreds of unidentified floating objects have washed up on Dee Why Beach, causing locals to ask whether the green, furry balls are alien eggs, Japanese moss balls or some kind of tennis nightmare.

Dee Why Surf Life Saving Club patrol member Rae-Maree Hutton said she came across the unusual sight on her morning walk.

"I didn't want to touch one because you never know what can sting you on the beach, but I did poke it with my toes and it's squishy, like a sponge," Ms Hutton.

Six-legged calf born in Shandong, China

Leggy: The youngster emerged on a farm in Shandong with four normal legs and two more growing from its neck.
* The calf was born with two extra legs sprouting from its neck, making six

* It was born at farm belonging to farmer Zhang Gongxun in Shandong, China

* He says the calf cannot use extra limbs but doesn't seem bothered by them

* Vets say its NOT down to pollution but absorbed its own twin inside womb

When farmer Zhang Gongxun delivered this deformed calf, he knew the story would have legs in the Chinese media ... and indeed it ran and ran.

That's because the baby cow in question was born not with four limbs, but with six.

As well its usual hind and forequarters a cow should have, the animal managed to sprout an extra two from its neck while in its mother's womb.

Zhang, from Shandong, China, said: 'I've raised the mother for five years and seen her through four births and I've never seen anything like this before.'

Liverpool woman mauled to death by her pet dog, UK

Staffordshire bull terrier
Residents in Old Swan shocked over death of Louise Caygill

The neighbour of a Liverpool woman who was mauled to death by her pet dog told of how she feared she had heard the victim's fight for life against the raging animal.

Louise Caygill was found dead at her home on Macqueen Street in Old Swan on Sunday morning after her Staffordshire bull terrier had attacked her.

A close friend is understood to have reported their concerns for her safety at 10.46am on Sunday July 20.

The police turned up at the scene and found the 43-year-old dead in her bloodied kitchen.

But shocked neighbours believe that the dog killed her days earlier, just weeks after another attack by the dog.

The neighbour, who didn't want to be named, told the ECHO: "She was always making noise over the dog and it was always barking at her.

Second pet dog attack on a woman owner in Liverpool house within 2 months, UK

A couple in their late 20s were taken to Royal Liverpool Hospital after their dog turned savage and left the woman with serious injuries

A woman suffered a serious leg injury when she was mauled by her dog in Liverpool.

Paramedics and police were called to a house in Binns Road, Old Swan, in the early hours of this morning.

It is understood the Staffordshire Bull Terrier pounced following a domestic argument between a couple living in the house.

A Merseyside Police spokesman said: "On arrival patrols found a 29-year-old woman being treated for a bite wound to her lower leg and a 27-year-old man for an injury to his hand.