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3000 houses, farmlands submerged as flood displaces scores in Benue, Nigeria

No fewer than 3000 houses and farmlands have submerged in Makurdi and other riverine communities in Benue State following the overflow of the River Benue.

The flood has displaced scores of persons in the agrarian communities, just as it has damaged property worth millions of naira, including cars and food items.

Water from the River Benue has run over the coast and has completely covered the houses saturated in the area.


North American flycatcher arrives on British shores for the first time at Dungeness

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Acadian flycatcher in Dungeness
Experts believe the Acadian flycatcher got caught up in a fast-moving Atlantic weather system that took it from the eastern US to Dungeness in Kent

A bird never recorded before in the UK is believed to have landed in Kent, and then died.

Suspected to be an Acadian flycatcher from North America, the historic landing on the beach at Dungeness in Kent sparked one of the biggest mass gathering of twitchers in years.

They hope to catch a sight of the small robin-sized bird that should be basking in the tropical forests of Panama or Colombia.

But today it was nowhere to be seen with fears that the exhausted bird had died.

Somehow it had been caught up in a fast-moving Atlantic weather system that has taken it from its nesting grounds in eastern USA to the famous gravel headland overlooking the English Channel.


Black bear attacks man in Powell River, Canada


A 51-year-old man was hospitalized with minor injuries after being attacked by a black bear. The bear and its two cubs have since been destroyed by conservation officers.
Conservation officers are searching for a bear responsible for sending a 51-year-old man to hospital in the early hours of Thursday, September 24.

Powell River RCMP have confirmed that a man walking his dog on the 4700 block of Redonda Avenue, behind the Town Centre Mall, was attacked by a bear at approximately 5:30 am.

The man sustained only minor injuries in the attack and did not require BC Ambulance Service paramedics to transport him to Powell River General Hospital, Constable Tim Kenning told the Peak at 9 am.

Kenning said that the unnamed man told him "the bear came out of nowhere."


Massive waterspout moves through peninsula in Greece

Check out this large waterspout filmed moving through a peninsula near Methana, Greece, Monday, Sept. 21.


Sun halo appears around the sun in Palakkad, India

Evoking a sense of curiosity among the people, a halo appeared around the sun in the skies of Palakkad on Friday. A similar phenomenon was reported from Alappuzha and Kozhikode the other day. The halo appeared around the sun at Thursday noon in the skies of Alappuzha town. According to Met department, an atmospheric whirlpool formed in Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep caused the halo.

The solar halo is formed when there is a surge in humidity in atmosphere. In fact it is the light which diffuses after hitting water particle in atmosphere that appears to be a halo. It is not a rare phenomenon.Atmospheric whirlpools are formed by concentration of air in a particular spot.

Comment: The increase in sun halos is likely a combination of possible comet dust loading and changes in the layers of the atmosphere is producing all sorts of anomalous phenomena.


6.0-Magnitude earthquake recorded off Solomon Islands: USGS


A 6.0-magnitude quake hit off the Solomon Islands
A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands early Friday, US geologists said, but there were no initial reports of damage and no tsunami warnings were issued.

The quake struck 98 kilometres (60 miles) southeast of the capital Honiara in the early hours of Friday (around 1600 GMT Thursday) at a depth of approximately 23 kilometres (14 miles), USGS said.

The Solomons are part of the Pacific "Ring of Fire", a zone of tectonic activity known for its frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

In 2013, the Solomons were hit by a tsunami after an 8.0-magnitude quake, leaving at least 10 people dead and thousands homeless after buildings were destroyed.

Source: Agence France-Presse


More activity seen at Colima Volcano, Mexico


Colima Volcano
The Colima Volcano continues to be active, sending a 1,500-meter column of smoke skyward at 7:08 this morning.

Civil Protection's national coordinator, Luis Felipe Puente Espinosa, reported the eruption on his Twitter account, advising that the smoke, with a low ash content, was moving southwest.

The ash expelled by the volcano consists of material less than two millimeters in diameter and moves with the wind. But rock projectiles from the Volcano of Fire, as it is also known, are a different matter.

They can be up to 50 millimeters in diameter and are sent shooting out of the crater at high speed, before falling to the ground. This volcanic material can cause damage and injuries in populated areas, particularly if they are hot, which can result in fires.


Dead Gray whale washes up near Fremont, California


Biologists will perform a necropsy Thursday on a dead whale that washed up near Fremont to determine what caused its death, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Biologists will perform a necropsy Thursday on a dead whale that washed up near Fremont to determine what caused its death, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The 25-foot long carcass was discovered washed up on a rocky beach in the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday just north of the Dumbarton Bridge, according to East Bay Regional Park District spokeswoman Carolyn Jones.

A park ranger spotted the whale carcass about 150 to 200 yards south of the Alameda Creek Channel, Jones said.

"We had a lot of whales washing up on shore," said Mary Jane Schramm from the National Marine Sanctuaries, Gulf of the Farallones.


Telica volcano erupts in northwestern Nicaragua

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Telica Volcano
The Telica volcano located in northwestern Nicaragua has once again erupted, after it started spewing smoke on Wednesday.

According to the AFP, civil defense officials in the region have described dense volcanic ash settling over the six surrounding villages. Evertz Delgadillo, a member of the local municipal disaster prevention committee, said the first explosion lasted 20 minutes and was followed by three other shorter explosions.

Back in May, the 90-mile-high volcano erupted twice.

The Nicaraguan government has previously shown some hesitancy in ordering the evacuation of the people who live near the active volcano.


Townhouse gas explosion in Columbia, Maryland

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Authorities condemn six townhouses in Columbia after a massive fire and explosion Wednesday night.

Mike Hellgren reports for WJZ.

The blast blew the top floor off of one house. And neighbors thought a plane hit the neighborhood.

"We heard a big bang," said one neighbor, Jim Parks. "When we opened the shades, the home insulation looked like snow coming out of the sky."

Authorities say a gas leak started the fire.

No one was inside of the home at the time.