Earth Changes


Elderly woman mauled by family rottweiler in Jackson, Tennessee


Monday, a 72-year-old woman was still in the hospital after being attacked by the family rottweiler Sunday afternoon, according to neighbors.

Tawanna Wright said she heard screams from her neighbor's front yard. When she rushed out she saw her elderly neighbor being mauled by the family's rottweiler. She said the attack lasted at least 15 minutes, during which she tried to distract the rottweiler. Then family's other dog, a pit bull, would not let her get close. That is when she called 911.

"It was nerve-racking. The rottweiler had blood dripping from its mouth. I think everybody was a little freaked out," said Wright.

She said the victim's grandson returned home, and was able to get both dogs inside. She said she saw the victim had about 50 bite marks on her arms, and was rushed to the emergency room.

Residents said they are thankful no children out on spring break were nearby when the incident happened.


Freak snow storm swallows bridge in Siberia

A huge, dark cloud of snow could be seen coming over the Yenisei river, engulfing the city centre Krasnoyarsk in Siberia in less than a minute.

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15 killed in landslide after torrential rainfall in Burundi


Rivers full of rocks swept into Lake Tanganyika
At least 15 people were killed near Burundi capital Bujumbura after a hill collapsed on Sunday due to torrential rains, according to Bujumbura Rural Province Governor Jacques Minani.

Kijejete Hill - located in the western Gitaza town overlooking the southwestern Lake Tanganyika - collapsed Sunday night due to heavy rainfall, Governor Minani told The Anadolu Agency.

"The Methodist church was also carried away by the currents... to Lake Tanganyika," Minani said, adding that 14 vehicles, including seven minibuses, were currently stuck between two rivers.

"Unfortunately, all indications suggest that the death toll will be considerably high," Minani told AA.


Magnitude 5.6 earthquake hits northern Chile

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The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 5.6 earthquake has struck in northern Chile. There were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning.

The USGS says the quake's epicenter was located 30 miles (33 kilometers) northeast of Calama, Chile, and was at a depth of 112 kilometers. The quake hit at 8:36 a.m. PST Saturday.

Chile is one of the world's most seismic countries and is prone to tsunamis because of the way the Nazca tectonic plate plunges beneath the South American plate, pushing the towering Andes cordillera ever higher.

People in the area reported feeling the shaking.


100 birds found dead on roadside near Picher, Oklahoma

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Nearly 100 dead birds were seen by several travelers east of Hwy 69 and 69a junction south of Picher Friday evening.
Several people in the area reported seeing a large amount of dead blackbirds, most estimates around 100, on the highway between Commerce and Quapaw near Picher over the weekend.

According to Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Information and Education Supervisor Micah Holmes, the most likely cause of the birds' demise was natural causes or weather-related issues during their migration. Holmes said his department did not receive any reports of this specific bird kill incident, which occurred on Highway 69 and 69A south of Picher on Friday evening.

"We call them all blackbirds, but actually there's four or five different species of birds in these big flocks; Grackles, Starlings, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Cowbirds and Brown-Headed Cowbirds," Holmes said. "They're migrating from the south to the north this time of year to nest. They're in these big flocks and you see them now and in the Fall. It can be a stressful time of year for them because they're traveling hundreds and thousands of miles and weather changes can stress them out."


Pacific seabirds dying in record numbers - 100,000 auklets


Massive Cassins Auklet and Murre die off from Vancouver to California
Seabirds in the northwest of US and Canada are dying in their thousands, but no-one knows why.

Scientists are trying to halt one of the worst recorded catastrophies in marine bird history.

Volunteers scour the shores of Washington state for dead birds-something they do every month. November was a bad month.

"We had almost 130 of them out on our beach within about a mile stretch, plus 10 other species. It was a long day," said Kathy Freitas, volunteer bird surveyor.

So far, volunteers have found around eight-thousand carcasses of the blue-footed seabird called the Cassin's Auklet along the coast from British Columbia down into northern California.

Scientists estimate as many as 100,000 auklets - most of them young - have died. The question is why .

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Man rescued from sinkhole in McKeesport after he calls 911

Rescuers pulled a man from a sinkhole that opened up on the Mansfield Bridge in McKeesport on Saturday night.
West Fifth Avenue below the bridge was closed, McKeesport Deputy Fire Chief Don Sabol said. Authorities also stopped train traffic during the rescue, he said. The cause of the sinkhole was not immediately known, Sabol said.

According to a tweet sent out by Western PA Fire News, confined space rescue was needed and the man was about ten feet down into the hole. The man was carried off on a stretcher and flown to an area hospital after firefighters rescued him. The incident was reported by emergency dispatchers around 7:30 p.m., when the man called 911 himself, after falling in the hole.

The man is in his forties and was walking to meet a friend at the Marathon gas station in McKeesport, when he fell. Officials are still investigating, what caused the sinkhole.

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Deer attacks man near his home on Guam


Toto resident recounts attack by deer.
"If you see a deer, it's not Bambi. Don't go near it."

Those were the words of advice yesterday from a bandaged-up Toto resident who was attacked by a binadu early yesterday morning.

Mike Cepeda, 51, sported fresh bandages and a smile as he visited the Guam Police Department Hagåtña precinct following the incident. Officers needed his information for a report, he said.

Cepeda said he went outside of his Toto home after his aunt called him about a deer in the yard.

Comment: Other recent bambi attacks: Deer attacks and injures animal keeper at zoo in India

Man attacked by deer he shot with arrow

Wolf Lake man attacked and injured by elk at campground in Muskegon, Michigan

Man dies following ferocious deer attack at Slovakian farm

Deer farmer, 75, dies five days after being gored by stag in rutting season in Wales

Pet deer partially blinds owner during attack

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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.5 - 99km ENE of Hihifo, Tonga

Event Time
  1. 2015-03-30 08:48:26 (UTC)
  2. Times in other timezones
Nearby Cities
  1. 99km (62mi) ENE of Hihifo, Tonga
  2. 224km (139mi) SW of Apia, Samoa
  3. 272km (169mi) WSW of Tafuna, American Samoa
  4. 276km (171mi) WSW of Pago Pago, American Samoa
  5. 666km (414mi) NNE of Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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Coyote attacks dog in Ansonia, Connecticut


A dog was attacked by a coyote in Ansonia Saturday morning and part of the attack was caught on camera.

Its not uncommon to see wild life if you live in the wooded hills of Ansonia, what is unusual seeing the animals attack beloved pets.

"They have been around here for quite a few years actually but this is the first time that I've heard of one coming down on this street" said resident, James Karpiuk.

Karpiuk lives on Park Place and Sunday he told us the talk of the neighborhood is an incident that happened outside the home next door. That is where a dog named Lexus lives with his owners and on Saturday the pooch was attacked by a coyote.

Comment: Coyotes seem to have become much bolder recently, see also these reports for just the last 8 months: Coyotes seen attacking large dogs in Stamford, Connecticut

Coyote conflicts with pets, police and people increase in Westchester, NY

Two coyotes attack dog in Cleveland, Ohio cemetery

More 'rare' urban coyote attacks on Indiana dogs

Dozens of pets killed by coyotes in College Park, Florida

Woman and dogs attacked by coyote in front of her Kilworthy home, Ontario

Dog killed and owner injured in coyote attack in Mississauga, Canada

Coyote attacks woman and her dog in Greenland, New Hampshire

Spike in coyote attacks on animal pets in Claremont, California

Coyotes killing pets in Seal Beach, California