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Two earthquakes rattle Canadian west coast and B.C. Interior

6.1 ML quake was felt in Haida Gwaii just before 7 a.m. PT
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A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has struck British Columbia's north coast. The quake, 167 km southeast of the Village of Queen Charlotte, was felt from Haida Gwaii and along the north coast. There have been no reports of damage or injuries.
Two earthquakes rattled British Columbia late Thursday and early Friday morning, but they didn't cause any damage.

The first quake, which measured 4.2 ML, struck just south of the border in Idaho around 10:43 p.m PT Thursday. It was felt in the Kootenay communities of Castlegar and Creston.

It was one of three small quakes in the area since Thursday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Magnitude 6.3 earthquake rocks New Zealand

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Map of New Zealand with a Kaikoura locator.
A strong 5.9-magnitude earthquake rattled New Zealand on Friday, seismologists said, panicking shoppers and residents but causing no major damage.

The quake hit at 3:36 pm (0336 GMT) with its epicentre about 66 kilometres (41 miles) from the South Island town of Kaikoura at a depth of 55 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.

The local GeoNet monitoring service measured the quake at 6.2 and said it was felt across the entire country, but was unlikely to cause damage because it was so deep.

"I am advised that MCDEM (emergency management) hasn't received any reports of major injuries or damage," Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye said.

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Rare waterspout seen off the coast of Nanaimo, Canada

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Photo of the Nanaimo waterspout.
If you were in Nanaimo on Thursday and saw what looked like a water tornado, you weren't dreaming.

A waterspout watch was issued by Environment Canada yesterday at 5 p.m after one was spotted a few kilometers off the city's coast.

They form in much the same way as land tornadoes, created from air and water mist moving upward from an ocean or lake. Global BC meteorologist Kristi Gordon says a strong storm that moved down the Strait of Georgia on Thursday created the conditions necessary for this one.

While waterspouts can happen on B.C.'s waters, they are rare - this was just the second on the Georgia Strait this year.


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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.6 - 49km E of Lamjung, Nepal

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  1. 2015-04-25 06:45:21 (UTC)
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Nearby Cities
  1. 49km (30mi) E of Lamjung, Nepal
  2. 69km (43mi) NW of Kirtipur, Nepal
  3. 70km (43mi) NW of Kathmandu, Nepal
  4. 70km (43mi) NE of Bharatpur, Nepal
  5. 72km (45mi) NW of Patan, Nepal
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Atypical animal behaviour: White rhino battles with elephants in territorial row in South Africa

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White rhino are unlikely to take on a group of elephants, making Sergeant's defensive behaviour unusual.
A stubborn white rhino faces off with a group of elephants in this extraordinary set of photographs

The peace of a morning game drive in South Africa was broken this week when a disgruntled male white rhino saw his territory invaded by a herd of breeding elephants.

Sergeant, a proud white rhino, confronted the large mammals as they made their way across the floodplain, watched by safari guests.

While black rhinos are known to show aggression, white rhinos are normally passive, making Sergeant's decision to take on the group highly unusual.

The elephants kicked up dust, blew their trumpets and charged at him in an attempt to stand their ground while protecting their young calf.

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Two brothers injured by bears in India

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Bear print
Two persons were allegedly attacked by bears in the foothills of Poigai Malai in Aralvoimozhi on Thursday morning. S. Seelan (34) and his brother S. Jegan (32) were on a visit to their agricultural land along with their father Selvaraj when they noticed the bears in close proximity. Even as they tried to run to safety, Seelan sustained injuries in the attack by the bears and Jegan escaped with minor injuries. Their father escaped unhurt.

The brothers were admitted to a private hospital and Seelan was later shifted to Kanyakumari Government Medical College Hospital, where his condition is said to be stable. When contacted, District Forest Officer Vismiju Viswanathan said he was yet to receive any information on the bear attack.

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Three earthquakes rattle Idaho with tremors felt from Washington State to Montana

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Three earthquakes are felt in Idaho.
Three earthquakes up to magnitude-4.2 and nearly a half-dozen aftershocks jolted northern Idaho, with residents from Washington state to Montana saying they felt the tremors.

A Bonner County emergency dispatcher in Sandpoint said Friday morning that no injuries or damage were reported. The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-4.1 quake hit first, around 7:32 p.m. Thursday, centered 30 miles northeast of Hayden.

"It was crazy, the whole house was shaking," said Charity Hadley, 37, of Sagle, who was outside on her deck with her dog, Bella. "She was running around the yard and barking and looking around like, 'What is this?'"

She said nothing was damaged in the house during the quake that she estimated lasted several minutes.

A second quake of magnitude-4.2 struck a little more than three hours later, waking up Hadley and her dog. That quake was centered 38 miles northeast of Hayden. Then, a magnitude-3.3 temblor hit at 1:28 a.m. Friday in the same area.

Also Friday, a magnitude-6.1 earthquake struck British Columbia's north coast, but a tsunami was not expected and no injuries or damage were reported.

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Sinkhole swallows dump truck in Aiken, South Carolina

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An Aiken City truck fell through a sinkhole Thursday on Moultrie Drive in the Gem Lakes extension area.
When a loaded City of Aiken dump truck drove through Gem Lakes as a test to evaluate resident complaints that the streets there were poorly constructed by the developer, it took a tow truck to get it back out when a portion of the scrutinized roadbed collapsed.

Engineers have determined a leaking storm drain under the area caused the truck to fall through the undermined road surface.

City employee Steve Brown was driving the dump truck, filled with rocks and dirt, on Moultrie Drive Thursday to test whether the roads were supportive enough to hold that amount of weight. He said the truck just "kind of started sinking on one side; it didn't just automatically happen." City crews quickly worked to free the truck, and with the help of Wayne's Automotive Towing, lifted it out of the hole successfully, but not without leaving a large footprint. Crews examined the hole by sticking a pole in to see how deep it was - the answer, about 5 feet.

Mike Goss, the supervisor over the City's utilities, said crews were going to have to cut around the hole, and then fill the area with stones for the time being.

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Rare tornado touches down in Kunia, Hawaii

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The tornado that touched down in Kunia.
Our newsroom has been flooded with photos and video of a tornado that touched down in Kunia.

It reportedly formed at around 3 p.m., catching the attention of many in the area.

The National Weather Service confirmed a funnel cloud formed for less than half-an-hour and touched the ground at some point, which made it a tornado.

It was very weak. No damage has been reported so far.

Kapolei resident Rocky Lacuesta says he had just pulled into his driveway when he saw the tornado and went running for his camera.

"I ran to my wife and I said oh my God I think I just saw a tornado," he told KHON2.

"I came flying through the door and asked my wife are you seeing this," said Kapolei resident, Stephen Morrison.


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Nepal earthquake: Nearly 700 killed and hundreds trapped as buildings collapse following tremors

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People survey a site damaged by an earthquake, in Kathmandu, Nepal
The quake, measuring 7.9 magnitude on the Richter scale struck 50 miles east of Pokhara in Nepal on Saturday, about half way between the town and the capital Kathmandu

A total of 688 people have been killed after an earthquake devastated Nepal capital Kathmandu and the densely-populated surrounding area today.

The 7.9-magnitude quake also caused extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings after striking at noon local time, officials said.

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Emergency rescue workers carry a victim on a stretcher after Dharara tower collapsed, in Kathmandu, Nepal
Among the dead are a 15-year-old girl was killed in northern India after the earthquake brought down the wall of her home in a village near the border with Nepal.