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Deadly coyotes spread across US suburbs killing family pets

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When Charlene Warner walks her dog each morning in her neighborhood in upscale Seal Beach, California, she's terrified she'll be attacked - not by muggers or gangs, but by coyotes.

"They are killing our animals. They are scaring us. I go out every morning with rocks in my pockets, tennis shoes on, mace on my neck, a whistle on my neck and a foghorn on my leash, and I still don't feel safe," Ms. Warner said last week in comments before the Seal Beach City Council.

She has reason to be nervous. Stories abound in nearby Orange County of dogs and cats snatched off leashes and plucked out of backyards a few feet away from their horrified owners. Mangled pet carcasses turn up on front lawns, often identifiable only by their tails.
Attention

Dead whale found floating off Port Maitland Beach, Nova Scotia

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A whale was floating off Port Maitland Beach on Monday, Sept. 29.
A dead whale was spotted floating in the water off Port Maitland Beach in Yarmouth County early Monday, Sept. 29.

But then later that day it was gone, leaving others who came out to the beach to catch a glimpse of it to wonder if it has just been a whale of a tale?

The whale was quite a distance from shore at low tide mid-morning when two officers from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans came out to inspect the situation. They assumed the whale would probably be washed onto shore by the higher tide later in the day.
Bizarro Earth

Recovery of Japan's Mt. Ontake victims suspended amid signs of rising activity

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Volcanic smoke rise from Mt. Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, central Japan, September 30, 2014, in this photo taken and released by Kyodo.
Search and recovery efforts for at least two dozen victims of Japan's worst volcanic eruption in decades were called off on Tuesday due to worries about rising volcanic activity, including the chance of another steam explosion.

Hundreds of military searchers had been preparing to enter Mount Ontake by foot and helicopter to resume recovery of at least 24 people caught in a deadly rain of ash and stone after the peak erupted without warning on Saturday when it was crowded with hikers, including children.

Twelve bodies have been recovered from the 3,067-metre (10,062 feet) peak but at least 36 are feared to have died, with recovery hampered by high levels of toxic gas and ash piled hip-high in places on the still-smoking mountain. At least 69 people have been injured, 30 of them seriously.

"I just want to know something soon," Kiyokazu Tokoro told Japanese television. His 26-year-old son was on the mountain with his girlfriend and has yet to be found.
Cloud Lightning

Newly born Tropical Storm Phanfone triggers warnings in Northwestern Pacific

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The MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite took this visible image of Tropical Storm Phanfone in the Northwestern Pacific, on track for the Northern Marianas Islands.
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over newborn Tropical Storm Phanfone on Sept. 29 and captured a picture of the storm that showed thunderstorms wrapped tightly around the storm's center, and a large band of thunderstorms spiraling into the center from the east. Phanfone is now a threat to various islands and warnings are in effect.

A tropical storm Warning is in effect for Saipan, Tinian, Pagan and Alamagan. In addition, a typhoon watch is in effect for the northern Marianas Islands, including Pagan and Alamagan.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard Aqua provides visible and infrared images of storms, oceans and land features.

On Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC) Phanfone had maximum sustained winds near 40 knots (46 mph/74 kph). It was centered near 13.8 north latitude and 149.6 east longitude, about 270 nautical miles east-southeast of Saipan. Phanfone is moving to the west-northwest at 11 knots (12.6 mph/20.3 kph).
Phoenix

Mount St. Helens shows signs of reawakening

Mt Saint Helens
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Ten years ago this week, Mount St. Helens awoke from an 18-year geological slumber.

The news media and volcano-watchers flocked to Johnston Ridge, the closest road with a crater view. Steam and ash eruptions shot thousands of feet into the air, and for several weeks, the area near the volcano was closed because of safety concerns.

Over the next three years, a second lava dome slowly appeared in the crater, eventually rising 1,076 feet above the crater floor. By the time the eruption ended in 2008, climbers had already been allowed back to the summit and media attention faded.

Though the mountain isn't getting as much publicity these days, scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey are marking the anniversary to highlight new eruption warning technology they've installed around the volcano since then and to remind people that Mount St. Helens will continue to rebuilt itself.

The eruption that started a decade ago was the second of two dome-building phases.

The first one started after the explosive eruption of May 18, 1980. Twenty lava eruptions occurred over the next six years.

Geologists were surprised that the mountain stopped erupting in 1986. "Many of us were expecting it to continue a while," said USGS seismologist Seth Moran.
Windsock

Two powerful storms to lash Central U.S.

With the autumn season now here, the strength and number of powerful storm systems will be on the increase.

This week will feature two powerful autumn storm systems, one through the middle of the week and another towards the end of the week.

As the jet stream strengthens and dips farther south, the clashes between warm and cold air become more frequent. As a result, the potency of low pressure systems increase.

Tens of millions will be impacted by these storm systems this week, with the risks ranging a wide spectrum.

First Storm System Targets Central U.S.

The first storm will take shape across the High Plains and into the central portion of the United States as the energy that brought flooding downpours and severe weather to the Southwest shifts to the northeast.

Folks from eastern Montana to Wisconsin and south to Oklahoma will be impacted by this storm as it passes through the Plains.
Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rain, flooding to target Deep South to Carolinas

Umbrellas and rain jackets will be put to good use over the next couple of days in the Deep South to the Carolinas.

An upper-level disturbance, aided by abundant gulf moisture, will slowly pass over the region through Tuesday.

According to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Bob Smerbeck, the weather set-up will feature a rather wet couple of days.

"Deep tropical moisture will fuel a developing low pressure system over the Deep South, resulting in heavy rain across the region," said Smerbeck.

Rain and thunderstorms will spread along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida and eventually to the Carolinas Monday into Tuesday.

Some of the rain could turn rather heavy at times, with rainfall rates approaching an inch per hour in some spots.

"The rain will be heavy enough to cause flash flooding in some locations," added Smerbeck.
Health

Man injured in wild boar attack in India with other attacks reported

One Gouranga Das (70) of Suniti village under Mahakalpada block in Kendrapada district was injured after being attacked by a wild boar on Saturday.

According to sources, a wild boar that had recently trespassed into the human habitation suddenly approached Gouranga and bit his right hand while he was standing at his house. He was rushed to the Mahakalpada CHC for treatment. The Forest Department provided financial assistance.

Notably, as many as four persons have sustained injuries due to wild boar and saltwater crocodile attacks under Mahakalpada forest range during last two weeks. But, forest officials did little to create awareness among the locals regarding the attacks, alleged locals.

Attention

Freak Tsunami like 'storm surge' waves hit the Black Sea coast of Turkey

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Giant waves hit Giresun in Turkey, damaging buildings and cars
Strong unexpected storm surge hit the shores of Turkey, along the Black Sea.

More like a tsunami, the elevated ocean can be see going off to the horizon. Waves taking out everything in their path.

Bizarro Earth

Strange odor reported in Evansville, Indiana

Jimtown
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A noxious smell blanketed several blocks for more than four hours.
Neighbors say Strange Odor "smelled like 1,000 sharpies blew up"

Neighbors in Jimtown say yesterday evening a noxious smell blanketed several blocks for more than four hours prompting the fire department to investigate.

Neighbors say they first noticed the odor around 7:30 last p.m. and it lingered for several hours. They say after being outdoors for a short period of time they became dizzy, disoriented, and had difficulty breathing.

"It was awful. It was ungodly," said William Givens.

From Columbia to near Garvin Park, "I couldn't stand it. It was just nasty," said Charles Utley.

The neighborhood is questioning what was in the air last night.

"It smelled like 1,000 sharpies just blew up out of nowhere. It was disgusting," said Utley.

"You could taste it, you could smell it, you could feel it," said Givens.
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