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False sense of security? Illinois' quiet tornado season follows years of increasingly erratic activity

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The path of a tornado that hit the western Illinois town of Washington on Sunday. It was one of the worst-hit areas after intense storms and tornadoes swept through Illinois.
The 2015 tornado season thus far in Illinois and the rest of tornado alley is incredibly quiet. However, this quiet start is no reason to relax if the past few years are a guide, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.

No tornadoes have been reported this year, except in the far Southeastern U.S. Historically, the heart of the Illinois tornado season is March to June. In the past few years, however, Illinois has had more tornadoes occur outside of this period than inside.

In addition, many of these tornadoes have been concentrated in just a few days of the year. In fact, 69 percent of tornadoes in 2012-14 occurred in just five days.

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Flooding in India leads to massive mudslides, dozens buried

A woman tearfully watches the floodwaters rise menacingly in a Srinagar neighbourhood on Monday.
A mudslide triggered by heavy rain bore down on two houses early today, burying a newborn and at least a dozen others under a mountain of debris, hours before officials formally declared what many Kashmiris had been dreading.

Another deluge - months after last year's September floods that had left hundreds dead and a trail of devastation.

The formal announcement of the flood came around 7am, after the water level in the Jhelum crossed the 18ft danger mark at Srinagar's Ram Munshi Bagh and touched 19.5ft on the gauge.

Comment: In 2013, in the state of Bihar, 6 million were affected by extreme flooding. 6 months ago, in 2014, 600 individuals died due to flooding in Kashmir. And global weather patterns are only getting worse in 2015:
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Magnitude 3.3 earthquake reported near summit of Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano

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A magnitude-3.3 earthquake struck near the summit of Mauna Loa early Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

The earthquake, which had a registered depth of 1.2 mile, was recorded at 12:08 a.m. Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. It was centered 4.2 miles south-southwest of the Mauna Loa summit.

As of 7:45 a.m., the USGS had received no reports from residents who felt the temblor.

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Awesome time-lapse video of Undulatus Asperatus clouds

Unique clouds like you've never seen them before! I just thought I'd pass these along due to the unique "catch the wave" appearance of these. Time lapse video follows.

This video was taken with an iPhone 6 by Dr. Alan Walters from the University Hospital window in Augusta, GA. Walters, an anesthesiologist at the hospital, said he taped his phone to the window while he put an epidural In a patient.
"I guess I was finally in the right place at the right time,"


Man injured by wild boar with other attacks reported, India


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A wild boar attacked a labourer at Badiadukka on Monday.

Aboobacker, 29, of Kunjar, came under the attack near his house around 11 am.

He has been admitted to the General Hospital here.

The locality has been reporting recurring attacks from wild boars in recent months.

A woman was gored to death in similar attack in the district earlier this year.


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."