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Floods across snow-hit U.S. East coast? Temperatures look set to rise 30 degrees to 70F before Thanksgiving holiday

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Flood warning: The National Weather service said a year's snowfall in Buffalo, NY, could melt by Thursday
Thanksgiving could be marred by floods as snow-hit areas across the east coast look set for a sharp rise in temperatures, the National Weather Service has warned. The big freeze saw areas such as Buffalo, New York, buried in historic blizzards, reaching a year's snowfall - 88 inches - in just five days. But that could melt in less than 24 hours if temperatures soar from 40F to 70F as predicted.

The heat wave is expected as an intense cyclone sweeps north east from the Midwest, driving warmer climes into West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and New York.

It could spell a moment of relief for Minneapolis after an historic stretch of freezing temperatures that has lasted 12 days - the longest since 1880.

Winter is coming - Ice age fever

The news of this winter has not even begun because we are still five weeks away from that equinox. Yet you would never know it watching what is going on in upstate New York and the rest of the United States that recently saw record-breaking cold in all fifty states.

Like all kids, growing up I heard of such things as ice ages and that we were overdo for one. You know once in every 10,000 years kind of trip, and I thought well ok, that is the pattern, but must take a long time to come on so I will never have to worry about it in my lifetime!

But not so, says Professor William Patterson of the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada, and his colleagues. Using the most precise record of the climate from paleo history ever generated they tell almost the same story we saw in the movie The Day After Tomorrow, when the world went stone cold from one week to another. Buffalo looks like act one on our screens.

Patterson, a world expert, also thought it would take time to come on but lo and behold, the scientific evidence suggests otherwise. Robert Felix, author of Not by Fire but by Ice, thought that ice ages begin in less than 20 years. His site is the best place to keep up with the cooling news, which is heating up, according to religious disciples of manmade global warming that never was.
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Earthquake magnitude 5.6 strikes Romania - strongest of the year

An earthquake with the magnitude of 5.6 degrees on the Richter scale took place in the Vrancea seismic area in Romania on Saturday evening, shortly after 9:00 PM. The depth of the quake was 40 kilometres, which is why it was felt quite strongly around the epicentre.

The earthquake was felt in the capital Bucharest, as well as in other cities in the Muntenia, Moldova, and Dobrogea regions - South, North and East. It was felt for more than 30 seconds, according unofficial estimates. This was one of the strongest earthquakes felt in Romania in recent years and also the strongest this year. The previous stronger earhquake was felt in Romania on October 6, 2013. That one was 5.5 degrees on the Richter scale.

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Earthquake rocks Japan hours after deadly Chinese quake

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A 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked central Japan early on Saturday night and was even felt in Tokyo. This earthquake came only several hours after a deadly earthquake rocked southwestern China late Saturday afternoon.

The first earthquake struck near the town of Kangding in Sichuan Province. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported the earthquake having a magnitude of 5.9. The China's Xinhua New Agency reports one person killed after being hit on the head with falling debris. Another 15 were injured.

Just over 4 hours later, another earthquake struck central Japan at 10:08 p.m. local time Saturday (8:08 a.m. EST) about 16 km (10 miles) north-northeast at Omachi, Japan, according to the USGS.
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Mexico's Colima volcano erupts, sending ash 3 miles into the sky

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Volcanic ash leapt into the sky in a column three miles high on Friday, as Mexico's Colima volcano began erupting.
Located in the western region of the country on the border of the states of Jalisco and Colima, the 12,500 high volcano is less than 500 miles from Mexico City. One of the most active volcanoes in the country - and one of the most potentially destructive ones as well - Colima has certainly earned its nickname of the "Volcano of Fire" from locals.

The country's federal civil defense office said that ash has been raining down as far as 15 miles from the volcano. Super-heated glowing volcanic rocks were reported to be raining down the sides of the volcano over a mile from the now-erupting caldera. So far there have been no injuries reported by Colima's most current eruption, as officials say that this new one seems to be much less in intensity than other instances. The last major eruption of Colima, which occurred in 2005, saw local residents evacuating from the region.
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6 volcanic quakes at Philippines' Mayon Volcano in the last 24 hrs

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At least six volcanic quakes were recorded at restive Mayon Volcano in the last 24 hours, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said Saturday. In its 8 a.m. update, Phivolcs also recorded an emission of white "moderate to voluminous" steam plumes that drifted west-southwest, west-northwest, northeast, and southeast. Also, it recorded a crater glow at Intensity I Friday night.

Phivolcs said Mayon's alert level remains at 3, meaning an eruption is still likely within weeks. More than 12,000 families were evacuated from their homes in Mayon's danger zone since mid-September, when Phivolcs raised the alert level at Mayon to 3.

Wild elephant tramples 11-year-old girl to death in Cambodia

Officials are calling an animal attack "unusual" after a wild elephant trampled an 11-year-old girl to death on Sunday near the Chi Phat eco-tourism zone in Koh Kong province.

At about 11am, the young girl, named Cheam Sokkhim, was fishing with her mother at a protected area when the male elephant emerged and went on a rampage, Koh Kong's Thmor Bang district police chief Saum Samei told the Post yesterday.

They ran, but the elephant started chasing after them, and then the daughter fell down.

The elephant then kicked and crushed her with its foot, according to Samei.

"This is the first time this has happened," Samei said. "Before, elephants used to be afraid of people, but now they chase people."

John Willis, director of programs for the preservation group Wildlife Alliance, which oversees Chi Phat, said elephant attacks are unheard of around the eco-tourism zone.

"There have been some elephant attacks in other provinces ... but we haven't heard of any elephant attacks in Chi Phat," Willis said.

Violent elk put down in Sweden after attack on woman

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An elk which kicked and trampled on a woman in northern Sweden has been shot dead after the attack by the animal left her in hospital with numerous injuries.

The incident occurred in Luleå on Sunday afternoon when the woman was out walking her dogs. Local media reported that she was close to her home when she encountered the elk, who kicked her to the ground and then trampled over her.

Witnesses rang the emergency services and the woman was rushed to the local Sunderby hospital. Despite initial reports that the woman was severely injured, she was later released from hospital after having stitches on her lip and been treated for cuts and bruises.

"It ended happily after all but what if it had been a small child that had been attacked by an elk," the woman's partner Nils-Göran Berglund to the Kuriren newspaper.

Farmer injured in repeated attacks by cow in New Zealand

A farmer injured after he was repeatedly attacked by one of his cows has been discharged from hospital.

The Tauranga-based Trustpower TECT Rescue helicopter was called to Opotiki about midday on Saturday where a 50-year-old local farmer had been injured.

A rescue helicopter spokesman said the farmer and his wife were working in the yards on their property with a herd of cows when one attacked the man three times.

The man suffered serious chest injuries, he said.

St John ambulance staff transported the man from his Otara Rd property and drove him to the Opotiki airfield, before he was airlifted to Whakatane Hospital.

Gorilla in Berlin zoo throws rock at tourists

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Gorilla roams around enclosure as unsuspecting tourists film it
This gorilla at Berlin zoo shows a group of unsuspecting Irish tourists exactly what he thinks of their company, as he throws a rock at them from close range

A gorilla at Berlin zoo shows a group of Irish tourist exactly what he thinks of their company as he throws a rock directly at their group.

According to his Youtube account Stefan Nolan and his friends were waiting for a flight back to Ireland when they decided to visit Berlin zoo.

Finding themselves at the gorilla enclosure Stefan decided to film the impressive creature on his phone.

The gorilla approached the group then seemingly out of nowhere threw a rock at them from close range.

According to Mr Nolan, "apparently gorillas aren't a fan of the Irish ..."

Video courtesy Stefan Nolan - YouTube