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Lightning Strikes 14 People In California

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A lifeguard works to resuscitate a person struck by lightning Sunday on the beach in Venice in an image captured by a surfer and shared on social media.
A 20-year-old man died Sunday after lightning struck or rattled 13 people at a popular Los Angeles beach and a golfer on Catalina Island during summer thunderstorms that swept through Southern California, authorities said.

The man was taken from Venice Beach and pronounced dead at a hospital Sunday afternoon, Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Larry Dietz said. His identity was not immediately released.

Confirmation of the cause of death was pending an autopsy. Dietz said he can't confirm whether the man was a swimmer who was pulled from the water and given CPR.

Twelve other people, including a 15-year-old boy, were examined after the strike on the beach, in the water and on the famed Venice Beach boardwalk. Los Angeles fire spokeswoman Katherine Main said they had effects ranging from anxiety to needing CPR, although not all may actually have been struck. Nine went to hospitals.

Steve Christensen said his friend had been body-surfing and was sitting on the beach when lifeguards began searching for a missing swimmer.

"He (Christensen's friend) went out to the water to find him and walked right into him," Christensen said. "He was face down on the bottom."

Christensen said his friend pulled the man, who appeared to be in his 20s, from the water, and lifeguards began CPR before taking him away on a truck.
Road Cone

Increasing earthquakes in UK prompt rise in fracking fears

An increasing number of earthquakes have been recorded in the UK, official figures show.
The highest level of detections in the last decade is set to be registered for 2014, with 100 earthquakes already recorded in the first three months of the year and 149 in total up until July.
This compares to 154 throughout 2013, 64 in 2006 and 111 reported in 2005, 2007 and 2011.

One small tremor, which centred on Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands earlier this month. The quake had a magnitude measuring 4.2, making it the largest in the region for almost 90 years and the tremors were felt all along the south coast of England. The tremor was reported to have registered on British Geological Survey monitoring station equipment in Exeter, Devon.

Environmental activists fear the Government's desire to exploit shale gas reserves in rocks beneath the UK will cause small earthquakes. But ministers believe the technique used to tap into the potential supplies - known as fracking - will bring down energy bills and create thousands of jobs.

The UK earthquake data covering June 2004 to July 2014 was released to Parliament in response to a written question from Labour's Tom Greatrex.

Comment: Fracking - you are not important

Arrow Down

Massive sinkhole opens up on Cebu, Philippines

The local government of Sta. Fe town evacuated 30 families in Sitio Dapdap, Brgy. Langub in Kinatarkan Island, Sta. Fe in Bantayan Island after a sinkhole appeared in the area.

According to Sta. Fe Mayor Jose Esgana, the sinkhole measures 40x40 feet and was discovered this morning.

Kinatarkan Island is an hour away by boat from the mainland town of Sta. Fe.

The 30 affected families have been evacuated to a safe area 300 to 500 meters away from the sinkhole within Brgy. Langub.

In an official statement, the Cebu Capitol Public Information Office said the discovery of the sinkhole has been reported to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau and Office of Civil Defense-7 for proper action.

The Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office, headed by Baltz Tribunalo, has also sent a team to said town to help the affected families in coordination with the municipal officials.

Paul Esgana, Sta. Fe Administrator, told Philippine Information Agency that they have erected a 200-meter perimeter fence around the sinkhole.

Cloud Lightning

Dramatic film of lightning strikes as July storms hit the UK

Lightning storms across England have been filmed on mobile phones and widely shared on social media.

Forecasters are warning that fresh storms and flash flooding could hit many parts of England and Wales.


Around 1,200 flee wildfire in rural California that has destroyed five homes

sand fire

Evacuations: About 700 homes have been evacuated in the area which has burned through five houses and 3,000 acres
A rapidly spreading wildfire in Northern California forced the evacuation of about 700 homes Saturday as it raced through Sierra Nevada foothills turned tinder-dry by drought.

Evacuation orders were expanded in and around the River Pines Estates community in Amador County. Previous orders had covered about 250 homes about 40 miles east of Sacramento.

Since Friday, the so-called Sand Fire has destroyed five homes and seven outbuildings. Many vineyards are in the area but the flames were moving away from them, said Lynn Tolmachoff, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Bizarro Earth

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

Mid Atlantic Quake_270714
Event Time
2014-07-27 01:28:38 UTC
2014-07-26 22:28:38 UTC-03:00 at epicenter


23.761°N 45.646°W depth=10.0km (6.2mi)

Nearby Cities
1811km (1125mi) ENE of Grande Anse, Guadeloupe
1832km (1138mi) ENE of Saint-Francois, Guadeloupe
1834km (1140mi) ENE of Le Moule, Guadeloupe
1842km (1145mi) ENE of Saint John's, Antigua and Barbuda
1843km (1145mi) ENE of Sainte-Anne, Guadeloupe

Scientific Data
Bizarro Earth

Giant anteaters kill Brazilian hunters!

Giant Anteater
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Giant anteaters in Brazil have killed two hunters in separate incidents, raising concerns about the animals' loss of habitat and the growing risk of dangerous encounters with people, researchers said.

The long-nosed, hairy mammals are not typically aggressive toward people and are considered a vulnerable species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), largely due to deforestation and human settlements that encroach on their territory.

However, they have poor vision and if frightened, they may defend themselves with front claws that are as long as pocketknives.

The case studies of two fatal attacks by giant anteaters were described in the journal Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, which released the paper online this month, ahead of its publication in the December print issue.

"Both were farmers, were hunting and were attacked by wounded or cornered animals," lead author Vidal Haddad of the Botucatu School of Medicine at Sao Paulo State University told AFP.

In the first case, a 47-year-old man was hunting with his two sons and his dogs when they came upon a giant anteater in northern Brazil. The hunter did not shoot at the animal, but he approached it with his knife drawn.

The anteater stood on its hind legs and grabbed the man with its forelimbs, causing deep puncture wounds in his thighs and upper arms.

The hunter bled to death at the scene, said the report, which noted that the encounter happened on August 1, 2012 but had not been described in scientific literature until now.
Cloud Precipitation

Severe Russian hail storm tears roof off building

The deadly hail storm that pelted beach-goers near the large Siberian city of Novosibirsk on July 14, 2014 caused major damage in the city as well.

Dramatic video uploaded to YouTube shows fierce winds ripping the roof off a building.

The freak storm was a rare occurrence in Russia.

Two young girls, ages 3 and 4, died during the storm when a tree fell on a tent they were seeking shelter under.

According to the Associated Press, weather has been "unusually extreme" across Russia this summer.

Evil Rays

The epic fight to protect cetaceans from the US Navy

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A Blainville’s beaked whale.
On the morning of March 15, 2000, 17 beaked whales stranded themselves on beaches in the northern Bahamas.

It was an terrible and extraordinary event: Beaked whales are the world's deepest-diving mammals, and these creatures had spent most of their lives in deep undersea canyons. For even one to show up in shallow water would be extremely unusual.

For 17 to strand was almost inconceivable, and it might have remained a mystery but for an equally extraordinary coincidence. Just a few feet away from one of the beaches lived Ken Balcomb, a beaked whale researcher who more than anyone in the world was equipped to find out what happened.

Long before he started studying whales, Balcomb had served two tours of duty in the Navy, where he'd done classified work with submarine-detecting sonar. He knew just how loud it could be, and in days following the stranding photographed Navy destroyers in Bahamian waters. He also had the wherewithal to have several of the dead whales' heads sent for autopsies - and when they returned evidence of hemorrhages, Balcomb knew what happened. They'd fled to shallow water to escape noise so concussively loud it burst blood vessels in their brains.

Pilot whale dies after beaching in Hanalei Bay on Kauai, Hawaii

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Dead whale washes up to shore on Kauai.
Video posted on YouTube shows a 16-foot adult short-finned pilot whale lying sideways in shallow water at Hanalei Bay. Marine biologist Terry Lilley was one of the first to come upon the animal Friday morning. He said the whale was barely breathing.

"It didn't look like it was something where we would have had the ability to get it back out into the sea in time," Lilley told Hawaii News Now by telephone.

He said there were two small punctures in the whale's body, each about an inch across, but no other outward signs of injury.

"This whale was very fat, very healthy looking," he said. "It did not seem to have any disease or markings or anything that would indicate it had any trauma. So having a super healthy whale wash up like this is highly unique," Lilley said.