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Wayward bird turns up on the wrong side of the Rockies in Lodi, California

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A Baltimore Oriole (though not the one seen recently near Lodi) at Emmenegger Nature Park in St. Louis
Most often, the only Baltimore Orioles you'll find in Northern California are the 6-foot-tall variety that migrate to the Oakland Coliseum a couple of times each year.

Members of Stockton's Audubon Society, however, are excited about a Baltimore Oriole — a bird, not a baseball player — spotted recently at Westgate Landing Regional Park just north of Highway 12, in the Delta west of Lodi.

The oriole was first seen by Lodi birders Dave and Pat Croft on May 15. Other birders have since come from as far away as Palo Alto to get a look, Dave Croft said.

The distinguished visitor is a very loud fellow, Croft said, and is quite active flying back and forth between the trees in the park.

"He might be singing for a mate," Croft said. "Who knows?"

The find is rare, said well-known local birder David Yee.

Cloud Lightning

Huge apocalyptic thunderstorm cloud engulfs San Luis Potosi, Mexico

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Thunderstorm cloud over San Luis Potosi
This apocalyptic thunderstorm cloud suddenly appeared in the sky of San Luis Potosi surpising its residents!

That's really a giant cumulonimbus!

This type of giant and angry clouds are more than common in arid or desert areas. But not in San Luis Potosi!


Cloud Precipitation

Nepal landslides spark fear of flash floods

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As survivors of the Nepal earthquakes struggle with the aftermath, a landslide has caused fears of flash flooding.

Villagers evacuated after landslips block fast-flowing river, with emergency workers hoping to drain water masses before they destroy scores of homes


Thousands of people have been told to evacuate their homes in Nepal after massive landslides blocked a river in the west of the country, sparking fears of flash flooding.

Two powerful earthquakes devastated Nepal on 25 April and 12 May, killing nearly 8,700 people and injuring 16,800 others.

Authorities fear tremors could unleash a flash flood that could destroy dozens of villages in the remote Myagdi district, 80 miles (130km) north-west of Kathmandu, the capital.

Emergency workers are hoping to drain the lake created behind the debris now blocking the normally fast-flowing Kali Gandaki river.

Kamal Singh Bam, a spokesman for Nepal police, said at least 123 people had already been evacuated from areas flooded by the newly formed lake. "Luckily they are safe, but the water level has risen covering all the houses up to around a kilometre upstream of the landslide," Bam said.

Nepal's quake-shattered villages: 'there's nothing to stay for now'

Sesh Narayan Poudel, a senior bureaucrat, said at least 10 villages had been evacuated overnight. "The water level of Kali Gandaki flowing below the dam is dropping, and that's not a good sign," Poudel said.

Although police and army teams have reached the site, the threat of new tremors has prevented work to drain the lake and ease the pressure on the natural dam. Continuing aftershocks and the effect of the first major earthquake have left many areas in Nepal unstable.

"Once the landslides have stopped, our technical team in the area will assess the situation, and once we get their report we can try and get the water flowing again," Rishiram Sharma, head of the department of hydrology and meterology, said.

Arrow Down

Man is swallowed by a huge sinkhole in Gran Canaria

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The car at the bottom of the sinkhole in which a man almost drowned and the van on top of it. Sinkhole in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
A man of 63 years has been about to drown on Friday May 15 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria after being eaten by a 6-meter-deep sinkhole in the industrial area of ​​Las Torres.

The man was on the verge of drowning, six meters under, when firefighters arrived and rescued him. The cause of the cavity is unknown.

One car has been swallowed and another was left hanging at the top of the hole. As shown in the picture, the bottom of the cavity is full of water.


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Lokon-Empung volcano in Indonesia shaken by violent eruption

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An explosion occurred Wednesday (20 May) at 15:22 local time and produced an ash plume of approx 1.5 km height. The eruption was accompanied by strong explosion sounds, which caused concern in nearby villages and the town of Tomohon. After the initial explosion, mild ash venting continued for a while. The eruption came from two vents, both the Tompaluan crater and the new crater west of it that had formed in October last year.

Wolf

Woman rescues 3-year-old girl from coyote attack in Irvine, California

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Coyote
A 3-year-old girl was attacked by a coyote Friday while playing with a friend in an Orange County park.

It happened around 5:50 p.m. at the corner of Equinox and Silverado, according to Irvine police.

The coyote charged at the girl "out of nowhere" and lunged at her neck.

It could have ended much differently had it not been for a nearby resident who acted quickly.

Ginna McKenna was sitting on her patio when she spotted the attack, as told to CBS2's Stacey Butler.

"A little girl was screaming and the mother was screaming, so I came running out and there was a coyote in the park. I chased [the coyote] off," McKenna said. "They were scared."


Cloud Precipitation

Death and destruction in Columbia landslide

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A street of the municipality of Salgar in Antioquia department is seen covered in mud and debris after a landslide in this May 18, 2015 handout image provided by Colombian Air Force.
A landslide sent mud and water crashing onto homes in a town in Colombia's northwest mountains on Monday, killing more than 50 people and injuring dozens, officials said.

"The earth slid into the course of the La Liboriana ravine, then the dammed water caused an avalanche which destroyed everything in its path" in Salgar in Antioquia department, regional police commander Jose Angel Mendoza said in an interview.

The national disaster unit said in a statement that 52 people were killed and 37 others had been treated for injuries. Rescue teams, including search dogs, continue working in the area looking for an unknown number of missing people.


Comment: What a tragedy to the people of Columbia.


Attention

Circus elephant tramples 3 to death in Bagerhat, Bangladesh

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Circus elephant emphatically refuses to perform tricks
Three people were trampled to death by a circus elephant in Mollahat upazila of Bagerhat early today.

The elephant also damaged several houses during the attacks at three villages in the upazila, our Bagerhat correspondent reports quoting ANM Khairul Anam, officer-in-charge of Mollahat Police Station.

The dead are Monwara Begum, 45, of Gafra village, Kusum Biswas, 61, of Kahalpur village and Mizanur Rahman, 45, of Basabari village.

The elephant entered Mollahat village and attacked the house of Monwara around 5:30am, leaving her critically injured.

Attention

Man killed and 4 others injured in 3 separate bear attacks in Kashmir, India

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Bear track
One person was killed and four others were injured in three different bear attacks across the Valley.

35-years-old Mohammad Yaseen Famda, son of Noor Mohammad, resident of Fakeer Gojri, who had gone for grazing his cattle in the jungle area was reported to have died in a bear attack on Wednesday. Police has started the investigation under section 174 CrPC in this regard.

The body of deceased was handed over to his relatives for last rites, police spokesman said.

Meanwhile, a bear attacked and injured two persons Mohammad Lateef Chohan, son of Ghulam Mohammad, and Bashir Ahmed Chohan, son of Galtar, both resident of Ahlan Kokernag. Both the injured were shifted to PHC Kokernag for treatment.

In another incident, a bear attacked and injured two persons Alyas Khan, son of Abdul Qayoom, resident of Iqbal Colony Check Ferozpora, Tangmarg, and Mohammad Sultan Khatana, son-in-law of Jallildin, resident of Drang, in adjacent forest area. Both the injured have been shifted to the hospital for treatment.

Megaphone

Hear Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano rumble

Ever wondered what the inside of a volcano sounds like? The Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) has you covered.

OVSICORI took a selection from a seismograph registered inside Turrialba Volcano's central crater and converted it into a sound file. The effect allows you to "hear" the volcano's sub-audible rumbling.

This particular example was mostly for fun, but Dr. Javier Pacheco, a seismology expert at OVSICORI, said that the technique had practical uses for scientists too. Converting the seismographs into audio files can help scientists identify variations in the frequency of seismological activity that would be difficult to identify visually from the readouts alone, he explained.

Turrialba Volcano has been active during the last several months, closing Juan Santamaría International Airport several times after large eruptions of ash that blew across the Central Valley.

Volcanologists expect that the eruptions will get more frequent and more violent in the coming months and the National Emergency Commission (CNE) has maintained a yellow alert in the area. The Commission recently expanded the evacuation zone around the volcano from 2 km to 5 km.