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Car falls into sinkhole in Delhi, India


Two-three metro officials have been deployed in the area to fill the hole in the road
At around 12 in the midnight on Monday, a car fell in a sinkhole formed by caving in of road at Delhi's Netaji Subhash Marg area. An accident, however, was averted as there was no one in the car.

The authorities soon swung into action to avoid any further mishaps. Police was called and the car was pulled out by a crane. "Two-three metro officials have been deployed in the area where the incident happened to fill the hole in the road. Traffic personnel have also been deployed for managing the traffic movement on the road," informed ACP, Sushil Kumar.

Some residents argued that the incident happened due to ongoing construction work in the area. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has been constructing Red Fort line which will connect Lal Qila, Jama Masjid, Dilli Gate with ITO and tunnelling has been taking place in Old Delhi areas.


Tropical seabird seen on Georgia island after Hurricane Joaquin

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This red-footed booby showed up on St. Simons Island after Hurricane Joaquin.
Georgia has a very rare visitor. It's a tropical bird, called a red-footed booby, and it's been hanging out on Saint Simons Island.

"It's the first time this species has been documented in Georgia, which is always kind of exciting for those of us interested in birds," said Tim Keyes, a biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. "It's well out of its range. It's probably a bird that was blown north with Hurricane Joaquin."

Keyes said that birds that get blown off course by storms probably don't have a great chance of survival.


Dead Grey whale found on East Beach, Santa Barbara

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Dead whale
A baby grey whale washed ashore Santa Barbara's East Beach in front of Rainbow Park, around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials from Channel Islands Cetacean Research Unit (CICRU) responded and believe the whale died of natural causes because there were no trauma or bite marks. However, they did say it looked skinny and malnourished.

They believe the whale was approximately one-year-old.

The California Department of Fish and Game were called to remove the animal. They will know more about its cause of death after testing.

Authorities said grey whales are migrating through the Central Coast at this time of year, and it is not uncommon to see them.


Dead whale found on Hartlepool beach, UK

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The Whale that was washed up on the beach to the North of the Brus Tunnel.
Visitors to Hartlepool's Steetley beach were left surprised by the sight of an 18ft-long whale lying on the shore.

The dead whale was found by a member of the public washed up on Steetley Beach on Thursday afternoon.

The HM Coastguard was called and they arrived on scene at 1.42pm to assess the situation.

Officials from Hartlepool Borough Council and the Zoological Society also attended the scene.

Stephen Hart deputy station officer for the HM Coastguard said it has been identified as a minke whale. It has been named Wally by locals.

"It was found by a member of the public who reported a deceased whale in the beach north of Steetley pier," he said.


Atmospheric concentration of an ozone destroying chemical drops mysteriously

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From the "possible measurement error" department.

Larry O'Hanlon (via AGU blogs) writes:

Something strange has happened to the atmospheric concentration of a newly discovered, human-made, ozone-destroying gas: it has suddenly dropped and nobody knows why.

The gas, HCFC-133a, is a type of hydrochlorofluorocarbon, ozone-destroying compounds used in some industrial processes, including the manufacturing of refrigerants. The use of HCFCs, which are also powerful greenhouse gases, is restricted under the Montreal Protocol. A study last year first identified HCFC-133a as one of four previously undetected human-made gases in the atmosphere that are contributing to destruction of the ozone layer, but the source of HCFC-133a remains a mystery.

"This is enormous, how quickly the trend reversed," said Martin Vollmer of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology in Dubendorf, Switzerland. But instead of deepening the mystery of HCFC-133a's sources, the abrupt change offers new clues, Vollmer said.

New measurements show that after a rapid increase of the compound in the atmosphere of the Northern Hemisphere from 0.13 parts per trillion (ppt) in 2000 to 0.50 ppt in 2013, the concentration suddenly dropped to about 0.44 ppt by early 2015. This drop in concentration is equivalent to a 50 percent decline in global emissions percent of the gas: from 3,000 metric tons (3,300 US tons) in 2011 to about 1,500 metric tons (1,700 tons) in 2014, according to the new study.


Electric Universe: 'Northern lights' visible much further south in UK than usual

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Talacre Lighthouse, Flintshire, North Wales.
Coinciding events in space have brought the spectacular event much further south than it can usually be seen

The Northern Lights are to be visible for much of the UK for the next few weeks, because of a strange quirk of space weather.

People in the north of England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are in with a higher chance of seeing the phenomenon, according to the Met Office. But it may come even further south at times.

The best way to see the lights is to head somewhere as dark and away from light pollution as possible. Visibility will be better further north.

The extra visibility is caused by a burst of solar wind coming from a "coronal hole" in the Sun, which is in line with the worth and is shooting solar winds at the planet. That has combined with the time of year to make the Northern Lights extra visible.

Comment: This phenomenon is not such a "strange quirk of space weather" that will last "a few weeks." The Aurora Borealis, so called 'Northern lights' have been observed heading a lot further 'south' recently, providing a 'rare' spectacle even in the most southerly parts of England during the summer.

While the Aurora Australis, or the 'Southern lights' have been seen further north in New Zealand than usual. Researchers have also recently identified increased electrical activity moving towards equatorial regions.

Aurorae occur when charged solar particles reach local magnetic field lines, where they enter the planetary atmosphere and excite its atoms and molecules. As they deactivate, the particles produce light emission.

With the increasing comet/volcanic dust loading of the atmosphere (an indicator of this dust loading is the intensification of noctilucent clouds we are witnessing) which is accentuating electric charge build-up, we can expect to observe more awesome light shows and other phenomena.

The winning Electric Universe model, and much more related information, are explained in the book Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection by Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadczyk.


Animal crackers: Wild hog shot after charging residents in Gaston County, North Carolina


200-pound wild hog shot after charging Gaston Co. residents

200-pound wild hog shot after charging Gaston Co. residents
Gaston County police shot an aggressive 200-pound feral hog Sunday morning in Gaston County.

Officials said the hog wandered into a neighborhood on Wimbledon Drive near Dallas and attacked car, a small dog and charged at people.

A homeowner shot the hog with a .40-caliber handgun, but that only made the pig dizzy, the resident said.

Tristan Phillips, who witnessed the incident, said the hog was foaming at the mouth and tried to attack his Yorkshire terrier.

A Gaston County police sergeant put the hog down with a rifle, officials said.


Unusual weather conditions prevail in Kanpur, India

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Many people in the city are becoming sick due to very unusual kind of weather conditions prevailing in the city for the past few days. The difference between day and night temperatures is causing trouble. While the day temperature is staying at three to four degrees above normal, the night temperature has dipped to three degrees below normal.

According to the Met department, no change is expected in the present weather pattern in the coming days because days will remain hot and humid while night hours will be chilly. A weather expert said, "This is a strange weather condition, which is usually not witnessed in the October month as in this period the day temperature slips below 30 degree Celsius, but at present the days are extremely hot.

While the day temperature on Saturday and Friday was 34.8 and 36.6 degree Celsius respectively, it was recorded at 36 degrees on Thursday. The normal day temperature in the first week of October is usually 33 degrees. In the minimum temperature category, normal temperature is 22 degrees, but any value below this mark is considered as low. In the past three nights, the night temperature recorded was 15.7, 19.6 and 20.8 degreed Celsius respectively.

Comment: Elsewhere these extreme temperature differences within a short time period are also being recorded. See also:

Scottish Highland town is coldest and hottest place in the UK - in a single day

Unusual weather phenomenon in Finland, as city area experiences highest and lowest temperatures on same day

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Mexico's Colima volcano erupts again spewing ash, smoke, pyroclastic flows traveling hundreds of meters

Mexico's Colima volcano erupted late on 4 October and continued on until 5 October spewing ash and smoke into the air, authorities reported. According to Jalisco Civil Protection, the plume of gas and ash reached a height of 1,500m, heading north.

Along with the ash cloud and gas, the volcano expelled pyroclastic flows that travelled hundreds of metres down the slope. The day before, a spectacular explosion was recorded at 6.29pm, sending clouds of ash and smoke 2,500m above the crater.

Located in the south-western Mexican state of Colima, the Fire Volcano has been exhibiting activity since 9 July. Over the past two months, nearby villages have been blanketed with thick coats of ash, prompting evacuations.

Officially known as the Colima Volcano, it was previously active in January and February, and is part of the Pacific's Ring of Fire. Mexico contains over 3,000 volcanoes but only 14 are considered active.

The Colima Volcano has erupted more than 40 times since the 16th century and local authorities have an emergency plan that includes continuous observation of the volcano and mandatory evacuations.


Black bear attacks man, kills dog near Orange City, Florida

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Alan Bryant holds a picture of his dog named Tigger in the backyard of his Orange City home where the 2 year old Yorkie was killed by a black bear Monday night.
A bear attacked a man and killed his pet dog in a Volusia County neighborhood, officials said.

The attack happened late Monday night on Hollow-Ridge Drive, south of Graves Avenue near Orange City.

Alan Bryant told News 6 that he let his 2-year-old Yorkie, named Tigger, outside when the attack occurred.

"He ran into the backyard, and I heard the dog start to yelp," Bryant said. "So I start yelling, 'Bear! Bear! Get him off my -- I assume it's attacking my dog."

Bryant said he tried to help Tigger, but the estimated 150-pound bear turned on him.