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Two killed in a wild elephant attack in Maankulam, Sri Lanka

Two persons have been killed when a wild elephant rammed onto a vehicle along the A9 road in Maankulam last night.

Police said 4 persons including a female have sustained injuries.

The deceased are 70 and 74 years of age.

The injured are receiving treatment at the Kilinochchi and Maankulam Hospitals.

Comment: See also these reports of recent attacks: One person killed in wild elephant attack in Sri Lanka

Three tourists escaped with only minor injuries after elephant overturns car in Kruger Park, South Africa

Eight elephants attack town; one person reported dead in Ghana

2 killed in separate wild elephant attacks in India

Wild elephant attacks kills two in Sri Lanka

Attention

Man attacked by grizzly shot and killed animal

Montana wildlife officials say a hunter who was attacked by a grizzly bear over the weekend shot and killed the animal.

The father of the 47-year-old Stevensville man reported hearing a gunshot just before finding his son with serious injuries on Sunday afternoon.

The son was taken to a Seattle hospital for treatment. His name and condition have not been released.

On Monday, the father led a bear specialist, state game wardens and U.S. Forest Service rangers into the area of extreme southwestern Montana where the attack occurred while the men were hunting black bear.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokeswoman Andrea Jones says the 10-year-old male grizzly died of a gunshot wound near where the hunter was mauled.

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Increase in volcanic activity: Are we in for an extremely cold winter?

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The number of volcanoes that are erupting continues to rise, and scientists cannot seem to explain why this is happening. In 2013, we witnessed the most volcanic eruptions worldwide that we have ever seen in a single year, and this increased activity has carried over into 2014. In recent months, we have seen major volcanoes roar to life in Russia, Peru, Hawaii, Reunion Island, Indonesia, and all over Alaska. It is highly unusual for so many volcanoes to all be erupting at the same time.

According to Volcano Discovery, a whopping 34 volcanoes are erupting around the globe right now. This is sending a massive amount of dust and ash into the upper atmosphere, and it may explain why many parts of the planet are experiencing strangely cold weather at the moment. If this trend continues, we could potentially be facing years of crop failures and widespread famines all over the world.

And what we have witnessed already may just be the beginning. There are several more very large volcanoes around the globe that scientists are extremely concerned about right now.

Comment: For more information about the ongoing climate change see:Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection: The Secret History of the World - Book 3

Blue Planet

Rushed evacuations as Philippine Mayon volcano spews lava


Lava flows from the crater of Mayon volcano, as seen from Legazpi City, Albay province, southeast of Manila, on September 17, 2014
Lava cascaded down the Philippines' most active volcano on Wednesday as authorities rushed to evacuate thousands ahead of a possible deadly eruption.

Mostly women, children and the elderly carrying bags of clothes were hauled out of farming villages near Mayon volcano's slopes on board army trucks and minibuses.

Soldiers went from house to house asking residents to evacuate, after authorities on Monday raised the third highest alert in a five-step scale, meaning a full-scale eruption is possible "within weeks".

Before dawn Wednesday, Mayon's crater glowed red as molten rocks flowed as far as halfway down its slopes.

The volcano's world-renowned perfect cone appeared to have been deformed, swollen with lava that had risen from the Earth's core.

At least 8,000 of the target 50,000 people had been moved to temporary shelters, with the operation expected to run for three days, regional civil defence director Bernardo Alejandro told AFP.
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No damage, no tsunami after 7.1 Guam earthquake

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An earthquake struck today just off the island of Guam.

The earthquake, which hit at about 4:30 p.m. ChST, was measured at 7.1 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey.

It hit about 21 miles northwest of Piti village, 22 miles northwest of Hagatna, 24 miles northwest of Tamuning-Turnon-Harmon Village, 25 miles west-northwest of Dededo Village, and 26 miles northwest of Mangilao Village.

It hit at a depth of 106.9 miles.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, which is run by the National Weather Center, issued an alert right after the quake hit. "A destructive tsunami was not generated because this earthquake is located too deep inside the earth," it said.

On the other hand, the U.S. Geological Survey said that people should expect aftershocks. "These secondary shockwaves are usually less violent than the main quake but can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after the quake," it said.
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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 7.1 - 44km NW of Piti Village, Guam

Earthquake 7.1 Guam
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Event Time
2014-09-17 06:14:46 UTC
2014-09-17 16:14:46 UTC+10:00 at epicenter

Location
13.740°N 144.394°E depth=133.9km (83.2mi)

Nearby Cities
44km (27mi) NW of Piti Village, Guam
50km (31mi) NW of Tamuning-Tumon-Harmon Village, Guam
54km (34mi) WNW of Dededo Village, Guam
54km (34mi) NW of Mangilao Village, Guam
48km (30mi) NW of Hagatna, Guam

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Bad Guys

Hurricane Odile destroys home, floods hotels and shuts down airports in Baja California peninsula

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Tourists wait outside a hotel in San Jose del Cabo, after hurricane Odile knocked down trees and power lines. Some 24,000 tourists and 6,000 Mexican beachgoers spent the night in hotels where conference rooms were transformed into shelters.
Hurricane Odile destroyed wooden homes, flooded hotels and shut down airports in Mexico's Baja California peninsula on Monday, sparking looting, marooning thousands of tourists and injuring some 135 people.

The injured were treated for everything from panic attacks to cuts. But authorities said the powerful storm had not caused any casualties despite causing heavy material damage in Los Cabos resort towns.

Hundreds of looters ransacked supermarkets and electronic stores, snatching rice, water, toilet paper, booze, televisions, and fans.

More than 1,000 troops were deployed to the disaster area, which was without electricity and running water. Scores of wood-plank and tin-roof homes were levelled in one neighbourhood.

Comment: This storm is not over yet as excessive rain and flooding is expected in the US Southwest:
Hurricane Odile could bring catastrophic flooding from Tucson to Albuquerque NM in U.S. Southwest

Cloud Precipitation

Video shows intense flash flooding in Serbia, which caused close to 500 people to be evacuated by boat

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About 500 people who were almost impossible to reach by land have been evacuated from Tekija and other villages in the municipality of Kladovo, eastern Serbia, where rain is still falling, and the situation is most serious is in the village of Grabovac, Belgrade-based B92 media house reports.


Locals from Tekija are being evacuated by boats and the journey takes about an hour and a half. The vessels are transporting them to the Djerdap hotel in Kladovo, and a large number of people were sent to the hospital from there.

People from Tekija have asked to be delivered food and water. Landslides practically divided Tekija into two parts, and rescuers are trying to break through the layers of soil with bulldozers.

Ninety percent of residential buildings is buried under mud and debris brought by flood waters. A landslide on the hill above Tekija is still moving, causing additional problems, particularly to the locals who did not want to be evacuated last night.

"We are working to clear up debris and to evacuate the rest of the population who yesterday refused to be evacuated. The landslides are merciless and strong, and the situation is getting worse by the hour.

Canned food and drinking water is being delivered to all endangered areas," says Kladovo municipal president Radovan Arezina said, quoted by Belgrade-based daily Blic.

Comment: See also: Rains falling since Wednesday - two-thirds of 21 Croatian counties are struggling with flooding

Cloud Lightning

Hurricane Odile could bring catastrophic flooding from Tucson to Albuquerque NM in U.S. Southwest

Odile will unload tremendous rainfall over a large part of the Southwest United States that will run off the mountains and into the desert valleys and plains through the end of the week.

According to Western Weather Expert Ken Clark, "There is the potential for devastating, catastrophic and historic flooding in this scenario."

The heaviest rainfall will hit the Southwestern states of Arizona and New Mexico where a general 3 to 6 inches will fall, but local amounts of 10 inches or more are possible on the slopes of the mountains. Rainfall of 1 to 2 inches per hour can occur.

There is a significant risk to lives and property in the region.

"Not only will flash and urban flooding occur in this case, but there is the potential for major river flooding," Clark said.
Attention

Bear attacks and kills 31-year-old man in Wyoming


Bridger-Teton National Forest
A 31-year-old Utah man doing research alone in a remote backcountry area has died in a bear attack in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in northwest Wyoming.

Officials aren't certain yet what type of bear killed Adam Thomas Stewart of Virgin, Utah.

"I'm assuming grizzly, but we don't have the bear so I can't say for certain," Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said Monday. "At this particular time we're still putting stuff together."

Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee said Stewart was in a remote area checking on a research plot when he failed to return as expected on Sept. 5. He was reported missing on Sept. 7, prompting a search.
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