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Wettest March in 100 years in North and Central India, weather dept says

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Kashmir flood: Heavy rains have resulted in damage to at least 44 structures, including 18 houses, due to landslides in Chrar-e-Sharief area of valley.
New Delhi: This month has been the "wettest" March in northern and central parts of the country in the past 100 years, the Indian meteorological department (IMD) on Sunday said and predicted more rains in the coming two weeks.

IMD DG L S Rathore said due to the rains, there has been extensive damage to field and horticulture crops as well as vegetables in various parts of the country.

"The ordeal is not yet over. Though March as we all know was very wet, it was to the extent that after 1915, this was the wettest March particularly in north India right up to central India," he said.

"But in the next two weeks also there seems to be a possibility or higher possibility of wetness," he said.

Rains on Sunday lashed many parts of north India, including Kashmir Valley where several houses were damaged and Srinagar-Jammu national highway shut due to landslides.

Phoenix

Wildfire burns 10 square miles of grassland and forest in Harding County, South Dakota

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Wildfire.
A wildfire that started over the weekend scorched more than 10 square miles of forest and grasslands in Harding County.

Sheriff Wyatt Sabo says no evacuations have been ordered, no injuries have been reported and no homes have been damaged in the Sheep Draw Fire. Hundreds of firefighters battled the flames, along with two South Dakota National Guard helicopters.

Cindy Hansen with the Great Plains Fire Information office says it might be several days before the fire is fully contained. The cause wasn't immediately determined.

A separate grass fire near Hot Springs on Saturday burned two garages, a camper and an abandoned house before firefighters brought it under control. No occupied structures

Source: AP

Bizarro Earth

Indonesia's Sinabung volcano still rumbling violently after nearly 2 years

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The volcano continues to effuse a viscous lava lobe from its summit crater. Frequent rockfalls and pyroclastic flows occur due to partial collapses of the sticky lava masses on the steep upper slope. Our friend Bastien Poux who has been observing the volcano during the past weeks sent us the following report:
"I have been watching the Sinabung volcano for the last two weeks, there is a big lava lobe hanging at the summit, you can see it glow at night.

Debris flows are getting bigger and more frequent, usually the rocks come form the side of the lobe, where it is contact with the walls made of older formations (sign the the lobe moves forward), between 10 and 25 times a day, going down the flank to distances between 500 and 2000m in general, couple of them went to 3000m yesterday when a big piece of the frontal part of the lobe collapsed. There is still a 5km forbidden perimeter, more or less respected by the people who want to go back in their houses after being refugees for 18 months."

Windsock

Hurricane force winds in Moscow topple trees, sweeps away rooftops

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A strong chilling wind has struck the Russian capital over the weekend, upturning trees, damaging rooftops and toppling billboards across the city. The hurricane-like winds will swirl over Russia for a few more days, forecasters say.

Moscow emergency services have estimated that at least 76 buildings have been damaged and 32 trees uprooted by wind gusts that reached up to 17 meters per second.
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Black Cat

Lynx attacks goat, mad brawl inside living room ensues in Dinorwic, Canada

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Stella the goat shows her wounds, after a battle with a Lynx in Dinorwic earlier this month.
John Cox of Dinorwic was cleaning up in the basement, getting ready for a day of ice fishing, when he got a call from his daughter.

He's in the house, already, so he picks up the call, and he talks with his daughter.

"Dad, where are you?," she asks. "There's a cat attached to our goat!"

He goes upstairs to see what's the matter.

"Sure enough. There's Stella. That's our biggest goat. The mother of the three. She's got this wildcat attached to her neck. Absolutely. The claws are dug into her shoulders. The back claws are dug into her haunches. The mouth was wrapped around her neck, and she was hemorrhaging," Cox remembers.

The goat was screaming, as it tried to use its horns to dislodge the lynx. Cox went back downstairs to get his rifle. It was a British .303 Second World War model, and it came with a bayonet and an extra magazine. Then he went back upstairs, so he could get a shot at the lynx.

"I open the door, and Stella sees me at the door," he recalled. "Just as I open to take the shot, she bursts the door open, and now both animals are inside the living room."

Bizarro Earth

Heavy unseasonal rains trigger landslide in Himalayan region of Kashmir

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People watch as water flows from a broken embankment of a stream after incessant rains in Srinagar March 30, 2015.
A landslide in the Himalayan region of Kashmir buried at least 10 people while they were sleeping, police said on Monday, as unseasonal rains swept India, damaging crops and raising fears of flash floods in the mountainous north.

Hundreds of people fled their homes as Kashmir's main rivers began to swell and weather forecasters predicted further downpours in the region that was struck by devastating floods seven months ago.

A hillside collapsed onto a house in a village about 40 kms (25 miles) from the capital Srinagar, where three families were sleeping on Monday morning, according to Mushtaq Ahmad, a neighbor. Army and police used diggers and shovels to locate any survivors."It was a huge landslide, the entire house is covered in earth," Ahmad said. "The chance of finding everyone alive is unlikely."

Attention

Rhino kills woman and injures eight in Nepal

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A runaway rhinoceros travels along a road in Hetauda, Makawanpur district about 40kms south-west of Kathmandu.
A 61-year-old woman was killed and eight others were injured on Monday when a wild rhinoceros attacked people at a busy market in central Nepal. The woman is a resident of Hetauda town, Hetauda's Superintendent of Police Prakashjung Karki said.

She was critically injured in the attack, died in course of treatment at Hetauda Hospital, Karki was quoted as saying by the Himalyan Times. A cow was also injured in the attack in Hetauda market.

The animal entered the human settlement from Chitwan National Park early on Monday.

The rhino is hiding in a bush near the Rapti River and the personnel from Armed Police Force and Nepal Police are trying to take it under control, Karki said.

It's uncommon of rhinos to kill people in Nepal even as deforestation often forces them to enter nearby villages. The number of one-horned rhinos that dominated the plains of Nepal in the past has gone down owing to poaching and human encroachment of their habitat.


Cow

Cow in northeast Texas defies 1 in 11.2 million odds and gives birth to 4 calves

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This photo provided by Jimmy Barling shows his wife, Dora Rumsey-Barling among four newborn calves on March 16, 2015, near DelKalb, Texas
A cow in Northeast Texas has apparently defied great odds and given birth to four calves that have been named Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Moo.

Jimmy Barling said Monday that DNA tests will be done on tissue samples from the three bull calves and the one heifer calf to satisfy those who may question the births from one mother.

"We knew she was pregnant, but we didn't know she was going to do this," the 76-year-old Barling said. "This was a shock. This blew our minds."


Bizarro Earth

Tsunami warning issued for parts of Pacific after 7.7 magnitude earthquake

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A powerful earthquake rattled the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea on Monday, prompting officials to issue a tsunami warning for vast swathes of the Pacific and as far north as Russia.

The magnitude-7.7 earthquake struck at a depth of 65 kilometers (40 miles), about 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of the town of Kokopo in northeastern Papua New Guinea, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said hazardous tsunami waves could hit coasts located within 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) of Kokopo, with waves between 1 to 3 meters (3 to 10 feet) possible for Papua New Guinea.

Bizarro Earth

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 7.7 - 54km SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

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Event Time
2015-03-29 23:48:34 (UTC)
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Nearby Cities
54km (34mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
282km (175mi) ENE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
309km (192mi) SE of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea
367km (228mi) WNW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
789km (490mi) NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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