Earth Changes


Weird animal behaviour: Dairy cow develops a taste for eating sheep in Kenya

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A dairy cow bites a merino sheep at Miti Mingi Village in Elementaita, Nakuru County, on April 22, 2015.
A family in Miti Mingi Village in Nakuru County is reeling in shock after its cow developed a liking for meat about a week ago.

Mr Charles Mamboleo on Wednesday said he woke up to find the cow feeding on one of his sheep that it had gored to death.

The following day, it fed on another sheep, having given fresh fodder and water in its feeding trough a wide berth.

"After the first incident, we thought the cow was starving, so we increased the supply of fodder and water, but it still continued chasing after sheep," said Mr Mamboleo.

He expressed fears that his animal could have been bewitched since it had not calved since it was bought.

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Second, larger eruption at Calbuco volcano in Chile creates surreal 'apocalyptic' scenes (Images)

The record-breaking volcanic eruption in southern Chile is dramatically altering skies, as spectacular views emerge of white plumes creeping miles up into the sky after coloring the night orange. A second blast took place hours ago.

Nature's colossal power was aptly demonstrated by Calcubo, which erupted a second time just a few hours ago, with agencies reporting a stronger eruption than the first.

An electrical storm mixed with the raging spurts of lava overnight to create what looked like the jaws of hell opening to swallow the surrounding landscape.

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In scenes reminiscent of the movie Independence Day, white mushroom disks adorned the daytime skies, slowly claiming the city of Puerto Varas for their own.

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Even rarer and arguably more precious-looking views opened up against the setting sun, as the white disks collided with its glow.

Comment: Earth is 'opening up'.

Is the number of volcanic eruptions worldwide increasing? Yes.

The number of volcanoes erupting right now is greater than the 20th century's YEARLY average.

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5.1 earthquake hits just east of Seddo, New Zealand

More tremors are likely following two earthquakes which hit central New Zealand, a GNS scientist says.

Seismologist Dr John Ristau said it was likely there would be more quakes following Thursday's shakes, but it was impossible to say whether they would be stronger or weaker than the 5.1.

"You have to remember this whole area is seismically active to begin with," he said.

"It's likely there's be an aftershock around 4. There's also a chance there'll be something bigger.

"If you think back to July 2013 when those quakes started you first had one around 5, a little bit above 5, and then a couple weeks later was the first of those two 6.6 quakes."

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Comment: Earthquakes around the world for the past month:

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Film shows powerful landslide ripping up trees like matchsticks in Russia


Slow and steady: Powerful landslide engulfs Russian countryside
The terrifying natural phenomenon brought down hundreds of trees in the area as the ground appeared to collapse

The is the incredible moment a powerful landslide tore down hundreds of trees as it ripped through the countryside.

And despite its low speed, the landslide doesn't seem any less terrifying as it cascades down the hillside.

In the clip, the sound of tree roots can be heard as they rip from the ground while the rocky outcrops appear to subside and collapse in on themselves.

The footage emerged earlier this month, and information provided by the filmmaker claims the natural phenomenon occurred on April 1 in Zarechny, Russia.


Portents and signs: Baby born with eight limbs in India

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Thousands have flocked to the small town where the baby was born
Worshippers in India have gathered in the small town of Dumri-Isri to celebrate the arrival of the baby

Thousands of religious devotees have flocked to see a baby born with eight limbs to worship him as a Hindu God.

The baby boy, who has not yet been named, was born with four legs and four arms - thought to be the result of a birth defect from an underdeveloped conjoined twin.

But worshippers in India have gathered in the small town of Dumri-Isri to celebrate the arrival of the baby, who they believe to be a reincarnation of Hindu God Ganesha.


Portents and signs: Lamb born with face like an 'angry old man' in Dagestan

A vet said the lamb's deformity may have been caused by too much vitamin A in its mother's diet
Proud owner Blasius Lavrentiev's shock soon turned to delight after he was offered 10 times the normal price for her

A lamb born with a face 'like an angry old man with a big nose' has avoided the chop after a circus made an offer for her.

Proud owner Blasius Lavrentiev's shock soon turned to delight after he was already offered 10 times the normal price for her.

Sheep farmer Lavrentiev, 45, from the village of Chirka close to the Republic of Dagestan in south-western Russia, had been waiting all week for his prized ewe to give birth.

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Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts again; spews ash 6,500 feet

Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano erupted again Tuesday afternoon, producing a column of ash, gas, and water vapor that reached some 6,500 feet over the volcano's crater, according to the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI).The eruption began at 4:04 p.m. and continued for 22 minutes, according to OVSICORI. Constant seismic activity has been recorded at the volcano since Saturday, and local residents have reported a strong smell of sulfur for the last several days.

San Jose's Tobias Bolanos Airport announced a partial closure of the airport Tuesday evening due to potential ashfall, but was back to normal operation by Wednesday morning. An eruption of similar magnitude most recently occurred on Tuesday, April 7th. One of Costa Rica's most well-known volcanologists, Gino Gonzalez of the National Seismological Network (RSN), said in December that Turrialba could remain active and belching ash for as long as two years.


Nevado de Ruiz in Columbia volcano shaken by series of earthquakes, ash emissions; volcanic activity reported in Japan

Nevado del Ruiz - Activity at the volcano has increased during the past week. Accompanied by elevated seismic activity, ash emissions have been occurring since 14 April. The strongest phase of activity was on 19 April, when ash plumes rose to estimated 900 meters above the summit. The Ingeominas volcano observatory in Manizales reported a change in seismicity detected since 12 April, when an increase in volcanic-tectonic (rock-fracturing) signals was detected, signs of pressurization and possible magma intrusion at depth.

Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): The volcano has been very active recently. Vulcanian-type explosions have been frequent (2-8 per day) and often relatively large. On 15 April, at least 8 explosions occurred, the largest of which produced ash plumes that rose to 15,000 ft (4.5 km altitude), i.e. 3.5 km above the volcano's summit.

Aso (Kyushu, Japan): Mild strombolian activity with low-level ash emissions continue from the Nakadake crater.

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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.3 - 158km SSE of Lata, Solomon Islands

  1. 2015-04-22 22:57:15 (UTC)
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  1. 158km (98mi) SSE of Lata, Solomon Islands
  2. 396km (246mi) NNW of Luganville, Vanuatu
  3. 663km (412mi) NNW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu
  4. 763km (474mi) ESE of Honiara, Solomon Islands
  5. 988km (614mi) N of We, New Caledonia
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Chile on red alert as Calbuco volcano erupts

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Puerto Varas, Chile, as the Calbuco volcano erupts on April 22, 2015.
Hundreds of people are being evacuated in southern Chile following a massive eruption of the Calbuco volcano - its first in over 42 years. The government has declared a red alert, as thick clouds of ash and smoke shot up several kilometers into the sky.

The volcano is located near the tourist location of Puerto Varas, about 1,000 km (625 miles) south of the nation's capital Santiago.